Hidden away in some of Costa Mesa’s most popular business areas is the small and chic Rooster Cafe, a restaurant specializing in breakfast and lunch favorites. It would’ve been hard to find, but there is a a giant rooster mural on it’s outer wall (plus it’s next to the “Tin Lizzie Saloon”:
The parking in this area can be problematic at times, but it’s usually not that bad during the morning and afternoon hours. Rooster Cafe’s menu read like a standard “American dining” menu, but what they lack in cleverness they make up for in quality.
The Rooster Cafe Chicken Club
the chicken club took a little longer to come out than I had expected, but there’s a good reason. The chicken was cooked perfectly with great texture and flavor, a protein worth the extra minute. The produce is fresh and everything seems to be made with quality in mind. The super star of this sandwich was the bacon, which I feel is underwhelming at most places. Thick, crispy, and competently prepared bacon is rare at a lot of quick bite restaurants, so Rooster Cafe has an edge on a lot of places. The Francese bread has an interesting texture with a strong crust.
I feel like the Rooster Cafe would be a great place to bring friends for breakfast/brunch. It’s a very unpretentious and casual spot, perfect for bringing companions after a night of drinking. So I’ll happily accept any invitations to go back, especially to try their Chicken Parmesan sandwich.
750 St Clair St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Friday 7AM–3PM, 7PM–1:30AM
Saturday 7AM–3PM, 7PM–1:30AM