Where To Get Your Coffee Fix in La Jolla

Do you love coffee? Let’s face it – who doesn’t? What’s not to love? In La Jolla, there certainly isn’t a shortage of warm coffee houses where you can do this. Here are just some of our favorites.

Girard Gourmet:

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Girard Gourmet is a La Jolla bakery, deli and restaurant serving up freshness for breakfast, lunch and dinner- and they just recently celebrated their 30th year of being in business! This is the perfect spot to grab a fresh pastry, and enjoy a warm cup of coffee. Open daily at 7am, Girard Gourmet. Located on Girard Avenue in La Jolla village, Girard Gourmet is also a catering favorite for La Jolla residents and businesses.
Harry’s Coffee Shop:
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Harry’s coffee shop has been making visitors and coffee lovers happy since 1960. This Coffee Shop was the brainchild of Harry Rudolph and has been in the Rudolph family for more than 60 years. In addition to the delicious food and coffee, the unique collection of paintings and comfortable booths will put a smile on your face, guaranteed! Grab a friend, and go on down to Harry’s!
Goldfish Point Cafe:
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Coffee AND a view? Say no more – we’re in! Goldfish Point Cafe overlooking La Jolla Cove and the La Jolla caves offers a variety of specialty coffee drinks and pastries. Grab a cup, and hit the beach. Or if you prefer sandwiches and box lunches, the offer that as well. Goldfish Point Cafe in La Jolla delivers to La Jolla businesses, La Jolla hotels and La Jolla residences daily from 8am-3pm.
Brick & Bell: 
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The Brick & Bell Cafe is housed in a 100-year old red rustic brick house along Siverado Street, and has been a favorite hangout spot since 2003. A few perks to Brick & Bell include their famous scones (which they serve up to 1,000 per day), their early bird-friendliness (they open at 4am on weekdays), their casual and friendly atmosphere, and their tasty and affordable cup of Joe! No wonder it’s a town favorite!

It’s A Date! Celebrate Valentine’s Day in La Jolla

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Valentine’s Day, the quintessential day of love, is rapidly approaching. More than a splendid day of gifting chocolates and flowers to someone special. There’s hardly anything more romantic than a tranquil environment where quality wine and a delectable meal in a five-star restaurant may be enjoyed with your loved one. How convenient would it be if one of the better restaurants in La Jolla were actually located inside your hotel? As luck would have it for vacationers and local San Diegans alike, there are numerous hotels in La Jolla with premier on-site restaurants, all crème de la crème for a celebration of romance in San Diego’s premier seaside community.

The restaurant inside the elegant Empress Hotel is located near the ocean, a delightful hotel that caters to guests from around the country. The Empress features a restaurant appropriately named Manhattan that mimics the presence and atmosphere of a definitive New York lounge. Live piano shows pay tribute to an unobtrusive and warm ambiance. Diners and lovers alike have a choice to either eat in the bar lounge area, or conversely may opt to spend their special time together relishing their meal in the private dining room. Designated as San Diego’s Best Romantic Restaurant, Manhattan provides its diners with the additional extravagance of an award-winning menu, featuring specialties such as veal chop, a signature scampi, classic cannelloni and homemade pastas. For that special Valentine’s Day romantic date, Manhattan’s delicious offerings, along with its reserved, affectionate surroundings make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience long to be cherished by lovers.

The Nine-Ten Restaurant is a first-rate steakhouse conveniently located on La Jolla’s historic Prospect Street inside the Grande Colonial. Nine-Ten diners have an option to revel in airy al-fresco dining on its private sidewalk patio, or in the soothing ambiance of its indoor dining room which features opulent mahogany wood accents and lofty ceilings. Nine-Ten provides its ever-welcome guests this Valentine’s Day with an expansive selection of quality, local menu choices and fine wine. Couples are able to pamper themselves with delightful dishes crafted from locally grown produce and indigenous La Jolla seafood. The atmosphere at Nine-Ten is the perfect place to enjoy numerous entrees along with tastefully paired wine. For that romantic night you seek with your special someone, Nine-Ten delivers lasting memories along with its memorable menu selections.

The Shores Restaurant is fittingly located in the La Jolla Shores Hotel. The restaurant provides lovers and couples with an incomparable ocean view of the Pacific. For lovers who prefer to enjoy the fresh scent of the Pacific replete with the sound of the waves, as well as relax in a calm ocean breeze, The Shores Restaurant features an open-air patio. The expansive layout and modest decor creates a laid back setting that is great for lovers and couples seeking a special night out filled with a romantic atmosphere and a mouth-watering menu.

