Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Original Saugus Cafe

Saugus Cafe was featured on Eater LA recently. I didn't pay much attention to it till Mertz brought it to my attention. What was interesting to her was she used to visit her grandma in Newhall. The cafe was established in 1886. A lot of western movies were filmed in the area. Former customers included Presidents Benjamin Harrison and Theodore Roosevelt, actors Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks.

We were excited and hungry. We walked in through what seemed to be a waiting room with 2 sofas, a couple of chairs, lottery ticket machine and a couple of bikes. The dining room reminded me of a train; long with old fashioned chairs by the counter and a bunch of booths.They had black and white pictures of actors on the wall and a blackboard with the daily specials.

Mertz ordered a side of the Corned Beef Hash and a side of Hash Browns. I had the Corned Beef Hash and Eggs and Sandi had the Caf├ęs Famous Eggs Benedict which had bacon, avocado, spinach and cheese. Her Eggs Benedict was very good compared to our corned beef hash. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't that special. I on the other hand, cleaned my plate since I was starving; Mertz did too.

After our big breakast, we were off on the Bigmobile on the way to Santa Monica for a movie but before we headed home, Mertz drove us to see her Grandma's house which was quite impressive. It looked very much like a European house on the Alps.

We thank Mertz for treating us to an enjoyable ride, lunch, tour, along with historical lecture on Newhall/Saugas. 

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