It’s a family affair! And that family is the Orozcos.
The Orozcos, who have been in the restaurant business for many years, owned restaurants in neighboring towns such as Carpenteria and Santa Barbara. Their latest venture is Ojai’s Eggs & Potatoes and they are looking forward to bringing a fresh take on this venerable diner/coffee shop with a new farm-to-table menu that will include fresh seasonal produce from local farms.
The new menu doesn’t mean it’s farewell to old favorites. Chef Javier Herrera will still be serving the complimentary Swedish pancake (some call it a crepe) with powdered sugar and rich boysenberry homemade jam to start your meal. Special breakfast selections will remain, as will the crunchy, lots of melty cheesy grilled cheese that I praised a while back in the Ojai Quarterly. Also on the menu will be Javier’s hash, made fresh daily and other farmhouse delights. The kitchen will also be turning all food scraps into compost which the Orozcos will donate to local farmers.
To enhance that farmhouse feel, Eggs & Potatoes will be getting a face lift. To give the restaurant that farmhouse-y look, walls will be clad in local reclaimed wood, booths will be reupholstered and baskets of fresh herbs and produce will be displayed. An orange juice stand filled with freshly made OJ, from Ojai oranges, will also be on display.
The question now is – what to name this new restaurant incarnation? The family wants the folks in the community to decide. As soon as a list of possibilities is made, you will be able to cast your vote.
As before, the restaurant will be open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, but is now available for private events and for catering large parties or an intimate dinner in your home, cooked by a private chef.
Don’t forget to stop by Eggs & Potatoes’ table during Taste of Ojai and have a sip of Ojai sweet OJ and a taste of the new menu to come. Welcome to the neighborhood, Orozcos!!!
By: Ilona Saari
Eggs & Potatoes
1103 Maricopa Hwy.
Ojai, CA 93023