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7 Newish San Diego Brunch Spots to Try

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There are so many reasons to jump out of bed in San Diego. Not the least of which is the call of brunch – one of this town’s favorite meals, and the perfect way to prepare for whatever adventure awaits. Or recover from whatever the previous day brought.


Where: 3752 Park Blvd, Ste 105C, San Diego, CA 92103
Neighborhood: Hillcrest
Simple food executed perfectly. Come brunch time that means everything from omelets, baked eggs, and prosciutto breakfast sandwiches to smoked pork shoulder hash and cocktails like mimosas, jalapeno vodka Bloody Mary’s, and Pimm’s Cups. 


Where: 2725 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Neighborhood: Carlsbad
All the joys of the outdoors—campfires, open air, even a tent (for kids to play in)—but without the freeze-dried meals. On the contrary, the weekend brunch menu consists of a wide range of comfort foods like Belgian waffles, breakfast sandwiches, and steak and eggs to more uncommon breakfast fare such as congee, ceviche, and banh mi. 

Juene et Jolie

Where: 2659 State St, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Neighborhood: Carlsbad
From the same team behind Campfire, this very easy-on-the-eyes nouvelle French bistro serves a small curated menu of brunch faves. Alongside omelettes, baguettes, beignets, and steak frites are go-big seafood options such as blue prawns, Alaskan king crab legs, and Maine lobster. 

Morning Glory

Where: 550 W Date St, Ste #C, San Diego, CA 92101
Neighborhood: Little Italy
San Diego’s newest addition to the brunch scene is a wildly over-the-top eatery that is to brunch what the Born and Raised is to steak: extravagant from floor to ceiling to plate. The $4 million brunch-only spot is decked out in copper, terrazo, and massively oversized pink lighting fixtures. Oh yeah, they also serve food: pastries, frittata, chilaquiles, pork belly, steak, and boozy beverages of all kinds (even coffee).

Fort Oak

Where: 1011 Fort Stockton Dr, San Diego, CA 92103
Neighborhood: Mission Hills
Discover elevated brunch items cooked over live fire and served in a refined-without-trying-too-hard kind of way. Craft cocktails seem a natural fit for dishes like lamb merguez sausage with eggs, Wagyu steak and potatoes, chicken fried quail eggs with French toast, and wood-grilled oysters, plus sides of raclette toast and grits with aged cheddar.

Great Maple

Where: 8675 Genesee Ave, Suite 1200, San Diego, CA 92122
Neighborhood: La Jolla
Savor decadent, downhome breakfast foods seven days a week. This location at Westfield UTC makes for a perfect place to fortify before or after workouts of the shopping or fitness class variety. Replacing calories is easy with maple bacon donuts, buttermilk pancakes, smoke bacon scrambles, chilaquiles, biscuits with gravy, and renowned Bloody Mary’s. 


Where: 4622 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103
Neighborhood: University Heights
The domed wooden interior of this eye-popping resto is just as gorgeous in the morning light (its massive glass entryway faces east) as when it’s lit at night. Aesthetic and healthy brunch options include avocado toast plates, shareable churros, paleo bowls, vegan bacon sandwiches, craft cocktails, and strawberry, banana, Nutella French toast.

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6 of San Diego’s Best Cideries brewing America’s Finest Craft Ciders

It’s not just beer—San Diego’s brewers have turned their talents to apples, pears, and even pomegranates, making the region ground zero for the craft cider movement, too. The result is a smattering of dedicated cideries where the bubbly brews take center stage.

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San Diego’s Hottest Blocks: Park Boulevard

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Just north of the San Diego Zoo on Park Boulevard, it blazes a foodie trail up to the quaint, Craftsman-packed neighborhood of University Heights. Though there are some worthwhile outliers (Trust, for example) most of the area’s restaurants line a two-block stretch of Park Boulevard where they’re all in arm’s reach.

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5 of San Diego’s Most Sizzling Steakhouses

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This city may be known for fish tacos, but there are plenty of steak aficionados—and talented chefs—who wholeheartedly embrace sizzling slabs. Like your steakhouses old fashioned and buttoned-down? Check. Prefer hip, new-school establishments that take pride in their craft cocktails? Also check. Whatever vibe you’re going for, San Diego steakhouses will serve it up, right beside hefty cuts of supremely high quality steak, however you like it.

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7 Craft Distilleries to Tour and Sip at in San Diego

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The moniker “Capital of Craft” extends far past beer to an array of spirits, including whisky, gin, vodka, rum, agave spirits, and more, brewed right here in San Diego. Whether you prefer traditional tipple, dark or clear, or fancy an experimental liquor brewed with pomegranate or pumpkin, there’s a place for you. Have a tour—and a taste—of the local scene at any of these distilleries.

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8 of San Diego’s Hottest New Restaurants and Bars

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San Diego’s restaurant scene is diverse, delicious—and growing virtually by the day. So many exciting new restaurants and bars crop up that it can be hard to keep track. That’s why we took stock of the very best establishments that have opened in the last several months (some are much newer than that) as well as the most anticipated places slated to open their doors any day now.

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Sweet Spots: Best/Most Instagram-able Dessert Places

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You’ll want to save plenty of room—or skip dinner altogether—for these photogenic sweet spots that will stack up the “Likes”. Just remember to snap those pics before indulging in colorful, elaborate, and oh-so-tasty helpings of shaved ice, divina cakes, decadent milkshakes, red velvet cookies, and more. Continue reading

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7 of the Best Cheap Eats in San Diego

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San Diego’s best bites span a vast number of world cuisines—and a huge range of prices. You wont find any white tablecloths at these delicious establishments. What you will find is some of the best eats in town, served from trucks, diner griddles, homegrown chains, and hole-in-the-wall gems at prices that may seem too good to be true. Continue reading

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7 Themed Breweries to Visit in San Diego

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San Diego’s 150-plus breweries have a lot of personality—some more than others. These themed breweries are among those that exude flair the way IPAs exude hops. Inspired by punk rock, Mexican culture, the American Frontier, and more, these breweries aren’t shy about serving up some personality with each craft-brewed pint.

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Three San Diego Beach Neighborhoods with Quintessential SoCal Vibes

Sunset Cliffs - Three San Diego Beach Cities with Quintessential SoCal Vibe

San Diego’s beaches are so inviting, you might never want to leave. And you don’t have to, because these beach neighborhoods of Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Ocean Beach have it all. Amusement parks for the whole family, piers and beaches perfect for long strolls, and of course, sips and bites to enjoy with a fiery sunset—it’s all here, within earshot of the waves. Continue reading