DTC #60: Brunching With Unicorns We took @eatwithnorma to brunch, one thing led to the next and you end up taking questionable photos on stuffed unicorns.





Brunch in the neighborhood joint with perfect California vibes.

Get that afternoon buzz while touring a local distillery.

Keep the buzz going while playing games at a modern fun house.

As local and in house as a distillery could be not only does The Spirit Guild make its spirits from California clementines but also slap the labels on each bottle by hand.
Stop 1

A Classic-ish California Brunch

• 12:15pm til 1:45pm •

Once you’ve taken the first step inside Zinc Café all prior frustrations of parallel parking are forgotten and replaced with future joy of devouring the plates passing by your eyesight.

  • Absolutely get a reservation. Much of their space is outside so if it’s raining or cold it more than halves the seating.
  • This is an OC brand with this as their first location in LA opened in 2015. If you forgot a rez and are famished the front has a solid grab and go counter thats spot on.
  • Stand out’s in the food game: the breakfast pizza, Persian breakfast plate, and Zinc waffle.
  • If you swing in during the week happy hour is 4-7pm Monday thru Friday with $9 cocktails, $5 beers and $7 wines. Discounted bar food is also in the mix.
  • The Lanita flower truck is there on Saturdays. It’s pink. You cant miss it. A small arrangement is $25 if you’re looking for super points.(If you need to go smaller they can do that too)
Stop 2

Sip on some clementine vodka…and gin

• 2pm til you’re done drinking •

The massive wooden doors to The Spirit Guild open much easier than anticipated revealing a world hidden by stain glassed windows and bottles of clementine alcohol...

  • Tastings are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm and 4:30pm. Tastings cost $10/person. You reserve in their online system then pay when you’re there. Either time/day will work for the date just reserve an hour and half before at Zinc.
  • Andrew was our guide that day, he makes great natural wine up in Watsonville. If he has a bottle ask him for a try.
  • They do have some special events like cheese pairings and music. Join their newsletter to get updated.
  • Please tip your tour guides. ;)
Stop 3

Go nuts in a vr gaming utopia

• Post Distillery Tour •

The outside of the building seems like an eccentric cousin of the “vacant” warehouses strewn about the seemingly vacant street...

  • Entrance is free and cards are whatever you’d like to add on to them, think Dave & Buster’s rules. $20 will get you the gaming you need.
  • If you want to go big you can book a story escape room, maybe a wine or whiskey tasting competition (this actually sounds fun), or many of their VR adventures. These get booked up all day so highly suggest if you’re considering.
  • On Tuesdays and Wednesdays they do have Midweek deals at $25 for 2 drinks, a $15 playing cards and 10 games. Seems like a killer deal to me.


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