Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but brunch
is definitely the most fun. Start the day off right at these buzzy
This hip weekend brunchery in Carlsbad
takes its concept to heart. Many of its dishes
are prepared in a wood-burning oven or over
an open flame, and there’s even a smoke-infused cocktail, so send the kiddos out to
play in the 12-foot teepee and indulge.
WOW WOW WAFFLE
This hidden gem in North Park serves
authentic Belgian street waffles with creative
toppings like gingerbread cookie spread, brie
and jam, candied bacon, and avocado and
goat cheese. Pair your waffles with a mason
jar of hand-shaken lemonade.
The unconventional menu at Breakfast
Republic features lots of sweet and savory
options, like s’mores French toast, Oreo
cookie pancakes, Jurassic Pork benedict, and
bacon mac ’n’ cheese. (Not to mention the
compelling coffee drinks, kombuchas and
In the mood for mimosas? Crushed in Pacific
Beach serves ’em up three at a time in
Instagram-worthy flights. The brunch
menu features everything from jazzed-up
traditional breakfasts, flatbreads and sliders
to fish tacos, a SoCal staple.
Head to this harborside haunt on Shelter
Island to enjoy an extravagant brunch of
free-flowing Champagne, local seafood,
roasted turkey, prime rib, Belgian waffles,
chocolate-covered strawberries and more.
HASH HOUSE A GO GO
There’s always a line at this happening
Hillcrest eatery, but the pork tenderloin
Benedict big enough to share and sage fried
chicken are worth the wait. Top it all off with
a s’mores mocha or a butterscotch latte.
Local artists’ work decorates all three
locations of this Chinese-Latino fusion joint.
The wide variety of sweet and savory bites
and vegetarian and gluten-free options make
this mission a success.
Hit Snooze for a dish from the menu or a
custom creation. This bustling brunch spot
also lets indecisive diners pair two half-
orders of its Benedicts or three different
kinds of pancakes in one flight.
THE CROWN ROOM
Splurge on a decadent Sunday brunch
at the Crown Room in the iconic Hotel
del Coronado. The lavish spread has
chilled seafood, regional and international cuisine, carving stations and a
The four-person Barn
Yard bloody at this La
eatery comes in a
pitcher topped with a
whole roasted chicken,
pickled veggies, bacon-
wrapped shrimp and
fresh mozzarella and
At this Japanese noodle
house’s original location
in Kearny Mesa, Hare of
the Dog bloody marys
are made with tequila,
Sriracha, yuzu juice and
a special ingredient:
To make the California
Greenin’, Café 21 uses
a tangy tomatillo base
and garnishes this
green machine with lots
of veggies and a grilled
cheese sandwich skewer.