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sdnosh Feb 23, 2009 03:54 PM

I'm a big fan of breakfast and wish more chef's would put thier artful touch to this oft overlooked meal. Recently I had breakfast at Firehouse in PB and was pleasantly surprized. The French Toast with candied pecans and strawberries may well have been the best I've ever had and my friend's biscuits and gravy were made with an interesting twist to the gravy but I couldn't tell you what it was. I'm also a fan of The Mission, especially thier crispy, almost on the verge of burnt potatoes. What's your favorite breakfast, whether sit down or on the run? (I'm not referring to Sunday brunch). Is there any place where the chef applies as much creativity to his/her breakfast menu as they do thier dinner menu?

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  1. honkman RE: sdnosh Feb 23, 2009 04:41 PM


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      sdnosh RE: honkman Feb 24, 2009 07:31 AM

      Thanks honkman, I hadn't seen that post.

    2. Beach Chick RE: sdnosh Feb 24, 2009 08:24 AM

      Harry's La Jolla
      Ricky's in Mission Valley
      Green Flash with a double bloody mary

      I want to know where the kick ass Mexican breakfasts are.. ; )

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        Ewilensky RE: Beach Chick Feb 24, 2009 02:23 PM

        I do my kick ass Mexican breakfasts at El Comal.

        Not to ruin the tranqility of my favorite brunch spot (or the fact tables always seem to be open), but I just love Cafe Chloe -- an outside table, the NY Times, a pot of coffee, mimosa, the house cured gravlax and a side of fries. Yes. Fries for brunch. Sublime.

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          Beach Chick RE: Ewilensky Feb 24, 2009 04:35 PM

          Thanks for the Mex breakfast recommendation Ewilensky!

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            DougOLis RE: Ewilensky Feb 24, 2009 08:40 PM

            Super Cocina's Mexican breakfasts rock too

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              jasont RE: DougOLis Feb 24, 2009 09:04 PM

              I totally agree. I've been getting chilaquiles and huevos oaxaquenos for breakfast a lot lately. It's a great combination.

        2. Alice Q RE: sdnosh Feb 24, 2009 10:13 AM

          It's a ZOO but the Hash House does some pretty creative and interesting breakfasts - too much food, and sometimes it's cold, but I do love that fried chicken. If you can, go on a weekday.

          Park House Eatery, Cafe on Park, Cafe 222, Richard Walker's Pancake House, Hob Nob Hill, Brockton Villa (ONLY get the Coast Toast or chorizo and eggs) and Crest Cafe also have pretty good breakfasts. Cafe on Park and Crest kind of fly under the radar a little bit. You might also enjoy breakfast at the Cantina in PB if you like the Mission. Haven't tried either, but I hear JRDN at Tower 23 in Pacific Beach and AR Valentien also do particularly nice breakfasts - they are located in hotels.

          Sidenote - if you're ever in Palm Springs - be sure to try Norma's at the Parker. Expensive, but amazing breakfast.

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            cstr RE: Alice Q Feb 24, 2009 02:21 PM

            Agree on HH, glops of tastless food but, if you have to categorize the one or two things that may be good on a weekday, why bother. Also with Brockton Villa, I agree the Coast Toast are good but ,pricey and the chorizo very common, but unless your party only likes Coast Toast why bother to go to a place that has one good item. A side note to Brockton, you have to hold your nose, the sea gull and pellican odor is enough bo turn your stomach. IMO, those places are not good or worth going to.

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              sdnosh RE: Alice Q Feb 25, 2009 11:56 AM

              I tried the breakfast at JRDN and found it to be lacking. This is one of those places where I felt like the chef really didn't want to do breakfast so didn't put as much creativity into it as dinner. Also, it was expensive for average ingredients and small portions. I particularly found the French Toast to be rather tasteless.

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                Alice Q RE: sdnosh Feb 25, 2009 02:49 PM

                good to know, no need to go out of the way!

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              pkt63 RE: sdnosh Feb 24, 2009 01:33 PM

              Anyone been to the Bluegrass Brunch at Urban Solace? I'm going in a couple of weeks, so I'm hoping it's great. Any recs?

              1. jmtreg RE: sdnosh Feb 24, 2009 04:03 PM

                I've always liked Cafe 222 - I'm a sucker for the peanut butter french toast. Perry's Cafe is impressive in its efficiency. World Famous, while not a great restaurant by any means, does a pretty good breakfast.

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                  stevuchan RE: jmtreg Feb 24, 2009 05:23 PM

                  I had an ah crap World Famous really moment a couple weeks back with some out of town friends. I was suprised it was an enjoyable breakfast with a well prepared eggs benedict.

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                    foodiechick RE: stevuchan Feb 24, 2009 08:46 PM

                    Surprisingly good eggs benedict and carne asada con huevos (ask for the special, house made hot sauce) at World Famous. Fantastic boardwalk people watching, especially if you get there between 9-10am to see what topical outfit the thong-wearing, old (but incredibly buff and tanned) construction-worker, roller blade guy is wearing.

                2. foodiechick RE: sdnosh Feb 25, 2009 09:11 PM

                  Brunch at Farmhouse Cafe! Ricotta pancakes, Pan Perdue, Eggs in Cocotte, Eggs Florentine and of course a blood orange mimosa. Yum!

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                    juantanamera RE: sdnosh Feb 26, 2009 10:20 AM

                    In response to the original question, no, I don't know anyplace in San Diego, or anywhere else, that the breakfast menu is as creative as dinner. Breakfast always seems to be the most boring meal in restaurants, but my girlfriend loves to go out for breakfast, so I trudge along, and the best I've had were at Beachgrass Cafe in Solana Beach, and Cafe Chloe.

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                      stevuchan RE: juantanamera Feb 26, 2009 10:58 AM

                      "anywhere else"

                      Check out New Orleans for breakfast, where proper attention is paid to the most important meal.

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                        juantanamera RE: stevuchan Feb 26, 2009 01:00 PM

                        Fair enough, I've never gone out for breakfast in New Orleans. I have traveled a good bit though, and in my experience breakfast is always the least interesting meal, which is why I prefer to save my money for later in the day, when chefs seem to have woken up a bit more. But I'll remember to make an exception if/when I visit N. O.

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