Easter Brunch in San Diego

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Brunch has recently become the obsession of many millennials. 20-somethings want to eat their late breakfast/early lunch at a hip spot with lots of character, and they want their meal to be picture perfect. It seems that Sunday brunch has become the most important (and most photographed) meal of the week.

This Sunday is perhaps one of the biggest brunch days of the year, since brunch is a big part of Easter Sunday traditions for many families. Last year, $5 billion was spent on food during the Easter holiday. Millions of people will dress up in their Sunday best, pile into the car for whatever service or gathering they will attend, and afterwards they will head out to wait in a long line at a restaurant until, at last, they will sit down at the table and place their orders for a long awaited and well deserved brunch.

This year, make sure that the establishment you choose for your Easter brunch is top notch.

The Trails Eatery

Trails feels like coming home from college to visit your parents and having a home cooked meal ready for you when you walk in the door.  The atmosphere is a big part of its charm. The restaurant is decorated with family photos of the owners and the walls are painted an inviting green. The service always feels friendly, and the food never disappoints. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, try the Sin-a-mon Roll Pancakes (topped with cream cheese frosting).

Richard Walker’s Pancake House

This pancake house has two locations, one downtown and one in La Jolla. If you have friends or family in town for the holiday weekend, either of these locations are ideal for playing tour guide and showing them what San Diego has to offer. The signature dish at Richard Walker’s is the Baked Apple Pancake. These are baked to order and they fill the restaurant with a sweet aroma. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, try the savory Corned Beef Hash and Eggs. No matter what you choose, it’s hard to go wrong at Richard Walker’s. 

The Mission

The Mission is a popular brunch spot for San Diegans. With three locations (Mission Beach, North Park, and East Village) this restaurant is accessible and the food is delightful. The Mission offers delicious Latin American choices– we recommend the Mission Chilaquiles. Want a hot beverage? Try the Oregon Chai Latte.

Third Corner

Two words: bottomless mimosas. On Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-3pm, Third Corner offers bottomless mimosas with your meal for only $24.95. It also doesn’t hurt that the brunch at Third Corner starts with an appetizer of chocolate bread and fresh fruit. We recommend the Duck Machaca if you enjoy savory dishes or the Stuffed French Toast if you have more of a sweet tooth.

Wherever you decide to brunch this Easter Sunday, don’t forget to snap some photos of your friends and family as well as your beautifully plated meal.


Lauren lives in OB with her French bulldog, Elvis Presley. She loves laughter and the great outdoors. You can contact her at lauren@sdentertainer.com.

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