Gayle. I wanted to let you know that that everyone raved about the food this afternoon and wanted to thank you for helping me give a wonderful party.
We stopped in to check it out, my son had an absolutely divine lemon crackly cookie and I had a wonderful Blue Bottle Coffee Cappuccino. The barista has true talent, took his time and created a heart in the foam. We sat outside and enjoyed the landscaping, which was very well done. They are starting dinners friday May 1st and I can't wait to return with my husband. The owner was very friendly and warm. I'm excited there is such a comfortable, healthy and high quality restaurant in Moraga. Tammy B.@ Yelp
Atmosphere was homey with an elegant country flare! Brunch was delicious I had eggs Benedict, perfect poached eggs, the sauce was light and creamy with a hint of lemon, heavenly!!! served with a fresh small fruit salad, need to come back to try lunch! Friendly attentive staff without feeling rushed! Sat outside in the lovely garden area relaxed and enjoyed great food!! Magdalena P. @ Yelp
Diablo Magazine December 2014
Diablo is dedicated to covering the best in fine dining, but we also follow our hearts (and stomachs) by paying homage to our region’s homiest establishments. This month, we trade flights of fancy for comfort food with a side of cozy, which feels especially welcome after the bustling holidays. We’ve dished up our favorites: places that have recently opened, relocated, or changed concept to cater to this hunger for relaxed, neighborhood-style restaurants.
Once hidden on the pristine property of Moraga’s Hacienda de las Flores, this homey gourmet café debuted in its Rheem Boulevard location late last summer. The new decor is priceless, incorporating reclaimed wood from Cal Memorial Stadium benches, antique chairs upholstered with burlap coffee bags, and local art, which adorns the light gray walls. Lattes served in French-style bowls and just-squeezed orange juice in Mason jars are served with fresh pastries. Equally welcoming are soulful dishes such as the weekend chiles rellenos bake and the bacon and poached egg salad. 337 Rheem Blvd., Moraga, (925) 388-0841, homemadekitchen.com. Breakfast and lunch Tues.–Fri., brunch Sat.–Sun.
Must try: Mango brioche French toast with dollops of vanilla mascarpone.
Extra helping: The café serves breakfast and lunch until 2 p.m., and packs dinners to go.
Contra Costa Times 9/10/14
Moragans have long regarded neighboring Lafayette with something akin to, well, unbridled, green-eyed envy. Restaurant after restaurant opens over there, nothin' happenin' over here. So a veritable frenzy of excitement swept through the tiny East Bay town when home/made kitchen, which had been doing sandwiches for a few months over at the Hacienda de las Flores, moved into the long-shuttered Mondello's site on Rheem Boulevard last month. Suddenly, there were outdoor tables and market umbrellas and a dog-friendly patio! Delicious sandwiches! Weekend brunch! The place has been buzzing since the very first day.
There's an unpretentious vibe to the place -- the floors are concrete, the wooden chairs are cushioned with pillows upholstered in coffee sack burlap, the dishes are an eclectic mix of every type of china, and French presses line the shelves behind the coffee bar -- Four Barrel, btw -- and giant espresso machine. And the food is pretty amazing.
On a recent weekday, we dug into a BLTA ($11.50) -- bacon, tomato, avocado and arugula -- on toasted whole-grain bread. The Tarragon Chicken Sandwich ($11) was everything a chicken salad sandwich ought to be but never is: A toasted torta roll held a lightly herby chicken salad and lemon ricotta, nicely accented with peppery arugula. All the sandwiches -- the lineup includes the Turkey Club ($12.50) and Fig and Brie Baguette ($11.50) -- are accompanied by a really lovely little side salad. home/made kitchen does other dishes, too, including salads and a seasonal market quiche, as well as brioche French toast and various organic egg dishes for breakfast.
But we're going back for that tarragon chicken again. And again. Also, again.
-- J. Burrell
Diablo Magazine July 2013
Big news east of the Caldecott: After an exciting run at Hacienda de las Flores in Moraga with their “pop-up” Café Hacienda, food savvy Aly Dean Miller (a California Culinary Academy graduate) and partner, Gayle Somers have found a home for their comforting menu of innovative sandwiches, soups and salads. Welcome home/made kitchen, café and bakery at 337 Rheem Boulevard. Look for inspired items such as Mango Brioche French Toast, Fig & Brie baguettes and more. homemadekitchen.com
Just ate a delicious saturday breakfast at the new location! The food was excellent, the staff eager to help and the four-barrel coffee is amazing! I will definitely be a frequent visitor and highly recommend it!
Delicious. Organic, Local, Fresh.Four-Barrel Coffee. Great Menu and Food. Great Staff. Possibly the best meal in LaMorinda. :)
Impressive! I really enjoyed the daily selection, freshness of ingredients as well as the attention to detail for the quality of well-prepared food. I've now eaten here twice, for breakfast and lunch, and have been impressed on both occasions. The passion and love these ladies have for their food shows up on your plate and ultimately on your palate. Delicious, indeed!
Great find! Everything is fresh and organic! Coffee is served as it should be...out of a press. Very reasonable prices