Food & Drink

The Best San Diego Brunches You Can Enjoy From Home

What is it about brunch that puts a smile on everyone’s face? Is it the indulgence of sweet pastries and cinnamon buns, stacks of syrupy pancakes, or rich and saucy benedicts? Maybe it’s just being able to order hard liquor at 10am without getting the side eye. Whatever shape your brunch dreams take, San Diego can probably make those wishes a reality. We’ve done the legwork and gathered a dozen of our favorite brunch spots that offer takeout or delivery, so you all you have to do is sit back and enjoy your mimosa.

619 Distillery
619 Distillery

619 Spirits Distillery & Tasting Room

North Park
Savor brunch every day with curbside service, takeout, and delivery service from 619 Spirits Distillery & Tasting Room. Available from 11am-8pm, the menu includes all your go-to faves like French toast, pancakes, egg skillets, and breakfast sandwiches. Mimosas to-go include fancy flavors like blood orange, blackberry, or raspberry bellini and an assortment of mocktails. The tasting room has $19 bottles of 619 vodka (limit three), along with a house-made Bloody Mary mix, so you can enjoy a delicious morning cocktail any time of day. 
How to order: Call 619.269.2757 for pickup or delivery

Atypical Waffle Company

North Park
Formerly Wow Wow Waffles, Atypical Waffle Company specializes in Liege waffles -- thick, rounded and filled with clusters of caramelized pearl sugar. They’re embellished with an almost endless array of toppings -- fruit, whipped cream, Nutella, brie and jam, bacon and avocado, lox, fried chicken, or Biscoff cookie butter. If you’re feeding the family, check out the party packs that give a nod to the current conditions: Keep Your Social Distance, I Have to Feed the Kids, and the Family Stay Home Packs contain from 4-8 waffles with a variety of toppings. 
How to order: Order pickup or delivery through Postmates

Breakfast Republic

Multiple locations
You know the whole family loves Breakfast Republic -- the only problem is deciding what to order. The benedicts come in versions both traditional and decidedly not -- Cluck Madame is a mashup of a croque madame and a benny while Jurassic Pork subs smoky bacon for the Canadian type. There’s sweet and savory pancakes and waffles, omelets and scrambles, and a big list of large plates. Pick up a bottle of signature prosecco, specialty Bloody Marys or cocktails, and maybe a flight of adaptogenic antioxidant shots (it couldn’t hurt). Note: The Liberty Station, Ocean Beach and Carmel Valley locations are temporarily closed.
How to order: Call or walk in for pickup

Café Madeline

North Park, South Park
Café Madeline, the beloved North and South Park institutions, has Frenchified your brunch with crêpes of all kinds -- savory chicken, ham and Swiss with béchamel, smoked salmon and crème fraiche or sweet pear, or pastry cream wrapped in a thin, eggy pancake. Quiches and an impressive array of baguette sandwiches, and composed salads round out the bill of fare. At the North Park location, you can also get omelettes, benedicts, and frittatas as well as an Argentine panini stuffed with flat iron steak, avocado, red onion, jack cheese and chimichurri sauce, served with frites. 
How to order: Call 619.693.5733 (North Park) or 619.544.1735 (South Park) for pickup or delivery. 

Eclipse Chocolate
Eclipse Chocolate

Eclipse Chocolate

South Park
Eclipse Chocolate has its fabulous brunch menu available every day for pickup or delivery. 
Signature dishes infuse traditional favorites with flavors of cacao, caramel, and vanilla. An avocado benedict is napped in a deliciously balanced chile burnt caramel hollandaise, as is the custardy tomato, leek, and parmesan puff pastry quiche. Cocoa mole dresses up a crispy vegan quinoa and corn fritter while subtle hints of roasted white chocolate and vanilla spark up the biscuits and sausage gravy. For Mother’s Day, brunch specials serve 6-8 people, including breakfast lasagna or sausage gravy chilaquiles casserole. You’ll also want to order a tray of chile burnt caramel cinnamon rolls -- just trust us. 
How to order: Order online for pickup or delivery

