Restaurants

Top Choice Cafe in San Diego

Fig Tree Cafe

You'll queue at the weekends for this laid-back outdoor cafe housed in an old cottage. Eat breakfast, brunch and lunch in the leafy garden area or patio, with heaters for cooler months. Our favorites are the stacked…
Top Choice Diner in San Diego

Clayton's Coffee Shop

Some diners only look old-fashioned. This one is the real deal from the 1940s, with red leatherette swivel stools and booths with minijukeboxes. It does famous all-American breakfasts and some Mexican specialties li…
Breakfast in San Diego

Big Kitchen

Here since the '70s, this neighborhood joint is decorated with bric-a-brac, progressive bumper stickers, homages to The Beatles and pictures of Whoopi Goldberg – she once worked here as a dishwasher. The kitchen ser…
Diner in La Jolla

Harry’s Coffee Shop

This classic 1960 coffee shop has a posse of regulars from blue-haired socialites to sports celebs. The food is American at its best – pancakes, tuna melts, burgers (and a local concession, breakfast burritos). Wash…
Diner in Oceanside

101 Café

This tiny, streamlined modern diner (1928) serves all-American classics from omelets and burgers to chicken-fried steak with country gravy, or steak and eggs and hash browns. Check out the local historic photos on t…
Cafe in Encinitas

Swami’s Café

This local institution can't be beat for breakfast burritos, multigrain pancakes, stir-fries, salads, smoothies and three-egg ohm-lettes (sorry, we couldn’t resist). Vegetarians will be satisfied, too. Most of the s…
Diner in San Diego

Corvette Diner

Your kids will be your BFFs for bringing them to this over-the-top '50s-themed diner in Liberty Station. DJs spin rock-and-roll classics, waitresses wear poodle skirts and bouffant wigs, waiters dance in the aisles,…
Cafe in Encinitas

Pannikin Coffee & Tea

In a sunny yellow, wooden building that used to be the Encinitas train station (transported from its original site), Pannikin is an adorable sprawl of nooks, crannies, balconies and lawns. The coffees, homemade muff…
Breakfast in San Diego

Café 222

Downtown’s favorite breakfast place serves renowned peanut-butter-and-banana French toast; buttermilk, orange-pecan or granola pancakes; and eggs in scrambles or Benedicts. It also sells lunchtime sandwiches and sal…
Breakfast in San Diego

Cafe 21

The Gaslamp's favorite brunch spot for fruity pancakes, stuffed French toast with agave cream cheese, and farm-fresh egg omelets, choose from coriander-lamb kofta flavor, marinated wild shrimp and more, served in mi…