Serving fun versions of American breakfast fare since 1992, Cafe 222 has gained popularity with both locals and tourists alike, which has been the key to its longevity. First opened in a redevelopment area of San Diego’s Marina District, the industrial-influenced cafe now sits in the middle of a large residential district, making it a favorite destination for breakfast or lunch. The long lines of patrons waiting for their chance to savor their favorite dish are a testament to the consistency and quality of the menu.
Upbeat and quirky with a bright and sunny ambiance, chef and proprietor Terryl Gavre doesn’t consider herself to be a “chef,” but loves food, cooking, and being around chefs. “My eatery is a fine-tuned little buzzing machine that has a great staff and rocks it out every day,” she says. “I don’t think I have any special talents in the kitchen that any experienced home cook doesn’t have. I think a person just has to love cooking and be willing to work like a dog in order to do it for a living.”
Read more about Cafe 222 in the ‘Food Lovers’ Guide to San Diego’ and get Gavre’s recipes for Buttery Scones and Pumpkin Waffles in my new book: ‘San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes From America’s Finest City’.