During our October 2011 stay in San Diego, we took a day and drove to Julian, CA. In my blog about the Julian Café & Bakery, I mentioned that we timed our trip for a Tuesday, a day on which we learned that most of Julian is closed. (Tuesday? Go figure.)
The original building was used as a general store for over fifty years, after which it was converted into a pool hall and bath house by Arthur Blanc. Mr. Blanc came under pressure from the local constabulary for permitting minors to frequent his establishment. (I can’t help but be reminded of Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man – “Ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say, trouble right here in River City.”)
I chose the short stack of the cakes as my breakfast, along with a side of sausage. To say that these pancakes were hardy would be the ultimate understatement. When my short stack arrived with each cake almost plate sized, I knew that a portion would be coming home with me.
I was less than enamored with my sausages which came as two thin and very peppery patties. Don’t ask me why, but I like my sausage as links and not patties. And while they tasted of sage and thyme, black pepper predominated.
For Chuck it would be the Cinnamon Roll French Toast. The café took one of their giant house-made cinnamon rolls and cut it horizontally into three large slices.
Our friend Tom back in Philadelphia used to laugh and say that Chuck was the only person he knew that would order home fries with pancakes or French toast. Keeping tradition alive, Chuck—of course—added a side of said potatoes.
Well, breakfast proved to be a much better meal at the Julian Café & Bakery than was lunch. So good that it earns 4.0 Addies. It would have been 5.0 Addies if not for the sausage patties.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.