A week of breakfasts in San Diego

Rise and shine in San Diego at these bright and breezy eateries serving oatmeal, bakes and enjoyable eggs.

Start your day with a spring in your step with a breakfast of champions at one of these San Diego diners.  These local spots will help you start the day as you mean to go on, whether you’re heading to work or lazy brunching before a morning of exploring.

Broken Yolk, Gaslamp

acs_0075This San Diego stalwart, established in 1979, is the original diner of what is now a chain of 22 popular franchises following its appearance in a feature on The Travel Channel’s Man vs Food.  Their massive portions are known to locals, and the extensive menu covers healthy choices (‘Morning Glory’), Mexican style breakfasts, benedicts, omelettes, pancakes, waffles and breakfast plates.

There’s usually a queue, so be sure to get there before 8am.

Don’t miss: Their delicious, high protein Morning Glory range.  They’re made from the egg white and are stacked with fresh vegetables to start the day in the best possible way.

Breakfast for two with service: around $40

📍 Gaslamp

Harbor Breakfast

acs_0071This cute café in Little Italy packs a strong punch. Open and airy, friendly and casual, they have used the space well to accommodate the groups of regulars heading here each day.  Harbor Breakfast have a small but perfectly formed breakfast menu of omelettes, pancakes, and specialities including biscuits with gravy and corned beef hash with eggs.

Don’t miss: taking a seat at the counter.  Many customers wait for window seats, but you can jump the line to get to the counter, where coffee is refilled regularly!

Breakfast for two with service: around $30

📍 Little Italy

Coffee Cup

acs_0073No San Diego listicle is complete without a recommendation in La Jolla.  This neighbourhood diner on a backstreet of the upmarket seaside town offers a more relaxed and affordable option to the alternatives nearby.  The Latino heritage of chef Isabel Cruz inspires their breakfast menu with tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and of course, breakfast burritos.

Don’t miss: the daily specials menu on the blackboard as you enter, which always has options for breakfast, lunch and healthy ‘power’ meals.

Breakfast for two with service: around $30

📍 La Jolla

Café 222

acs_0074Café 222 sits quietly on the Gaslamp side street Island Avenue.  The décor is basic with faded walls and pleather seats. The cuisine is traditional with a quirky twist: strawberry shortcake waffles, green eggs and spam, and banana bread French toast.

The café advertise in tourist supplements so expect it to be as busy during the week as it is on a weekend.

Don’t miss: the pumpkin waffles that taste like thanksgiving pie – they recommend a side of sausage and I agree!

Breakfast for two with service: around $25

📍 Gaslamp

Richard Walker’s Pancake House

acs_0072Family food and coffee freshly brewed is the order of the day at Richard Walker’s Pancake House.  Set in the middle of downtown by four trolley stations, it’s popular all week for their range of pancakes and baked pancaked specialities. As well as pancakes, there’s an extensive selection of traditional American breakfast dishes.

Don’t miss: the pancake flight. For a couple of dollars more, covert your standard six-stack to a selection of toppings.

Breakfast for two with service: around $40

📍 Downtown

This article was written in March 2018. My target media style was Time Out.