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Where do you like for breakfast in North County?

Fake Name Jun 17, 2011 09:46 AM

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. Beach Chick RE: Fake Name Jun 17, 2011 10:04 AM

    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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      Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Jun 17, 2011 10:07 AM

      Oh, the fair. Forgot. Yikes.

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

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        Beach Chick RE: Fake Name Jun 17, 2011 10:21 AM

        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 ok..trust me, there not hitting up Claire's or Beach Grass..
        Have fun!

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        EscondidoCowgirl RE: Beach Chick Jun 17, 2011 11:50 AM

        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.http://www.operapatisserie.com/

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        wanker RE: Fake Name Jun 17, 2011 10:35 AM

        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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          Fake Name RE: wanker Jun 17, 2011 10:43 AM

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


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            Island RE: Fake Name Jun 17, 2011 12:03 PM

            or at least not at the same time

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          gator28 RE: Fake Name Jun 17, 2011 10:36 AM

          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. foodiechick RE: Fake Name Jun 17, 2011 12:17 PM

            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. http://www.americanarestaurant.com

            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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              Fake Name RE: foodiechick Jun 17, 2011 12:20 PM

              "A.R. Valentien"

              Not THERE's an idea.

            2. cgfan RE: Fake Name Jun 17, 2011 12:27 PM

              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
                melovechocolate RE: cgfan Apr 10, 2014 09:00 AM

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

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                daantaat RE: Fake Name Jun 17, 2011 05:08 PM

                to echo the others:
                Pacifica Breeze Cafe (esp on a sunny day)
                Naked Cafe in SB (very similar to Coffee Cup Cafe in La Jolla's menu)
                Claire's on Cedros
                Kai's--haven't done breakfast but their lunches are pretty decent.

                Pacifica Breeze Cafe
                1555 Camino Del Mar # 209, Del Mar, CA

                Coffee Cup
                1109 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037

                1. Fake Name RE: Fake Name Jun 19, 2011 10:21 AM

                  The winner was Beach Grass Cafe. Very nice Huevos Rancheros, Mrs Name had the Veg Benny. Excellent quality, great service and they were surprisingly courteous for Angelenos.

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                    Beach Chick RE: Fake Name Jun 20, 2011 07:29 AM

                    Awesome...glad you listened to your chicka..

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                      Fake Name RE: Beach Chick Jun 20, 2011 12:54 PM


                      I was listening to CGfan. I've little use for tofu nor mussel bisque, no matter how en croûte it is.

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                    melovechocolate RE: Fake Name Apr 10, 2014 08:58 AM

                    Nobody likes the Pannikin on Highway 101 for breakfast? Not an overdone breakfast, but good stuff. And now we have SNOOZE on Del Mar Heights!!!!! Oh sorry, this was posted 3 years ago!!! Ok, well an update for those of us checking in late ;-)

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                      The Office Goat RE: melovechocolate Apr 10, 2014 09:09 AM

                      Is Snooze both good and accessible on weekends for breakfast? Haven't been yet.

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                        melovechocolate RE: The Office Goat Apr 10, 2014 09:45 AM

                        We have gone on a weekday (no wait) and on weekends, and the wait has been about 25 minutes. The servers are very nice, they have some coffee for guests to help themselves to while they wait. The food has been consistently good and have A LOT to choose from to suit several tastes. We've had the Bella Bella Benny, the Huevos Rancheros, and almost all of the pancakes (they don't make the red velevet pancakes anymore, unfortunately), except the very sugary, caramelly ones (way to sweet in the morning for our tastes). They are very creative with the pancakes, I'd recommend you try at least one flavor, or you can order 3 different ones with the "Pancake Flight" choice. They have brioche french toast, my husband loved it. You should go! This is an excellent choice for us in north county!! (Other than the Ramos House up in San Juan Capistrano--brunch there is an indulgence that is well worth the drive!!)

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