A few months ago we took a drive to a cool little restaurant in Aguadilla that I had mentioned on my blog previously.
TBC Food and Drink is located in Aguadilla. Easy to get to from the main roads and close to the Hewlett Packard Puerto Rico headquarters.
Our Drive from San Juan to Aguadilla to Visit TBC
We drove from San Juan with the purpose of supporting this local business. As a local and Veteran it was the least I could do. This small business is supportive of Veterans and the local communities around it.
It was easy to spot their sign from the main road.
As we arrived we parked in front and got our first glimpse of a cool establishment.
Once we went in, we sat outside at the patio but then decided to walk around to see the place and also use the restroom.
What other Restaurant has a Community Library?
As I walked around, I saw the Community Library they set up for all ages and an area for smaller kids to enjoy.
It's not every day where you walk into a restaurant and they are doing something for the community. A great way to just understand the purpose behind the business. It goes well beyond making a profit from their delicious food.
Ordering Our Meal After a Long Enjoyable Scenic Drive
As we settled we were excited to order.
I ordered the following:
- Waffle for my daughter
- For me Quinoa with fruit and Vegan Rissotto full of veggies
- and Lucy had Spinach, Feta, Tomato Omelette with side of Sweet Potatoes.
I also asked for The Big Coffee along with Ginger Iced Tea. The day was hot and the Ginger Iced Tea was refreshing and delicious. I am a big fan of their Ginger Iced Tea.
In minutes I got my quinoa with some fresh papaya and Mango on top. I wanted more of the mango than anything else.
Fast, Accurate, and Service with a Smile
We were served quickly after we arrived.
My Risotto was so delicious I took my time enjoying it while I spoke to one of the staff and asked questions.
An Example to Follow
The owner Christine approached our table. I had exchanged messages a on Veterans Day. I wanted to highlight them as a local business supporting our veterans; it was a great idea given how close the location is to remnants of Ramey Air Force Base.
As I spoke to her she mentioned how she visited Puerto Rico for an Anniversary. Christine was living in the DC metro area and decided they wanted to set up an eatery here on the Island.
They did their market research. They also bootstrapped their way into using another space in a creative way. They set up at another venue during its non operating hours.
The Breakfast Club is Born in The West Coast
The named it The Breakfast Club which was appropriate since they were serving breakfast.
I find it very interesting to see how part of her research went to basic things such as counting cars that drove by.
It's admirable to take such a boots on the ground approach towards launching a business.
Upgrading and Moving to Aguadilla (Current Location)
In 2014 they decided to move and open up their own location and named the place TBC Food and Drink.
The TBC was honoring their original concept of The Breakfast Club.
Our visit was very enjoyable. The drive was a long drive from Isla Verde but well worth it.
Seeing how her staff is made up of locals that are very happy working at the TBC. We've gone back several times and we have been taking care of by Mimi who is an awesome waitress.
Christine has done an awesome job at creating a business that supports the community in many ways.
I will be visiting TBC Food and Drink on every trip to the west coast.
We need to Support more Local Small Businesses
We need more locally owned small businesses like this popping up around the Island. These places make our Island Original and make it look better for us and those that visit.
But more importantly, we need to support these small cool eateries. In my case having a few vegan options always puts them on my priority list.