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Happy Girl Kitchen | Pacific Grove

Melanie Wong | Feb 26, 201712:54 PM

Happy Girl Kitchen's pickles and preserves were a fixture at the Ferry Building's farmers market in San Francisco over a run of 10+ years that wrapped up in December. I made the pilgrimage to its store and cafe in Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula last Sunday during a break in the storms.

The walls are hung with San Francisco media tributes. Colorful jars of preserves on display create a kaleidoscope on sunny days.

The cafe offers breakfast and lunch with counter service.

Four Barrel supplies the coffee. The espresso of the day was Friendo Blendo.

My cappuccino, $3.50, was made with care. But I found the roast a bit simple

My brunch choice was the hot entree, bowl of the day. Well, half-bowl, $4, vs. $7 for a whole. I'm glad I opted for the smaller portion as it was generous and filling. The well-seasoned quinoa was punctuated with firm ceci, pepitas and celery leaves, then topped with velvety caramelized roast winter squash and chili-cumin-coriander yogurt sauce. My hippy quinoa breakfast bowl, consumed at the communal table, turned out to be far tastier than expected.

Happy Girl Kitchen made me a happy customer.

Happy Girl Kitchen Company
173 Central Ave.
Pacific Grove, CA
Cafe hours:
Monday - Saturday 7:30am - 3pm (coffee and tea until 5pm. Food service ends at 3pm)
Sunday 7:30am - 2pm


Visit our dynamic space in Pacific Grove!   Our cafe and cannery is located just two blocks from the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  With a full coffee bar...

Happy Girl Kitchen Co.
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