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SD breakfast-- Hash House or Broken Yolk or ?

Taking my daughter and her room mate to breakfast this morning. Haven't tried either of these places but they have been on the list of places to try. How about Studio Diner? Does it live up to the hype? Daughter has to be at work in the Hillcrest right afterwards. Have eaten lunch at Crest Cafe before but not breakfast. Any recs?

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  1. Crest Cafe has good breakfast, definitely better than Hash House.

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    1. re: Josh

      wow I have been to Crest Cafe a couple of times and was never very impressed. The dishes seemed to be average for breakfast and lacking in any creativity. I remember like their biscuits though. Hash House has a much more diverse menu although it seems the quality and consistency aren't what they used to be.

      The wait at Crest Cafe is definitely better than Hash House though. They are trying to funnel people to the Tractor Room on the weekends but I haven't tried that.

      Where did you end up going Dimsumgirl?

      1. re: MrKrispy

        I liked their breakfast options a lot better than Hash House's, but I have issues with HH. I hate their portion sizes, it's completely wasteful and extravagant. Unless you're sharing between three people it's way too much food. Plus it's not like you can take it home and have it later. Crest has normal-sized portions of food, and I thought they had a pretty impressive array of options. How long ago were you there for breakfast? I was last there just a few weeks ago, and they had one of the largest breakfast menus I've seen anywhere.

        1. re: Josh

          It has been probably a year or so since I last went. I don't live in the area so based on previous exp. it wasn't worth driving to.

          I also think Hash House way over does it, but some people like that. My GF does reheat her stuff, she usually gets 3-4 meals out of a breakfast there, haha.

          1. re: MrKrispy

            I agree that the portion sizes at Hash House are a bit on the ridiculous side but if you know that going in you can order accordingly. Also, the wait can be a bit much. If you go during the week you should be fine but on the weekend I would suggest getting there before 9. They take reservations on Saturdays, but make sure your entire party is there if you want to get seated.

            We really like the food at Parkhouse but the wait there can be pretty bad on the weekends as well. Again, I would recommend a reservation. Another place that opened recently for brunch is Farmhouse Cafe on Adams Avenue. The have a lot of more unusual breakfast items...I loved the ricotta pancakes.

          2. re: Josh

            Josh, I had breakfast at Crest Cafe this past Sunday (4/6). It was okay, not good, not bad, but definitely not great. Yes, their breakfast menu has a good variety, and I really like their coffee. Their portions are normal (thank god, I'm with you on overly large portions), and the prices are very reasonable.

            I ordered something with corn tortillas and I used the napkin to blot the excess oil off them. The tortillas had been dipped in oil and heated to soften then up. They got soft, but were saturated with oil and the dish was lukewarm at best. The menu said my plate would be garnished with fresh mango. That it was...fresh, unripe, still green around the edges, crunchy mango.

            My dining companion had the caramelized banana and mac nut waffle. The waffle itself was mediocre, I've had way better in a lot of places. I'm not big on bananas (my friend is) but the caramelized bananas on the waffle were actually pretty tasty. But the whole thing was pretty dense and after a few bites it became cloyingly sweet and heavy. At least a third of it was left on the plate.

            The flavor on both items was really pretty decent, but the execution on both dishes really lacked. My tortillas should not have been little grease mops and my friend's waffle could have been a lot crisper and lighter and both meals should have been hotter than they were.

            Oh, and when it's full, it's really, really noisy.

            1. re: DiningDiva

              Wow, that's really lame.

              It sucks to recommend something, and have it be mediocre. My breakfast experiences there have been good, but I typically order things that aren't sweet, and I've only been during the week when it's not busy. Good to know that weekends might best be avoided.

        2. re: Josh

          The problem I find with Crest is the quality is very inconsistent and often really bad. While the novelty of HH is the portion size, the quality is usually pretty good. Though I can't imagine wanting to wait in that line for weekend breakfast.

        3. Forget Studio Diner. Mediocre, unimpressive food - definitely not up to the hype. I agree with Josh on the HH...give me a break, who eats that much food? Cut the portions down and lower prices, it's so wasteful.

