There are few better ways to spend a peaceful Saturday morning than settling into a crowded room overflowing with human bodies, and partaking in the American dream of stuffing one’s face with fatty, delicious egg + cheese + all-manner-of-decadent-concoctions until you stagger to your feet and back out the door in a manner worthy of the drunken displays you probably witnessed just eight hours earlier.
[A run-on sentence that may have been, but no less absurd than the above illustration]
However! For all the barbaric ritual that is brunch-time, it remains one dearly loved. Even with my 100% introversion, I will fearlessly brave the horde to enjoy a good brunch. Here then, are the Chus’ top five choices for this most important meal [in no particular order]:
3435 Del Mar Heights Rd, Suite D3
San Diego, CA 92130
Originated in Denver, CO [YAY COLORADO!], Snooze made its way over to the west coast some time ago, welcomed with much anticipation and fanfare. With a wonderfully wide range of options, you can find “breakfast bliss” in their breakfast pot pies, perfect hollandaise in Bella! Bella! Benny, and their option to order half of each of your two favorites.
7702 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037
Located in downtown La Jolla, the Cottage is my personal favorite. It’s set in an adorable, vintage style house with the bulk of their seating on an outdoor patio. But really, who would opt to sit inside in sunny San Diego, with the beach a mere few blocks away? ..Oh right, we would [who needs sun anyways?]. Despite my penchant for salty food, I sometimes opt for their heavenly stuffed French toast because..well..it’s heavenly.
Claire’s on Cedros
246 N. Cedros Ave
Solana Beach, CA 92075
A quaint little cottage hidden among a row of actual houses, Claire’s can be easy to miss. Once you find it however, you’ll wish you had visited earlier [and that you had two extra stomaches]. You can opt to have your Benedict served on a croissant instead of an English muffin, which sounds odd, but is a brilliant cross between crisp and squish [ok, that doesn’t sound appetizing at all, but it really is]. I hear their lemon ricotta “clairecakes” are divine, and you can’t go wrong with a savory stuffed French toast. After your fully satisfying meal, you can then walk it off at nearby Cedros Design District [which is another adventure in itself].
950 W. San Marcos Blvd.
San Marcos, CA 92078
If you’re looking for homey-feel, country-style, traditional breakfast, look no further. Mama Kat’s treats you like family, making it the friendliest restaurant on this list. A few of our favorites include the chicken fried steak, corned beef hash, or..pretty much anything with hollandaise. Someday, perhaps we’ll have enough room left over to try one of their pies from the in-house bakery. Mmm………Someday..
1451 Washington Street
San Diego, CA 92103
On the higher end of brunch, you have The Great Maple, a clash of modern and vintage decor serving European style food. It has a more unique take on breakfast, with English popovers [which I’d never heard of before coming here] and their signature maple bacon donuts. This is one place you really have to try at least once. Or twice. Or every weekend..