Los Robles Cafe has finally reopened after earthquake damage closed it for retrofit.
They went down to the floor joists--everything is new (they did save the painted ceiling advert murals). New side dining area where the restrooms used to be. New office, new prep kitchen, all new main kitchen. Still a small patio out front for outdoor dining in nice weather. Essenially a Mom & Pop coffee shop atmosphere.
The menu is not that of an a la carte taqueria but that of a coffee shop with Mexican influences. Yesterday's breakfast specials were "flat" steak with eggs and pototoes, and Chilaquiles, in addition to a normal eggs-and-pancakes breakfast menu. Lunch is typical burgers and sandwiches, with a selection of Mexican meals as well. Tacos are served only Thurs-Sunday on the dinner menu. Sat-Sun Menudo and Beef Birria are served with handmade tortillas. Homemade tamales are also on the menu (chicken, beef, pork).
Open 7 days 7 a.m. till 2. Dinner from 4 till 9 (?) Thurs through Sunday. (limited menu)
Yesterday, I had a cup of beef soup--just the ticket on a cold, damp day. Small chunks of flavorful and tender beef shared the bowl with nicely cooked (not mushy) pototes and carrots. The broth was intensley beefy. What flavor! No overpowering herb or savory veggie flavors. I'd love to know the cut of beef he used.
The soup came with the lunch entree I ordered--Garlic Shrimp (and rice and beans) The seven shrimp were big and plump, fresh-flavored. The sauce was slightly tangy as if it had some vinegar in the deglazing liquid. Lots of nice soft garlic. The owner gave me a hand-made flour tortilla (left from Sunday's Menudo menu item) to try. It was lovely, soft and toasty. The beans and rice were ordinary., nothing special. I had high hopes after the soup!
I've been waiting for them to reopen, and would like to go back to try the breakfasts, which are served all day. We may have a new breakfast stop for our marathon drives to Chico.
Hope others try some of the menu choices and report.
Los Robles Cafe
Spring St, El Paso de Robles (Paso Robles), CA 93446