          I know you've already taken her to breakfast, but give Jimmy Carter's a try. They have normal breakfast portions and they also have some delicious chilaquiles with eggs cooked to order...

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          1. re: LisaSD

            Thanks for the heads up about the Studio Diner. We were meaning to venture down to Kearney Mesa, but now, forget it. I should of known better, that if a place uses the fact that they were on the FN in their ads, I should not walk but run away as fast as possible!

            1. re: littlestevie

              Kearny Mesa has some worthwhile restaurants, but they're mostly west of the 163. The east side caters mostly to the Mon-Fri office lunch crowd. There's the Original Pancake House off Convoy for breakfast or Honey's Cafe on Balboa.

              1. re: littlestevie

                The only items at Studio Diner that are any good are the burgers and the chicken noodle soup. Everything else is overpriced for "diner" food.

                1. re: littlestevie

                  We went to Studio Diner, and thought it was pretty good. I got the fried Monte Cristo sandwich. The service was good. My husband got some type of egg dish (I don't eat eggs, so I really didn't pay it a lot of attention). HE said it was good. Maybe don't make a special trip for it (with gas being almost $4/gallon), but if you're in the area, give it a try. The wait wasn't bad either (about 10 minutes on a Sunday).

              2. For future reference, Broken Yolk has $5 breakfast specials from 6-8 a.m. seven days a week. Everything else on their menu has gone to at least $9.

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                1. re: Cathy

                  I eat at BY on week-ends, their omelettes are 4 eggs each and can easily feed 2 people, I have yet to finish one. They do not charge for splitting plates and they have fresh fruit options. Also, they never say no to a request. The waitstaff is always friendly and the coffee flows generously, the place is very clean, definitely worth $9.

                  1. re: epicureous eggplant

                    EE: I have been enjoying your recent posts along with KR. Can you tell me what you like at PE? I marked it on my map thismorning in case we weren't able to get into Hash House. The remaining three breakfasts will be more relaxed-- she won't have to be at school by 9:00 like she did today so we can venture out a little further and explore.

                    1. re: dimsumgirl

                      You could also give Cafe on Park a shot - it's actually the precursor to the Hash House - the guy who owns Hash House left there to open it. It's our favorite place lately - we used to like Parkhouse, but we stopped going when it got too crowded. We also tried Antique Row Cafe once just to see what all the fuss was about (huge crowds on the sidewalk) and it was awful, so don't do that!

                      True story - the first time we ate at Hash House right after they opened (we lived down the street) I turned to my husband and said "I wonder if this place will get really crowded like all the other breakfast joints in town?" There were like four tables that morning. Even then they had problems with temperature, and those huge servings of course. I do have a weakness for the maple fried chicken though!

                      1. re: Alice Q

                        I'll second Cafe on Park. Actually one of my favorite places for breakfast in the neighborhood.

                      2. re: dimsumgirl

                        Parkhouse has this disgustingly good chicken sausauge with pancetta gravy served with focaccia bread. The chicken sausage and focaccia is served basically swimming in gravy. This stuff is so good it’s bad. Try it sometime and let me know what you think!

                    2. Alice, did you go to the Antique Row Cafe on Adams? Because I went there and like you, was unimpressed. But...they are each independently owned and operated and so far, I have liked the food I had at the El Cajon location which is owned by the Asaro family.

                      Love the pancakes at Cafe on Park...great flavor but hate the lack of parking. They also have that homemade jam on every table that I love to spread on the thick sliced wheat toast!

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                      1. re: LisaSD

                        Yes - and we've also been to the Lemon Grove one a couple of times, but I didn't know there was one in El Cajon - maybe we'll give it a shot. Re Cafe on Park - I usually park close to the Farmers Market on University and walk to the Cafe since we're always there on Sundays, so I haven't had problems with the parking. Meters are also free at that time which is nice!

                      2. How about Hob Nob Hill, I love that place! I always go there at least once when I am in San Diego, great cinammon rolls and pancakes.

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                        1. If you want an elegant breakfast, the Lodge at Torrey Pines A R Valentien serves some amazing things (lemon ricotta pancakes with maple syrup) and the terrace, room, and view are beautiful. Not the best coffee. . .

