Bravo Cafe near Jamul and picked up a quart of Manolli's lemony chicken pasta soup. Just now I reheated it and slurped it down. It's a lovely soup, with a light, slightly creamy broth that's quite lemony. Plenty of chicken and tiny rice-like pasta, and some vegetables. Just one of the many reasons why we love the food at Bravo!
But aside from the great (and plentiful!) food, the people there are what really makes the place. Yesterday Milton and Esmeralda (two of Manolli and Rosio's kids) made up my order of soup and iced mocha (for Debbie), while Manolli churned out sandwiches and other goodies. This family is a fixture in the Jamul area – hard-working immigrant Americans full of good cheer and good will. Jamul would be a different – and lesser – place without them.
It just occurred to me to look them up on Yelp, and I'm delighted to see that every review up there is a solid five stars!