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La Jolla Like a Local: Brunch Edition

June 21, 2022

While there are quite a few incredible brunch spots you can (and should) visit while in La Jolla, we rounded up a few of our favorites to help you plan out your brunch tour.

Sugar and Scribe 

For the true foodie with a sweet tooth

Everything you encounter at Celebrity Chef Maeve’s bakery is out-of-this-world delicious. The restaurant offers all-day breakfast and lunch, including sizzling skillets, melt-in-your-mouth pancakes, and a variety of benedicts and sandwiches – and that’s just covering their restaurant menu. Head inside for the pièce de rèsistance: a stunning bakery packed with pastries, cakes, muffins, cookies, and more. The list is truly endless. If we had to choose, our favorites re the blazin chilaquiles, the lemon curd pancakes, and the artichoke chicken salad sandwich. The presentation is also killer – nearly everything is Instagram-worthy, down to the gorgeous glassware. Order whichever pastry speaks to you and explore our coffee recommendations here. Or even throw in the mimosa flight. Why not? It’s brunch!

Coffee Cup Cafe

For an laidback taste of SoCal

Founded by Isabel Cruz, Coffee Cup is the perfect fusion of American, Latin, and Asian influences. Choose from power breakfasts like the eggwhite Omar Special or Soy Chorizo Scramble or indulge in breakfast tamales or giant stack of fluffy pancakes. They always have two daily specials, and we assure you, from seasonal pancakes to jam packed breakfast burritos, they are not to be missed.

Harry’s Coffee Shop

For a retro diner experience 

This is no kitschy diner either, Harry’s has been family-owned and operated since 1960. Aside from the phenomenal history of Harry’s and its many press clippings naming it as one of the top diners in America, the food and vibe of this homey restaurant cannot be topped. Plus they might take the award for our favorite hash browns in town! We like to keep it classic when we eat here: eggs benny, pancakes, and cinnamon rolls. If you’re feeling adventurous, then we highly recommend the B.W. Benny (that’s eggs benedict and bacon atop a golden waffle with a side of syrup!). Explore our coffee recommendations here.  

The Cottage

For the quintessential cozy La Jollan 

The Cottage is old-La Jolla at it’s finest. Delicious brunch staples in the cutest little victorian cottage. There is almost always a wait for this classic spot, even after the popular Sugar and Scribe moved in right across the street. Classic dishes include the stuffed French toast, Crab Cake Benedict, and Soy Chorizo Hash that’s best paired with a mimosa. Enjoy great service and, of course, people watching.

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