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Brunch, once a forgotten non-meal, has become one of the best times to go out to eat. What was formerly a relic found on hotel menus has become trendy, hip and exciting once again. Brunch is no longer a meal enjoyed by the same people who enjoy early bird dinner specials. It’s a time to head out with friends and recover from laugh about the night before.

Some of the most popular and successful restaurants in San Diego offer brunch. You can find great brunch offerings all over town, from North Park to the exciting Gaslamp neighborhood.

Given Gaslamp’s huge nightlife scene, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that there’s also plenty of demand for brunch and early weekend drinks as well. There are many fun, trendy restaurants in Gaslamp that serve up all kinds of exciting brunch menus. From specialty dishes not on the standard menu to all-you-can-drink mimosa specials and Bloody Mary bars, each brunch hotspot has its own way of fueling demand for their brunch hours.

Regardless of the kind of food or drink you’re looking for, there’s likely at least one brunch place in Gaslamp serving what you crave.

Fresh Flavors and Big Servings at The Broken Yolk

The Broken Yolk Cafe
Location: 355 6th Avenue (map)
Hours: Seven days a week from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Price: $$

If you’re hungry and need a menu that’s a big as the portions, head on down to The Broken Yolk Cafe. The brunch menu includes everything from oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar to a Border Benedict, featuring carne asada, corn cakes and homemade poblano pepper sauce. Given that they only do breakfast and lunch, it’s no surprise that they absolutely know how to do brunch right on the weekends!

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One old-school breakfast favorite you can’t find at many restaurants, but you can here, is the Monte Cristo. Featuring ham and Swiss cheese in between French toast slices, this is a great, filling breakfast sandwich. Their Tiki Toast is made with Hawaiian sweet bread topped with fresh fruit and coconut.

There are also as many kinds of omelets as you can imagine, as well as plenty of Benedict options. You can even build your own omelet or enjoy a full 1/2-pound burger. There’s coffee and a full coffee bar, as well as bubbly and beer available for an early drink. You can buy champagne by the glass or bottle, sip a Bloody Mary or satiate your sweet tooth with a pomegranate mimosa. There’s even a mimosa flight for those who can’t commit to a single flavor.

Rustic Root

Location: 535 5th Ave. (map)
Hours: Monday and Tuesday: 4 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday-Friday: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. to midnight
Price: $$

There’s nothing rustic about Rustic Root. Their brunch has been voted the best in Gaslamp before, and it’s easy to see why! They make all the dishes served here from scratch and offer diner both coffee and a champagne trap. You can enjoy brunch in their dining room, while listening to live music. You can also take in the view by enjoying your cocktails and food out on their rooftop bar.

The rooftop bar has a limited menu, but you can still enjoy Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, a trio of avocado toast or even an Acai berry bowl. If you come later for brunch, you can order from the lunch portion of the menu, starting at 11 a.m. With options including a lobster roll, a pork belly BLT or even a roasted chicken Cobb salad, there are plenty of great dishes to enjoy.

There are more dishes to enjoy in the downstairs dining room. From the California Eggs Benedict, with heirloom tomatoes and avocado to Brioche French Toast and buttermilk pancakes, you can find all your favorite breakfast foods. There’s also a lunch menu here and plenty of champagne and drink options, all while enjoying a performance by live musicians.

Great Brunch Drinks and Comfort Foods at Werewolf

Location: 627 4th Avenue (map)
Hours: Seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Price: $$

There’s no doubt that Werewolf has established itself as one of the most popular eateries in Gaslamp. With a premium location and a creative, modern menu, Werewolf never has trouble filling its tables for any meal. You can basically keep the bunch party going all day, although the brunch menu ends at 2 p.m.

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During their brunch, which they call Super Brunch, you can order off their breakfast menu. You can also enjoy making up your own coffee at their coffee bar. If you’re looking for a drink instead of a caffeine pick-me-up, Werewolf has that covered, too. Order up a bacon Bloody Mary or a specialty mimosa. Then turn your attention to the menu, and find something incredible.

For example, you can enjoy a kim chee Bulgogi hash featuring Korean BBQ steak with potatoes and two eggs, quesadilla huevos rancheros, with avocado, smashed beans and eggs or their famous pork belly Benedict with cherry tomatoes and a potato cake. If you’re feeling more “lunchy,” you can also try a poke bowl, an ahi tuna soba noodle salad or maybe their pork belly nachos.

There will likely be live music and likely a lot of people. Plan accordingly.

The French, Nobody Does Brunch Better!

Le Parfait Paris
Location: 555 G Street (map)
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. to midnight
Price: $$

You can enjoy a French inspired brunch menu until 3 p.m. when you visit the Gaslamp location of Le Parfair Paris. This shop offers a variety of delicate macaron cookies and other sweet treats, as well as a robust brunch and lunch menu.

They offer several original croissant sandwiches, including the Alsacien, which has Swiss cheese, eggs and Canadian bacon, as well as the Saumon, which featured red onions, smoked salmon and cream cheese. There is also a power bowl with granola and fresh fruit, Toast d’azur, which has avocado and tomato salad and a croque, a sandwich topped with an egg.

You can also find expertly made crepes on the menu here, ranging from sweet crepes with caramel to crepes with eggs, salmon and more. You can enjoy freshly baked goods, such as pain au chocolat, fresh sourdough bread and even a gluten free baguette.

You absolutely should look at their desserts, such as a chocolate lava cake, a French cheesecake, a maracon-based tiramisu dish and even a parfait which includes rich chocolate. They also sell fresh and delicious macaron cookies here, in flavors ranging from chocolate peanut butter to pistachio and lavender honey, all for just $2 each.