Additionally, guests staying at the La Jolla Shores Hotel may be ensured they will receive kingly and queenly treatment from their deluxe, full-service accommodations. They additionally offer special romance deals that include special discounts and accompaniments to enhance a special Valentine’s Day stay.

La Jolla Juice Bars We Love

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It’s a new year, and it’s the perfect opportunity to start your health kick! If you overdid it on the holiday dinners and sweets, you might be feeling like you need to do a detox. La Jolla is the best place to get back on track!

Stop in for an ice-cold green juice from one or more of these insanely-awesome juice bars in La Jolla.

Juice Kaboose
7556 Fay Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: The Green Lemonade. For over 20 awesome years, Juice Kaboose has been offering La Jolla residents and visitors alike with a healthy abundance of lip-smacking green juices, and their Green Lemonade is certainly no exception. Created with fresh apple juice, fresh lemon juice, ginger, spinach, cucumber, celery, and honey, Green Lemonade is an energizing choice for any La Jolla day when you’re seeking a refreshing juice to chill with. And hey, as an added bonus, the blend of honey and ginger fuels the body’s immune system and fights off any of those nasty toxins that may be coursing through your body.

Lean and Green Cafe
7825 Fay Ave, Suite 180
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: The Ultimate Green. Lean and Green Cafe’s Ultimate Green juice is prepared with all organic ingredients, including apple, celery, cucumber, and spinach. Spinach is bursting with wall-to-wall antioxidants and vitamins A, C and K. Oh, too high-cal you say? Not. The Ultimate Green remains a low-calorie, healthy green! This particular drink is perfect right after surfing or after an intensive yoga session, so ask for one for your “ultimate” cool-down.

Nekter Juice Bar
834 Kline Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: The Greenie. This is Nekter’s signature green juice. Made fresh to order, this juice is an invigorating assortment of parsley, spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, lemon and apple for a hint of sweetness. Parsley is a particularly favorable ingredient, because it acts as a cleansing agent by promoting optimal kidney function. The Greenie’s ingredients are rich and contain appetite suppressant veggies.

Juice Crafters
935 Silverado St
La Jolla, CA 92037

What we recommend: Green #2. Juice Crafters takes pride in their cold-pressed juices and on-the-spot made-to-order smoothies and bowls – and for excellent reason! Greener #2 is a cold-pressed concoction of kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber celery, apple and lemon. Rife with vitamins A, C, E and K, this juice has the perfect purifying properties that make it a fantastic and satisfying post-work out drink.

So drink up! Here’s to good health not just in the summertime, but all year around too! 


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We would like to offer our diverse annual print, web, app and social media marketing/advertising platform to your local business as a way to help you generate new clients and customers to increase your revenue. If you or someone you know would like to see a true increase in their business, customer base or sales, please reach out to us by phone at 858-459-7939. We look forward to sharing information on our successful established diverse advertising resources with you.

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Give Thanks. And Let NINE-TEN Do the Cooking!

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Do you want to have Thanksgiving dinner but don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen? We have a solution for you – go to NINE-TEN.

An ongoing commitment to innovative cuisine using only the freshest local produce makes NINE-TEN a must visit for culinary aficionados. This intimate restaurant, led by award-winning chef Jason Knibb (a 2011 Iron Chef America Challenger and 2010 Rising Star Chef winner), offers the perfect combination of sophistication and casual elegance and an ideal location along Prospect Street. Enjoy the best of the harvest from local artisan farmers, where produce is selected daily for the restaurant’s Evolving California Cuisine, recognized with an “extraordinary to perfection” rating by ZAGAT. The bounty of the sea is also featured with local fish selections and items arriving daily from Hawaii and the North Pacific and Atlantic regions. Special prix fixe menus are available and feature matching wines from the extensive, Wine Spectator awarded wine cellar. Enjoy dining indoors or al fresco on the sidewalk patio or ocean-view terrace.

In keeping with their ongoing commitment to creating innovative cuisine using only the freshest ingredients, Chef Jason Knibb and Pastry Chef Jose Alonzo III will prepare a special, three-course prix-fixe dinner on Thanksgiving.

