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Restaurant Review: The Crema Cafe

The Crema Cafe, a small, European inspired eatery on Main Street in Seal Beach, serves up quality, delicious, unique breakfasts and lunches, seven days a week.

The Crema Café is not at all fancy. It is completely relaxed and breezy. Locals are in and out all morning and afternoon getting their meals or their coffees. Every dining experience at Crema is casual and pleasant.

The Crema Café is a small establishment that offers indoor and outdoor seating. They have a nice, brick patio that runs along the side of the restaurant. The patio section is also very dog friendly. They even put out water and little treats for your furry companions. The indoor seating is small and cozy with big windows to let in the natural light and works from local artists on the walls. You order up at the counter where you can read the laminated menus or read the menu boards above the cashier stand. To the left of the cashier is a large case for Crema’s famous pastries that were voted the best in Orange County including muffins, croissants, and Danishes. To the right of the cashier is Crema’s espresso bar where all their coffee beverages are made by hand.

Now, let’s talk about the food. The Crema Café is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch. Their menus for both of these meals are fantastic. For breakfast they serve up signature egg dishes, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, their famous pastries, and even crepes. At lunchtime, crepes are still on the menu accompanied by sandwiches, paninis, burgers, and salads. This café offers a pretty wide variety of delicious meals with a European flare. Seriously, we’ve never had a bad meal there.

Johnny here! I ordered the Goat Cheese Turkey Panini on Crema’s own homemade bread with Crema’s signature salad. This is my favorite sandwich at Crema. It’s sliced smoked turkey, sweet caramelized onions, tangy goat cheese, fresh and sun dried tomatoes, and a garlic aioli. Now come on, how can that be bad? The combination of ingredients allow for a very flavorful experience. And let’s talk about the Crema signature salad for a moment. I adore this salad. It combines fresh mixed greens, tomatoes, and corn all tossed together with a sherry vinaigrette dressing. It’s colorful, fun, healthy, and delicious along side pretty much anything on the lunch menu. You also have the option of French fries or even sweet potato fries.

In addition to my lunch, I had a cappuccino because I was tired and dragging. And let me tell you, this is how a cappuccino should be, light and frothy with that kick of espresso. All their coffee drinks are superb. It was exactly what I needed. This meal was the perfect lunch on a beautiful Seal Beach day!

Nicole here! I decided I wanted to try something different off the Crema menu and went with the Spinach and Mushroom Quiche. Perfect at any time of the day, this slice of egg delight came with Crema’s signature side salad. The quiche had a wonderful flaky crust, that wasn’t too sweet, which is perfect for this savory dish. The quiche itself was creamy and fluffy, filled with copious amounts of spinach and caramelized onions. It was chocked full of spices, which elevated the quiche to another level. I would definitely order this again, and it would be the perfect brunch meal for anyone to have.

It was a great lunch at The Crema Café once again. Honestly, this is one of the best breakfast/lunch places around. If you have some time for either of these meals and you are in the area, you should definitely make it down to The Crema Café. Southern Californian weather, comfortable atmosphere, friendly people, incredible food, what more could you want?

We hope you check out The Crema Café.

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The Crema Cafe:
322 Main Street
Seal Beach, CA 90740
www.thecremacafe.com

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Nat Ferguson February 09, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Johnny & Nicole that was a very tasteful review (no pun intended). My wife & I dine there at least twice weekly and have done so for years. What's interesting is it seems like every few months I feel brave enough to abandon my "favorite dish" and try something new. That in turn leads me to a new favorite, currently the fitness burrito. Between me and my group of regulars we also conduct weekly business meeting on the patio over coffee or lunch. Being that Crema offers free Wifi, has a great local buzz and ambience make it a no brainier for us. Hope to see you both their soon!
Marni rice February 09, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Love it here! Is our go to place whenever we want a fresh consistently good meal

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