Since moving over the hill a year ago, my husband and I have lamented the lack of good places for breakfast in the West Valley. We had no shortage of breakfast chow within close distance of our old place (Doughboys, Swingers, The Griddle, Hugo's, Quality) and missed those gems when all that surrounds us are old fashioned coffee shops with their old fashioned menus and, of course, the ubiquitous chains.
We ventured in to the newly opened Tangerine Cafe this weekend and had some really good food. I had the lemon griddle cakes drizzled w/ creme fraiche, garnished with crispy crepe strings and hubby had the spicy ground turkey scramble (eggs, turkey, jalapenos, cilantro & tomatoes) w/potatoes & toast. We practically licked our plates clean! Lots of vegetarian friendly dishes, too, which I've noticed missing at most other breakfast places - you can choose soy milk with cereals and substitute tofu for eggs.
Since I have their menu in front of me, I feel compelled to share some of the stuff that looks good that we'll be trying: berry brioche french toast, gingerbread waffles, cheesy french toast, chicken w/waffles, goat cheese, roasted tomato & fresh herb omelette. They also have standards like eggs benedict, huevos rancheros, lots of options with applewood smoked bacon, and do it yourself omelettes.
Prices are reasonable (breakfast entrees range from $6-9), the interior has some style (but isn't terribly easy to manuever w/a baby) and the waitresses were really friendly. The place seats maybe 30, with tables & chairs and a few (3?) counter seats that face a mirrored wall. Service was attentive, but the food was slow to arrive (especially considering that the restaurant wasn't quite half full), but the place had just opened on Wednesday, so we'll hope that it improves with time. It certainly won't stop us from going back.
They also offer a lunch menu and a kids menu and they say that they do takeout and delivery.
20839 Ventura Blvd (corner of Ventura & De Soto in the Target shopping center)
7 am - 2pm M-F
8 am - 2pm S&S
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