I stop by SM cafe about once a month at least. It’s in such a quaint little neighborhood, there’s always outdoor seating, shade, and a comfortable area to meet up friends for lunch. I’ve had a few of their sandwiches but I actually love their chicken scoop salad the most. I don’t love the name but the serving size is great and the onion bacon dressing is everything. I haven’t had the chance to stop by for dinner but I can imagine how nice it would be during the summer evenings.
Surprisingly good! We came on a Sunday during lunch time, and it was already packed. Not gonna lie, that immediately gave me a good feeling about this place. I assumed that the food must be good. We opted for two drinks (one iced latte, one peach oolong iced tea) a breakfast burrito (added ham), a scoop salad, an acai bowl, and a bowl of chili to share. All pretty good. Breakfast burrito was flavorful, veggies were fresh and crisp! And omg I loved their homemade vinaigrette salad dressing. I plan to go back and see if they will sell a bottle to me. So good! Acai bowl was also delish. I enjoyed the meal. The only complaint would be the drinks, they were kinda watered down. They didn't have much flavor. Downside? Service was good and bad. We loved the lady who took our order, she was sweet and friendly. We ordered to go, and she told us it would take about 20 ish mins. She even suggested we could either check out the area or have a seat outside while waiting. She was a sweetheart. Very accommodating. However, when we went back to collect the food, the server who handed the food to us, she seemed a bit absent-minded. She repeated the items that we ordered, and she still FORGOT our bowl of chili. :"(( not to mention when she handed over our food, I said thank you and she walked away without a response. All in all, I like this place. Even though everything was on the pricy side, I enjoyed the food. Would recommend to my girlfriends!
Ecstatic that my friend found this place and shared it with me. Although I'm not normally in this neighborhood, I will come back just to eat here. I very much enjoyed the Figgy Piggy Panini with salad that I had and am looking forward to trying their other sandwiches. Street parking can be a little difficult depending on the time of day you come, but they do have a small lot right behind. As their name states, marketplace, they also carry a selection of spices and wines for sale. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but they have a full coffee bar. A lot more outdoor seating than indoor seating and a single, shared gender bathroom.
A cute and folksy little cafe in a beautiful city of San Mariano where the famous Huntington Library is located. I love the vibes and charm of this Main Street where most of the local good shops and restaurants congregate. We have been dining in the neighboring Julianne restaurant, but never been here. We met a friend for lunch and glad to have a chance to experience their friendly service and the good food. We ordered our food first and then the waiter brought our food to us later. There are several tables outdoor. During lunch time, it’s hard to find a table. Most people are here for take out orders. The restaurant has very good salad selections. My wife and I ordered their San Marino salmon salad and their marketplace salad. Both tasted delicious. The vinaigrette dressings were so good that mixed well with the chicken and the salmon. I saw the menu offered many other deli salads as well. Although we didn’t have a chance to try their sandwiches and paninis, our friend told us that they are very good. Will definitely try them next time. With the excellent and friendly service, I don’t have any gripes about this place except with the wait for our food. We had to wait around half an hour before our food came out. Parking is main on the street in front of the restaurant.
Stopped off last week for our fist time. My wife and I split a salad and sandwich for lunch and were not expecting much. The staff were extremely friendly and the establishment itself was very cute and welcoming. The wait is a bit long but we’ll worth it. I also read someone else that said the same thing about the wait. But with that being said I hope they don’t ever rush through anything. It was perfect. Perfectly put together salad with the best dressing I think I’ve ever had. When I opened the wrapper for the sandwich I did not expect it to be as good as it was. New favorite sandwich. New favorite salad. New favorite lunch spot.
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