EAT, A Full Day of Heart Santa Clarita

FROM EARLY MORNING DEW (i.e., coffee) to afternoon ’cue, Santa Clarita serves up a variety of notable restaurants. What’s for dinner? Authentic Mexican or healthy California cuisine, followed by a toast at one of the many wine bars, of course. Start with breakfast at Egg Plantation in Newhall, dishing out 101 different omelets. If that’s too many choices before you’ve had your coffee (an eyeopening blend from Newhall Coffee Roasting Co.), a list of staff favorites comes with the menu. In Saugus, try Thelma’s Morning Cafe.

Eat A full day of hearty Santa Clarita cookin’ Operated by the former executive
chef of Wolfgang Puck’s Chinois in Santa Monica, Luis Diaz, and his wife, Thelma, this friendly cafe serves terrific eggs Benedict. For a taste of Santa Clarita’s Western heritage, nothing beats the ’cue at Rattler’s Bar B Que. The menu here is as long as a full-grown diamondback, but we’ll cut to the chase: Get the famous shredded onions and the meaty baby back ribs, and try not to inhale too many of the signature garlic rolls before your meal arrives. Locals love their Mexican food, and families gravitate to La Cocina Bar and Grill (with two Santa Clarita locations). Expect generous portions and a 22-ounce margarita specialty. At Sabor Cocina Mexicana in Valencia’s Bridgeport Marketplace, you’ll feel as if you’re dining in an old hacienda. Try the enchiladas in spicy mole sauce or the tender cochinita pibil, Yucatan-style slow-roasted pork. For an authentic California culinary
experience, head to Salt Creek Grille in Valencia for prime steaks, tasty seafood, and freshly shaken cocktails. At lunch, try the mahi-mahi tacos, with plenty of pico de gallo on the side.
Dig In! Pasilla
Pollo at Sabor
Cocina Mexicana
Some call it Valencia. To others, it’s much more. With so many highly rated schools, miles of pathways and trails, plus a classic family-friendly atmosphere, it’s no wonder—it’s Awesometown.