Cafe del Sol offering breakfast

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Tierra del Sol Golf Club is now serving breakfast to the public and club members alike at their new Cafe del Sol, located inside the club at 1000 Golf Course Road in Rio Communities.

Ungelbah Daniel-Davila-News-Bulletin photo: Cafe del Sol at the Tierra del Sol Golf Club offers a golf-themed menu. Pictured, in front, from left, are servers Carrie Girron and Celina Espinoza, Shelby Sinclair, dishwasher; Shawna Custer, server; Katy Flaming, hostess; and John Vinaccia, manager. In back, from left, are chefs Margarito Gallegos and Jessica Hunter, and Kevin Staton, bus boy.

John Vinaccia, restaurant manager, says once upon a time, the country club was the premier place to go in town, and says the inspiration behind opening the cafe is to bring the club back to its “heyday.”

“This used to be the spot in town for dinner, or anything really,” says Vinaccia. “Back in the day, this was the Friday, Saturday night place to come.”

But, just as Rome was not built in a day, the cafe, too, is taking baby steps to reach their ultimate goal.

“The plan is to start with breakfast, hopefully expand to lunch and eventually, dinners on weekends, and then who knows,” he says.

The most important thing right now, he said, is to build clientele, and to let people know that the cafe is open to everyone, not just golf club members.

And the menu, say chefs Margarito Gallegos and Jessica Hunter, is top notch, featuring a golf theme throughout.

The chefs claim their most popular menu item is the steak diablo, which is a six ounce sirloin smothered in chile and cheese, with potatoes, eggs and toast for $8.95.

Guests can also order an adult breakfast beverage, such as a bloody Mary or mimosa, from the player’s lounge downstairs, and eventually, there will be a full bar available when the cafe is open for dinner.

“That, in conjunction with the prices, is attractive because we try and keep it down,” says Vinaccia. “It’s cheaper than most places. The normal bacon and egg breakfast is $5.95.”

“We provide the best food we can,” said Gallegos. “It’s made from the heart, we really do care about it. Everything’s fresh.” The cafe also does a breakfast buffet for special events and holidays, which runs until noon, but advises making reservations for parties of around 15 or more.

They also are equipped to do banquets for events, such as wedding receptions or graduation parties, for 50 people to a few hundred.

“We could do one with a tent outside and do up to 400 (people), but inside, I’d say 250 (people),” said Vinaccia, who says prices for banquet facilities are as reasonable as the food.

As part of their banquet services, they also have a full bar. He recommends contacting “the best banquet manager on the planet,” Dorothy Johnston, for any help or questions about organizing a banquet event.

The casual, yet swanky atmosphere and the breathtaking scenery of the golf course and valley make the cafe a relaxing morning get away or luxurious party location.

“We are very customer oriented, in spite of their grumpy boss,” jokes Vinaccia, of what he and Hunter call their “excellent” customer service. “I’ve received nothing but compliments about their food, it’s never been an issue. Everybody loves the food, they do good stuff.”

Cafe del Sol is open from 7 to 11 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information or book an event, call 864-7909.


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