3 -Course Prix-Fixe Menu
$72 per person / $97 with wine pairings
(turkey plate for children 12 and under $25)

See their full menu HERE


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Holiday Dining at the Marine Room and The Shores Restaurant

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The well-established Marine Room was recently named one of the “100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America” by Open Table. Now The Marine Room is exceedingly pleased to announce a succession of holiday themed events featuring scrumptious menus from award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas, and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. The menus feature San Diego area ingredients with an international slant. The Marine Room provides extensive views all the way to La Jolla Cove, culinary distinction, and a definitive and uncompromising service. The San Diego landmark offers patrons the occasion to experience fine dining at its best all throughout the upcoming holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day – Why not enjoy a festive à la carte menu for a delightful, stress-free Thanksgiving, where everyone gets to eat what they crave. Guests may opt from a broad selection of delectable dishes including Autumn Mushroom Cocotte, Sweet Corn Coconut Blue Crab Bisque, Moroccan Tagine Lamb Osso Buco, Woodchuck Pear Cider Brined Turkey Breast, Whole Roasted Organic Kuri Squash, and Center Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon. If those dandies weren’t enough, follow them up with seductive desserts such as Heirloom Apple Gateau, Five Spice Pumpkin Torte and Gluten-Free Valrhona Chocolate Red Currant Dacquoise, all sure to fulfill your sweet tooth cravings!

High-Tide Breakfasts – These awesome breakfasts’ are certainly a Marine Room tradition! Be sure to make it a point to revel in an enchanting breakfast buffet, as waves from the expansive Pacific pound against the Marine Room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. This extraordinary morning buffet includes Poached Eggs Benedict, Grand Marnier Chocolate Brioche French Toast, and wait for it, Preserved Stone Fruit Blintz. The Marine Room’s High Tide Breakfasts are presented on limited weekends: November 18-19; December 2-3, and 16-17 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The price is a mere $48 per person.

More about The Marine Room

In the event you haven’t heard, the stylish restaurant was also voted “2017 Most Romantic Restaurant” by the San Diego Union Tribune, and “2017 Best Executive Chef” by Ranch & Coast Magazine. The Marine Room and its renowned Executive Chef Bernard Guillas, offers patrons international cuisine rooted in French classics. Its remarkable, panoramic views, consummate service, and exceptional wine list have made The Marine Room San Diego’s foremost dining destinations for well over 75 years. The Marine Room is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc., and is located at 2000 Spindrift Drive in La Jolla. Visit www.MarineRoom.com for more information and to make reservations today.

Ring in the Holidays on the Beach at The Shores Restaurant

The Shores Restaurant is conveniently located on the beach at La Jolla Shores, and is proud to announce its fantastic seasonal menu. The well-known and appreciated restaurant provides panoramic observations all the way from La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier. The Shores is truly a La Jolla paragon of delight and provides patrons with a distinct opportunity to dine elegantly mere steps from the beach, as well as an occasion to experience a California-style holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Give mom and grandma a respite from cooking turkey and all the blessings that go with it this year and head on over to The Shores for a veritable feast sure to please one and all. Delight in a diverse selection of flavorful appetizers, and appealing main courses inclusive of Herbs De Provence Butter Basted Tom Turkey, Chorizo Rainbow Chard Frittata and Rosemary Roasted Angus Prime Rib, autumn sides, lip smacking desserts, and considerably more. The Thanksgiving Day Buffet is available on Thursday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is $58 per person and special pricing is available for kids 12 and under.

 About The Shores Restaurant

The Shores Restaurant was voted 2016 Readers Choice “Best Sunday Brunch” by the La Jolla Village News and the beneficiary of Open Table’s Diners’ Choice Award. The Shores Restaurant offers up state-of-the-art American gastronomy replete with fresh area ingredients, family-friendly fare, stunning oceanfront panoramas, and, of course, splendid service. Conveniently located inside the La Jolla Shores Hotel, and next to Kellogg Park, The Shores Restaurant is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc., which also oversees the historic and award-winning Marine Room restaurant. The Shores Restaurant is located at 8110 Camino Del Oro in La Jolla. Visit www.theshoresrestaurant.com/Menus/ThanksgivingBuffet for more information.

 

Celebrate the Holiday Season at The Marine Room and/or The Shores!

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The holiday season is quickly approaching, San Diego. You can already feel it in the crispier air. We know what the holidays bring: food! Well, you’re likely heard about it, and maybe you’re even experienced it, but there’s really no better way to enjoy holiday fine dining than at The Marine Room or The Shores Restaurant. Pssst, take a look at what they have in store for their treasured patrons and guests this holiday season.

