September is Better Breakfast Month, and we could all use some therapeutic brunching at this point! Check out these local eateries with the best morning bites this city has to offer.
Your morning coffee is an important part of your day, and no one understands that more than Spill the Beans. Situated in the Gaslamp, this coffee and bagel go-to offers satiating and unique morning delights fashioned to your liking. Sip one of their house favorites such as the La Vida Mocha – with Aztec chocolate, dark chocolate, espresso and milk, or keep it simple with a freshly brewed cup of joe from Dark Horse Coffee. Knock out those morning hangries with your favorite bagel and cream cheese combo, or gorge on one of their specialty sandos, including the Millennial – prepared with your choice of bagel or fresh-baked bun, avocado, chia, sesame, flax, sunflower and poppy seeds, and a sprinkling of sea salt for good measure.
Fig Tree Café’s two locations in Liberty Station and Pacific Beach are upping the breakfast ante during September with their monthly specials. Behold the Crème Brulee Pancake Stack, touting fluffy buttermilk flapjacks layered with vanilla custard and topped with bruleed sugar and sweet berries. Curb the summer heat with their Piña Colada Mimosa, brimming with tropical flavors of coconut milk and pineapple juice, cradled by bubbly and finished with caramelized pineapple pieces and a sugar rim.
Head to Mission Hills for some farm-to-fork breakfast crafted to perfection! Farmer’s Bottega is a brunch favorite for good reason, offering flavorsome options such as Lemon Poppy Pancakes topped with lemon zest and plated with sweet and creamy mascarpone cheese, as well as their beloved Farmwich, piled high with two eggs any style, bacon, sautéed spinach, mushroom, onion and cheddar served on rustic sourdough with a side of house potatoes. Sip your favorite latte or savor a boozy libation of your choice. Brunch at Farmer’s Bottega is available Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Friday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Original 40 Brewing Company in North Park seamlessly melds their brewing specialty with top-notch bites to yield the idyllic dining destination for beer-lovers and foodies alike. Savor brunch offerings like their Mediterranean Toast topped with labneh spread, cucumber, tomato, olive oil and mint, served over artisanal bread, or treat yourself to their crave-worthy Blueberry Cornbread, which comes plated with honey-lime syrup and mascarpone whipped cream.
Fans of ube will love what Gaslamp Breakfast Company is cooking up this month. Available only through September is their Ube Waffle, showcasing that beautiful purple hue from sweet purple yams, generously dolloped with coconut cream cheese frosting, all topped with fresh strawberries and toasted coconut. This morning delight is both delicious and gluten-free!
San Diego’s morning staple and master of brunch, Breakfast Republic, is featuring food and drink specials to satisfy all of the city’s brunchers. Vegan diners can get their hands on Vegan Breakfast Mac & Cheese – with vegan cheddar cheese mac topped with fried onion, crispy smoked oyster mushrooms, plant-based eggs and chives. Looking to curb your sweet tooth? Indulge in Carrot Cake Pancakes prepared with plant-based cinnamon carrot cake flapjacks, topped with creamy maple glaze, and finished with candied walnuts and toasted coconut. Perk up with their Honey Almond Latte or make it a boozy brunch with their Blushing Mimosa – a dreamy blend of pineapple juice, grenadine, brut and maraschino cherry garnish.
If grab-n-go is more your speed, Eggies is here to help. Available only through September at their three locations in East Village, Liberty Station and Pacific Beach, their Pan Con Chorizo sandwich comes packed with pork chorizo link, house aioli, egg and Argentinian-style chimichurri on brioche.