Kitchenette offers an elevated menu with creative flavors and ingredients, but brothers Michael and Chris Kobayashi have kept their culinary feet on the ground when it comes to their latest restaurant.
At first glance the cuisine at Kitchenette is American, but once you start digging into the menu you immediately see the strong Central/South American, European, and Asian influences on the dishes they serve. The pancakes, for example, are ricotta pancakes made with blueberry compote and lemon curd (Italian inspired); chilaquiles are on the menu (a traditional Mexican breakfast); and they have their own Vietnamese banh mí made with turkey!
The breakfast menu doesn’t shy away from these ingredients, flavors, and sources of inspiration, and Executive Chef Chris Kobayashi has done an incredible job curating an elevated menu with something for everyone. From the loaded avocado toast or roasted pork breakfast burrito to the fried egg b.l.a.t. and cr’q monsieur you will truly find nothing but delicious food perfectly prepared, and made with only the highest quality ingredients.
The same is true for the lunch menu, which sees more sandwiches and salads offered alongside the breakfast menu. During lunch patrons can choose from items like the charter oak cheeseburger, pastrami reuben, or grilled cheese italiano sandwiches, or go for a lighter option in the spicy vietnamese salad or quinoa tostada. Or if you’re like us you’ll be ordering breakfast no matter the time of day!
In addition to the breakfast and lunch, Kitchenette serves a wide variety of “extras” all day long, as well as hot, cold, and adult beverages. Extras include sides like buttered toast, shoestring fries, or a small salad that can be tacked on to any menu item during any meal. Hot beverages are exactly what you’d expect from your favorite breakfast place (coffee, tea, and espresso drinks), while cold drinks have more variety. Here you’ll find options like water and iced tea, but also sodas, fresh squeezed juices, and whale bird kombucha (on tap even!). Kitchenette also serves a variety of adult beverages for the 21+ crowd, including mimosas (or just the champagne), beer, and wine.
Kitchenette is open for Breakfast and Lunch, and their menu is organized around those meals. Breakfast starts bright and early at 7:00 a.m. when the restaurant opens (and is served all day), while lunch service begins at 11:00 a.m. and continues until they close at 2:00 p.m.
Walking into Kitchenette feels almost like a lot of other delis: it is beautifully decorated, has a display case full of baked treats, cold salads, and sides; and you even get in a line to order your food from the counter. However, it’s what is one the menu and inviting, warm vibe brothers Michael and Chris Kobayashi have created that truly set this experience apart from the others.
After ordering your food you are given a number and welcome to choose anywhere to sit. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, and with the perfect weather we get on the central coast we usually prefer to eat outside. When it gets busy at the restaurant the indoor seating can become a bit crowded, but it is also really fun to sit at the counter and watch the kitchen in action.
The first time we went to Kitchenette was in 2016, and in all the years that followed we have never had a bad experience.
Our food is always delicious and perfectly prepared, the coffee is hot and steamy, and everyone is just so nice. In that time we’ve also developed some favorite menu items we return to time and again, like the fried egg b.l.a.t., the morning glory breakfast sando, and the turkey banh mí.
Overall you are guaranteed to have a delicious meal at Kitchenette without all the pomp and circumstance you’d get at other fine dining restaurants, and experience exactly what SLO County is all about: food, family, and community.
105 S Main Street, #1
Templeton, CA 93465
- From Highway 101 North, take exit 224 for Vineyard Drive. At the offramp turn right onto Vineyard Drive, and continue for .2 miles for S Main Street. At Main Street turn left, and continue for .6 miles. Kitchenette will be on Main Street on your right.
- From Highway 101 South, take exit 226 for Main Street. At the offramp, turn left onto Main Street and continue for 1.1 miles. Kitchenette will be on your left.
Kitchenette does not have dedicated parking, but does share a parking lot with other businesses where you are welcome to leave your car. There is also ample street parking available on the streets surrounding the restaurant.
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Hours of Operation:
|Monday||7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
|Thursday||7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
|Friday||7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
|Saturday||7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
|Sunday||7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.|
7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.