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Jun 17, 2009 08:01 PM

San Diego is for Breakfast

Please help me. A few years ago I made a list of breakfast spots in San Diego. My hard drive soon thereafer died and I had no other record of that list. I visited about six places on that list and had about 6 more tto go but....From the places I went to I decided that San Diego is all about breakfast more than any city I have visited. Please help me start another to-do list.

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    1. it would be immensely helpful if you listed the places you've already been so we don't waste time suggesting them...

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        It has been several years and I have no clue of any names. Also, I would like as compleate of a list as I can get. Breakfest is my big meal of the day and I recall never having a bad breakfast in SD. I can see a number of SD trips in my summer ahead and so..... I recall a gogiie style 60's cafe just off a fry.-- located just out of the city and it had really great service and food.. There was a farmers market nearby on the day i went. I also recall two places I liked that had fresh baked goods. They were closer to the ocean and north of the city. There was a Mexican food sit-down place with booths and tables inland from the city w/ good chips and salsa. My problem is IMO, this city is hard to get a feel of where you are relative to the beaches and city if you can't see them. Once I go inland just a little I am lost without a map. I never have that problem anyplace but SD. It all began in that circle around all those hotels. -- "Hotel Circle?" It leaves me going in circles and not knowing N, S, E or W. Damm hard drive!

        1. re: JeetJet

          don't know if these come close, but how about:

          Mission Cup Cafe in La Jolla (close to the beach and north of the city)
          The Cottage in La Jolla (close to the beach and north of the city; has fresh baked goods)
          There is a farmer's market in La Jolla on Sunday mornings

          for the 60's style cafe, how about:
          Perry's Cafe (near Old Town)
          Ricky's off Hotel Circle Drive. Excellent Dutch apple pancakes.

          The Mexican place??? I think we'll all need more specifics....

          1. re: daantaat

            Could the Mexican place be Jimmy Carter's?

            1. re: DougOLis

              I have no idea. Haven't made it to Jimmy Carter's...

      2. My mom and I really enjoyed The Waffle Spot in Hotel Circle--in Kings Inn--when we visited SD several years ago. "The world-famous Waffle Spot is not your typical breakfast restaurant. Named the best waffles in San Diego, the Waffle Spot offers a true family experience with a large variety of breakfast items that will satisfy every member of the family."

        If the giant, foam Waffle King is still there, have your camera ready--would be a funny Kodak moment. But I'm really serious about these waffles. Their mix is malted and oh so delicious. Hope this is a helpful start to rebuilding your list.


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        1. re: kattyeyes

          Tractor Room

          3687 5th Ave
          San Diego, CA 92103-4218
          (619) 543-1007

        2. The Cottage in LJ
          Harry's Coffee Shop LJ
          La Valencia Hotel LJ outside terrace oceanview
          Cavaillon Carmel Valley
          Ricky's Mission Valley
          Perry's Old Town
          Waterfront Bar Little Italy
          Mary Jane's Coffee Shop Hard Rock Gaslamp
          Las Cuatro Milpas Logan Heights

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            1. re: stevewag23

              I know some people rave about this place, and wait in line for it, but I don't get it. The same way I don't get the lines for Hash House, Mission, or Hob Nob Hill.

              1. re: Josh

                Josh, I think it is the "San Diego Breakfast Hype Machine"

                Back in the day that we'd do an occasional breakfast out, we liked Le Peep. I thought that their fare was generally a cut above Original Pancake House, but with smaller lines (especially the Poway location). But that is the thing of the past. These days a fancy weekend breakfast is making pancakes for my 3-year old. If and when we get back into the game, the first place I'd want to try is Cavillion, though - I hope it is around for a while.

                JeanJet - there is a reason that the San Diego Thomas Guide (Map) sells so well. :)

                1. re: RB Hound

                  "Josh, I think it is the "San Diego Breakfast Hype Machine"

                  I like that one.

                  Personally, I have never understood San Diego's infatuation with breakfast.

                  Can anyone shed some light?

                  Breakfast is easily my 10th least favorite meal of the day.

                  1. re: stevewag23


                    1) San Diego is an early city. Everything here starts early, business, airline departures, low tide...Dining early in SD is way easier than dining late, and with a lot more viable options


                    2) Breakfast is usually the cheapest meal of the day to purchase outside the home. And San Diegans are nothing if not frugal. The perception is that breakfast is a good "deal"

                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      Ill buy that. Good explanation.

                      "Cheap" and "Early" are two words that do come to mind when I think of San Diego.

                      Could this also have to do with the wholesome nature of San Diego?

                      Breakfast has always seemed to me to be the least sexy and sinful meal of the day.

                      Out of curiosity, are there any other "Early Cities"?

                      1. re: stevewag23

                        "Could this also have to do with the wholesome nature of San Diego? " - Not sure about cheap (but not completely wrong) but definitely early. I am missing good (higher end) dining options where it is possible to start eating after 9 pm without being rushed.

