Uncle John’s Cafe coming to South Park

South Park residents will soon have a quaint Chinese cafe to add to the small list of cheap dining options. Uncle John’s Cafe is taking over the old Mother Road spot in the Stillwater Hotel at 9th and Grand. Mother Road closed just as quietly as it opened. Yelpers, foodies, and bloggers all deemed it just OK. We went once, and nothing about it was memorable, other than the overpriced hand written wine list. In comes Uncle John to the rescue.

Uncle John’s Ham “N” Eggs has been serving Chinese and American grub to downtown blue collar workers and residents for years at its current location on 8th and Olive. The new cafe will serve the same Chinese dishes like their Spicy Pork Chops loaded with jalapeno peppers and green onions, a sweet Chasu (BBQ Pork), Chow Mein and Kung Pao Shrimp, along with the standard American fair like hotcakes, omelets, burgers, BLT’s, and patty melts. The plan is to serve breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, and eventually offer dinner Wednesday through Saturday nights. Finally, a place in South Park to grab some good Chinese. Look for it in early May.

Uncle John's modest kitchen kicks out tasty Chinese and American dishes.

The Spicy Pork Chops, fried to a perfect crispy brown and loaded with jalapeno and green onions, eggs over easy, and fresh hash brown potatoes.

Sweet Chasu BBQ Pork with eggs and potatoes makes the perfect Chinese/American pairing.

Uncle John's Cafe, located in the Stillwater Hotel, is just a few weeks out from opening.

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6 Responses to “Uncle John’s Cafe coming to South Park”

  1. Fred Camino
    April 14, 2010 at 7:50 am #

    Nice find! I waited all last year for terrible Mother Road to close, that place was resilient for never having a single soul in there. So is the 8th and Olive location shutting down, or will there be two Uncle John’s within a block of each other? I just hope they expand beyond lunch hours… I always thought Uncle Johns would be ideal for some late night grub, but alas their lunch only hours made it a rare stop.

  2. Matt Mitchell
    April 14, 2010 at 7:59 am #

    The other location is staying open for now. But they won’t be serving the Chinese food over there any longer. They’ve been trying to renew their lease at the old location with no luck. So only time will tell what happens to the other spot. This new one is so much open and brighter anyway.

  3. April 14, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    This is not my ‘hood but still goes on my To Try list when it opens and I’m in the area…

  4. April 14, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    Interesting. Wonder how they are transforming Mother Road’s decor. Good lookin’ out on the DTLA openings recently.

  5. April 14, 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    I’ve always liked Uncle John’s Cafe…I wonder if they’ll serve beer?

    There’s a good new book by Andrew Coe…Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States.

    Remember “Chop Suey in Little Tokyo” with one of the last verticle Chop Suey signs in the country does not serve Chop Suey.

    2OX OK TK

  6. Jake
    April 21, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    Actually, the hotel is called the Stillwell Hotel.