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Canfield Rd, next door to post office, Palomar Mountain, CA
+1 760-742-4233
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09:00 - 16:00
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Mon 11:00 - 16:00
Thu - Fri 11:00 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
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San Diego, California
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

If you are visiting the Observatory or Palomar Mountain this is a must stop 🛑! For our surprise it was a vegetarian restaurant "NO meat at all 😱" . Their plates have great flavors, we tried the "Pozole Soup" for me no meat on the pozole it's not allowed but it was great with good flavors. We also tried the... More 

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Thank ArtPerza
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66 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Cute little wooden lodge. Perfect if you are camping and you run out of firewood or forget your Hotdogs for the kids.

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Thank Victor U
Hong Kong, China
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Mother's Kitchen is a little jewel tucked away on the way to Mount Palomar Observatory. It's fairly basic accommodation (wooden floors, small wooden cabin) but the food is delightful. Vegetarians are well catered for - itself rare in the USA. A bowl of the vegetarian chili was just what we needed on a cold, wet afternoon, and the hunk of... More 

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Thank Nudeflyer
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Was shocked to find a vegetarian spot in the mountains but loved everything we tried! Staff was friendly and I think were pleasantly surprised that we were excited about the vegetarian menu (sounds like some biker-types come in upset there are not burgers, etc). Shortened hours during the week and they close at 4 every day so beware the hours!

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Thank Virginia C
Nettlebed, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

A beautiful spot, and friendly staff, fresh food in a pleasant shady garden. Good huevos rancheros. Personally I dislike soya mince, which is the main constituent of many of the dishes, so was a bit disappointed as I'm a vegetarian and was excited to visit a veggie roadside restaurant, but there are a few options that don't include it.

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Thank EJGulland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

We didn't plan breakfast well on our way to the Palomar Observatory but this little gem turned out to be a great find! 3 stack of pancakes my teenager couldn't finish (too much food), eggs cooked to order, delicious french toast too! Couldn't ask for better! Limited menu (breakfast) but enough to please everyone in our party. Pastries looked delicious,... More 

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Thank Julie W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Great place hidden away on the top of the mountain. The staff is really nice and they have great cookies.

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Thank Brendan K
Minneapolis
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105 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016 via mobile

This non-profit cafe is the most MN outside of MN. As a Minnesotan, I find this hilarious. It is perpetual Christmas in decoration, efficiency minded in countertop ordering, eco conscious in waster consumption, vegetarian, understated, had wood paneling and a stuffed (not real) bear, and arms-length friendly service. My pozole was delicious and my sandwich was tasty and had great... More 

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Thank Anaispins
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

This small restaurant is a gem. My husband and I are not vegetarians, but do not mind eating some good vegan/vegetarian here and there. We ordered the posole soup, quesadilla, and the tropical smoothie, all were great. Price is reasonable, portion is served for individual serving, thus does not come large. This is a great stop while visiting the observatory.

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Thank VicMu
San Diego, California
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301 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2015

Took a drive up to Palomar on a beautiful Fall day to have lunch here. We called to make sure it was open. We thought this was vegetarian but when our soup arrived, it contained meat which was very well cooked and tender. We also ordered a quesadilla and a slice of home made apple pie. Food and service was... More 

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Thank SanDiegoBJ

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 16:00
Monday
11:00 - 16:00
Thursday
11:00 - 16:00
Friday
11:00 - 16:00
Saturday
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Canfield Rd, next door to post office, Palomar Mountain, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palomar Mountain
  • Phone Number: +1 760-742-4233

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?