                        1. re: honkman

                          Breakfast is my fav meal of the day. I'm an early riser and morning exerciser, this fuels me up for the day.

                          1. re: honkman

                            I am consistently amazed at how many restaurants you can go to at 9 or 9:30 (even on a weekend night) and they are dead. I don't know if most people in SD like to eat early but other than taco shops and fast food there is certainly a lack of late night dining options.

                            1. re: sdaints

                              It is truly amazing.

                              People eat so damn early in San Diego.

                              "Dinner" in San Diego is closer to "lunch"

                              Whenever I invite someone from San Diego to eat dinner they say without fail: "Nine thirty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is so late to eat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#@!$#%~@#%!@#%@#%"

                              1. re: sdaints

                                Sakura is one of the better ones, IMO. Open til midnight!

                                1. re: Josh

                                  Good tip.

                                  I have had the conversation with many restaurant owners and they say the would love to serve food later but the market simply is not there.


                            2. re: stevewag23

                              Wholesome? No, I don't think so. I think that dates back to right after WWII when a lot of men who grew up on farms were discharged from the Navy and elected not to go home. They may have fled the farm, but not the values they grew up with, and those were translated into shaping much of San Diego's growth.

                              And as far as breakfast being sinful and sexy, goodness, have you missed the boat. Let me paint you a picture. Perfectly cook a soft boiled egg and gently place it in a fine porcelain egg cup. Carefully snip open the top to expose the quivering, gently set, but not quite, white of the egg. Ever so carefull stir to reveal the soft, unctous yolk. Now, steam off some ram-rod straight asparagus spears until brigt, vibrant green; tender by still crunchy. Take the asparagus spear and plunch it deep into the velvety, soft boiled egg. Lick or bite, it's up to you, but be sure to savor the rich, luscious ooze of each rivlet of yolk as it slides downt he shaft of the plesantly rigid asparagus spear. It all depends on how you look at things and it *always* pays to play with your food ;-).

                              OMG, Midwest values and (bad) food porn in the same post? Too early on a Sunday morning.

                                1. re: DiningDiva

                                  Diva, written any paperback books lately? Maybe a new career awaits!

                                  1. re: DiningDiva

                                    DD--this sounds like some of Ruth Reichel's reviews!!!

                                    (drool coming out of my mouth....)

                                    1. re: DiningDiva

                                      "And as far as breakfast being sinful and sexy, goodness, have you missed the boat."

                                      My boat travels at night and is soaked with wine, women and song.

                                      1. re: stevewag23

                                        No, more likely that your ship came in and you were at the airport ;-)

                                        Breakfast can be a most delightful and satisfying end to an indulgent evening. Try it, you might find you like it.

                                        1. re: stevewag23

                                          'My boat travels at night and is soaked with wine, women and song'
                                          Love that!
                                          Don't forget the models..

                                            1. re: DiningDiva

                                              in previous posts of stevewag..all he talks about is the 'models' and that's what I was ribbing him about..

                                              btw, you really should write a food porn book!

                                              1. re: Beach Chick

                                                Don't discriminate against model girls. Its unfair and very 90's.

                                        2. re: stevewag23

                                          a greasy breakfast with a beer at Waterfront probably doesn't "fit" with wholesome but after a hard night, that place and meal hits the spot...

                                    2. re: RB Hound

                                      oooh Le Peep! I miss it too! what on earth happened to them? they had locations out my way in both Encinitas and Del Mar (Carmel Valley/Torrey Pines High School)....

                                      Also, whats with people's devotion to the Broken Yolk? I have to admit I've only eaten at the new one up here in Carlsbad, but it was positively a sub-par meal and experience...

                                      it sounds like the OP is looking for more central San Diego eats, but my list up North for good options are:
                                      Naked Cafe - Solana Beach
                                      St. Tropez - Encinitas
                                      Ki's - Cardiff
                                      T's Cafe - Solana Beach

                                      1. re: tundrah

                                        I think Le Peep had a 2-tier system (franchise or national), and I think many of the franchisees got out of the business for whatever reason. Just speculating.

                                        I see that Poway is still listed as a "national restaurant", though even 3 years ago I remember seeing comments that the person that owned that franchise wanted to get out of the business. Maybe the company took it over from him.

                                2. re: Beach Chick

                                  Cavaillon is actually in Santaluz, not Carmel Valley.

                                3. In no particular order:

                                  Cafe Chloe - East Village
                                  Ortega's Cocina - Ocean Beach
                                  Original Pancake House - Kearny Mesa
                                  Farmhouse Cafe - University Heights
                                  Wired Cafe - Golden Triangle
                                  Bread & Cie - Hillcrest
                                  Super Cocina - City Heights

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                                  1. re: Josh

                                    excellent list Josh..
                                    Haven't been to any of them for breakfast..good weekend to start!