The Marine Room, which was recently named one of the “100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America” by Open Table, is pleased to announce a series of holiday events featuring exciting menus from award-winning Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Ron Oliver. These exquisite, palate pleasing menus feature area ingredients replete with a global flare. A veritable San Diego landmark, The Marine Room provides sweeping views of renowned La Jolla Cove, culinary superiority, and uncompromising and unequalled service. The Marine Room provides guests with an exceptional opportunity to experience exquisite dining at its very finest all through the merry holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day – Guests are able to enjoy a joyful à la carte menu for a laid back, worry-free Thanksgiving, where everyone gets what they want. Diners can opt from a broad selection of incredible dishes including Autumn Mushroom Cocotte, Sweet Corn Coconut Blue Crab Bisque, Moroccan Tagine Lamb Osso Buco, Woodchuck Pear Cider Brined Turkey Breast, Whole Roasted Organic Kuri Squash, and Center Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon. Afterwards, placate your sweet tooth with enticing desserts such as Heirloom Apple Gateau, Five Spice Pumpkin Torte and Gluten-Free Valrhona Chocolate Red Currant Dacquoise.

High-Tide Breakfasts – These extraordinary breakfasts are a longstanding Marine Room tradition! Delight in an appealing breakfast buffet as the waves of the Pacific pound against the restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows. This unparalleled repast includes such discerning faves such as Poached Eggs Benedict, Grand Marnier Chocolate Brioche French Toast and Preserved Stone Fruit Blintz. High Tide Breakfasts are also available on select weekends, specifically on: November 4-5, 18-19; and December 2-3, 16-17, from 7 to 11 a.m. The cost is a mere $48 per person for a veritable feast.

The Marine Room and its eminent Executive Chef Bernard Guillas invites diners to experience global cuisine rooted in French classics. Along with the aforementioned spectacular views, exemplary service and outstanding wine list, The Marine Room has made it San Diego’s foremost dining destination for over 75 years. The Marine Room is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc. and is conveniently located at 2000 Spindrift Drive in scenic and ever fashionable La Jolla. For more information, kindly visit www.MarineRoom.com

For another fine place to dine during the holiday season, and located right on the beach at La Jolla Shores, The Shores Restaurant has announced its holiday season fare. From well-known and oft-visited La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier, The Shores offers a panoramic views for the discerning patron. This local gem provides guests with an opportunity to partake of an exceptional menu mere steps from the soft-sand beach and experience a true California-style holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day Buffet – Why not give everybody a well-deserved break from hovering over hot stoves and piping hot ovens this holiday season and get on over to The Shores for a spread sure to gratify everyone. Guests are encouraged to enjoy an assortment of flavorful appetizers, and delectable main courses including Herbs De Provence Butter Basted Tom Turkey, Chorizo Rainbow Chard Frittata and Rosemary Roasted Angus Prime Rib, seasonal sides, mouth-watering specialty desserts, and considerably more. The Thanksgiving Day Buffet is available on Thursday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is only $58 per person and, of course, special pricing is available for children 12 and under.

Voted 2016 Readers Choice “Best Sunday Brunch” by the La Jolla Village News and recipient of Open Table’s Diners’ Choice Award, The Shores Restaurant offers state-of-the-art American cuisine with fresh area ingredients, family-friendly cuisine, fabulous oceanfront views, and outstanding service. Located within the La Jolla Shores Hotel and right next to Kellogg Park, The Shores Restaurant is owned and operated by La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, Inc., which also oversees the historic and award-winning Marine Room restaurant. The Shores Restaurant is expediently located at 8110 Camino Del Oro in awesome and ever lovely La Jolla. More information is available by clicking by going to www.TheShoresRestaurant.com


8-395x600-1We would love to promote you or a friend’s San Diego business via our 80+ year established diverse local media brand:

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We would like to offer our diverse annual print, web, app and social media marketing/advertising platform to your local business as a way to help you generate new clients and customers to increase your revenue. If you or someone you know would like to see a true increase in their business, customer base or sales, please reach out to us by phone at 858-459-7939. We look forward to sharing information on our successful established diverse advertising resources with you.

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Spend Your Holiday’s at The Shores!

