Good Life Café

Enjoy Mexican food on a sunny patio.
Good Life Café

For a local’s favorite, casual lunch spot, go to The Good Life Café on Old Mammoth Road. They serve breakfast all day—try the eye opener, grilled Cajun mahi mahi with eggs, brown rice, and corn tortillas, or the gobbler benedict, eggs benedict made with turkey instead of ham. On sunny days, ask to sit on their outdoor patio. The menu is a mix of American (salads, burgers, and sandwiches), Mexican (burritos, enchiladas, Baja fish tacos) and California healthy cuisine (like the “healthy wrap” or the “living large salad”). They also serve beer, wine, and thick and creamy milkshakes.


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