S & J Gran Cafe is a café in Garden Grove. It takes a Mexican-American approach to breakfast and brunch. So you’ll find hamburgers and French toast, but also crunchy chilaquiles; the espresso machine always gets work, but so does the container of agua fresca. There’s a fine grilled cheese, a better Hawaiiana torta (pineapple and meat and cheese -- oh, my!) and even weekend menudo good enough for your mami to take a break. Think of S & J as an intimate Norms, except in a far-classier location and with a gorgeous flat-screen usually tuned to sports.
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