Breakfast off the 5 Half Way From LA to SD
I was planning on going to a coffee shop I remember from a long time ago which I thought was called The Wagon Wheel in San Clemente but I don't think it's open anymore. Any suggestions?
Well, if you're looking to stop prior to hitting Camp Pendleton, you'll have better luck posting on the California board. However, if you can stave off your hunger until you reach Oceanside, my favorite spot is the Beach Break Cafe.
We've stopped at Sunrise Cafe in San Clemente several times over the years. New owners in about February this year and food is good.
Otherwise, Cream Pan in Old Town Tustin (just off Red Hill exit) is good for a quick stop of coffee and something small (sausage rolls and wonderous strawberry croissants).
Tip Top in San Diego is open at 6 a.m. and always good for breakfast.
Allowing for a total change of pace, consider Top Baguette on Bolsa in Westminster 5-7 mins off the 5. Terrific banh mi (other prepared items too) and tropical smoothies. Highly recommended.
There is/was a pretty good restaurant in San Juan Capistrano just off the freeway exit going to the main part of town in a beautiful brick old building on your left as you headed west.
We would refuel at the nearest gas station and then have breakfast.