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Early Morning Eats?

Ok, we've had a thread about late-night eats, how about early morning eats?

If I needed to get a decent breakfast (or grub) at 5 am, where do I go? What about 6 am?

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  1. Housed in an old Sambos and a throwback to mid-century eats...there is always Perry's kitty-corner from the transit station in Old Town

    Hash browns are very good

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      Good call on Perry's. Another suggestion: Mystic Mocha on Mission Avenue west of El Cajon Blvd. They open at 6am, and put out a decent breakfast.

      Then there's always Rudford's on ECB. Truly diner food. Open 24 hours, but I only order omelettes or eggs so I can use their house-made salsa. Darn good stuff.

      1. re: phee

        +1 on Mystic Mocha - very good eats, and one of my favorite breakfast places.

        1. re: jmtreg

          Mine, too, and not highly traveled, as it's off the beaten path. It's just up the hill from where I work, making it convenient to pop in for a bite.

    2. Harry's Coffee Shop
      Perrys
      Rickys
      Maryjanes
      Kono's
      Claires on Cedros
      Green Flash
      Jalisco Cafe
      Bread Basket
      Lake Wohlford cafe
      Waterfront

      Ipsy..Hob Nob?
      ; )

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        You must be mad at me.

        You had me excited for a minute with Jalisco. But they don't open until the slothful hour of 7am!

        Same with Hob Nob ... :-(

        But, but, but ... Thank you, gracias, danke, and merci beaucoup!

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Rudfords
          Jimmy's
          Hotel Circle Coffee Shop
          Studio Diner

          Me mad..nunca

          1. re: Beach Chick

            Do you have any idea whether Rudfords serves their entire menu 24 hours?

            Cuz, it looks like they have (wait for it) ... Salisbury Steak on the menu (aka "Ground Round Steak").

        2. re: Beach Chick

          Bread Basket? Alpine? Closed years ago...

          or do you know someplace new?

          1. re: Cathy

            For reals..
            Hadn't been there in awhile, always packed and asked one of the servers that they should build their own build to suit and she replied that they signed a long term lease.
            What happened?

        3. My two haunts are remote at that hour- usually on the way to, or during, a moto ride.

          I enjoy (usual disclaimers apply) the Kountry Kitchen in Ramona, or Tyler's Taste of Texas in El Cajon.

          If its late morning (after 7) I'll go to Snooz or Crest Cafe.

          I do not like Perry's.

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          1. re: Fake Name

            Kountry Kitchen looks interesting but ... Ramona??!! Whew.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              It's right on The Road to Nowhere, one of my favorite routes.

          2. Not sure about opening times, but here's a couple:
            Cafe 222
            The MIssion

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            1. re: sdnosh

              Both are 7 am-ers. Thanks though.

            2. Nothing like a fresh hot out the oven donut from Linda's in PB. It'll fix whatever needs fix'n! At 6am I drag myself over to Kono's for breakfast and a sunrise. Lastly, never forget Perry's where we all came from.

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              1. re: cstr

                While I love donuts, I can't do them first thing in the morning.

                Breakfast, for me, is usu. after a good 7-8 mile run and a morning workout, so it's got to be a bit more substantial (and savory). Coffee and fried, sweetened dough just sort of doesn't hit the spot.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Would be tough running with an anvil in your gut.

                  1. re: cstr

                    Why would I have an anvil in my gut?

              2. One thing about Perry's: Don't go there with somebody who does not enjoy a thick aroma of frying meat. It's been about 10 years since my single, brief encounter with the place. So maybe it's changed. But back then, I stepped inside, felt the sickening miasma of meat grease in the air, and stepped right out again.

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                1. re: notjustastomach

                  It burned, closed for about nine months and was remodeled within the last ten years.

                  The Perry's in El Cajon doesn't have that smell.

                  1. re: notjustastomach

                    lol...Perry's is not for the faint of heart, in more ways than one. I think it's the closest SD will get to a real greasy spoon diner. I like the pancakes and the hash browns, but don't see the point in waiting nearly a hour to get in.

                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      Just to be clear, though. My dislike of Perrys has nothing to do with any faint of heart.

                      No sir.

                  2. Broken Yolk opens at 6. There are M-F 6-8 a.m. specials listed on the tabletop placard.

                    1. My goto hearty breakfast is a chorizo breakfast burrito, though I can't name a specific place as I usually only wake up that early when at trade shows outside of S.D. Hearty, tasty, filling and good carbs+protein+fat to give you energy for anything while being eaten on the go. Price tag helps also. If anyone knows a good taco/burrito shop with chorizo breakfast burritos that opens early such as 5ish I'll hit them up some morning.

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                      1. re: polldeldiablo

                        Vallarta Express 4277 Genesee 92117 http://www.vallartaexpress.net/

                        Open 24 hours, breakfast anytime.

                        1. re: Cathy

                          Thanks, I'll try to hit them up soon.

                      2. Dupar's Bakery & Restaurant (3711 Sports Arena Blvd) is open 24 hours a day. The food, particularly breakfast, is good and the service is absolutely outstanding. Plus, they have a wide selection of pie, some of which are very good.