Summertime Alfresco Brunch Spots

Breakfast Company Cocktails (courtesy photo)

Summertime Alfresco Brunch Spots means sunshine, relaxation and plenty of options to treat yourself to bottomless mimosas, pancake flights, and more.

Fig Tree Café has been a mainstay brunch spot in San Diego since its conception in 2008. With locations in Pacific Beach and Liberty Station, the charming, garden-style haven slings a variety of unique brunch options, as well as the classics to suit all palates! Dig into a plate of Fig Jam & Ricotta Cheese Stuffed French Toast or try your hand at their famous Breakfast Sushi, made with three thick bacon rolls baked with brown sugar and paprika, packed with scrambled eggs, scallions and topped with a drizzle of plum sauce. Spike your brunch with one of Fig Tree’s specialty cocktails such as their Fig Tree Mule infused with vodka, ginger kombucha, fig jam lime juice and lavender or mix it up with a Mimosa Flight!

Situated in the bustling Gaslamp District, Breakfast Company touts an elevated take on beloved brunch favorites. The location’s contemporary and eclectic aesthetic is the idyllic setting to feast on Orange Thyme Waffles topped with whipped mascarpone, orange segments and thyme-infused honey. Savory-seekers can try Crispy Chicken Thighs plated with two eggs sunny-side up, confit cauliflower and black garlic vinaigrette, or Potato Rosti featuring house-cured salmon, herb cream cheese and two poached eggs. Savor a Beet cocktail crafted from horchata vodka, beet juice and lemon juice, or rev up for your day with their Golden State Latte showcasing a rich blend of espresso, maple, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and vanilla.

Sometimes a sit-down brunch just isn’t in the cards, which is why Eggies is the perfect grab-n-go alternative! Mosey up to one of their walk-up windows in East Village, Liberty Station, Pacific Beach or North Park, and order yourself a breakfast sando of champions or one of their indulgent French toast jars. The Eggies Classic Sandwich packs a flavorsome maple-sage breakfast sausage patty, applewood smoked bacon and sharp cheddar cheese all smothered in eggcellent sauce and sandwiched between two warm brioche buns, while their French Toast Jar delivers mouthfuls of fluffy brioche bread, strawberries, mascarpone cream and brown sugar crumble. Be sure to return your jar and lid to receive 25 cents off your next order! Savor your Eggies on the go, or bask in the sunshine at one of Liberty Station’s outdoor tables – this handheld brunch can be enjoyed anywhere.

Breakfast Republic’s name says it all. A SoCal breakfast favorite that originated in San Diego, Breakfast Republic has seen immense growth since opening its first location in North Park in 2015. Now with 11 locations between San Diego, Irvine and West Hollywood, it’s safe to say this mecca of brunch bites isn’t going anywhere! Find your favorite among options such as Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes, Turkey Meatloaf Hash, Banana Split French Toast, Breakfast Jambalaya, and plenty more! Perk up with a Mexican Mocha Latte or opt for something boozy with their French Toast on the Rocks, which boasts an intermingling of Bailey’s, vanilla vodka, butterscotch schnapps, oat milk and caramel with a cinnamon sugar rim. Each location has a patio, so you can never go wrong with alfresco brunch at Breakfast Republic!

Barbecue for breakfast? Yes, please! Smokey & The Brisket is a smokin’ addition to La Mesa’s culinary scene, clad in motorsports-themed décor coupled with rustic flair and oodles of authentic Texan barbecue on the menu. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring morning barbecue creations like their Texas Burnt Ends Omeletstuffed with burnt ends, roasted poblano pepper, grilled onion, mushroom and pepper jack cheese, and Pulled Pork Chilaquiles loaded with homemade red sauce, queso fresco, red onion, cilantro, crema and eggs any style. Pair your Texan brunch with a Spicy Michelada or sip a Peach Bellini, as you delight in the location’s alfresco patio!