10 San Diego Brunch Spots You Can Support
As a member of the San Diego community, we know how important it is to support our small businesses.
We also know that brunch is a staple of American dining culture and a particularly popular phenomenon in San Diego — and honestly, what’s a better way to spend the month of February than with a hearty meal.
1. The Breakfast Mug
Serving breakfast daily including New Year’s Day, this Oceanside restaurant specializes in morning favorites like French toast, avocado toast, chorizo and eggs, and a variety of egg dishes. New to the menu is the breakfast boards featuring avocado toast, banana flambe, hash browns, sausages, and bacon
2. Toast Gastrobrunch
This all-day brunch restaurant in Carlsbad is a popular spot in the area. Go here for a variety of toasts topped with everything from smoked salmon to pork belly, plus breakfast classics like pancakes and French toast. Don’t miss the house specialty, a coconut pistachio knafeh featuring shredded phyllo with a ricotta and mozzarella filling.
Brunch is an all-day affair at this Cardiff charmer from the group behind the GrassSkirt and Camino Riviera. Served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the standout daytime dishes from chef Brian Redizkowski include funfetti pancakes, creme brulee French toast, and a breakfast rice bowl with scrambled eggs, crispy yams, avocado, kale, broccolini, and curry aioli.
Moroccan-infused weekend brunches start at noon at this El Cajon restaurant. Order the Medina breakfast skillet, North African-style shakshouka, or chef/owner Alia Jaziri’s chilaquiles with housemade merguez sausage. For cocktails, try the Casablanca with preserved lemon-ginger-honey simple syrup, white wine, and hard apple cider.
5. Breakfast Republic
With a string of locations around San Diego from East Village to North County, this popular brunch spot is known for more than just a never-ending supply of chicken puns, egg decor, and eclectic pop culture references. Brunch lovers can flock here for Oreo pancakes, shrimp and grits, s’mores French toast, and breakfast cocktails.
6. Brockton Villa Restaurant
Salty sea air, the sounds of seagulls and waves, and a stunning view of La Jolla Cove. Housed in one of La Jolla’s original beach cottages, Brockton Villa offers a fusion of American, Mexican, and Mediterranean flavors sprinkled throughout their menu items. But before letting your eyes wander the menu for too long, look for the house specialty: Coast Toast. The popular French toast, similar to a soufflé, is a must-try for first-timers. The award-winning dish has a hint of orange, and if you’re really in the mood to splurge, you can get it à la mode.
7. Caroline’s Seaside Cafe
The cafe is on the campus of UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography, in the Seaside Forum, in walking distance from Scripps Pier. Relax on their ocean-view patio and enjoy the Mediterranean egg scramble while you watch the waves. Espresso drinks and baked goods are available all day at the counter.
8. Breakfast & Bubbles
Touting its all-day champagne breakfast, this restaurant is open seven days a week and offers an extensive bubbly selection sold by the glass or bottle, as well as beer, Bloody Marys, and more. As for food, choose from a variety of egg dishes, pancakes, and waffles, plus an impressive tower of sweetness packed with a chef selection of Italian pastries.
Brunch is popular at Trust so reservations are highly recommended. Order up smoked salmon toast, braised bacon grilled cheese and don’t forget the restaurant’s ultimate stick bun with rotating flavors every week.
10. Sunnyboy Biscuit Co.
Head to Hillcrest or order online for biscuit-based brunches. The all-day menu includes biscuits and gravy and a cheesy egg ‘n’ bacon biscuit, plus meatless versions of some of the more popular offerings.