Suggestions for Santa Clarita
I moved to Santa Clarita with my husband and 2 year old daughter. I'm sick of the chain restaurants, but they are quite accomodating for a toddler. Does anyone have any recommendations for other restaurants (for any meal) in the area?
I've lived here for 8 years and I'm still looking for good places to eat.
Here are a few.
For breakfast you have to try Saugus Cafe, you'll either love it or you'll never go back. It's been around forever, in fact it's the oldest restaurant here. It's a really good diner/dive.
For pizza my kids and I like ZPizza in the Pavillions shopping center. The closest to New York style pizza you'll find out here.
Pho Love in the shopping center next to Trader Joes has incredible Pho, and you get about a gallon of it.
The best Mexican food is at Vallarte Markets on Lyons Avenue. It's a Mexican grocery store and they have a huge hot food section. Every kind of taco and burrito you can imagine, soup, stew and really good enchiladas. They make the enchiladas from scratch and they take a while but they are really worth the wait. You have to ask for them since they're not on the menu board. If you go on Saturday the lines are long but they have Mariachi bands.
I just tried Cathy's Deli because of the recommendations here and I'm very sad to say that my meal was basically inedible. To be fair, I'm now pretty certain I ordered the worst thing I possibly could. But I still think I should warn others so they don't make the same stupid mistake I made. I got the "light lunch (1/2 sandwich, 1 side)" baked ham sandwich on white bread (the waiter recommended the white bread) with a side salad and small sprite. The sandwich was just a pile of ham between two pieces of white bread, that's it. Neither the ham nor the bread was good enough to make this even remotely interesting. The salad was slightly better, but still incredibly boring. It was just lettuce with a few chopped tomatoes and some alright sourdough croutons. The balsamic dressing that came with it was very clearly store bought stuff from a bottle, and not very good. I took about 2 bites of the sandwich and picked at the salad but basically left the plate full, and although the waiter never came back to check on me after putting the food down, he clearly noticed how uneaten my food was when he dropped off the check, but didn’t seam the least bit concerned. This spectacular meal cost me almost $13, without tip!!! I was more tempted then I’ve ever been to return the food and refuse to pay. Granted I obviously should have ordered the pastrami or corned beef or something greasy. But that meal was so disappointing and ridiculously overpriced, I definitely won’t go back.
The Pines is very much worth a drive for breakfast or lunch from Santa Clarita. I have done it twice from the SGV. Very good Chicken Fried Steak and eggs. Burgers.
We get the Gastro sandwich at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor and some ice cream for dessert.
The Pines Cafe
4343 Pearblossom Hwy
Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor
21516 Golden Triangle Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
Yes, they close early. The Pines is good for breakfast or very early lunch. Also, they go back-and-forth on being open 7-days or only 6-days a week. They give plenty of advance notice of change in hours but for us who do not live near there it would be good to call before going. If the Pines were closed there is not much else nearby. Also, the place is very small and very popular which result in a wait. In the heat of Summer that could be a HOT wait, but sometimes waiting goes with finding a good place to eat.
The Pines is a regular weekend late breakfest stop for my family. Pancakes, French Toast, various Omlettes and Egg combination breakfests for GF and The Works Pineburger rare is a great diner, as in not L.A. 'upscale' burger. Their Biscuits are great except for one problem. Since the new owner, a very sweet lady, bought the place they always run out of those Biscuits! One of my lads a.k.a. BreadBoy begs to go to The Pines and he only wants their Biscuits. Last week he got one; the last one. The rest of us and other customers that ordered them got no Biscuits. They were not closing for a couple of hours and we all wish that they would just make enough.
If you are not opposed to Sylmar (maybe 11 miles down the 5), try Dome Pochana, 13191 Gladstone Ave, Sylmar, CA. It's a great little Thai place, my husband works in Sylmar and we have gone there for lunch a dozen times, and dinner a couple too. Try to get there early if you go for lunch though, usually it requires a wait by noontime.
Service seems just a little slower at dinner, they are not as busy at that hour, as it's a daytime pop lunch destination for the working folks in the area. (Everything from hi tech office workers to construction.)
Family owned directly from New Jersey. Italian food and sandwiches. Good review from ABC channel 7 as well.
Nardone's Italian Deli
23367 Lyons Ave
Valencia, CA 91355