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Miss B’s Scramble at Miss B’s Coconut Club

What makes a savory scramble so clucking good? We believe it is a combination of fresh ingredients, bold flavors and creativity. Here is a list that we hatched of our favorite spots to flock to, so you can find that perfect savory scramble!

Flee your coop and get to Fig Tree Café in Hillcrest and Pacific Beach where the menu is crafted with fresh and local ingredients. Their Monterey Scramble is both savory and hearty. Using three eggs (from a family owned farm in Ramona), scallions, Ortega chilies, jack cheese and of course bacon served alongside Mexican rice, black beans, three corn tortillas and salsa. The Monterey Scramble rules the roost! Stop by Fig Tree Café in Liberty Station for breakfast or brunch to indulge in their Soy Chorizo Scramble. Consisting of three eggs, soy chorizo, jack cheese, red onion, black beans with tortillas and guacamole these flavors come together to give a savory, spicy and so scramble-lous scramble.

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Get Your Waffle Fix Today

Brians 24 Waffle Cristo

Brian’s 24 Waffle Cristo

Whether you’re looking for stuffed waffles, healthy waffles or a waffle sandwich, these San Diego restaurants are sure to have a waffle that satisfies your craving!

It’s easy to get your waffle fix at Brian’s 24. This 24-hour diner in Gaslamp recreates the classic waffle and the French croque-monsieur with the Waffle Cristo.  Enjoy thinly-sliced ham and cheddar jack cheese between two halves of a bacon waffles topped with powdered sugar and served with a side of extra hot French fries. This all-American diner is taking a French classic and giving them a warm U.S.A twist.

Centered on University Avenue in Hillcrest, Uptown Tavern is the best place to be for some wacky waffles. The Red Velvet Waffle is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Stuffed with bacon and cheese and topped with fried sweet plantains, bacon, spiced walnuts, a coconut milk reduction, garlic butter and Woodford Reserve maple syrup. Uptown Tavern will be making your cheeks blush with these velvety waffles.

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Brunch by the Beach and Beyond

BrunchNext time you’re craving a well-deserved weekend libation, head to these hotspots with the best brunch drink deals around!

After a morning of surfing head to the Pacific Beach restaurant that is named after the sport itself. The Duck Dive is sure to quench your thirst for cheap brunch drinks with a kick. From 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., daily, enjoy their $3.50 Absolut Bloody Buddies and $17.50 Bottomless Mimosa Bar. Beer for breakfast more your style? The Duck Dive also serves $4 Pacificos, all day on the weekends!

Locals of Solana Beach love Union Kitchen & Tap, and there are many reasons why. One of them being, their brunch deals! On Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., any brunch entrée and bottomless mimosas is only $24.95. Have your brunch and drink it too!

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Rock A Vegan Attitude At Cafe Gratitude

Cafe Gratitude

I Am Free Chia Seed Porridge

Café Gratitude is a collection of 100% organic plant-based restaurants that specialize in gourmet vegan cuisine. The menu and environment is designed to support health and sustainability for both the community and the planet. Dishes are named after affirmations like “I Am Whole,” and are composed of real, organic ingredients from sustainable sources. The restaurant also works closely with local farmers to serve produce at its peak of freshness with deference to seasonality. Daily operations are conducted according to the principle of “Sacred Commerce,” whereby guests are offered both healthy food and a healthy ambiance that encourages them to view their lives from a perspective of gratitude. Originally founded in 2004 in San Francisco, Café Gratitude has three locations in Los Angeles (Downtown Arts District, Larchmont Village and Venice Beach), as well as restaurants in Santa Cruz, Berkeley, and Kansas City, Missouri. In addition to the first Café Gratitude restaurant planned for San Diego’s Little Italy, construction is also underway for the opening of an upscale Gratitude restaurant in Newport Beach later this year. For more information on the Los Angeles locations, visit:, or follow along on Twitter and Facebook @CafeGratitudeSD, and Instagram @CafeGratitude.

