Tuesday – April 19, 2016
We have been known to follow our stomachs during our travels. Our visit to Ramona, California was one of those trips. While watching an episode of Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, one of the restaurants featured in an episode from 2007 was the Ramona Café in Ramona, California.
Ramona Café House Favorites
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Full chicken breast stuffed with swiss cheese and ham. Deep fried in a special house breading and topped with hollandaise sauce.
Chicken Fried Steak
Tenderized ground beef and veal mixture prepared like fried chicken, then topped with turkey gravy.
The "blue ribbon" cinnamon roll: a half-pound circle of hot, sweet pastry veined with cinnamon sugar and accompanied by two paper cups of butter.
A Brief History Ramona, California
The current town of Ramona, California was founded in 1886 and originally named Nuevo, due to another town to the north that was called Ramona. However, that town did not flourish, and when it was finally abandoned the present-day Ramona took that name.
The first building constructed in present-day Ramona in 1883 was the Amos Verlaque House, built as a store and post office. It is still standing and houses the Guy Woodward Museum , and in 1991 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Ramona Town Hall was built in the early 1890’s and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. The building is one of the largest, and oldest, adobe structures in southern California.
As an unincorporated town, Ramona's local governing body is the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. However, many governmental functions operate at the local level in Ramona.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Ramona had a population of 20,292.
In the 1960s boxer Archie Moore held a training camp called "Salt Mine" which trained George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. Moore fought from 1936 until 1963 and battled the top names in boxing at the time, including Rocky Marciano, Floyd Patterson and Muhammad Ali. He called it "Salt Mine" because he said he worked as hard there to get ready for fights as anyone did in a salt mine.
On Mother's Day, May 13, 1973, Ramona entered the national spotlight when 55-year-old former-tennis-great-turned-hustler, Bobby Riggs, challenged the then 30-year-old women's world number-one player, Margaret Court, to a match. The match was staged at Ramona's San Diego Country Estates. Riggs won easily, 6-2, 6-1. He later lost to Billie Jean King in The Battle of the Sexes at the Houston, Texas, Astrodome, on September 20, 1973.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.