Sweet potatoes... meh. Pies? Meh. Brownies? Meh. HOWEVER...... Sweet potato brownies and sweet potato pies? OH... MY... STARS.
Not only does this business make delicious food (I've had their pound cake too which is insanely DELICIOUS), but the food is GOOD for you. Made with organic ingredients, with vegan and gluten-free options, and promoting wholesome, homecooking... it's just amazing. There are too few business like that.
And setting aside the food... their customer service is amazing. I had given my opinion on one of the gluten-free, vegan, oatmeal-raisin cookies and they had actually followed up on it. They acknowledged my opinion and actually made a new batch and asked me to try it. I mean... WHO DOES THAT? Now that right there is the small-town, genuine, mom-n-pop shop customer service that I truly miss.
Cane Patch... you keep doing what you do and spread the positivity around. It is definitely making this world a better place. (o:
Poor business practice- A few months ago I was asked by the owner to take this post down. Instead of coming to me directly to treat a unsatisfied customer, he went through someone else to deliver the message- I need to take my negative review down or he will consider charging the artists to set up their booths in the Art Walk. I used to be an artist at the San Marcos Art Walk until this incident.
Hey... I can understand what it means to be a community and supporting one another.... but, to try to censor me and control your ratings and use your power of being chair in the San Marcos Art Council... well, sorry buddy, that's just disrespectful and bad karma. I suggest that you should of reached out to me yourself, addressed my dissatisfaction in a professional manner, and then bring up the developing community between the restaurants and the artists.
I lagged in posting this information out of fear that the owner was going to do something drastic to my friends who were still participating in the Art Walk. Needless to say... there were some negative changes that occurred anyways and my friends are no longer part of the Art Walk.
By the way, I went there again recently-- had a regular coffee-- there were grinds in my coffee. Not sure if I just have bad luck you with this place. However, the atmosphere of this place is still great. The location and the events, and the outdoor patio is beautiful. At least you've got that going for you.
Guy who took my order didn't even write it down. He got our drinks completely wrong, one entry wrong completely wrong, and forgot to bring out side dish.
Pho broth is bland.
Fresh spring rolls were the worst I've ever had.
They use the wrong lettuce for the vermicelli, spring rolls, and egg roll dishes.
Had to ask for water 3 times. THREE TIMES........
Thai tea tasted like creamy, orange-colored water with too much ice.
I'm not exaggerating here folks... and I'm going to tell you, I am Asian, and I have been to every single Pho place that is south of the 78 freeway and north of the 94. I don't usually bash restaurants, but this pho place..... is by far..... a freakin' joke. A JOKE. The only reason I feel like this place has decent stars is because it has like NO competition.... MAN.... if you guys only KNEW what pho is suppose to be like..... GEEZ.
Food: It was decent. My boyfriend was head-over-heels for the chocolate chop pancakes. I had a scramble. It wasn't anything that really woo'd me. Coffee could have been stronger.
Atmosphere: It's okay... nothing that really made it feel special or awesome.
Service: Could be better. I had to flag a waitress down to refill my coffee. I caught a look of slight annoyance when I did. Word of advice-- it's your job hunny. Get over it. Food came out speedy. Checking out process was speedy.
Overall: this is place is good if you're just looking for a local place to eat. Prices are just a LITTLE bit on the high side for the place being just decent. It's definitely worth a shot... maybe someone else will find this place awesome. For me... maybe I'm spoiled and think I deserve more for my money.
FOOD: Consistent. Fresh ingredients. Simple and DELICIOUS. Recommendations: Uhmmmmm..... EVERYTHIING? Yes... EVERYTHING.
COFFEE: For a breakfast place, this restaurant has bomb-diggity coffee. They even provide "fancy creamer" which I feel that all breakfast restaurants should do.
SERVICE: I have come to this restaurant almost every week for the past 6-8 months and NOT ONCE have I been displeased with the service. NOT ONCE.
The only downside is the wait on the weekends. Is the worth it? My goodness, YES. What's super nice is that the servers aren't douchbags about it either... tell them that you're going to run an errand within the alloted wait time and they will accommodate for this and not give your spot away.
Ugh... I want to live here.
Wow.... very rarely am I impressed with the quality of coffee and espresso made here in North County San Diego.... but, this place does it. They really do pay attention to the art and craft of the drink. So far... they have been truly consistent with their quality which is hard to come by. Atmosphere is great even though I feel that the AC is cranked way too high.
My only complaint is their hours of operation. Every coffee place should be open before the majority of people go into work. So, being open by 4:30am-5am... even 6am is acceptable. Even staying open later so that people who are done with dinner have a nice place to go to... would be ideal.
I love this place so much that as soon as they made the "Black Card" available, I jumped on it. "The Best Drink Ever" lives up to it's name. All the blended drinks have this heavenly fluffiness to it. The espresso is strong and does what your money paid for. To top it all off, the service is consistent and bubbly... but not overbearing.
I love your Better Buzz San Marcos... will you marry me?
This festival does a great job for the limited amount of space they can rent out and the type and amount of vendors they can display and the type of entertainment they can show.
It's a free festival..... there's live entertainment and food abundance.... I figure WHY NOT.
Are you kidding me? This place makes me cry when I eat cause it's one of the most beautiful food I've ever put in my mouth.
I HIGHLY suggest the CABEZA tacos. It's made out of the meat of the head.... which may sound unappealing, but it is OH-SO-TENDER. Just get ONE and try it out.
Other than the food that makes me hear singing angels while I eat... the service is fast, the environment is clean, and it is OPEN LATE. You don't get food like this at any Filiberto-Roberto-Aiberto knock off.
Suggestions: Sisig Burrito (sounds funny... but HOLY MOTHER it makes you feel special) .... Kare Kare (Oh, takes me back) ... and surprisingly, as cliche as it sounds (cause I grew up with Filipino food) but this place has some of the best lumpia and fried chicken chicharon I ever done had.
Service is awesome... they may get busy... but they're genuine and the food is made FRESH so that's why it may seem like it takes awhile.
Be aware though... sometimes they have a kareoke night which can get REALLY annoying if the ladies are being rowdy. I'd suggest calling ahead of time if you're looking for a quiet dinner... otherwise, it can be comedy while you eat.