San Diego #1 for Breakfast Eaters

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Do you eat breakfast on a daily basis? Apparently, 73% of us start off the day with this morning ritual, which puts us #1 in the country. No other city topped 70%.

The Jimmy Dean survey analyzed the breakfast habits of more than 6,000 people. Cereal is still the top choice but eggs and egg sandwiches are closing in as the second favorite option.

Kashi Cinnamon Harvest

So, what are your favorite breakfast spots in San Diego?

I’m a cereal eater myself. Although it doesn’t count as a breakfast spot, my favorite cereal comes from our own La Jolla based Kashi Company. They now have the support of Kellogg’s marketing muscle to help make it a household name across the country.

Here are my favorite breakfast spots. I know there are a lot more I’m not aware of so send in your recommendations!

Hash House a Go Go in Hillcrest. The portions are huge. The Farm Scrambles and the Indiana farm-like setting makes you feel like you are enjoying a nice country breakfast. It has received numerous top awards and was well described in this New York Times article.

Nico’s in Carmel Valley. They make a great breakfast burrito. They are in the Piazza Carmel Shopping Center just off the SR-56. I know of at least one other location in the Mira Mesa business district (Pacific Heights and Barnes Canyon).

Mimi’s Cafe in Mission Valley, Mira Mesa, Santee and Oceanside. If you need a huge selection of choices to satisfy everybody’s taste buds, Mimi’s is the place to go. My favorite is the french toast stuffed with cream cheese and orange marmalade, topped with blueberries, fresh strawberries & raspberry puree.

Perry’s Cafe on Pacific Highway. San Diego is a relatively young city so most places are quite modern with plenty of accoutrements. At Perry’s, I feel like I’ve stepped back in time to a classic diner, just like the ones you see on cross country road trips. It’s nice to go here for a change of atmosphere and cheap prices.

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4 Responses to “San Diego #1 for Breakfast Eaters”

  1. Les Lyons says:

    Another good breakfast place – the Original Pancake House in Poway. Located at 14905 Pomerado Rd, it features a wide variety of omelettes, pancakes and waffles. The service is friendly and quick, and the prices are reasonable! Check it out.

  2. Les Lyons says:

    One more “breakfast eatery” worth checking into – The Studio Diner, located at 4701 Ruffin Road in San Diego. GREAT food, especially breakfast. Service can be slow (they are popular) but is worth the wait. Just off the 15 at the Balboa exit – go to Ruffin Rd. and turn right.

  3. Tim,

    I don’t eat breakfast out very often, but about the best regular place I have found is Mimi’s. Easter Sunday Brunch is a very special event and so far the Hotel del Coronado takes the prize. This year we are going to try the 94th Aero Squadron though and see how it compares.

    There is a well-kept secret for dinner in Mira Mesa. It’s Capriccio’s on Mira Mesa Boulevard just east of Black Mountain Road on the south side in the same parking lot as Mr. Wasabi. Take my word for it, if you like veal just order the Saltimboca ala Capriccio dinner. It’s an unforgettable marsala-flavored treat.

  4. Paul K says:

    If you are in the Rancho Bernardo, one of the local favorite breakfast places is the Incredible Egg. It’s in the Mercado Place right off the 15 at Rancho Bernado Rd. On the weekends, you’ll find a full house with a great breakfast menu to fill anyone’s stomach!

    You can’t forget about the Broken Yolk in P.B. and Eastlake. Locally owned and operated, this breakfast place commands quite the wait on weekend mornings and the food is why people come in large groups.

    If you want more information or would like to see reviews on these places, check out my Website.

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