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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?

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  1. 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.

    1. Loved this place and had been going there since the 70's, when I was a mere child.
      About 10 years ago, we stopped for pie and a sandwich and it was gone...so sad, it was a wonderful place.

      Break of Dawn in Laguna Hills gets lots of love.

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        Strawberry pie? We used to stop for that.
        Now gone the way of the Spice Rack in PB.

        Edit: These days, if we're leaving in the morning, we just grab refreshments at Donut Touch and charge north. Once you're past Tip Top, my knowledge of breakfast places has dropped off.

      2. 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.

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        1. re: Cathy

          Cathy, do you mean Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad?

          Tip Top Meats is known for its "Big John Breakfast" -- includes All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Meats for $7.98.

          Tip Top Meats
          6118 Passeo Del Norte,
          at Palomar Airport Road
          Carlsbad
          760 438-2820

          http://www.tiptopmeats.com/default.aspx

        2. 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.

          1. 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.

                1. re: Beach Chick

                  Thanks for the very cool link its brings back lots of memories from 60's in Newport Beach

                  1. re: littlestevie

                    Doesn't it..most of my relatives are from Newport/Balboa/Lido island and so different now.
                    The orange groves are hugely missed.
                    Would love to see more Walnut Grove places...some of the best pie I've ever had was at that counter.