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Esau's Cafe

721 Chapala St. (W. Ortega St.) Send to Phone
805-965-4416 | Menu
Heaping portions of quality food keep locals happy at this surf-themed California café.
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Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily

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Esau's Cafe Restaurant Review

: Tourists from out of state are advised to drop into Esau’s for a taste of California culture. This is a classic West Coast beach town café, adorned with surfing paraphernalia and run by a well-known family of local surfers. Breakfast is the main draw, particularly pancakes --- made using fresh buttermilk and the same recipe for more than 60 years. Owners Scott and Arti Stanley now sell the pancake mix by the pound, and put their unique stamp on dishes such as Arti’s scramble: three eggs with grilled mushrooms, spinach and feta cheese. The duo is known for packing plates beyond the normal limit and sending patrons wobbling out the door. Esau’s version of diet food is a mountain of protein called "The Atkins," which mixes bacon, sausage, chicken, avocado, two cheeses and a few eggs. Hold the toast. Lunch and dinner fare is equally hearty, from a wide range of burgers and sandwiches to garden-size salads made with fresh ingredients sourced at the local farmers market. A rotating selection of homemade pies follows the seasons, and old-fashioned desserts like milk shakes, hot fudge sundaes and ice cream floats are an unpretentious way to end a meal. Also located at 507 Linden Ave., Carpinteria.

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