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Breakfast in Del Mar / North San Diego area

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Looking for a great breakfast joint (for this Saturday) in the area north of San Diego, right around Del Mar. Diners, tiny cafes, Euro-trash hangouts -- all would be acceptable. Curious to hear your suggestions (and thoughts on local Thai restaurants as a bonus...)

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  1. Thai: I think it's called Taste of Thai, on Via de la Valle in the Flower Hill Mall, just east of the freeway/track. Fairly Western, but very good.

    Breakfast: The Potato Shack in Encinitas off Hwy 101 is a local institution. All you can eat "American style" potatoes and pancakes big enough to choke a horse - it's GREAT. Pacifica Cafe in Del Mar is nice, standard yet kind of swanky. Taco Auctioneer in Cardiff has great Mexican breakfast (chilaquiles or muchaca burrito, natch), complete with nice view and festive atmosphere.

    Good luck! Would love to know where you end up eating and how it was.

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    1. re: Lisa B

      Thanks to both of you for your posts! Now, here's what we ended up doing:

      We ordered take-out dinner from Spices Thai, and it was excellent.

      - Pad Thai with tofu: came with zucchini and other unusual vegetables, very interesting and unique, probably not as much our style
      - Mixed Vegetables with Peanut Sauce: Superb peanut sauce, chewy tofu. Very satisfying.
      - Deep-fried mini-spring-rolls: never had anything like these before. Deceptively small, bite-size little fried bits of heaven. Crunchier than a pretzel and much more fun.

      As we were going to the Grand Prix of Dog Agility at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, we had breakfast at a place I found on signonsandiego.com -- Stanford Court Cafe.

      We had two different scrambled-egg-on-bread (one bagel, one croissant) sandwiches. The food was great, the prices were good, but the setting was priceless. Just a few blocks from the ocean, the fog layer shrouded us in mist; the entire restaurant is situated on the patio of what used to be a home in the rather nice neighborhood of Del Mar. It seems like everyone there knows each other, and as an added bonus, brings their dogs (which are happily accomodated). Coming from the compulsive breakfast scene of Manhattan Beach, it was a real delight.

      Again, thanks for your suggestions and help.

      1. re: Jeff Shore

        Oh, I think you are referring to the Stratford Court Cafe, which is at 1307 Stratford Court between Camino del Mar and the ocean. Yes, it's a great place to hang out and relax; I think they are open until 4, so it works for breakfast or lunch. As to those two Thai places, my personal pick is Taste of Thai, in part because (excuse me for saying this) the decor is so cool, but also because they have the most delectable version of Lard Nar, those thick chewy rice noodles with Chinese broccoli (I think that's what it's called) and some sort of fermented bean.

        1. re: Del Martian

          Reading back pretty far for SD trip and came across this post, which intrigued me because in the SFBA I have never ever had anything but "American" broccoli in a Thai restaurant! I love both gai lan--Chinese--and "regular," but our Thai places (and for that matter nonCantonese Chinese ones) never offer Chinese broc.

    2. spices thai - carmel valley is the best I have had in a long time!

      1. Looking through North San Diego postings for breakfasts and came across this one and another from a few years ago. Thought I'd update by suggesting "SNOOZE" on Del Mar Heights, and the Pannikin for a very informal "cafe" style breakfast. They serve some eggs, and several home made (I think) cakes, muffins and pastries. GOOD coffee.

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        1. re: melovechocolate

          A few years ago? This thread is from over 13 years ago! I don't think I've ever seen much reposted from before 2007. Wow.

          1. re: RB Hound

            I was looking through the internet for suggestions for breakfast in North San Diego and thought there may be some old places that I haven't been to. Apparently not.

            1. re: melovechocolate

              Although I'm not a big breakfast fan, here are some suggestions.

              Naked Café -- Solana Beach
              Hide Away Café -- Solana Beach
              Pipes Café -- Cardiff
              Crepes & Corks -- Del Mar
              Original Pancake House -- Encinitas

              1. re: wanker

                I would add Beach Grass Cafe in Solana Beach too

                1. re: jbol

                  I've tried them all except Crepes and Corks..I'm not a real big fan of the others; I liked "Snooze" much better. Thanks for the tip!

          2. re: melovechocolate

            Sort of an update to this thread bump - Pannikin will be closing the Flower Hill Mall store on May 31. I guess the new Whole Foods has really driving up the lease cost, and they weren't able to negotiate a reasonable rate for both parties. I think that this may just about make the transformation of that shopping center complete...

            1. re: RB Hound

              That is sad news that I didn't know about.. I really liked that Pannikin, especially when it still had the little bookstore. Very sad :(

          3. Have you tried the breakfast pies at Betty's Pie Whole? When Elizabethian moved up to El Camino, they put this in its place, really good savory pies. I like the beakfasts at Especial Norte, its never really that crowded and it fills me up for the whole day. Of the breakfast burrito places up in Encinitas, I like Rico's breakast burrito the best.

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            1. re: littlestevie

              I haven't yet!! But I loved stopping by for Elizebethan's little pies and muffins! As far as Mexican, I'm obnoxiously picky.. Thank you for your suggestions!!! I'll stop by Betty's soon!