Gluten Free Baking Company

North Park
These luscious baked goods would make fine breakfast/lunch fare any day of the week. Choose from bagels, brownies, cookies, quiches, doughnuts, chocolate lava cakes, and cream puffs -- all gluten-free, with dairy-, soy-free and vegan selections available, too. To honor mom on her day, order sugar cookie kits with fun add-ins for $13 and pizza kits for $20 to pre-order and pick up on Saturday, May 9. And if you forgot to get a gift, the bakery’s got you covered there too -- choose from curated pampering kits that include luxurious items like passion fruit chocolates by Deux Cranes and single origin Columbian specialty coffee, courtesy of Seven Seas Roasting.
How to order: Order online and pick up from the North Park storefront or Clairemont bakery

Madison on Park
Madison on Park

Madison on Park

University Heights
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Madison on Park has revived its popular brunch menu. Favorites like waffle churro sticks, a Mediterranean breakfast or paleo bowl pair up well with its to-go brunch cocktails. Sip on a Choose Carajillo, crafted with fresh espresso, Licor 43, and orange peel, or a Bloody Mary with all the garnishes. Karmic bonus -- Madison is giving 100% of revenue, not just profits, back to its staff along with all gift card sales. 
How to order: Call 619.269.6566 for pickup or order delivery through DoorDash and Postmates  

Parakeet Cafe

La Jolla, Paseo Place
Enjoy Parakeet Cafe’s fresh and healthy Early Bird All Day menu every day. Choose from bennies, Belgian waffles, beet-cured organic smoked salmon and eggs, scrambles, various toasts, chilaquiles, pastries, and bowls. Don’t forget the dozens of specialty coffees, elixirs, and teas.  Note: The Little Italy location is temporarily closed.  
How to order: Order online for pickup

Parkhouse Eatery

University Heights
Parkhouse Eatery’s to-go menu features all your faves -- lemon ricotta and blue corn pancakes, luscious pistachio cream cheese stuffed challah French toast, red or green chilaquiles, pan-fried linguini and eggs, scrambles, sandwiches, and a grilled breakfast pizza big enough to share. All to-go orders get a 10% discount, too. Check its Facebook or Instagram pages for specials and dishes that don’t appear on the regular menu. 
How to order: Call 619.295.7275 for pickup

Ranch 45

Solana Beach 
This all-day cafe and butcher shop has brunch available for curbside pickup, takeout, and via delivery services on Saturday from 8am-8:30pm and Sunday from 8am-4pm. Dutch steak and eggs, avocado toast, acai bowls, and breakfast power bowls are can’t miss items. Make it memorable with bottles of wine and bubbles at wholesale prices. Pamper mom on Mother's Day with a special menu featuring mimosas, crepes, and burritos, or choose one of the meal kits that minimizes the work while still allowing for special at-home touches. The meal kits are available for pre-order and pickup at the eatery with an online ordering form.
How to order: Order pickup or delivery online

Snooze 

Hillcrest, La Jolla
Snooze does brunch just how you like it -- big plates of savory benedicts, hashes, breakfast pot pie, classic egg dishes, pancakes and French toast (the last two can be made gluten-free). If you’re in the mood to DIY, there’s a trio of party packs that generously serve 4-6 people. Choose from taco party, bravocado and pancake party and hash bash party versions, plus bloody Mary kits, screwdriver kits and bottles of prosecco. 
How to order: Order online for pickup or delivery

Y&Y
Y&Y | Megan Jane Burgess

You & Your Distilling Co.

East Village
You & Yours Distilling offers a new brunch menu every week, so you won’t know what’s on the carte du jour until the week it’s available. But it’s always creative and fun, and there’s an accompanying list of delicious to-go cocktails. You can add a bottle or two of spirits or some ready made canned cocktails to your order, too. We got a sneak peek at its Mother’s Day menu, a special Spring Tea that includes a tea cocktail and house-made petit sandwiches, pastries, and scones available for pickup Sunday, May 10. Local San Diego singer/songwriter HLLNDR will be hosting a live Instagram takeover from the Y&Y Insta account on Sunday, May 10, at 12pm to provide the perfect brunch ambiance. Orders must be placed by Thursday, May 7 for pickup on Mother’s Day.
How to order: Order takeout online 

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Mary Beth Abate is a San Diego-based freelance writer by way of Chicago and Los Angeles. Her hobbies include yoga, pickling and fermenting various vegetables and beverages, reading cookbooks and traveling through Mexico. Keep up with her experiments @MaryBeth_Abate.