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The Shores Restaurant, conveniently located right on the scenic beach at La Jolla Shores, is pleased to announce and invite guests to its seasonal offerings of 2017. Patrons to The Shores will be treated to joyful holiday menus, a gift wrapping offer on the house, and, of course, a simply astounding location to host your oceanfront holiday party. An iconic jewel, The Shores offers panoramic views from renowned La Jolla Cove to Scripps Pier. Guests will marvel at an opportunity to feast mere steps from the beach and experience a California-style holiday season. For 2017, The Shores offers you:

  • Thanksgiving Day Buffet: The holiday season can be stressful, so why not consider giving yourself a much need break from cooking this year and come on out to The Shores for a veritable spread of Thanksgiving bounty designed to please the discriminating palate. Relish in a variety of flavorful appetizers, delicious main courses, including Herbs De Provence Butter Basted Tom Turkey, Chorizo Rainbow Chard Frittata and Rosemary Roasted Angus Prime Rib, autumn sides, scrumptious, mouthwatering desserts and considerably more. Come avail of The Thanksgiving Day Buffet on Thursday, November 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The cost is only $58 per person and, of course, special pricing is available for kids 12 and under. 
  • Holiday Parties: What better way to celebrate the holidays than in one of the more inspired of settings in all of California at the oceanfront Shores Restaurant. This year, surprise your guests and loved ones to a spectacular surfside view treat and a distinctive two-course menu beginning at $29 per person for lunch and $37 per person for dinner. Menus consist of seasonal specialties specifically crafted by Executive Chef Bernard Guillas and Chef de Cuisine Percy Oani. Make plans today and reserve your preferred date by calling 858.456.0600 or by emailing: ShoresDining@TheShoresRestaurant.com.
  • “Wrap It Up” Free Gift Wrapping: For the absolute finest in gift wrapping, The Shores Restaurant is bringing back its ever popular “Wrap It Up” holiday offer. Beginning Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, November 24, and running through December 22, guests will be able to enjoy two courtesy gift wrappings while reveling in a delectable lunch or dinner in the dining room. The Shores Restaurant offers the picture-perfect place to unwind after a bustling day of holiday shopping, replete with specialty hand-crafted holiday cocktails, seasonal specials, and one-of-a-kind views of the expansive Pacific.
  • Christmas Eve: A singular and unique day always deserves an exceptional meal. Why not get out to The Shores and celebrate the spirit of the holiday season with incredible à la carte dinner specials including Mandarin Fennel Glazed Maine Lobster Tail, Jade Pesto Crusted Sea Bass, and Angus 1855 Ribeye Steak.
  • Christmas Day Buffet: It’s the most wonderful day of the year! Round up the loved ones and several friends for good tidings with a decadent Christmas Day Buffet from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Treat one and all to a repast fit for a king and queen! Menus include Garlic Thyme Rubbed Angus Ribeye Roast, Julian Black and Blue Cider Brined Tom Turkey, Plum Wine Glazed Bone-In Ham, seasonal sides, and for the kids, a comprehensive children’s station. Afterwards, tease your palate anew with an assortment of seasonal desserts including Gingerbread Cheesecake and Peppermint Chocolate Brownies. The cost is $58 per person and, of course, special pricing is available for children 12 and under.
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner: Before the famous ball drops in Times Square, come out and join them for a fantastic last meal of 2017. Pamper your loved ones and yourself with succulent à la carte specials such as Maine Diver Scallops, Hawaiian Pink Snapper, and Center Cut Angus Filet Mignon. Additionally, a family-friendly menu with options for children is available.

Reservations can easily be made by calling 858.456.0600 or by visiting www.TheShoresRestaurant.com.

Kindly note that tax, gratuity and beverages are not included in the price. Additional restrictions may apply.


8-395x600-1We would love to promote you or a friend’s San Diego business via our 80+ year established diverse local media brand:

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We would like to offer our diverse annual print, web, app and social media marketing/advertising platform to your local business as a way to help you generate new clients and customers to increase your revenue. If you or someone you know would like to see a true increase in their business, customer base or sales, please reach out to us by phone at 858-459-7939. We look forward to sharing information on our successful established diverse advertising resources with you.

We are thankful to have so many local businesses who have been advertising with us successfully every year since the 1940’s. We would like to be able to bring you the same huge ROI we have brought other local businesses each year due to their advertising with us.

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An Interview with Richard Walker Jr. of Richard Walker’s Pancake House in La Jolla

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Richard Walker Sr. and Richard Walker Jr.

