Jack Ranch Cafe with James Dean Memorabilia

Jack Ranch Cafe with James Dean Memorabilia

When I drive from Southern California north to Monterey County, I like to stop to stretch my legs and eat a meal. On this particular trip, I was cutting across Highway 46 on my way to the 101 Freeway listening to a John Steinbeck audio book. Just as my tummy was beginning to rumble, I came upon the Jack Ranch Cafe.

Eggs and Toast at Jack Ranch Cafe

The restaurant is located close to the spot where James Dean died when the car he was driving crashed into another vehicle. His breakout movie role was as Cal in Steinbeck’s East of Eden. The Jack Ranch Cafe is filled with memorabilia and has James Dean themed souvenirs for sale.

Eggs and Pancakes at Jack Ranch Cafe

The menu and ambiance is exactly what I expected from a small town roadside diner. Service was friendly and the typical American diner food was a fun way to refuel before continuing the drive. We were there just before they switched over to the lunch menu. I had a simple meal of eggs and pancakes.

Jack Ranch Cafe with James Dean Memorabilia

Adjacent to the cafe is the Hearst Ranch Winery that offers tastings and has wine and Hearst Ranch beef available for purchase.

Jack Ranch Cafe with James Dean Memorabilia

There is plenty of parking with space available for trucks, RVs and trailers.

The Jack Ranch Cafe was a nice place to stop for a meal and the James Dean history.

Jack Ranch Cafe with James Dean Memorabilia

Jack Ranch Cafe
19215 Hwy 46 East
Cholame, California 93461

Jack Ranch Cafe with James Dean Memorabilia

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13 comments for “Jack Ranch Cafe with James Dean Memorabilia

  1. Donna B
    April 2, 2017 at 5:03 am

    How very neat this is. I love finding new things and reading about places to go.

  2. vickie Couturier
    April 2, 2017 at 5:39 am

    what a cool place,,id love to visit and have a meal there

  3. Charlene Underhill
    April 2, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Oh yeah, awesome!

  4. Mary Mac
    April 3, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Great place to stop while traveling for good food and atmosphere

  5. ann hengst
    April 3, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Great place for the James Dean fans to visit. Looks like a nice place to stop at and have a meal too.

  6. Mia
    April 3, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I love the memorabilia that is in the place. What a neat and fun ambience.

  7. belinda bell
    April 4, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I would love to go there. The café looks great and I love James Dean

  8. Jeffrey
    April 4, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Cafe looks quite nice.

  9. Maryann D.
    April 11, 2017 at 2:54 am

    My daughter would love visiting this cafe especially to see the James Dean Memorabilia.

  10. ger
    April 12, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    It looks like a neat little place to visit for a bite!

  11. Mya Murphy
    April 13, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I am in love with eateries like this!! The history, small feel, usually the friendliest people..

  12. Melissa Storms
    April 14, 2017 at 8:46 am

    That looks like a fun place to eat. I love restaurants with character.

  13. Jeffrey
    April 22, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Swell looking cafe to munch at.

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