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Top 5 Breakfast Places in San Diego

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Choosing where to go for the most important meal of the day has never been easy, and many Americans choose to forgo the occasion altogether. We don’t want any of you to experience this travesty, as breakfast is not only the most important but also the most delicious. We gathered up our top five breakfast spots in San Diego for you to try whenever you feel the craving.

Breakfast Republic

707 G Street, East Village
Other locations: North park, Liberty Station, Encinitas. Soon: Carmel Valley, Ocean Beach

Breakfast Republic boasts both a diverse and unique foods menu and a robust drinks menu. The restaurant puts delicious twists on classic favorites, such as Oreo cookie pancakes, and s’mores French toast. Not to worry if you can’t choose just one to try—a flight of 3 individual pancakes or a French toast sampler is available. You can also find spins on San Diego’s Mexican flavor, like a breakfast quesadilla and the always popular California breakfast burrito.

Snooze

3940 Fifth Ave, Hillcrest
Other locations: Del Mar. Soon: La Jolla

Along with the classic favorites, Snooze offers a sort of pick-and-choose menu, where guests can create their own breakfast. Your choices of meats, sauces, cheeses and single items is easily made available with its own section. There are plenty of variations for your usual benedict, omelet or sweeter breakfast with dishes like molten chocolate pancakes and the winter harvest benny.

Hash House a-gogo

3628 5th Ave, Hillcrest

Hash House A-GoGo is all about the classics. Flapjacks and waffles, benedicts and hashes—you’ll find the norms here, made delectable every time. However, the menu section “Other Great Things from the Stove” showcases some different dishes, like bar b’ que griddled flank steak with eggs and potatoes, and sausage gravy pot pie. With plates that are filled to the edges, A-GoGo’s portions are sure to satisfy all.

Great Maple San Diego

1451 Washington St, University Heights

The Great Maple packs flavor into all its dishes satisfy your sweet tooth at brunch and top your pancakes with salted caramel, chocolate bacon or even fruity pebbles. If your appetite isn’t quite so sugary, take a look at the “Health in Mind” menu section, featuring vegan options as well as choices that are good for your taste buds and body. Even though it’s on the pricier side of breakfast places, you’ll get exactly what you wish for in a breakfast—a meal you’ll be thinking about for the rest of the day.

The Mission

1250 J St, East Village
Other locations: Mission Beach, North Park

Head to The Mission if you’re looking for a variety of Latino dishes, as well as the typical pancakes and French toast. Most all of The Mission’s food choices are health conscious, so while you may not find any sweetly topped plates, you won’t have to worry about the consequences. The restaurant also features a gluten-free menu, with more than just a few options. They specialize in bread, with rosemary, cinnamon and brown options (rosemary and cinnamon also come gluten free!)

So gather up some friends and head to brunch this weekend, or treat yourself to breakfast for one. No matter how you get there, you’re sure to leave full.

Drew has lived in San Diego going on two years, and can't imagine living anywhere else. She loves the city's beaches, food, and shows. You can contact her at drew@sdentertainer.com.

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