Captain Mauri’s: New Favorite Lunch Spot

The Avocado N’ Jack sandwich at Captain Mauri’s:
So, I’ve created a nice little routine for myself: I wake up at a leisurely hour; I make coffee and a pot of oatmeal; I walk to the library where I find free wifi and a quiet place to “work”; I break for lunch around 1:00; then return to the library (to continue my job search) until dinner time.

Now, thanks to a little spot on Avenida del Mar called Captain Mauri’s, lunch has become the highlight of my day. On Monday, having had a late breakfast and in the mood for a light lunch, I decided to try an acaí bowl — a bowl of acaí puréed with a little juice, topped with granola, sliced bananas, apple and chopped pecans. I might have preferred just banana and granola, but the mixture was delicious anyway. Yesterday, I savored the above pictured avocado and jack sandwich and today, the veggie wrap, pictured below. All of the sandwiches are served with mayo, lettuce, tomato and sprouts on squaw (? — never heard of it either —) bread, and the wrap was filled with a vegetarian pattie, cucumber, zucchini, carrots, balsamic vinegar and sprouts — yum! Thanks Cousin Jay for another great recommendation.

And I should also mention that on Sunday, before shopping at the farmers’ market, Ben and I stopped by Captain Mauri’s for a cup of coffee. As we placed our order, we spotted a baking tin sitting by the register filled with bran-like delectable-looking muffins, which we couldn’t resist trying. Made with zucchini, blueberries and oatmeal, these muffins are like none other I have ever tasted. I found them moist and delicious too. My husband, however, unable to determine the muffin’s identity — sweet or savory — instantly found them offensive, but he persevered nonetheless, finishing his half, leaving not even a crumb for the birds hovering around our bench to taste.

Captain Mauri’s
149 Avenida del Mar
San Clemente, CA
Open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Veggie Wrap at Captain Mauri’s:


  1. Melanie Lytle says

    Welcome to San Diego! I’ve SO enjoyed reading about your culinary adventures driving across the United States! Thank you for the feedback. I hope you’ll check back often and let me know if you find anything I’ve missed in North County. Living near downtown has really limited my exposure to the northern farmers markets and such.

  2. Anonymous says

    I can’t believe you’ve never heard of squaw bread…..I would eat it everyday if it didn’t go straight to my thighs!

    “My husband, however, unable to determine the muffin’s identity — sweet or savory — instantly found them offensive”…OMG, THAT IS SO BEN!

  3. kunal bhatia says

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