Food & Drink

Where to Eat Brunch, According to 11 San Diego Chefs

Published On 08/31/2015 Published On 08/31/2015
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1. Breakfast Republic 2730 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

True to its name, Breakfast Republic is a morning hotspot whose dishes are all united in their eccentricity. Some of the unique menu offerings include a Vietnamese chicken wing breakfast bowl and breakfast hot dogs, plus more conventional recipes like chilaquiles and shrimp & grits. If eggs are your power breakfast of choice, order the Croque Monsieur Benedict or Mashed Potato Omelet. Meanwhile, sweeter plates like s'mores French toast and Oreo cookie pancakes aren't so much a protein-packed start to the day as they are pure dessert.

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2. Pan Bon 1450 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 (Little Italy)

At this Italian joint, you can watch bakers and chefs going about their business while you wait for an order of Pan Bon Breakfast with a trio of eggs (scrambled, sunny side up, and poached), plus bacon, a sausage patty, a small salad, a potato cake, and toasted bread.

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3. Toronado 4026 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

This San Diego offshoot of the famed San Francisco beer bar boasts over 50 taps, rivaled only by its extensive, delectable food offerings. Pair Russian River’s Pliny the Elder or a Belgian Blaugies D’Arbyste with snacks like jalapeno corn cakes, maple-glazed beet skewers, and sausage sandwiches (there’s an entire menu section devoted to frank varieties like smoked beer and jalapeno Cheddar). Toronado has dive bar deco down to a tee, with sticker- and button-plastered walls illuminated by neon lights and ventilated by antiquated ceiling fans.

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4. Whisknladle 1044 Wall St, La Jolla, CA 92037 (La Jolla)

Built around the need for a restaurant using farm-fresh ingredients and cooking from scratch, Whisknladle delivers delicious apps and entrees alongside a creative cocktail list.

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5. Cafe Chloe 721 9th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (East Village)

This East Village French-insprired cafe offers bistro classics and tons of boutique wines. Be sure to try the delicious macaroni and pancetta gratin, with a creamy Béchamel made with a blend of mild blue cheese, Gruyère, fontina, and white cheddar cheese.

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6. Bertrand at Mister A's 2550 5th Ave. , San Diego, CA 92103 (Bankers Hill)

Located on the 12th floor, over looking downtown and the ocean, there's a wrap-around balcony where you can enjoy the view along with your chicken liver pate and escargots de Bourgogne. SD being the land of flippy-floppies, you can get away with wearing pretty much anything anywhere you go, however this place has a dress code. Because it's classy like that.

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7. Great Maple 1451 Washington St, San Diego, CA 92103 (University Heights)

Not just a common compliment among syrup makers, Great Maple's a fancied-up '60s diner with a bit of European flair, coming at you from the guys who brought you Hash House a-Go-Go and The Tractor Room. This East Village spot offers extensive menu lineups, from brunch through dinner. Make a reservation if you can, because this place is constantly busy.

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8. Fig Tree Cafe 416 University Ave #100, San Diego, CA 92103 (Hillcrest)

Fig Tree Cafe in University Heights is a cozy cafe with sleek wooden and metal accents. It operates as an on-the-go concept during the day and transitions to a slower pace for dinner in the evening. There's an open kitchen so diners can observe the culinary action. There's patio seating if you'd rather enjoy the outdoors while savoring well-prepared Californian fare. They're open for brunch as well, serving classics like Eggs Benedict and and fruit with granola.

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9. Cardamom Cafe and Bakery 2977 Upas St, San Diego, CA 92104 (North Park)

Cardamom Cafe in North Park is the perfect place to kick back and enjoy a quiche or croissant (sweet and savory options are available).

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10. Draft 3105 Ocean Front Walk, San Diego, CA 92109

This Pacific Beach spot has approximately 70 beers on tap and over 50 bottles of beer, making Draft a great place to kick back on your way home from the beach. While you're sipping, try some snacks from the menu, which is comprised of sharing plates, like mustard dusted pretzel bites; grilled items, like the bison burger with poblano pepper and cumin mayonnaise; greens, like the seared ahi salad; and sweets, like key lime pie. Draft’s boardwalk patio is a picturesque spot to grab a breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner bite with an oceanfront view, but if you want to catch the game, you’ll want to head inside to watch on one of the flat-screens.

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11. Antique Row Cafe 3002 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116 (Normal Heights)

This American cafe serves straightforward, homestyle breakfast and lunch dishes like the Antique Values breakfast, a combo plate with thick-cut French toast, two eggs any style, and two sausage links or bacon strips -- all for just $6.50.



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