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Make Your Pancake Plans

Fig Tree CafeHillcrest’s Fig Tree Café has proven to be a top spot for daytime dining! With a tempting assortment of omelets, bennies, sandwiches and paninis, their locally sourced ingredients are thoughtfully combined to create menu selections that offer eye-opening flavor at a reasonable price.

In an effort to focus on what their customers are consistently craving, Fig Tree Hillcrest plans to ramp up its menu with additional pancake and French toast selections, while continuing its dinnertime service at their Liberty Station location. “We are always growing to meet our customers’ needs and we thought it would be fun take breakfast to the next level here,” says owners Johan Engman and Alberto Morreale. “Pancakes and French toast are super popular, and it will be fun to churn them out with some additional spins.  Some of the new breakfast menu items include Pistachio Pancakes, Fresas Con Crema Pancakes and House Made Brownie French Toast, among several other items. But guests will just have to come in and find out for themselves what ideas make the cut.

Fig Tree’s Liberty Station location will continue with dinner service, while Hillcrest will only serve breakfast and lunch as of April 1st.  Hillcrest’s Fig Tree Café is giving its guests a few more “good” reasons to check them out to see what’s new.

Fig Tree Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wake Up The Italian Way


Wake Up Your Daily Morning Routine with All New Hot Breakfast at Bottega Americano

Start your weekday mornings right at Bottega Americano and enjoy the acclaimed restaurant’s new hot breakfast menu. The crowd pleasing selection of satisfying dishes ranging from scrambles to bowls to smashes are now available Monday through Friday from 7:30a.m. to 10:30a.m.

The new breakfast dishes include:

  • Cheddar Biscuit Sandwich: fried egg, Bottega aioli with a choice of prosciutto cotto, sausage, bacon or fried chicken
  • Bacon & Eggs: or sausage and two eggs on a grilled ciabatta roll.
  • Chilaquiles: two eggs, guajillo chile sauce, ricotta, corn tortillas.
  • Bottega Scramble: eggs, five herb pesto, oven roasted tomatoes, burrata, grilled ciabatta.
  • Avocado Smash: grilled ciabatta, basil, sea salt, cracked black pepper, over easy egg, EVOO.
  • Breakfast Bowl: two eggs, mushrooms, quinoa, butternut squash, smoked almonds, goat cheese.
  • Breakfast Wrap: eggs, potatoes, oven roasted tomatoes, mozzarella, spinach wrap.
  • Bottega Americano also offers a daily selection of grab and go items, baked goods, coffee and espresso drinks starting at 7:30a.m Monday thru Friday. Weekend brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10a.m to 3p.m.

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Eggs Are What’s For Breakfast

Bracero Chilaquiles Rojos

Bracero Chilaquiles Rojos

Next time you’re looking for an egg-filled breakfast, lunch or dinner, look no further than these San Diego restaurants,

At Brian’s 24, enjoy breakfast 24 hours a day, every day. The family-owned Gaslampeatery honors their motto of being “The Restaurant That Never Sleeps,” by offering nearly anything you want, anytime you want it. Start or end your day with the Country Benedict, a big split biscuit topped with sausage patties and two poached eggs, and covered in a housemade country gravy. Come ready to feast because the plate is served with all-you-can-eat home fries.

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp, barleymash is a vibrant restaurant that celebrates the richness (and deliciousness) of American culture through its progressive alcohol-infused bar fare. Dig into their Kickin’ Chicken barleyhash with Michelada-braised chicken, salsa fresca, guacamole, sour cream and pepper jack beer-cheese. The best part of this brunch dish? It’s topped with two fried eggs!

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Pancake Monster at Brian’s 24

Pancake Monster at Brian's 24There is nothing more satisfying than a fluffy, light and buttery stack of pancakes. Nobody does them better (or bigger!) than San Diego’s iconic 24-hour eatery, Brian’s 24. In honor of National Pancake Week, starting February 21st, enjoy one of downtown’s most popular food challenges, The Brian’s 24 Pancake Monster.

This local food feat is made with three fried eggs, five hotcakes, four strips of bacon, two sausage patties, an eight oz. ham steak, and an eight oz. country fried steak on a bed of home fries. If you cross this Mt. Everest of breakfasts off your list in under an hour, it’s on the house!

