The history of Topwater Cafe is, first and foremost, a love story. It begins with Matt and Katie meeting at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. As they pursued their mutual passion for food, the two gradually fell for each other, and upon graduating, they worked at various restaurants before striking out on their own.?
Today, Topwater Cafe blends Matt's Californian roots with Katie's Southern hospitality.?Though the menus change with the seasons and the fluctuations of the bread-pudding market, each one is inspired by a comfort food and given a gourmet twist. Past dishes, for example, have included johnny cakes with smoked brisket, and a tri-tip sandwich with homemade jalapeno and tomato jam. Barbecue is also a constant specialty, and slow-cooked meats abound in the kitchen. There, everything from baby-back ribs to ropes of sausage take on deep, delicious flavor in the smoker.
Outside the diner, it?s almost like nothing has changed since the establishment opened in 1944. An oversize steel-and-neon sign advertises Hollywood Cafe to passing motorists, though the hot rods often parked in the lot might also make it hard not to stop in. Inside, a '50s vibe permeates everything with fun nostalgia, from the red-vinyl swirl stools to the Coca-Cola sign from a long-gone era. But the food is its own animal, a mix between 20th-century diner staples and brand-new creations. The meat lover?s omelet stuffs an eggy exterior with ingredients including ham, bacon, and sausage, and the grilled-cheese teriyaki-pineapple burger comes with a choice of beef, turkey, or vegan patty. A gluten-free menu offers even more options, and housemade pies and cakes encourage you to leave a little extra room each time you dine.
Named Best Bakery 2010 by San Joaquin Magazine, M&W Dutch American Bakery uses tried-and-true European recipes to bake up a mixed bag of delectable cakes, cookies, and other treats. Take home a dozen of M&W’s wholesome cookies ($4–$5) in flavors such as Florentine, chocolate chip, and soft, chewy oatmeal. Loaves ($2–$3.50) of sourdough, wheat, french, and challah bread spring from the oven perfectly roasted and ready to be consumed by a hungry breadivarian. The bakery also offers danishes ($1.25), croissants ($1.50), and a plethora of other meticulously crafted pastries. M&W even whips up a variety of lunchtime bites, with specialties such as jagtwurst ($3.50) and sauerkraut-covered pastrami ($3.50) to feed the German national polka orchestra when it plays impromptu shows in your backyard.
Exposed bricks form one wall of Clark's Corner's open, column-marked space, and cattle-brand marks cover a nearby wooden wall as patrons feast amiably on pastries, coffees, sandwiches, and salads. Content to let its guests take breaks from the wild efforts of everyday life, the café promotes itself as a center for friendly relaxation. A calendar of events alludes to fun-filled trivia or open-mic nights, and a gallery of previous happenings details visits from classic cars and talks with athletes.
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