In December of 2009 the Evans Family – George, Carol, James & Susan made the
move from Tucson, Arizona to Cuenca, Ecuador and soon after opened the California
Kitchen. From left to right: Carol, Susan, George and James.
A Taste of California Comes to Cuenca
By Stephen Milden
One of the things I love about Cuenca is the wide variety of cuisine that is available
and the number of great choices we have of where to eat. In the coming months I’ll
share some of our favorites as well as other things about Cuenca that make it a
delightful place to call home. For now, let me tell you about a relatively new
restaurant that I go to far too often for my waistline.
With the influx of Americans, Canadians and Europeans to Cuenca, the Evans
family decided there was a need for North American comfort food so opened their
restaurant in the beautiful historic building on the corner of Gaspar Sangurima y
Presidente Borrero which houses Hostal Posada del Sol.
The Evans family lived in California for 45 years hence the name “California Kitchen”.
As soon as you walk in to the well appointed courtyard, it is apparent that it is a
family owned and operated affair. More often than not George is the first one to
greet you and the rest of the family shows up in due course whether to say hello,
freshen your coffee or bring your food.
A recent party at California Kitchen.
A quick read of the breakfast menu and you’ll think you were back in the US.
Waffles, French toast, homemade biscuits and gravy are all made to order and yes
eggs, bacon and hashbrowns as well. Their organic coffee is grown and roasted
locally and you can even get it ground while you wait.
Lunch is another delight ‐ soups, salads, burgers and sandwiches all made fresh with
some fantastic homemade desserts.
Dinner is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each Monday night Carol sends out a
email blurb letting you know what their specials are for the week.
Here are typical specials:
Soup of the day Tuesday
TOMATO, APPLE & BACON SOUP
Soup of the day Wednesday
CHICKEN POSOLE (Mexican Chicken Soup)
Dinner Special for Thursday, Friday & Saturday
CHICKEN PARMESAN WITH CREAMY ALFREDO BAKED PASTA, A SEASONAL
VEGETABLE, CHOICE OF A CUP OF SOUP (Pastina d’Ambrodo ‐ Homemade Chicken
Broth with pasta) OR A DINNER SALAD, CHOICE OF DESSERT (NY Cheesecake,
Chocolate Mousse Walnut Pie, Apple Cobbler a la mode or Mora aka Blackberry
Cobbler a la mode), CHOICE OF NON‐ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE $9.99
All in all a welcome addition to the many fine restaurants in our adopted home.
Hours of operation:
Sunday & Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday – 8AM – 12PM (Breakfast) 12PM – 4PM (Lunch)
Wednesday – 8AM – 12PM (Breakfast) 12PM – 4PM (Lunch)
Thursday – 8AM ‐12PM (Breakfast) 12PM – 4PM (Lunch) 6PM – 9:30PM (Dinner)
Friday – 8AM ‐ 12PM (Breakfast) 12PM – 4PM (Lunch) 6PM – 9:30PM (Dinner)
Saturday ‐ 8AM ‐ 12PM (Breakfast) 12PM – 4PM (Lunch) 6PM – 9:30PM (Dinner)
Gaspar Sangurima 6‐68 y Presidente Borrero
Phone # ‐ 083111740
Stephen Milden, Cuenca
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