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#20 Tomales Deli + Cafe


Tomales Deli + Cafe

27000 Shoreline Hwy.
Tomales, CA
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Contact: 707-878-2732

 

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Date Visited: September 18, 2019

Driving through Tomales, California, I stumbled upon Tomales Deli and Cafe. Quite the eclectic mix of colors, furniture, and signage. Walking in I was accompanied by a dozen middle schoolers hanging out after school getting ice cream and snacks. There’s another room on the side set up like a huge dining room and full of kid’s toys. I seemed to have found the happening place in this town.

I looked around, not knowing what I’d find. Smack dab behind the counter, you’ll see a sign that reads “Coffee is always a good idea.” Right next to that is a board with a wide array of coffee options. On the green wall is a massive list of food options that sound amazing. I wanted a recommendation from someone that worked here, this is when I met Carlos. I told him that it was too late in the day to have a fourth cup of coffee, but as far as the food he recommended “Nini’s Sandwich.” Full of shredded beef, mushrooms, onions, bbq sauce, swiss cheese, pickles, mayo, chipotle pesto, all in a ciabatta roll. I’m salivating just thinking about it.

A few minutes later my sandwich was ready and I grabbed a seat outside. This is where I met Eileen, a local in the area, and had a wonderful conversation with her. We talked about coffee, life, Dylan Beach, Tomales, and everything in between. She was a wonderful lady to meet and I was very jealous of the iced mocha she ordered. I told her how much I enjoyed this sandwich and she informed me that everything here is delicious.

I headed inside to let Carlos know how good it was and what I was doing traveling around. He loved the idea and thanked me for stopping in. He informed me that all the food is organic but he doesn’t put any signs up advertising that because he knows that people will be able to tell how fresh his meals are after the first bite. I liked that philosophy a lot, made sense because this place is still thriving after 15 years. If you’re heading up Route 1 along the coast, don’t blink and miss it! And in case you were wondering, that was one of my favorite meals on this adventure so far.

The bathroom was around the side of the building. Make sure you ask for the bathroom key. It was a fine bathroom, with no complaints. I’ll rank this one a 9/10.

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#8 Cafe Pacifica


Cafe Pacifica

1821 Palmetto Ave.
Pacifica, CA
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Contact: 650-438-1808

 

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Date Visited: September 12, 2019

It was the crack of dawn. Early. My body has been trying to adjust to this Pacific Coast time but I think all the caffeine and lack of a real bed is throwing me off. Then I heard it. An elderly bunch on their morning stroll, the type that woke up before the sun. I could tell from their energy that they’ve had their coffee this morning. They were only a few cars away, narrowing in on my location and I hear, “Oh wow Texas plates!” And at this very moment, I knew she was going to lose her mind when she read “Maryland”. Boy was I right. Loud enough to wake every van-lifer on the block she goes, “Oh my goodness! This one is from Maryland!” It did leave me smiling realizing that I was not dreaming and I am actually in California living my dream.

With that, it was time to get up and grab some grub. Tried to fix up the bed a bit but I wasn’t kidding anyone, this is van life. Brushed my teeth, washed up, and started up the van. I was headed to a little place called Cafe Pacifica in Pacifica, California. Driving down the main street, I found the cute little cafe and a spot right in front! Knew it was going to be a good day. 

Walked up the ramp and admired all of the beautifully painted signage. This is a perfect little beach house with buoys and lights strung across the rafters. Headed inside where you can find a few tables and a comfy bench in the corner. It gave off an enjoyable beach vibe with boating, surfing, and ocean decor. Greeted by a very friendly barista, I placed my order for a medium coffee. She informed me that there was a minimum with credit cards, so I figured now’s probably the best time to have breakfast. 

After scanning the menu, the breakfast wrap was calling my name. I mean come on, what sounds better than 3 eggs, cheese, avocado, and mango peach salsa. Done deal.

I was handed a cup for coffee and headed over to the bar. There were three options for coffee: French roast, Cafe Pacifica “Kona”, and Italian roast. I went for the Kona and splashed a bit of milk in there so I could satisfy my craving sooner and cool it down. It was tasty.

I talked to the barista while I waited and found out a bit more than the eye could see. The coffee shop has been around for roughly 20 years, changing owners a couple of times. The current owner has been running the cafe for the past 4 years. I loved the aquamarine-colored walls, hand-painted murals, and the long list of food options. Mainly locals come in during the week, but travelers often trickled in more towards the weekend. 

Then I heard, “Spencer.” It was like a calling from the food Gods. Picked up the wrap and headed out to the patio to destroy this thing. Sun coming down, seagulls overhead, and coffee in hand, things are good. After celebrating 26 birthdays you would think I could figure out how to unwrap this thing. I finally figured it out and damn did it looked good. Counted my blessings and chowed down.

 

If you come through this spot, get the wrap! You will be very pleased. You know when you can taste the freshness of the ingredients, well this gets a personal rating of 10/10. I am hungry again just writing about it.  A perfect little spot to take the pup, a date, or the family.

Do they have a bathroom? Yes, they do! And a very cool one. A full underwater mural of sharks and fish swimming around the room. Some real talent went into painting this bathroom and with that, I give it a 10/10. And don’t worry, if you fall in there’s a buoy hanging above the toilet!

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#6 Kizler Coffee


Kizler Coffee

330 Palmetto Ave. #D
Pacifica, CA
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Contact: 650-451-3680

 

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Date Visited: September 11, 2019

After walking around the streets of Pacifica searching for the ocean on a chilly September day, I had no luck, the fog was too thick. I popped open my phone in search of my newest destination, Kizler Coffee. This coffee shop comes in hot with a 4.6 rating and 97 reviews. I drove half a mile down the street and came across a busy parking lot. Here sits Kizler Coffee. 

