420 E. Dyer Road
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Last Saturday I visited the Red Hill Café for a quick lunch. Oddly enough, the Red Hill Café is not on RedHill Ave., it’s on Dyer Rd. The Red Hill Café is a small, little diner that I might classify as a “greasy spoon.” They have red and white checkered tablecloths and a counter where you can watch the cooks through the pass-through window into the kitchen. This is strictly a cash only joint, but they have an ATM machine near the bathrooms for those people that forget to bring cash.
Red Hill Café serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Don’t plan on coming here for a late lunch on Saturday though, because they close at 1:00 PM. The menu consists of your typical diner fare from pancakes to burgers to omelettes and sandwiches. After looking over the menu I decided to get the Red Hill Country Breakfast ($7.19). This meal was described as a “Country Beef Steak between a Biscuit covered with Country Gravy, Two Eggs, Hash Browns or Home Fries.” I decided to get mine with home fries. I also ordered a cup of decaf coffee ($1.55).
My food arrived very quickly. Since the menu had said “Country Beef Steak,” in my mind I was thinking “Country Fried Steak.” I was expecting a battered and fried beef steak, but what I got instead was more of a grill fried hamburger patty. The patty was placed between two halves of a biscuit and smothered with gravy. It was actually pretty good except I thought that the gravy was a little watery and bland. The home fries were basically hash browns with a little bit of onion and bell pepper mixed in. They were good, but they pretty much tasted like plain has browns. I ordered my eggs poached easy and they came to me perfectly poached.
Overall I was pretty satisfied with my food. I had dined here before and gotten the Eggs Benedict. I remember liking that as well. Red Hill Café is a place to go when you feel like going to a cheap, little roadside diner.