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By Diane Sieker

Sunflower Café offers cheery service, affordable pricing


Last updated 4/15/2018 at 12:10pm

Diane Sieker

Lake Riverside Estates residents Jim Rogers, left, and Stuart Smith enjoy a delicious lunch on the patio at the Sunflower Cafe in Anza.

The newest addition to the Anza restaurant scene is the bright and enjoyable Sunflower Cafe, tucked away inside the Cahuilla Mountain Market on Hwy. 371.

Proprietor Linda Tinics is a longtime Anza resident who has over 25 years' experience in the food service industry. She knows what people like and expect from a home style eatery and has crafted a menu to please even the most discriminating foodie.

The choices are built around simple, homegrown and satisfying burgers, sandwiches, soups and even a nourishing breakfast of eggs, tortillas with choice of bacon, pulled pork, potatoes or sausage.

The soups are homemade by Tinics herself and include hearty and authentic albondigas and pozole. 

Burgers and hot dogs are served with sides – potato salad or coleslaw – with portions big enough to make anyone happy. Sandwiches boast such all-time favorites as turkey, ham, roast beef, pastrami, BLT, meatball and pulled pork.

"We're still fine tuning the menu," Tinics said, adding that discovering the community's taste is a fun gastronomic adventure.

There are plans to extend the breakfast offerings into a more full-blown early morning experience.

Prices are reasonable, with daily specials available for the penny-conscious patron. The service is undeniably cheery and prompt.

The little cafe is a family affair, with Tinics' husband Mike and daughter Mandy available to assist with shopping, cooking and preparation.

"I'm having the time of my life," Tinics said. "I have a love of cooking and like to make people happy with good food."

Diane Sieker

Proprietor Linda Tinics provides good food and professional service at the Sunflower Cafe in Anza.

The pleased customers attest to the noticeable freshness of the food and Tinics prides herself in the use of the best quality ingredients possible.

The Cahuilla Mountain Market has planned some excellent local bands for their Hot Summer Nights series of free concerts and the Sunflower Cafe will stay open until 10 p.m. to serve the hungry crowds during the special events. 

Appearing will be local favorites The Barnyard Boyz, Crazy Creek, Mark Huston and the Workin' Men, Higgs J & M Rock and a special appearance of comedian Medicinal Mike Boris and Friends. Call (951) 763-4227 for more information and a schedule of performances.

The Sunflower Cafe is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. all week. They can be reached by calling (951) 763-4227 or by visiting them on their new Facebook page at


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