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Breakfast off the 5 Half Way From LA to SD

noshie Jul 9, 2013 03:17 PM

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. phee RE: noshie Jul 9, 2013 07:26 PM

    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. Beach Chick RE: noshie Jul 10, 2013 05:15 AM

      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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        The Office Goat RE: Beach Chick Jul 10, 2013 06:15 AM

        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.

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        Cathy RE: noshie Jul 10, 2013 06:30 AM

        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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          Norm Man RE: Cathy Jul 10, 2013 12:49 PM

          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
          760 438-2820


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          burton RE: noshie Jul 10, 2013 01:32 PM

          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. Gypsy Jan RE: noshie Jul 10, 2013 06:08 PM

            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.

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              JodyLesh RE: noshie Jul 12, 2013 09:45 AM

              Walnut Grove-loved that place

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                Beach Chick RE: JodyLesh Jul 12, 2013 09:53 AM

                This is the place...Walnut Grove!


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                  littlestevie RE: Beach Chick Jul 12, 2013 10:50 AM

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

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                    Beach Chick RE: littlestevie Jul 13, 2013 05:42 AM

                    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.

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