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“great lunch”

Ellie's Table at North Beach
Ranked #5 of 222 Restaurants in San Clemente
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$10
Cuisines: American, French, Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: Ellie's Table is a celebration of Eleanor Mastroianni, whose cooking and baking skills helped turn Jay's Catering-which she co-founded with her husband, Jay-into a true catering dynasty. As a husband and wife team, Jay and Eleanor Mastroianni began a small catering business out of their home in 1972. Today, the company is considered one of Orange County's best caterers. Ellie's Table completes a circle of food industry experience, beginning with Eleanor's first job at Conway's Corner-a small diner in Rochester, PA-and culminating in this cafe, which is dedicated to offering up some of her famous specialties and favorite baked goods. Even though she was a trained nurse, Eleanor took her first steps toward a career in food preparation and entertaining at Conway's Corner, which is also where she met her future husband, Jay. After marrying in 1953, Jay's mother, Maria, taught Eleanor how to prepare classic Italian Mastroianni family recipes. Then, in 1958, Jay and Eleanor moved to Garden Grove, CA, where a new chapter of their lives began. When customers at his milk delivery depot in Westminster inquired about private party catering, Jay accepted the work, knowing his wife was a phenomenal cook. Her specialties included Italian lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, and a signature carrot cake. Jay dreamed of becoming an all-inclusive caterer, providing one-stop shopping for clients and the best service available, regardless of the event size. However, Jay needed Eleanor's cooking skills in order to accomplish the dream. When the couple's catering company began to take flight, Eleanor quit her job as a nursing supervisor in 1970 to work full-time alongside her husband. Two years later, Jay and Eleanor introduced their famous palm-sized sandwiches. The turkey, ham and roast beef sandwiches, along with the egg and tuna salad options, became the basis of a lunch program sponsored by Huntington Beach's Mercury Savings. Three salads-potato, coleslaw and ambrosia-as well as a relish tray, completed the delectable meal. Participants in the lunch program were quick to spread the word about the delicious, freshly-assembled sandwiches, and business for the fledgling catering company began to flourish. Eleanor headed up the kitchen while Jay managed every other aspect; the help of their three children-Linda, John, and Michael-was also critical, as the family worked to become a household name in the catering world. In 1975, the family moved to a larger "catering house" in Garden Grove in order to accommodate growing business. A few years later, in 1987, the catering company's accelerating success made it necessary to relocate to a still bigger, more modern facility on Garden Grove Boulevard. Behind all this growth stood a woman known for her ability to cook, improvise, and supervise a large kitchen-Ellie Mastroianni. Not only did she do much of the cooking herself, but she also taught her staff to prepare her specialties, too. Eleanor later helped Jay run an Italian restaurant, called Ciao Bello, at the Los Caballeros Sports Club in Fountain Valley beginning in 1989. The popular restaurant featured musical entertainment and enjoyed a steady clientele, all of whom relished Eleanor's Italian specialties. Weddings, family reunions, and parties of all sorts took place in the banquet hall upstairs. Both Eleanor and Jay slowed down in 1994 when their daughter, Linda, became the Chief Operating Officer of Jay's Catering/Mastroianni Family Enterprises, but they never strayed too far. Until his death in May, 2013, Jay and Eleanor visited Jay's Catering nearly every day together. When asked, Jay described his wife as honest; friendly, intelligent, loyal, and possessing a great deal of common sense. Thus, a legacy of hard work and great food established by a wonderful wife, mother, and cook lives on here at Ellie's Table. We hope you can tell.
Reviewed 24 January 2017

great place for lunch or coffee and a snack.
We sat outside on the patio.
The fresh pastries were amazing, Cappuccino was great also.

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Reviewed 17 January 2017

Take the time to visit Ellie's, even if your just passing through on the I-5. From breakfast and lunch to the most amazing deserts, the "Table" will not disappoint. Ellie's is usually busy, as it should be,so sometimes you will need to wait for a place to sit. Cool your engine, kick back and enjoy a view of the Pacific.

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Thank Thomas S
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

A coffee shop with above average food. They had breakfast burritos and quiche in addition to pastries. We really liked the vegetarian quiche, chorizo burrio, and chai. The beach views are nice, parking was easy (in the winter), and it had nice seating in and out.

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Reviewed 23 November 2016

The staff is out-of-this-world friendly, the prices are very nice. I got there at 7 am, so there was no wait, but I'll bet this place is packed later in the day. Jaw-dropping, mouth-watering just looking at the pastries. No kidding, my mouth was literally watering looking at some of the things they had for sale. One of the staff quickly took pity on me and told me that the ham and swiss croissant was likely the most popular thing on the menu ... good god, best ever. The large coffee ceramic cup was HUGE, and they gladly topped off my own to go cup when I got up to leave. I would give them six stars for customer service if possible. I think I'm in love.

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Thank Timothy A
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

Very delightful and cozy. A hidden gem in San Clemente. The food is awesome and great service. Definitely will go back again!

Thank MrBigWave
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