South Oceanside Coffee Culture
You’ll find the coastal neighborhood of South Oceanside friendly, vibrant and walkable. An eclectic mix of shops, eateries and bars dot the palm tree-lined main drag of South Coast Hwy 101. Explore the growing coffee culture at one of the following charming cafés.
Looking for a genuine localvore experience? Visit Captain’s Grounds Coffee at Captain’s Helm vintage clothing store on Hwy 101. Owners Ted and Jen Stoddard grew up and raised their family in Oceanside. They are true “Pirates” (Oceanside High School alumni). The Stoddards started Captain’s Grounds to open a place where people could hang out and shop. Ted explains, “We wanted to create a retail spot that was unique, more of a destination. With vintage, you can’t really buy it online. You have to feel it, look at it.” Now the café attracts a following of loyal local regulars. A second location recently opened inside Seahive Marketplace north on Hwy 101.
Expect cheerful service and an exceptional cup of Joe. The San Diego Coffee Company supplies fresh coffee beans that are roasted just a block away. Captain’s Grounds most popular drinks are the Iced Dirty Chai and Iced Americano. For an off-menu coffee special try the Chicano, an Americano with chai. Do you prefer tea? Then you might enjoy the Horchata with Revolution Honeybush Caramel Tea, cinnamon, milk and honey.
Hungry? Choose from a delectable selection of fresh bagels, donuts and pastries that are delivered daily by Baked in the Sun out of Vista.
Experience the spirit of aloha at Kona Hut Coffee House on Freeman Street. Congenial staff and a large lei-strewn tiki greet you at the counter. The homey tropical vibe invites you to relax in various comfortable seating areas. Colorful quilts, maps and island-inspired artwork decorate the walls.
The menu showcases a wide variety of Kona Blend and Hawaiian Blend coffee drinks. Adore chocolate? Opt for the Wipe Out white chocolate mocha or Hang Ten with chocolate, almond and coconut. Refreshing choices for a sunny day range from mango smoothies to tropical iced tea.
Breakfast/lunch food options include tasty bagels, sandwiches and acai bowls. For sweets consider a sinfully delicious pecan roll or healthy gluten-free blueberry muffin. You can even find vegan options like hot cereal or Snopel’s Bakeshop Bundt cakes.
Find Revolution Roasters next door to Captain’s Grounds. This spot attracts a hipster crowd to its indoor-outdoor establishment. A savvy illustrated wall menu shows the size of each beverage and type of drinkware used. The light, airy dining room provides plenty of seating encouraging work and conversation. A chic mural by renowned artist Geoff Gouveia adorns the outside of the building.
Revolution Roasters produces small batches of fresh coffee at its roastery in Leucadia. You can buy bags of light, medium and dark roasts to take home and enjoy. Choose the Smooth Operator blend for rich espresso or try the signature Giant’s Head organic blend for a smooth, easy drinking coffee.
The café makes all syrups from scratch in-house. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a yummy selection of pastries. Savor toasts served on Carlsbad’s Prager Brothers Organic Country bread. The popular Tomato and Burrata comes with burrata, heirloom tomato, pesto and balsamic reduction.
About the Author
Jolee Pink is an Oceanside-based writer, designer and artist. She runs the popular Eat Drink SD Facebook group and her Wabisabi Green lifestyle blog focuses on art, design, food and travel. For more information, please visit wabisabigreen.com.