A few weeks ago when I wrote about great breakfast spots in San Diego, I admitted that choosing only eight proved difficult. Your comments and emails recommending many more of your favorites such as Jimmy Carter’s, HobNob, Kono’s Cafe and The Eggery proved my point.
San Diego has so many eateries offering wonderful breakfasts and brunches that I decided to feature eight more. You’ll never get bored with the range of delicious options awaiting you, including traditional favorites like homey biscuits and gravy to new-fashioned creations such as short rib hash.
The following restaurants will no doubt satiate your breakfast hunger.
See part I: Eight great San Diego breakfast spots
Bleu Boheme in Kensington. Locals adore Bleu Boheme for its European charm and rustic French cuisine. They even have a new menu, so if you haven’t been in a while, now’s the time to go. For something light, try their Parisian Breakfast in a Basket – coffee served with toasted petite baguettes or warm croissants and butter and jam. For more substantial breakfasts, try their savory ham, egg and gruyere crepes or their decadent eggs Benedict. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (619) 255-4167.
Brockton Villa in La Jolla. Stunning ocean views and creatively crafted breakfast items await you at Brockton Villa. Their crab Ipanema –lump blue crab with poached eggs, English muffins and a spicy tomato coconut sauce – is a West Coast gem. French toast lovers will delight in their “coast toast,” French toast as light and fluffy as a souffle. Breakfast Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (858) 454-7393.
The Cottagein La Jolla. After its recent renovation, The Cottage is even more inviting. Egg lovers can choose from an enticing array of omelets, Benedicts, scrambles and hashes, such as the Baja chicken hash – a winning combination of apple chicken sausage, vegetables, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce served with warm, grilled tortillas. Be sure to order any of their freshly baked goods such as pumpkin nut and raspberry millet muffins as well as cinnamon rolls and buttermilk coffee cake. Breakfast Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday 7:30 to 12 p.m. and Sunday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (858) 454-8409.
El Vitral,downtown. It’s new, it’s chic and it’s delicious. El Vitral offers diners contemporary Mexican cuisine in a hip downtown setting. Their Mexican-inspired huevos benedictinos takes traditional eggs Benedict and enlivens them with chipotle Hollandaise and sliced avocado. Their hot cakes de manzana come drizzled with sweet agave syrup and mixed fresh berries. Weekend brunch 11 a.m. to 3 pm. (619) 236-9420.
Roseville in Point Loma. When you’re craving luxury, whisk yourself off to Roseville’s Sunday brunch featuring classically prepared French-Mediterranean specialties. Start with their oysters on the half shell with champagne mignonette. Then try their potato-rosemary frittata with field greens or their Meyer Ranch flat iron steak and eggs. Treat yourself to one of their bottomless seasonal mimosas in exotic flavors such as blood-orange-mint and lavender-blueberry. Open for Sunday brunch. (619) 450-6800.
Terra in Hillcrest. Tucked inside the Trader Joe’s shopping center in Hillcrest is Terra, a beloved neighborhood eatery that offers an exceptional Sunday Champagne Brunch, where each order includes three glasses of champagne or mimosas. Both sweet and savory options await you including buttermilk pancakes with candied macadamia nuts and butternut squash butter and short rib hash, a hearty combination of short ribs, maitake mushrooms, caramelized onions and poached eggs with rosemary Hollandaise sauce. Brunch Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (619) 293-7088.
Urban Solace. Once you experience Urban Solace’s Bluegrass Brunch, you’ll see why locals keep returning for more. The live music and relaxed ambiance make the food –traditional comfort food with a modern twist – taste even better. Try their famous eggaroni, a rich, creamy blend of eggs and mac n’ cheese baked with smoked ham and charred tomatoes. Other down-home dishes include “kitchen sink skits n’ gravy,” house biscuits topped with gravy, fried eggs, and bacon as well as a remarkably good grilled four cheese sandwich with creamy tomato and fennel soup. Brunch Sunday 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (619) 295-6464.
Whisknladle in La Jolla. Enjoy Whiskladle’s sophisticated weekend brunch featuring several outstanding and savory dishes. Their crispy sweetbreads are served atop meaty lentils with braised Brussels sprouts, house smoked bacon and a sweet maple glaze. Other unique brunch offerings include butternut squash ravioli with brown butter and sage, chorizo date fritters with piquillo pepper-tomato sauce and a charcuterie plate of artisan cured meats, cheeses and spreads. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (858) 551-7575.
Susan Russo is an SDNN contributing writer. She also writes the blog FoodBlogga.