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Get Your Brunch On Al Fresco (Or At Home) At These 10 Hotspots In San Diego

By Arianna Gary

Get Your Brunch On Al Fresco (Or At Home) At These 10 Hotspots In San Diego

If you love brunch as much as we do, these local spots are definite musts.

Brunch is arguably the best meal of the day – a time when sweet and savory live in harmony. And let’s not forget brunch’s boozy sidekicks. Now, with outdoor dining back in the mix, San Diegans can live out all their brunch dreams in person, al fresco. But not to worry if you prefer to dine in the comfort of your own home, takeout and delivery brunch is just as scrumptious!

Check out our list of 10 must-try brunch spots in San Diego that are open for outdoor dining and takeout:

1. Hash House A Go Go

If pancakes are really what you’re here for, this is the place for you. Hash House famously makes dinner plate-sized pancakes with everything from Snickers and Red Velvet, to butterscotch almond, granola and bacon. Another absolute must on the menu is their famous sage fried chicken and waffle tower. This local spot’s ‘twisted farm food’ definitely doesn’t disappoint and will have you coming back for more.

Location: 3628 Fifth Avenue

2. Madison on Park

Madison on Park is a treat for more than just your taste buds. Offering a sleek and modern space with an airy feel, it’s the perfect place to satisfy all your weekend brunch desires. Try their waffle churro sticks, their carnitas stack (which includes a Belgian waffle made with manchego cheese) or the G.O.A.T., Madison’s signature breakfast sandwich. Madison also offers a wide selection of mimosas and brunch cocktails, like their espresso Old Fashioned.

Location: 4622 Park Boulevard (University Heights)

3. Breakfast Republic

This spot is a breakfast go-to for its punny lighthearted atmosphere with an extensive selection of brunch favorites to match. Whether you lean more towards savory or sweet, this spot’s got something for everyone – there are 9 different options for pancakes alone! And there’s no shortage of boozy accompaniments, with kombucha on tap and mimosas made with all-natural prosecco imported from Verona. Head to one of their locations in North Park, Pacific Beach, Irvine, Mission Valley and Encinitas for outdoor dining. All locations are currently offering takeout & delivery, with the exception of the Ocean Beach location, which is temporarily closed.

North Park: 2730 University Avenue (multiple locations)

4. The Henry

This Coronado restaurant serves up a delicious brunch that looks just as good as it tastes. Chow down on some caramel apple french toast or their spicy sausage scramble as you relax into the weekend. There are plenty of tasty libations to choose from as well, including bubbly, four delicious seasonal spritzes, and a host of cocktails.

Location: 1031 Orange Avenue, Coronado

5. Parc Bistro-Brasserie

Located in Bankers Hill, this is a classy local spot offering award-winning French cuisine. Head to their beautiful covered patio for a delicious brunch with bottomless mimosas. The menu covers all kinds of brunch goers with a range of options, from brioche french toast, to crab meat omelettes to a delicious selection of crepes. Parc Bistro will open its outdoor patio for in-person dining on Saturday, January 30.

Location: 2760 Fifth Avenue

6. Cafe 21

No San Diego brunch tour is complete without Cafe 21. This spot has locations in both the Gaslamp Quarter and University Heights, serving San Diegans unique small plates made with the freshest ingredients. Everything is made from scratch – they even hand make their own sourdough bread! Try their tiramisu pancakes or their short rib omelet, and make sure to ‘dress up’ their signature Bloody Mary with grilled Italian prosciutto.

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Gaslamp Quarter: 802 Fifth Avenue

University Heights: 2736 Adams Avenue

7. Brockton Villa

Brunch with a view! Brockton Villa is housed in one of the oldest beach cottages in La Jolla, offering diners a unique spot for a seaside meal. Breakfast bites for every set of taste buds include everything from their signature Banana Foster Coast Toast (with caramelized banana rum butter sauce, walnuts and toasted coconut) to classic omelettes, Benedicts and breakfast bowls. Outdoor dining returns to Brockton Villa Saturday, January 30.

Location: 1235 Coast Boulevard, La Jolla

8. Crushed

It’s no surprise that this is a local hotspot in Pacific Beach. Crushed offers a mix of American, Mexican and Italian cuisines for an unforgettable brunch by the ocean. Satisfy your sweet tooth with ‘bresserts’ like cinnamon roll pancakes and blueberry cheesecake pancakes, or get your savory on with dishes like fish tacos, eggs Benedict and portobello mushroom sliders. And of course, don’t forget to order a flight of mimosas, craft beer or handcrafted margs!

Location: 967 Garnet Avenue

9. Urban MO’s Bar & Grill

A Hillcrest staple, this local hotspot is not only “The Best Gay Bar in the World,” it also serves up a mean brunch menu. Urban MO’s offers a good selection of brunch favorites, from pancakes to breakfast burritos to burgers. Be sure to try their Boozy Blueberry Pancakes topped with homemade brandy blueberry sauce! 

Location: 308 University Avenue

10. Great Maple

Great Maple serves a wide selection of elevated comfort food in a cozy modern space. Try classics like ‘pigs in a blanket,’ scrambled eggs and silver dollar pancakes with a new twist. Make sure you don’t leave before trying their famous maple bacon doughnuts or one of their six signature Bloody Marys! Great Maple Hillcrest is open for outdoor dining beginning Saturday, January 30.

Location: 1451 Washington Street

See also: This New Vietnamese Restaurant And Cocktail Bar Is Selling Multi-Course Dinners In Monthly Pop-Ups Until Its Grand Opening

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