“We have sold a bunch! It is also a great way for a group of friends or a family to share a meal, family-style,” says Andrea Epstein, part proprietor of this this family-owned and -operated restaurant.  However, an honorary t-shirt and free meal is only awarded to those solo, challenge winners. About 150+ people have been daring enough to try the actual challenge (some more than once), and eight heroic souls have completed the Pancake Monster contest successfully.

Brian's 24 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Fig Tree Café February Specials

Fig Tree Cafe

French Toast and Cinna Bunz

Take your taste buds on a date! Pacific Beach’s Fig Tree Café is rolling out February specials that will make you fall in love at first bite.  Starting February 1st, Fig Tree will be rolling out specials that are sure to bring out your sweet side. Make it a morning full of indulgences with their Red Velvet French Toast filled with cream cheese and topped with chocolate sauce, or their White Chocolate Raspberry French Toast filled with fresh raspberries and white chocolate sauce.

Sweet Heart Float

Sweet Heart Float

Looking for a savory and robust breakfast dish? You won’t be able to take your eyes off of Fig tree’s Surf & Turf Bennie. Crafted with top sirloin, lobster and poached eggs, topped with roasted red pepper and hollandaise sauce, and served over your choice of our house-baked focaccia bread or English muffin, this dish combines heavenly proteins from both land and sea.

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Don’s Country Kitchen

Don's Country Kitchen

Don’s Country Kitchen, 2885 Roosevelt St., Carlsbad, CA 92008; (760) 729-2274;; American.

Reminiscent of a country inn with floral tablecloths and lacy ivory valences bordering the windows, this cute little eatery offers a ton of made-from-scratch specialties for breakfast and lunch. There are about six tables inside, as well as a long counter with barstools, and a small outdoor patio. Breakfast is a filling feast, with hearty helpings of fresh chorizo and beans with corn or flour tortillas, buttermilk biscuits with country sausage gravy, or luscious banana nut pancakes. For lunch, warm your soul with one of their hearty soups, especially the meatball or chicken tortilla.

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Cafe 222 Offers Buttery Scones

Cafe 222 Offers Buttery Scones

Serving fun versions of American breakfast fare since 1992, Café 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 café 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 refers to her eatery as “a fine-tuned little buzzing machine that has a great staff and rocks it out every day.” Popular favorites at Café 222 include the Buttery Scones and Pumpkin Waffles. “The waffle is a moist and spice–cake-like waffle,” Gavre says. “It is wonderful with just butter and a little bit of syrup. It’s also great with fresh whipped cream and a little sprinkle of grated fresh nutmeg on top.” (

222 Island Ave Cafe 222 Offers Buttery Scones
San Diego, California Cafe 222 Offers Buttery Scones
(619) 236-9902

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Brian’s 24

brians24websitebannerBrian’s 24, the only 24-hour restaurant in downtown San Diego, is celebrating their 5 year anniversary on Thursday, February 6. This family-run restaurant is honoring their father who passed in 2010.  His kids (current owners/operators, Brian and Andrea) jokingly say “Dad always loved the dogs more than us!” To mark the occasion, they’re doing  the Pancake Monster Challenge ($29.99 to enter – free if you finish) from 6am-noon and all proceeds go to the San Diego Human Society.

Meet the Pancake Monster…competitors will be given one hour to consume the beast, made up of:
·         three fried eggs
·         five hotcakes
·         four strips of bacon
·         two sausage patties
·         an eight oz. ham steak
·         an eight oz. fried steak
·         served  on a bed of special home fries

Winners receive:
·         your meal on the house
·         An I Conquered the Pancake Monster t-shirt
·         3-month subscription to PetBox
·         30-day pass to Balanced Fitness

And just some added info…

Brian’s 24 will be donating $5 for every person who enters the contest, $50 for every person who finishes, plus an additional $500 if five or more participants successfully complete the contest, and 10% of all sales for the day to the San Diego Humane Society.  In addition, they will also be donating $1 to the Humane Society for every short- or full stack ordered during the month of February.

*Courtesy information

Brian's 24 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato