The tiny beloved Santa Barbara County town of Los Alamos is experiencing a surge of popularity due to the eclectic mix of new businesses lining the main street (actually the only commercial zone in town). Historic hotels & gas stations, wine tasting, locally-grown olive oil purveyors, antiques, craft beer and of course, chefs cooking up local, sustainable delights.
But one veteran chef has been serving up farm-fresh, local and vibrant breakfasts and lunches to townsfolk and tourists for 15 years! Jesper Johansson opened Cafe Quackenbush adjoining the historic General Store building, now a local art gallery. Really good espresso with warm frothed milk, colorful art, large picture windows looking out on the old town center and hearty breakfasts whipped up by Chef Jesper make for a very satisfying morning.
Today, breakfast was a Beef Belly Bacon Avocado Egg Sandwich: avocado toast (mashed with onions and cilantro) topped with beef belly bacon (yes, grass-feed beef bacon!) and 2 farm-fresh organic eggs, probably only a few days laid. With Chef Jesper at the helm, Chef’s Choice is the way to go.
Congratulations on 15 years Jesper!
UPDATE: As of October 2015, Cafe Quackenbush is now closed. Chef Jesper is taking a short break, then moving on to a new chapter, which will involve cooking food for us all in Los Alamos again! Stay tuned…