Better Breakfast Month

Metlbar Cajun Benny (courtesy photo)

Let’s celebrate Better Breakfast Month with healthful morning dishes from San Diego’s top brunch spots!

Metlbar Creamery & Café is bringing Southern-style flair to San Diego’s hungry brunchers, and we’re not mad about it. The trendy creamery is best-known for slinging delightfully boozy ice cream concoctions, but the spot’s offerings include much, much more. Brighten your morning with their Cajun Benny, plated with Cajun shrimp, cheddar grits, poached eggs, hollandaise, a buttery biscuit and chives, plus sides of potatoes and fruit for good measure! While you’re there, a little boozy ice cream for breakfast wouldn’t hurt…

A swanky breakfast is a better breakfast – care to disagree? Just wait until you hear what Shake & Muddle has to offer. Nestled in Chula Vista, this local gem slings a variety of menu items suited to discerning palates. Treat yourself to their Croque Madame, comprised of turkey, one over-easy egg, baby arugula, provolone and mozzarella cheese, plus a side of flavorsome breakfast potatoes. Since no visit to Shake & Muddle is complete without sipping one of their expertly crafted cocktail creations, you’re implored to shake it up with their Tamarin Sunrise infused with flavors of Avion Blanco Tequila, Tamarindo puree, chili agave, fresh lemon and lime juice.

As its name suggests, Breakfast Republic knows a thing or two about the art of breakfast. Try your hand at Avocado Toast topped with creamy, smashed avocado, fresh strawberries, pomegranate seeds, balsamic, hemp seeds, micro basil and sea salt atop levain bread. Or opt for something sweet and nutritious with their Yogurt Bowl packed with whipped Greek yogurt, house granola, bruleed banana, berries, chia seeds and coconut flakes. What makes a good breakfast great? Why, the classic Bloody Mary, of course.

A busy schedule shouldn’t keep you from feeding your body what it needs to thrive, which is why Eggies is the perfect spot for folks on-the-go to grab a bite before their next appointment. Fuel up with the California breakfast sandwich, showcasing a tasty layering of applewood smoked bacon, turkey patty, avocado, baby arugula and muenster cheese, smothered in house aioli and tomato jam. Don’t forget the fresh-squeezed OJ!

Fig Tree Café just opened its third location, now touting outposts in Pacific Beach, Liberty Station and East Village! Fuel up for a busy day at this longstanding, San Diego staple with options such as Soy Chorizo Scramblefeaturing a flavorful blend of melty jack cheese, red onion and soy chorizo, plus sides of black beans, corn tortillas and guacamole. Be sure to order a flight of Adaptogenic Antioxidant Shots, including Tropical Detoxwith fresh-pressed mango, pineapples, Peruvian maca and wild Ecuadorian spirulina,Cellular Cleanse infused with a blend of fresh-pressed acai berry, organic sulfur, super fruits, antioxidants, minerals, alkaloids and other bioactive ingredients, and finally, the Immune Boost shot, packing immunity-boosting vitamins and minerals from fresh-pressed tart cherry, rose hips, turmeric root, baobab fruit and cayenne pepper.

If you’re a sucker for a good bagel, there’s really no reason to miss out on a trip to Spill the Beans. This one-stop bagel shop is situated in the Gaslamp, where you’ll feast your eyes on a trendy and alluring space fit for bagel royalty. From unique, spreadable cream cheeses, to crave-worthy bagel flavors, you’re in for a treat. Gear up for any big day during Better Breakfast Month when you bite into the Millennial – an eye-catching favorite among San Diego’s bagel sando lovers. The creation is aptly named for its accoutrements and is piled high with fresh avocado, chia, sesame, flax, sunflower and poppy seeds, and a sprinkle of sea salt sandwiched between your choice of bagel. Yes, please.

Need something hearty on Sunday mornings? Tavern at the Vogue is your quintessential Sunday brunch haven. Perched along Third Avenue in Chula Vista, the charming eatery merges American and European comfort foods to create dishes that’ll keep you coming back for more. Gorge on Chicken & Waffles served with house-made schnitzel and rosemary-infused maple syrup or try your hand at Strawberry Stuffed French Toast served with cream cheese and fresh raspberry sauce. A breakfast at this Chula Vista gem is always the right choice!