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Very early breakfast in San Diego

escondido123 Feb 9, 2010 11:31 AM

I'm driving a friend from Escondido to the airport and will be done at 6 am. Anyplace interesting, swank rather than dive, for me to have breakfast? Thanks.

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    cstr Feb 9, 2010 11:33 AM

    Cafe Chloe or Park House are nice.

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      escondido123 Feb 9, 2010 12:02 PM

      Thanks for the suggestions, but Chloe opens at 7:30, Park not until 8:30. I really want something at 6 or I'll just go home and catch some more sleep.

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        mcgrath Feb 9, 2010 12:07 PM

        McCormick and Schmick at the Omni Hotel next to Petco has a nice Breakfast Buffet along with menu ordering and they open at 6 AM I do believe

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          honkman Feb 9, 2010 12:12 PM

          I am not really exited about it but Cafe 222 is not bad and we had breakfast there at around 6:30 am after brought visitors to the airport.

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            cstr Feb 9, 2010 12:18 PM

            What's better waiting in traffic?

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              escondido123 Feb 9, 2010 12:29 PM

              I'm never in San Diego so early. Will I hit bad traffic at 7:30 am?

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                loreeLB Feb 9, 2010 12:31 PM

                depends on the day.... if weekend, no...

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          loreeLB Feb 9, 2010 12:31 PM

          just returned from a weekend trip down there. In gaslamp many people recc Cafe 222 for waffles, Richards in gaslamp for pancakes. The Cheese shop for any other breakfast items :) enjoy!

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            escondido123 Feb 9, 2010 01:47 PM

            Flight is even earlier, so guess I'll just drive home and go back to bed. Thanks for the ideas.

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              Beach Chick Feb 9, 2010 06:23 PM

              love love love the Waterfront for breakfast and a bloody..
              MaryJane's at the Hard Rock Gaslamp has a pretty good breakfast too.


              1. Dagney Feb 9, 2010 08:49 PM

                What about The Mission in downtown? I think they open early. Sort of a bohemian swank.

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                  normalheightsfoodie Feb 10, 2010 10:08 AM

                  I love the Hob Nob. They have an interesting selection of breakfasts. They serve very nicely and most of the orders come with a slice of coffee cake. It is not a dive and they serve with table linen and cloth napkins. You can have everything from oatmeal to roast beef hash of fish and eggs. Everything is truly good.

                  Hob Nob Hill

                  2271 1st Avenue
                  San Diego, CA 92101-2001
                  (619) 239-8176

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                    Indirect Heat Sep 6, 2010 11:37 PM

                    I tried Hob Nob today. Had the chorizo omlette (special) and the blueberry pancakes, with coffee and hot chocolate (for my boy). Breakfast was barely pedestrian. Omlette used American cheese, and the "chorizo" was really lightly seasoned ground beef. The "blueberry" pancakes were pancakes covered in a purple goop that may have had a blueberry or two in it. The flavour was deeply disappointing. I have to say, the service was exemplary, but the food wasn't that different from an IHOP. I would not return.

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                      cstr Sep 7, 2010 09:49 AM

                      I'm surprised your review was that good, a waste of time and $$.

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                        ScottinSanDiego Feb 12, 2014 02:47 PM

                        Agreed. Service awesome, food not. Very old school.

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                          Fake Name Feb 13, 2014 03:05 PM

                          Missed it by 4 years.

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                            Josh Feb 13, 2014 03:08 PM

                            You forgot a zero.

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                    sandiegomike Feb 13, 2014 05:03 PM

                    I was about to comment when I noticed the original post and most of the comments already posted are from February 2010. I'm guessing that escondido123 has already dropped his friend off at the airport. Nevertheless, it's never too late to throw a brickbat at Hob Nob Hill. It is truly frozen in time (and not in a good way).

                    In any case, a swank breakfast outside one of the upscale hotels is hard to find at anytime; to find at 6:00am nearly impossible. It's pedestrian Perry's for me at that time of day.

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                      DoctorChow Feb 13, 2014 05:10 PM

                      Yes. FN has already pointed out the time shift.

                      I always say that attention to little details, such as what year someone's airplane is going to depart, is the key to success.

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