"September 3, 2019 – The menu at The Butter House reads like a road map to creative comfort food, with Polynesian-Filipino pop—pork belly and eggs, fried chicken sandwiches with avocado, loco moco in a lake of gravy, butter-fried rice with bacon, sausage and Spam.The new look at the former Nifty 50s Cafe is a trip itself. Gone are the funky booth fabrics, the greasy kitchen, the dated carpet, dated paint, dated countertops, replaced by a simple and smart design, stylish and shiny new counters, clean lines, fresh paint, new floating light boxes on the ceilings and nice finishing details around the sizable room.
The copper light fixtures hanging above the window booths, though, are still there, a holdover from the Sizzler era way back in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, all polished up. Better yet, other fundamentals remain intact: local loyalty and an understanding of Seaside.Owners Susan and Benny Mosqueda are longtime locals. In fact, one of Benny’s earliest jobs in restaurants came as a dishwasher at the Pacific Grove Sizzler (now an In-Shape) at age 14; he would go on to buss, wait tables, design websites and manage marketing everywhere from Fish Hopper to Crown and Anchor, where he met Susan, who was the GM. (Last week Benny revisited his dishwashing game when a staffer called in ill. “It’s gotta get done,” he says with a happy shrug.) One reason the opening hasn’t been as insane as many restaurant debuts: The Mosquedas hired Nifty 50s workers who wanted to stick around and hand-picked other locals with loads of hospitality experience. They understand Seaside isn’t a dinner destination, but loves its rib-sticking breakfasts. (Note the ribeye steak and eggs and Benny’s Benny with a spicy sausage patty, bacon and white cheddar.)One of the biggest endorsements they’ve gotten—beyond lines out the door not long after the soft opening last month—is the ongoing attendance of the Seaside old guard who made Nifty 50s their regular rendezvous long ago. Community organizer Helen Rucker, City Councilman Dave Pacheco, Mayor Ian Oglesby and company still come in as many as four times a week. That kind of consistency and their specific orders inspired the Mosquedas to program dedicated buttons on their register for what they want."
- EDIBLE MONTEREY REVIEW