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Canfield Rd, next door to post office, Palomar Mountain, CA
+1 760-742-4233
09:00 - 16:00
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Mon 11:00 - 16:00
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Sat - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
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Temecula, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

The food was good and the staff were friendly. This is our second visit. First visit we tried the home made soup and we knew we had to come back. Second visit, my wife had the bowl of soup with toast and I had the egg sandwich. The hours are a little odd, but the amount of traffic might explain... More 

Thank rdgrimsey
San Diego, California
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 7 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 

Thank ArtPerza
Orange County, California
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75 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2016

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

Thank Victor U
Hong Kong, China
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Nudeflyer
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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!

1 Thank Virginia C
Nettlebed, United Kingdom
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71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank EJGulland
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 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 

1 Thank Julie W
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98 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

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

1 Thank Brendan K
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104 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Anaispins
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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.

1 Thank VicMu

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 16:00
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?