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Jun 17, 2011 09:46 AM

Where do you like for breakfast in North County?

I have to be in North County (which is actually part of LA, as it lies north of Interstate 8), 7am on Saturday morning and as I'm not an "insider" in those places, I feel I'm eligible to participate in a discussion.


Where, my friendly Southern Angelenos, do you like to have breakfast in your land around Encinitas, Del Mar, Solana Beach, etc?

I'm not looking for a big-ol stack of pancakes- some nicely scrambled eggs, maybe an egg burrito? A poached-egg salad with lardons?

Where is the Cafe Chloé north of 8?

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  1. Fakey!
    You are such a goofball...but we adore you anyway!
    I would go to Beach Grass Cafe in Solana Beach or Claire's on Cedros...
    You want to get the hell out of that area before the SD Fair opens up at 9am.
    Roberto's on the 101 in SB has some pretty decent burritos and take it to Swami's and then you can go to the Self Realization Temple and walk around the oceanfront garden.

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    1. re: Beach Chick

      Oh, the fair. Forgot. Yikes.

      Mrs Name is not a connoisseur of the xxxberto's cuisine. Limited, I know, but I do love her.

      1. re: Fake Name

        well of course, both your allegiance is to the one, the only, Super Sergio's!

        If you can be up there before the great 'unwashed' descend into the fair, you'll be me, there not hitting up Claire's or Beach Grass..
        Have fun!

      2. re: Beach Chick

        The Fair opens at 10 am on the weekend, 11 am during the week., closed on Mondays.

        Opera Patissiere is like Chloe, but does not open until 8 am on Saturday.

      3. Naked Cafe and T's Cafe in Solana Beach; Pipe's in Cardiff; and The Potato Shack and The Original Pancake House in Encinitas all provide good serviceable breakfasts.

        Whether any of these places are on par with Cafe Chloe will probably depend on how hungover and/or haughty you're feeling that day.

        Cafe Chloe
        721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

        Pancake House Restaurant
        1000 N 2nd St, El Cajon, CA 92021

        Potato Shack Cafe
        120 W I St, Encinitas, CA 92024

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        1. re: wanker

          As a dignified and mature individual, I can assure you I am neither hungover nor haughty at any time.


          1. re: Fake Name

            or at least not at the same time

        2. You could go to Rudy's in Solana Beach and get a breakfast burrito..take it to Fletcher's Cove and enjoy. Claire's on Cedros is a good bet too, hopefully not too crowded...

          Mozy's in Leucadia has good breakfast burritos too...try the one with plantains, soyrizo, black beans, and avo.

          1. Nice to see that you will be entering civilization (north of the 8). Pacifica Del Mar owns the Breeze cafe just below in the Del Mar Plaza. Nice little slice of ocean view, large flower filled patio opening at 8am. Mrs. Name might like the sugar-spiced salmon hash poached eggs, salmon, potatoes, green onions, cilantro and mustard sauce, the Huevos with crisp corn tortilla, black beans, 2 over easy eggs, jalapeno jack, roasted tomato sauce, salsa, sour cream or the cinnamon brioche french toast.

            Americana Restaurant across the street is very popular and opens at 7am. Lots of breakfast choices.

            If you want to go a little more upscale you could enjoy breakfast at either Kitchen 1540 or The Waterfall Terrace at L'Auberge Del Mar.

            My last suggestion is a little south of official North County, but is one of our favorite weekend places. The quiet, expanse of the deck/patio at A.R. Valentien. Breakfast starts at 730. Fantastic, locally farmed, creative food and spectacular view.

            Pacifica Del Mar
            1555 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014

            Del Mar Plaza
            , Del Mar, CA 92014

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            1. re: foodiechick

              "A.R. Valentien"

              Not THERE's an idea.

            2. FN - love the disclaimer. Mind if it gets adopted by the rest of us SD CH'ers, and is anyone else working on some similar "boiler plate" copy?

              As far as breakfast, I'd say Claire's on Cedros or Beach Grass Cafe (the Solana Beach location), otherwise

              In South OC there's Ramos House Cafe if you want a nice, leisurely breakfast (2 hours is about right)...

              BTW for dessert, you might consider Elizabethan Desserts (Encinitas), or SunFlour Bagels on Wed, Sat, and Sun at 10:30 (double-check for exact hours - that's off of memory...) for their Japanese dessert items...

              Beach Grass Cafe
              12845 Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064

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              1. re: cgfan

                The Ramos Cafe is a *MUST* if you like great breakfasts!!!