Often enjoyed late in the morning or early in the afternoon, brunch is a meal that Millennials truly love on the weekends. Maybe it’s because you can order an omelet and your date can order a burger. Perhaps it’s because of the fact that no one cares if you’re enjoying a Bloody Mary or mimosa at 11 a.m. It’s even possible that brunch has become your hangover go-to cure. Whatever your reason for enjoying this hybrid meal, you are not alone.
Brunch is unquestionably one of the most popular and trendy offerings available at modern eateries. It used to be associated with older people, but, these days, brunch is a meal often enjoyed by a more youthful crowd. Although this meal existed for many decades, it has been popularized by younger, trendier foodies in recent years. What was once a meal only offered by hotels and buffets targeting the retired is now a popular offering at modern restaurants.
Many eateries around San Diego have capitalized on this trend by offering special brunches on the weekend. Even places that don’t generally serve breakfast have jumped onto the proverbial brunch bandwagon. You can find brunch at a host of restaurants, from Tex-Mex places to greasy spoons and everything in between.
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With so many choices, finding the perfect place to meet up for brunch can feel intimidating. Thankfully, we’ve hunted down some of the best options in North Park for you! If you’re still recovering from last night’s Happy Hour or just want to start the day off with a great meal, check out any of the places on this list for an amazing brunch experience!
Pardon My French Bar and Kitchen
Location: 3797 Park Boulevard
Hours: Monday- Thursday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
One of the things that helps make Pardon My French Bar and Kitchen stand out is that they offer brunch on Fridays from 10 a.m. until 2:30 in the afternoon. When you stop in for dinner, you can enjoy incredible French dishes, and the same is true of their weekend brunch menu.
Their brunch is a fun, French take on this popular mid-day meal with several vegetarian and vegan options. You can order an assortment of mini pastries, including pain au chocolat, a raisin roll with jam, and a mini croissant. If you want something more filling, check out the Croque Monsieur, which is a ham and cheese sandwich served with breakfast potatoes and a salad or mixed fruit.
Their beef short rib hash gets sautéed in duck fat for an amazing flavor. Top that with bacon, red wine sauce, poached eggs and a dollop of hollandaise for a brunch time treat you won’t find anywhere else. There are also chicken and bacon waffles, burgers, steak and eggs, and even quiches on the menu.
With four different specialty mimosas, such as watermelon mint and bottomless mimosas for just $16 with an entree, Pardon My French is an ideal brunch location when meeting with friends.
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New Zealand Style
Dunedin North Park
Location: 3501 30th Street
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to midnight, Sunday: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
When you think of exotic flavors, New Zealand isn’t always the first country you think of. However, Dunedin North Park could change that perception! They serve brunch on the weekends from 9a.m. to 2 p.m., and their menu is definitely worth a review. New Zealand cuisine includes excellent sausages, English-influenced flavors and common comfort foods for something truly special.
Their Kiwi Breakfast includes scrambled eggs, English baked beans, sausage, tomato and potatoes. There are also poached egg dishes, grits, baked pancakes served with fried spicy chicken and quiche on the menu. If you’re in the mood for the lunchy side of brunch, you’re in luck! Dunedin serves grass-fed beef burgers and steaks, as well as New Zealand elk burgers, lamb burgers and even wild boar patties. Other dishes include fish and chips, beet salad, and even seared rare ahi tuna.
They have a full bar, with a range of drinks available, including House-made fresh lemonade and purch sun tea. They have several fruity mimosas, including orange pineapple, blood orange and classic, served by the glass or liter. They offer several other champagne cocktails, including the Lavender Blueberry. You can also order, sangria, beer, cocktails, and assorted teas or coffee to sip with your brunch.
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The Known Locale
Location: 2730 University Avenue
Hours: Seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
When you’re craving an omelet, you should stop into Breakfast Republic. Their menu is very inclusive, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. They even note which dishes may contain nuts on their menu.
If you are craving eggs, Breakfast Republic has you covered. They serve cage-free eggs sourced from a local farm. You can get them served as omelets, scrambles or a range of different Benedicts. There is also a host of unique breakfast and brunch dishes, including Breakfast Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese, turkey meatloaf hash served with pesto and spinach, or even shrimp and grits, topped with gouda cheese, fresh sweet corn, eggs and chives.
For the vegans in your group, there’s the Vegan Madras Curry Scramble, made from soft tofu, vegan sausage and a slew of veggies served with potatoes and bread. In addition to coffee, including cold brew and espresso options, you can try organic, locally sourced antioxidant shots, featuring local juices, an assortment of beers and even a ginger kombucha Mule if you’re looking for something with a little kick.
Breakfast Republic has six locations across San Diego, including Liberty Station, East Village, Ocean Beach, Carmel Valley and even one in Encinitas. They all observe the same hours, although each location offers its own pricing and menu.
Sweet and Savory
Location: 2801 University Avenue
Hours: Seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you have someone vegan or vegetarian in your inner circle, consider trying brunch at The Mission. They pride themselves on Conscientious Cuisine, which means there are options for those who avoid animal products, as well as those with gluten sensitivity. Although they don’t call their meals brunch, all they offer is breakfast and lunch. You can order a variety of dishes with free-range eggs and even soy-based chorizo.
The standard menu includes plenty of pancakes and French toast choices, Tex Mex breakfasts and even rosemary potatoes with black beans, cheese avocado slices and soy chorizo. Lunch selections include quesadillas, burritos, tamales, soup, salad and Asian-Latino fusion dishes (available on weekdays after 11:30 a.m.).
Gluten-free options include Mission French Toast, made with gluten-free cinnamon bread, as well as rosemary potatoes, roast beef hash and eggs, and even the vegetarian Plato Verde con Huevos (sweet corn and green chili tamales with eggs and tomatillo sauce).
There are two other locations of The Mission, on Mission Beach and in East Village. All three locations are sure to leave your groups smiling. In addition to coffees and smoothies, The Mission offers everyone’s favorite brunch beverages, including mimosas, specialty Bloody Marys, sparkling wines, and local and imported beers.
Lets never stop brunching and never stop eating. Read more about hot trends and restaurants circling the San Diego region here!