I circled the lot twice and found a perfect spot on the side street with a two-hour parking sign, bingo. Cracked my windows, grabbed my bag, and headed towards my most precious addiction, coffee.

This cafe is nestled in a little shopping center with a few other stores. Doors wide open and filled with natural light, I am digging the vibe already. Someone asks me, “Did you make that shirt?” and to his surprise, I did. I’m wearing one of my twelve shirts that say Find That Coffee. His name is Josh, super cool guy that just so happened to be the owner of this fine establishment. Josh was rocking his cute baby back and forth while letting me know everything about his shop. He was very proud of Kizler Coffee and has every right to be, incredibly cool spot. Josh, originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, took over the 19-year-old location about 5 years ago. He changed the name and made it personal.

Kizler Coffee supports local artists, a philosophy they stand by very highly. On the right wall, full of paintings and portraits, is a combination of work by 4 local artists. Over by the bar, you will find locally made stickers, jewelry, koozies, shirts, soap, and tons of other things tucked into the handmade wooden bar. The floor is concrete and the furniture is mostly recycled wood. Some tables have been designed, painted, and resined by a local artist as well. Josh’s hat and Nicole’s shirt (the barista) were both made by Oakland based artists. Josh talked more about his love to support local than trying to sell me on the coffee. That told me a lot about him and his love for the community. Respect.

I stepped up to the counter where Nicole nicely took my order and poured me a fresh cup of coffee. I guess Josh knew he didn’t need to say anything about the coffee, it tasted good. I sat down near the window and looked around. Screen printed t’s, succulents for sale, awesome animal sketches, recycled wood pallets everywhere, and an open unfinished ceiling. I was digging this place, very much my style. The walls were painted in solid colors to prepare for rotating artwork. Josh even told me they open the place up now and then to allow artists to come in and have full art shows. It obviously has a huge impact on the art world. I hope these photos capture the aesthetic Kizler Coffee gives off. Come check it out!

You know what time it is. Time to rank the bathroom. The bathroom gets 10/10, it did its job. Had an awesome display of artwork on the wall as well. Josh even went as far as painting the mirror to match the vibe of the place. Soft toilet paper, clean toilet, good smelling soap, and paper towels. I was pleased.

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#5 Chit-Chat Cafe


Chit Chat Cafe

5 W. Manor Dr.
Pacifica, CA
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Contact: 650-738-2380

 

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Date Visited: September 11, 2019

Just waking up, rolling over to see the bright Safeway sign beaming back at me through the curtains of my conversion van. Cars bustling by and the world beginning to wake up. Debating whether or not to slam my face back in the pillow or get up for the long day ahead. Slid the covers back, let out one of those amazing morning growls, let the day begin. 

Packed my toothbrush, my favorite boxers, T-shirt, and pants. Why pants you ask. Well, it’s currently 62 degrees on the coast of Pacifica, California. Feels like winter compared to the 91 degrees I’m coming from just 23 days ago in Maryland. Made my way into Safeway, oh the joys of van life. Washed up and got ready for the day.

Hopped in the van while dodging some of the sketchiest stares I’ve gotten in the last 3 weeks. The back of this parking lot made me very uncomfortable. Googled coffee shops and the first one I stumbled upon was Chit-Chat Coffee with a rating of 4.4 and 243 reviews, less than a quarter of a mile away. Well, I need something to warm up, so I was on my way.

 

 

Across the street from the local Post Office, sits Chit-Chat Coffee. Almost 75% of the windows looking out towards the ocean. This was like walking into your grandparents living room, and I mean that in the best way. It was super cozy, a bit cluttered behind the counter but they offer everything from what I can see. I counted over 28 different syrup flavors for making their signature drinks. If you plan to visit in the later afternoon, there is a beer menu consisting of eights beers, two wines, and a delicious-sounding mimosa. Three boards consisting of delicious sandwich options and most of all, a large board full of delightful coffee options. After scanning the menus, you could say my mood was pretty high, the prices were very fair.

The barista popped up and nicely greeted me. I was in no hurry today plus it was early in the morning, no one wanted to be awake. Ordered a medium coffee and headed over to the coffee bar. Staring at my six options of brews. I went back and asked the guy what brew he recommended right now and he told me “Dark French.” Good call, it was tasty. added a splash of half-and-half to it and made my way to the comfy bench in the back. 

There’s such a good vibe in this place. Everyone seems happy and enjoying life. Maybe it’s a Wednesday thing but I’m not entirely sure. The lady to my right is cranking out work emails and the man on my left is playing some motorcycle game on his laptop. People trickling in and out, like ants getting sugar and then off they go. 

Out of nowhere walks the happiest man I’ve seen all morning. Meet Paul, super sarcastic and full of energy. He had to be the owner, and boy was I right. Come to find out that Chit-Chat coffee has been around for 17-18 years. It’s a very local spot, not attracting many tourists with Starbucks up the road. But he was thrilled I stopped in. He told me if the fog wasn’t so thick right now, that I would be able to whale watch right from the cafe. And even cooler is the fact that a lot of musicians and artists roll into this spot. He left me in a much better mood than when I came in, a for sure place to check out.

And I know you’re curious, the bathroom situation gets a personal rating of a 9/10. A bit dark and nothing special, but it has a mirror, soap, loaded with tp, and clean lid! Nature wasn’t calling right now, but if it had, this was the place to be. Cheers!