The Kultured Kitchen is no bigger than most people's living rooms and has that same comfortable feel.
Lace curtains frame the windows, and the top half of its Dutch doors are almost always open to the sea breeze that wafts up from Capistrano Beach, no more than a 10-minute walk away.
On the walls are several historic pictures from the turn of the century, a glimpse of the unpopulated life as it used to be in this area. An antique stove decorates one corner and soothing classical music plays unobtrusively in the background.
The restaurant seats about 25 comfortably inside and a few more at tables outside.
The menu is simple but nourishing, and always filling. A large bowl of homemade soup is served with steamed sourdough or pumpernickel. The sandwiches, divided between "basic" in the $3.45-or-less price range and "super" for $4.20 or less, are all served with a choice of wheat, sourdough or squaw breads. Fish lovers will enjoy the albacore or "crabacado" concoction, while meat lovers can indulge in the "Cream and the Cow"--roast beef, cream cheese, onions, tomatoes, mayonnaise and sprouts.