If you’re familiar with the San Diego area or Chicagoland, you probably know about Richard Walkers. Since 1948, the Walker name has become synonymous with quality family dining. Since then, the family has perfected its reputation for outstanding gourmet pancakes and breakfasts.

Their story begins when Victor and Everett Walker began opening snack shops in Evanston, IL. In 1960, they opened Walker Bros. Original Pancake House in Wilmette, IL.  In 1981, Ray Walker and Richard Walker Sr., sons of Victor, opened Walker Bros Original Pancake House in Glenview, IL.

Cut to 7 years later, when Richard Walker Sr. ventured out on his own and opened Richard Walker’s Pancake House in Schaumburg, IL.. Then in 1996, Richard Sr. opened a second location in Crystal Lake, IL.

In 2006, Richard Sr. made the wonderful decision to relocate to San Diego and open the third location in downtown San Diego, CA

In 2014, the San Diego area got even luckier when Richard Walker Jr. joined the family business and opened the fourth Richard Walker’s Pancake House in La Jolla, CA.

The Walker’s family history and business reputation is admirable, to say the least.

We had the distinct pleasure of talking with Richard Walker of Richard Walker’s Pancake House in La Jolla about his family and his business.

La Jolla Blue Book: I understand that Richard Walker’s Restaurant history goes back to 1948, nearly 70 years starting with your granddad. I took a brief look at your restaurant “family tree” history. Seems it all began with brothers Everett and Victor, then onto brothers Ray and Richard Sr. and then finally onto you, Richard Jr, is that correct?

Richard Walker: That’s correct. It all started with Snack Shops in Chicagoland. Shortly after, the Walker family got involved in serving the best breakfasts in the area. With the family name on 11 restaurants to date between Chicago and San Diego County, it’s been quite the road.

LJBB: There’s two Richard Walker’s Pancake Houses (RWPH) in Chicagoland and two in San Diego County. Have you found a difference between Chicago foodies and California foodies?

Richard Walker: In California, is it far easier to procure our produce, dairy and meats locally year-round. This is a commitment we have to our customers in Chicago but at times it’s impossible. In California, we’re proud to offer the overwhelming majority of products locally and sustainably. And people in California really appreciate that hallmark of our commitment to locally producing our cuisine. In decades past, customers knew our product was superior but local vendors were not the “thing” they are now. The Walker Family has been doing this for over half a century and will continue to operate this way as long as RWPH exists.

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Richard Walkers Pancake House La Jolla.

LJBB: I read that your father trained at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in classical piano, but then detoured into the food service industry during his studies. That’s quite a transition! You pretty much did the same thing. You were with Ernst and Young for 12 years, then in 2014 you joined the family restaurant business and opened the La Jolla location. Did you always sense that you would eventually join the family business?

RW: Working for Ernst and Young (EY) all those years was an incredible experience. I traveled to 47 states and over 60 countries during that period. I worked in EY’s Advisory Practice (as opposed to Accounting and/or Tax). I had the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest – not only my fellow management consultants, but also the clients we served. So many of the lessons I learned at EY have been applied to running a successful business here and now.

As far as a sense of ultimately being involved in the family business. . . I’d say that it was always in the back of my mind. My passion is for hard work, efficiency, human interaction, responsible procurement, customer service, and team building. Having the opportunity to serve the best breakfast in the world creates a perfect vehicle for me to live my passion.

LJBB: Your San Diego restaurants have been described as elegant, with the vibe of an upscale dinner house. Seeing how your father was a classical pianist, do you think there’s a possibility that we’ll ever be listening to classical music while dining at one of them?

RW: We solely play Classical and Baroque music overhead at the restaurant via satellite. You won’t hear the same track twice over the course of an entire week. You’d be surprised how many people really appreciate it! Even our staff has pep in their step when listening subconsciously to the soothing melodies.

LJBB: Tell us about the decor of Richard Walker’s.  I read where you talked about things like the stained glass in your La Jolla location, and I watched your dad talk about the elegant vibe at the downtown location. I also understand that there’s a Frank Lloyd Wright influence that goes back a long ways. Is that where idea for a distinctive type of a decor for the pancake house began?

