Here are five of my favorite breakfast stops in San Diego. This is by no means a comprehensive list or ranking, these are five places that frequent where I love to spend my morning eating the most important meal of the day! As I find new favorites, you bet I’ll write about them here!
Yes, I love it because the North Park location walking distance from where I live, but it’s also consistently on the list of best breakfast places in San Diego – and for good reason! Between my husband and me, we’ve had most things on the menu. Our favorites are: blueberry pancakes, Mission french toast, Mission rosemary and roast beef hash and eggs. Portions are HUGE so come hungry! They will give you only one or two pancakes if you ask, so in case you’re not starving, but are craving pancakes just ask for a smaller portion. The key to this place is to get there before 8:30am, otherwise expect to wait for a while!
3 locations – 2801 University Avenue in North Park, 1250 J Street in East Village and 3795 Mission Boulevard in Mission Beach.
Worth the trip to the East Village for breakfast! Cafe Chloe is a cozy restaurant that also serves lunch and dinner. Since I work most evenings, I like to hit them up for breakfast/brunch. Their cappuccinos and mimosas hit the spot and the atmosphere is relaxing. My husband has even dubbed their bathroom, the nicest and best decorated restroom in San Diego. Yup. As for the food, my favorites are the zucchini and chèvre omelette and the eggs and piperade. I also LOVE their fingerling potatoes and baguette with herb butter, so I always make sure to order a side of either of those (or both!) if my dish doesn’t come with them.
721 9th Avenue in East Village.
Bread & Cie
Right in the heart of Hillcrest, Bread & Cie is a great stop for breakast, pastry or bread. Many places in San Diego carry their pastries or use their bread in their dishes. You can also find them at farmer’s markets around town! Order up at the counter then grab a seat inside or out front to enjoy the San Diego sunshine. My favorites are the ham and swiss gruyere quiche and their homemade granola. Coffee is also great! While you’re their grab a baguette to take home!
350 University Avenue in Hillcrest.
So technically, this isn’t a full-on breakfast spot, but a coffee shop that also offers some small bites for breakfast and lunch. It IS, though, my favorite coffee spot in San Diego. Caffe Calabria roasts their own coffee and they take it very seriously. Each warm espresso drink is a work of art and sometimes even too gorgeous to drink (as one example, see my photo above)! They carry Bread & Cie pastries for breakfast and for lunch they make the most delicious panini with Bread & Cie bread. My favorite is the tacchino with smoked turkey, pesto, grana padano and more. YUM. San Diego’s first parklet is right outside the cafe so take your coffee and pastry outside and enjoy the fresh air!
3933 30th Street in North Park.
A breakfast hot spot in Hillcrest! Come early or wait! Snooze opened a couple of years back and has become incredibly popular and have since opened another location in Northern San Diego County. If you get up early and make it in before the wait gets CAH-RAZY, I like the huevos rancheros and the french toast.
2 locations – 3940 5th Avenue in Hillcrest, 3435 Del Mar Heights Road in Del Mar.
So, there they are – five of my favorite breakfast spots in San Diego. Now that I’ve shared mine, what are yours????
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