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A year ago I enrolled in a training program with The Pet Whisperers for Maggie. One of those Saturday afternoons found us in downtown Vista. where we walked by multiple murals. At that time I couldn’t really stop to take that many photos (training class and all) so I made a mental note to return.
Last week I arranged to meet up with Ruby – co founder of Real Pet Food and I quickly suggested downtown Vista. I had about 30 minutes prior to meeting up with her …. and I used that time to take photos.
Lighting wasn’t that great – it was bright mid morning sun. But I was able to do a quick walk about. I’d imagine the best time to come back will be in the early morning or later evening on a weekday when it’s not too busy.
Sadly – I wasn’t able to find a lot of information about the murals. But it’s ok. The lightly wasn’t the best so I’ve got plans to return and so some research ahead of time about how many there are, who the artists are and the stories behind it.
Oh and in case you’re wondering what the “In Training” bandanas are for. It’s so that people we encounter don’t interact with the girls. I want them to pay attention to me so that I they can be good canine citizens when we’re out. I don’t want them to think going out means getting petted and be triggered by others. When I am asked why they are wearing bandanas and what kind of training they are in – I say it’s for “obedience training”
I’ve tried to go to this restaurant 3 times. Unfortunately each time they were closed. Every week from Friday 3pm until Sunday noon. On the flip side, outside of those closed days it’s open 24/7.
Vibe: Welcoming and spacious patio. The tables are not very close together. There’s fountains and firepits. And relaxing zen music playing in the background. Come to this restaurant and be prepared to stay a while because you’re going to forget your sense of time.
Dog seating: Because the tables are spaced far apart, I had no problems with the dogs sitting on the ground around the table. The day I was there I had both Maggie and Orbit and little 3 pound Sweetie.
Wait: If you catch it during peak times – there’s a long wait. Mainly because you are not rushed to leave your table and people do tend to linger. I came on a Thursday morning at 10:45am. Perfect time to arrive to grab your seat of choice.
Service: Warm and friendly but …slow so if you’re in a rush don’t expect to dine and dash. This could be a pro or a con – just depending on how you are. I personally like to take my time at cafes. I don’t like to be rushed.
What I ate: They offer farm to table fare. I ordered an egg and spinach sandwich. The bread was freshly baked there. The sandwich was probably one of the best I’ve ever had of that kind.
Did it pass the restaurant test? YES – I would go back in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t even look around for an alternative. And Vista is 25 miles from me. I’d even venture to say I’d drive up there every few weeks just to have a long leisurely breakfast.