Cheap Eats: Waterfront Cafe

The waterfront Cafe in Garden Grove is not going to win any awards. It’s not hip, it’s not trendy and it’s not on the cutting edge. Being sandwiched between a hearing aid company and the social security office guarantees this will never be a hot spot. Their food is served on melamine, so you know; it’s retro in a totally uncool sort of way.

The mauve and teal interiors (by way of the Golden Girls) may lack in style but the place is clean and optimistic. The restaurant’s namesake is no joke either. It features an illustrious view of it’s very own “waterfront”: a reflecting pool with large splashy modernist fountains.

The cafe is not without it’s charms. A look at the clientele, comprised almost entirely of seniors, says a lot. It’s affordable, appetizing and comfortable. Without question, we were the youngest customers in the joint. I’m telling you, follow those AARP members; they know where to get the good deals!

The menu is standard coffee shop fair: pasta, sandwiches and burgers. The house “specialty” is roasted turkey with real mashed potatoes and green beans. According to my wife they’re telling the truth, as she found the dish to be exceptional in taste and quality.

I had a club sandwich and it was exactly what I wanted a club sandwich to be: lightly toasted, crisp and tasty. Just like the turkey dinner, the portions were rather immense. Both my wife and I took home half our dinners and they reheated quite nicely the next day. Vegans and vegetarians be aware, the pickings are somewhat slim.

Would I go back? You bet I would. In fact, I think I’ll bring my Mother; she’d fit right in. Dinner for two, with beverages, will cost you just under twenty dollars. The Waterfront Cafe is open seven days a week and is located at 12902 Brookhurst St., Garden Grove, CA 92840.

Do you know some yummy, cheap places to eat in Orange County? Tell me and I’ll check it out. Don’t be shy. Let’s spread the savings around a bit!

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