Offering breakfast and lunch options since 2003 in Camarillo, Jessica’s Cafe is a lively spot that has attracted loyal fans over the years.
Combining the familiar with the whimsical, coffee hits all the bases, and then some, in its range from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. On Sundays they are open until 1:30 p.m. and on Mondays they take a day off.
Jessica seems to have designed a menu on which hungry diners are bound to find something to please them. We opted for a few breakfast dishes that piqued our curiosity as we had never seen them on any menu: Buster Brown ($ 11.29) and Joe’s Scramble ($ 10.99).
The first is a surprising hash brown pie stuffed with bacon and sweet pepper cheese, presented with two eggs and a choice of toast, muffin or cookie. When he appeared at our table, he clearly established himself as something I had never seen before.
The large round of crisp white hash browns looked like a crown on the mixture below. The biggest surprise was that the hash browns weren’t “brown”, but white, although grated and fully cooked.
My friend found the dish so unusual that she took some of it home and showed it to her husband, who may have been impressed with the “white” hash browns, but didn’t. wasted time to finish the unusual dish.
Joe’s Scramble, while less intriguing, was a savory dish consisting of a trio of scrambled eggs with ground beef, spinach, mushrooms, and jack and cheddar cheeses.
Both dishes were served with your choice of a side dish of potatoes, fresh fruit or Spanish rice with toast, a muffin or a cookie. My friend and I both chose wheat bread toast, although the determining ingredients were slightly different. Both were very good.
Instead of the potato side, I went for the Spanish rice, just out of curiosity, and it seemed like it should go well with some of the more Spanish dishes, including Ortega peppers in several combinations, huevos rancheros and magitas, described on the menu as scrambled eggs with tortilla chips, Spanish sauce and cheese.
The cafe also serves five different Egg Benedict dishes, including a Neptune version with crab and shrimp. Among the hot plate items there is a cranberry-orange version of pancakes.
For lunch, the cafe serves soups and salads, the latter including a barbecue chicken or a three-tipped version, as well as sandwiches and wraps.
If you prefer hamburgers, hot dogs or chilies, they are available in different versions. There are even Icelandic cod platters in a variety of preparations and sizes. Drinks range from fountain drinks and milkshakes to mimosas, wine and beer.
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If you are going to
- What: Jessica’s Coffee
- Or: 596 Mobile Avenue, Camarillo
- Information: 805-482-7311
- Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday
- Impressions: Homemade breakfast with some innovative elements, familiar lunch menu consisting of soups, salads, sandwiches. Breakfast dishes can be ordered throughout the restaurant’s opening hours. Unusual breakfast options include Buster Brown, a hash brown ‘pie’ filled with bacon and cheese, served with two eggs and a choice of toast, muffin, or cookie.
- What’s hot: Buster Brown “Pie” with a hash brown base filled with bacon and mild Pepperjack cheese, served with two eggs and your choice of toast, muffin or cookie.
2 for breakfast or lunch
- Main dishes: Joe’s Scramble ($ 10.99) + Buster Brown ($ 11.29)
- Tab for two: $ 16 to $ 24
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