RW: Both the Downtown and La Jolla locations are similarly decorated and efficiently laid out. Mahogany millwork and high ceilings fill both spaces and an abundance of booths cradle our guests. Mid-Century clean lines and the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright can easily be sensed. However, it’s the original hand-made stained glass masterpieces created by Architecture Magazine’s “Tiffany of this century,” Jeff Smith, which steal the show.   A lifelong Texan, Jeff has become a personal friend to both Sr. and Jr. He actually transports the installations nearly 2,000 miles and does the installations personally. At both locations, challenge yourself to find our iconic Rabbit scampering from one end of the restaurant to the other depicted in the stained glass.

Richard Walker's Pancake House stained glass windows.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House stained glass windows.

LJBB: There can certainly be some interesting dynamics when working with family members. What’s your experience been like working as father and son?

RW: I saved nearly every penny I made when I worked all those years for EY. I sold my Chicago condo and plowed everything I had into the La Jolla location. As a result, I own 100% of the location and all the good and bad that come with it. Richard Sr. owns 100% of his locations. This has kept Father and Son in a great place emotionally. We help each other because we want to. We want to see the other succeed. Sometimes our ideas work, sometimes they don’t. Financial shortcomings and windfalls are all a result of the decisions we ultimately make for ourselves. As a result, our relationship only strengthens with every passing day.

LJBB: What’s the strongest attribute you bring to the table or team?

RW: I think that my staff is happier when I’m around. I am physically present at the La Jolla location about 350 days per year. And every time I’m away for a day or two, I get back to a greater sense of calm when I’m there throughout the staff. And to have your staff appreciate you like that is not an easy culture to establish. The staff knows that everything will be better if the boss is around. I also know exactly what I don’t know. And the staff knows how crucial and how appreciated they truly are.

LJBB: Richard Walker’s has been honored and awarded with some impressive titles, including best breakfast, best new restaurant, best omelette, best coffee, the pinnacle of pancakes, and more! Out of all of these, which one are you the most proud of?

RW: Since opening in La Jolla, we have won the La Jolla Village News “Best Breakfast” and Best Omelette” award every year, along with “Best New Restaurant” the year we opened. However, the crown jewel of RWPH was winning the USA Today’s 5 Best award several years ago. This puts you on the map on a national (an even global) scale.

Richard Walker's Pancake House Strawberry Waffle.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House Strawberry Waffle.

LJBB: What’s your personal favorite item on the menu?

RW: That’s an easy one: Egg White Vegetarian Omelette, add Spinach, Ham and no Cheese. You won’t believe how flavorful this can be! The dish is packed with protein and veggies while being almost void of fat. And for a special change of pace, I love our in-house ground Corned Beef Hash with Scrambled Egg Whites. With a group, you MUST order and Apple Pancake for the table.

Richard Walker's Apple Pancake

Richard Walker’s Pancake House Apple Pancake.

LJBB: What sets Richard Walker’s apart from other pancake houses?

RW: Our diverse menu, local procurement, cleanliness, beautiful decor, happy employee culture – and the feeling that you’re in a classy operation. This is not a snack shop, not a diner, not a café. We’re elegant without being stuffy.

Richard Walker's Pancake House raspberry crepes.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House raspberry crepes.

LJBB: What’s the best part of having a restaurant located in La Jolla?

RW: The best part of being located in La Jolla is the unique opportunity a business owner has to immediately serve the community. I was elected to the La Jolla Merchants Board and served for 2 years between 2014-2016. I also volunteered my time on the Traffic and Transportation Board and assisted with establishing the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District (MAD). Those efforts quickly bear fruit in a community like La Jolla. The second best part of being located in La Jolla is the general public that our beautiful village contains. They know what good looks like and appreciate all the great things we’re trying to do to earn and keep their business.

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Richard Walkers Pancake House in La Jolla.

LJBB: Before people enjoy a dining experience at Richard Walker’s Pancake House, is there anything particular that you wish you could tell them?

RW: Order an oven baked pancake or oven baked omelette. You’ll be enjoying something you can’t get anywhere else.

Richard Walker's Pancake House Omelette.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House Omelette.

LJBB: The restaurant business is not easy, but you and your family seem to have found a way to make it seem fun and easy. What’s your secret? What piece of advice would you like to give to budding restaurant owners?

RW: First, YES, the restaurant business is not easy! However, if you do everything right by your staff, you will ultimately do right by your customers – and ultimately be successful. And to do right by your staff, you need to give them everything they need. The definition of “everything they need” is always changing and it’s your job to know what that definition is every single day. Work hard, be patient, be supportive and follow through on what you say you will do.


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