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colleenannstar Sep 2, 2010 01:38 PM

Does anyone know of any good breakfast places in the La Mesa area?

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    JRSD RE: colleenannstar Sep 2, 2010 07:06 PM

    La Mesa Bistro and Bakery has good breakfast but I do not love their sides of potatoes. Enjoyed the corned beef hash and the pancakes.

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      plantman RE: JRSD Sep 3, 2010 03:42 PM

      Mario's of La Mesa on La Mesa Blvd. does a pretty good mexican breakfast..Grilled Tamales red or green, Machaca...good rice and beans...

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      Cathy RE: colleenannstar Sep 3, 2010 04:59 PM

      Centifonti's. Really great breakfasts. The eggs benedict is made with proscuitto.

      http://centifontis.com/

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      Centifonti
      8365 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91941

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        DiningDiva RE: Cathy Sep 3, 2010 06:44 PM

        Ah, home to the infamous caramel dipped, chocolate covered marshmallow (sounds better than it really is)

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          Harry Niletti RE: DiningDiva Sep 17, 2010 02:38 PM

          "Ah, home to the infamous caramel dipped, chocolate covered marshmallow (sounds better than it really is)"

          Good thing they don't add sea salt to the description so that it sounds even better. You'd have to work hard -- cheap-tasting caramel? lousy chocolate with off flavors? stale marshmallow? -- to make that preparation anything but grunt-good.

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            DiningDiva RE: Harry Niletti Sep 17, 2010 03:22 PM

            Jet Puffed marshmellows and oridnary chocolate. They looked great but the flavors were flat. Definitely needed somthing else to perk them up.

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              Harry Niletti RE: DiningDiva Sep 18, 2010 06:22 PM

              But it sure gives you an idea for something to make at home using top ingredients! Thanks, DD.

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        4inCharleston RE: colleenannstar Sep 9, 2010 09:51 AM

        DZ Akins has a FANTASTIC breakfast.

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          lucaskr RE: colleenannstar Sep 16, 2010 03:48 PM

          I agree with La Mesa Bistro and Bakery. This place is fantastic. Our family has tried many menu items and loved everything.

          Omelet Factory is pretty good too.

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            tolsonhouse4 RE: lucaskr Sep 19, 2010 11:04 AM

            I second the Omelette Factory recommend. It certainly isn't fancy, but it is good, fresh, homecooked, and real!

            For under 10 bucks, you get a lot of food. :)

            I have heard great things about the La Mesa Bistro as well.. they have a great Acai Bowl that sounds divine. :)

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            Omelette Factory
            7941 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071

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              DiningDiva RE: tolsonhouse4 Sep 19, 2010 11:20 AM

              Is the Omelette Factory in La Mesa better than the one in Santee? Because the one in Santee is pretty dreadful

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              Omelette Factory
              7941 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071

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                tolsonhouse4 RE: DiningDiva Sep 20, 2010 04:03 PM

                Yes. Absolutely.

                The menu is the same, but the decor, atmosphere, service, and quality are far better, IMO, at La Mesa.

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                  Harry Niletti RE: tolsonhouse4 Sep 20, 2010 04:20 PM

                  Are they real omelets, cooked on one side only, folded twice to enclose a small amount of high-quality filling, and made light and soft, almost custardy, in the Julia Child/French style? Or are they corporate-lawyer-approved "pancakes," fried on both sides until all possible disease and flavor has been driven out, and then folded stiffly over fillings of whatever's in the kitchen?

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                    DiningDiva RE: Harry Niletti Sep 20, 2010 04:38 PM

                    They are definitely not Julia Child style omelets. They are overstuffed egg affairs. I have not tried the La Mesa location, which is actually an old Baker's Square, but I can safely say the one in Santee is pretty awful.

                    Portions are enormous, prices are small. Quality is mediocre at best (in Santee)

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                      tolsonhouse4 RE: Harry Niletti Oct 1, 2010 07:50 AM

                      They are real omelettes.. cooked on one side, but only folded once. :) Lots of filling. Fresh OJ. Great homemade salsa.

                      If you can find a diner that will make a Julia Child style omelettes, I'm in!! ;) Let me know.

                      This is diner food. So, keep that in mind.

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                        Harry Niletti RE: tolsonhouse4 Oct 1, 2010 01:12 PM

                        "If you can find a diner that will make a Julia Child style omelettes, I'm in!! ;) Let me know."

                        They're all over the place ... in France! Closer to home, my favorite was always Bette's Oceanview Diner in Bezerkley. I stopped by often when I lived in Silicon Valley but haven't been in five years. In Southern California, the Original Pancake House locations serve very nice omelets but of a completely different style -- oven baked.

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                          DiningDiva RE: Harry Niletti Oct 1, 2010 01:33 PM

                          OPH is far better than The Omelette Factory. Not really sure I'd classify TOF as a "diner". I think that would be a stretch

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                          Omelette Factory
                          7941 Mission Gorge Rd, Santee, CA 92071

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                            tolsonhouse4 RE: DiningDiva Oct 6, 2010 10:49 AM

                            So what would you classify it as?

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                              DiningDiva RE: DiningDiva Oct 7, 2010 11:08 AM

                              Well, the term greasy-spoon comes to mind.

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                              tolsonhouse4 RE: Harry Niletti Oct 6, 2010 10:48 AM

                              Well.. when I get to France.. I will eat my fill then. ;)

                              I hadn't thought of OPH! Great idea. Thanks for the tip. :)

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                                Fake Name RE: Harry Niletti Oct 7, 2010 01:31 PM

                                And Berlin! Just go to Berlin!

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