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Top 10 Breakfast and Brunch Joints in San Diego October 9, 2007

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Brunching is one of The Dream Team’s favorite leisure activities. We were lucky to have resided in San Diego, home to a plethora of excellent brunch spots. Here we’ve compiled ranked a list of San Diego’s best brunches- bon appetit!

10. World Famous (Pacific Beach) http://www.worldfamous.signonsandiego.com/

When the beach is the backyard, it’s easy to relax and enjoy a lazy morning at World Famous. Inside, the seafaring decor contributes to World famous’ charm. If you’re a seafood lover you’ll dig the fresh catch at this place, but we prefer the banana macadamia pancakes!

9. Pacifica Breeze Cafe (Del Mar) http://www.pacificadelmar.com/breeze-cafe.php

In the upscale Del Mar Plaza, this cafe is a perfect ladies brunching spot. Seating is mostly outside, allowing you to take full advantage of the beautiful ocean view. The staff is super friendly. 

8. Hash House A-Go-Go (Hillcrest) http://hashhouseagogo.com/gallery/gallery2_6.html

It’s San Diego’s classic brunch spot located in the heart of Hillcrest. Don’t miss it!

7. Pannikin (Encinitas) http://www.yelp.com/biz/N2CMkBLbeiipGcEPOf04bA

Situated on historic highway 101 just north of the fantastic shops in Encinitas town, Pannikin makes its home in a huge yellow farmhouse. It’s a cozy, neighborhood atmosphere, perfect for breakfast or even just coffee and yummy pastries after a morning of shopping. Also check out their store off to the right of the restaurant where you can find old-fashioned candy and other novelties.

6. Pipes (Cardiff)  http://pipescafe.com/Home.htm 

With a slogan like “No shirt, no shoes, no problem”, you might not be surprised to find that this place is a laaaaaid back surfer spot. Sitting right off the 101 highway in Cardiff, Pipes offers an ocean view and serves up a variety of delicious breakfast burritos, egg scrambles, sandwiches, and burgers.

5. Naked Cafe (Solana Beach)  http://www.thenakedcafe.com/

The tropical atmosphere and ocean view are main draws to Naked. In addition, the menu (which parallels that of Mission Cafe, #1 on our list) is to die for. We haven’t found food as good as good as this. It’s mostly healthy fare, bringing Asian and Mexican flavors to the menu in a unique, zesty way. The menu includes low-carb and high-protein sections for those of you who are training. They also manage to add style and flare to breakfast classics- pancakes, french toast, granola… augmented by unexpected flavors and an eye on presentation. Their daily specials are always a good bet! 

4. The Broken Yolk (Pacific Beach) http://www.sdro.com/brokenyolk/index.htm

Countless hungover Sunday mornings have been spent here! Serving up a wide selection of large omelettes in addition to decent salads, sandwiches, wraps, pancakes, and french toast, Broken Yolk is a little less posh and more diner-y than the rest on this list. Unhealthy, you might think, but grease might be just what your tummy needs after a night of booze! Order it “dry” if you’re not in the mood for grease. Be prepared to wait 30-45 minutes on the weekends during brunch hours. Get a table on the roof. The service here is excellent. Their slogan is “We’ve got huevos”; this PB classic is not to be missed!!

3. Extraordinary Desserts (Downtown SD- Little Italy)   http://www.extraordinarydesserts.com/index.htm

You won’t be able to score pancakes here, but who says you can’t have dessert for brunch? In addition to boasting a posh menu of dips, cheeses, breads, paninis, and salads, Extraordinary Desserts truly lives up to its name with byfar the best desserts we’ve ever tasted. They bake stunningly beautiful new cakes daily, which you can view in the display case in the front, as well as home-made ice cream and sorbet. And the presentation is tasteful and immaculate, complete with orchids. Mammy’s fave menu item is the unparalleled brownie ice cream sundae…indulge yourself!

2. The Cottage (Downtown La Jolla)  http://www.cottagelajolla.com/breakfast_menu.html 

Nestled in downtown LJ, The Cottage is physically a cottage- a charming house that makes you feel welcome and, well, at home. Be prepared for a 30-45 minute wait if you show up during brunch hours on the weekends. Also be prepared for coffee and pastry samples as you wait- the Cottage takes care of their patrons! We recommend the banana or blueberry oatmeal pancakes!

1. Mission Coffee Cup (Downtown La Jolla)  http://www.yelp.com/biz/cO8kdQUXCIn8iyWqvPAqQw

Ohhhh Coffee Cup how we love you! This place is EXCEPTIONAL. In downtown La Jolla not far from the spectacular views of the cove with its playful seals, Coffee Cup is one of four “Mission” eateries in the San Diego area. We love the Cup for its fun servers and location, and of course the FOOD! The menu is largely the same as that at Naked Cafe (#5 on our list), with uniquely enhanced breakfast favorites, delicious salads and sandwiches, eggs, and scrumptious Tex-Mex fare.

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Zucchini Bread September 30, 2007

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Another delightful family recipe!

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 70 mins 
You’ll need:

2/3 cup vegetable oil

2 2/3 cup sugar

4 eggs

3 cups shredded zucchini

2/3 cup water

3 1/3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1.5 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves

2 teaspoons vanilla

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease bottoms of 2 1.5-quart loaf pans. Mix oil and sugar. Add eggs, zucchini, and water. Blend in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cloves. Pour into pan. Bake 70 mins.

This is vegetarian.

 

Banana Bread

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This is a family recipe for a light, pure tasting banana bread.

Prep time: 10 mins

Bake time: 55-65 mins

What you’ll need:

2.5 cups flour

.5 cup granulated sugar

.5 cup brown sugar

3.5 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/3 cup milk or soy milk

2-3 mashed bananas

1 egg

What to do:

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 5″ x 9″ (1.5 quart) loaf pan. Mix all ingredients, pour into pan.

Bake 55-65 minutes.

Makes 1 loaf.

This is vegetarian. Can be made vegan: exclude egg, use soy milk (as indicated plus 1/4 cup), add 1/2 teaspoon more baking powder.

ENJOY!!