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Ramona Cafe

628 Main St., Ramona, CA - (760) 789-8656
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/25/2012 2:35:00 PM
Southern California has no bigger breakfast than “The Kitchen Sink” at the Ramona Café. In one broad ceramic skillet you are served what seems to be a pound of fried potatoes mixed with plenty of bacon and ham plus mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic, sausage-dotted gravy, and two kinds of cheese, topped with a pair of eggs cooked as you like them and accompanied by a big, square biscuit. If you want a meal that is far less complicated, but nearly as satisfying, consider Ramona Café’s “blue ribbon” cinnamon roll: a half-pound circle of hot, sweet pastry veined with cinnamon sugar and accompanied by two paper cups of butter.

In addition to all sorts of omelets, there is an array of egg-free “Home Fry Specials,” which are broad hills of good fried potatoes topped with any four ingredients from a long list that includes ham and bacon, taco meat and sausage, chilies, peppers, four different kinds of cheese, sausage gravy, and garlic.

For after lunch (or why not after breakfast?), there are all sorts of pies, including one memorable chocolate peanut butter pie that we had at 8am one day before a long drive inland, where good eats grow scarce.

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Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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A “blue-ribbon” cinnamon roll sized for two
"A “blue-ribbon” cinnamon roll sized for two"
Michael Stern





Ramona Cafe seems to do the classic comfort foods really well.  The hot meatloaf sandwich is served with excellent bread and real mashed potatoes with lots of lumps.
"Ramona Cafe seems to do the classic comfort foods really well. The hot meatloaf sandwich is served with excellent bread and real mashed potatoes with lots of lumps."
Cliff Strutz


Note how crisp the edges of the corned beef hash are beneath the fried eggs: delicious!
"Note how crisp the edges of the corned beef hash are beneath the fried eggs: delicious!"
Michael Stern


There is plenty of sweet fruit in this slice of boysenberry crunch pie.
"There is plenty of sweet fruit in this slice of boysenberry crunch pie."
Cliff Strutz


You can barely see gravy, cheese, ham, and sausage peeking out from below the sunnyside-up eggs. Not shown: big biscuit that comes on the side.
"You can barely see gravy, cheese, ham, and sausage peeking out from below the sunnyside-up eggs. Not shown: big biscuit that comes on the side."
Michael Stern


This is an impressive pie selection!
"This is an impressive pie selection!"
Cliff Strutz


This café has been a waystation east of San Diego for the better part of a century
"This café has been a waystation east of San Diego for the better part of a century"
Michael Stern



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