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                          1. re: pickypicky

                            The Original Pancake House in Kearney MEsa is always great. Their coffe is fantastic. Their Dutch Baby and Gernman Pancake will leave you salivating for days.

                            I likethe 4x2 two sunnyside upp eggs and 4 thick slice of bacon. My daughet always wants to also eat my bacon, I feel bad, but I do not liketo share this one.

                            Original Pancake House
                            3906 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111

                            1. re: normalheightsfoodie

                              You ever try the bacon pancakes? I've had them a few times, they're insanely good, but probably a million calories. I can only handle them once every few months.

                          2. Hey CH'ers, here's a heads-up, on April 22&23 The Broken Yolk, both PB and East Lake Cula Vista locations, is having an anniversary celebration, the menu will have a selection of breakfast and lunch entree's for $2.99, beverages for $.99. A real sweet deal, enjoy!

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                            1. re: cstr

                              I went once, 10 years ago. That was enough for me. I would pass even if the breakfast was $.99. I really don't understand the fascintation with this pedestrian place.

                              1. re: The Old Man

                                The menu is not elaborate, pretty standard breakfast fare but, for me the place is quick and convienent, also the food is fresh, the waitstaff are pleasant, and it's clean inside. Have any favs?

                                1. re: cstr

                                  OK, I'm going to mention it. The Original Pancake House. I've been going to the one in Chicago for 35 years. It was created by the Walker Bros. who took the franchise to it's highest level and created a beautiful room.

                                  I find that the OPH chains stores, like the one by me in Encinitas are within 90% or greater of the quality of the Wilmette IL one. That makes them better than almost anybody else. No one can touch their Apple Pancake. Is it a ridiculous pancake with apple sauce on it like at Harry's in La Jolla? No? It's a magificent creations of molten cinnamon ,suga,r dough and big slices of apples, puffed up into a souffle like cake. Their Dutch/German pancake is a wonderful double layer of light battered dough with powdered sugar. And their swedish pancakes are perfectly served with lingonberries. There are many other wonderul creations and their basted eggs are truly basted instead of simply covering the pan.

                                  BTW they coffee is top notch. Excellent bacon and sausage (in Wilmette it's made for them).

                                  Yes, a chain can be good. They just usually aren't

                                  1. re: The Old Man

                                    No argument from me. I think it's the 2nd best breakfast I've had in San Diego (second only to Cafe Chloe's awesome brunch).

                                    1. re: Josh

                                      What does Chloe have? I'm a little suspicious of the word, "brunch" because now you can bring in many types of food, such as items served at lunch or dinner. I think to be defined as a great breakfast place your creations have to be made of egg, flour, sugar, fruit, bacon, ham, sweet rolls (ah, Ann Sather's in Chicago), etc.

                                      1. re: The Old Man

                                        Chloe has very good egg dishes, especially the one they call savory custard, which is like a crustless quiche. I don't share your definition of great breakfast, as I try to avoid sugary foods. But the ham used in the savory custard is first rate. Bear in mind, this is a French-style breakfast, not American. Portions are sane and manageable.

                                        1. re: Josh

                                          Please understand I wasn't saying that sugar was a must. I was just trying to separate breakfast from a brunch with chicken enchildas, spaggetti and meatballs, etc.

                                          1. re: The Old Man

                                            Gotcha. I doubt you'll be disappointed with Cafe Chloe.

                                      2. re: Josh

                                        Josh, have you tried Cavaillon's or Mission Coffee Cup's breakfast/brunches?

                                        1. re: daantaat

                                          No. I've heard a lot of good things about Cavaillon, but I live kind of far from there. I will check it out one of these days.

                                      3. re: The Old Man

                                        I've had both the apple and german pancake, I mean you need a serious appetite to tackle either one of those babies. Never thought of trying the one out here, now I will, thanks.

                                        1. re: cstr

                                          We share and we still take home. We like to get one of each.

                                          1. re: cstr

                                            The Dutch Baby is more manageable, it's a small version of the German pancake.