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Feb 22, 2008 05:57 AM

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!