The experts may tout breakfast as the most important meal of the day, but have they seen what your morning looks like? When time is tight and work, school, kids or all of the above is calling, skip the instant oatmeal and prepackaged breakfast bar and indulge in a hot, fresh-made breakfast sandwich that will take you to lunch and beyond. To help you on your quest, we've searched out six top-notch sandwiches in neighborhoods across San Diego — and estimated their prep time — that you should add to your morning routine, whether you're an early or late riser or if you prefer your breakfast meatless or meat-centric.
Late risers with big appetites will appreciate this behemoth (pictured above), packed with all the familiar flavors of breakfast. Available when the Normal Heights eatery opens at 11 AM until close, the sandwich is packed with sliced porchetta, a thick housemade hash brown patty, an over-easy egg and American cheese sandwiched between an English muffin. This might count as lunch too.
Insider tip: Sycamore Den, a sister bar a storefront away, offers the sandwich every Sunday with a beer for $10.
Approximate prep time: 15 minutes
3375 Adams Ave.; 619-501-7715
Those living or working in Downtown San Diego can go for several healthy breakfast options at this spot that uses locally sourced ingredients. This sliced-avocado sandwich piles the fruit onto a soft brioche bun beneath an oozy egg. A smear of jalapeño salsa and housemade aïoli add some morning zing.
Insider tip: Breakfast is available from 7:30 to 11 AM.
Approximate prep time: Six minutes
110 W. Broadway; 619-795-2353
If waiting in line to grab a table at one of the hottest brunch-centric places in town isn’t an option, call ahead to order the sublime Breakfast Sammie. Headlining the sandwich is the North Park restaurant’s famous Jurassic bacon, a thick-cut slab with paprika and brown sugar baked in. Slices of tomato and two sunny-side up eggs join the crisp slices on sourdough bread and house potatoes on the side.
Insider tip: The entire menu is available for takeout with the exception of alcohol.
Approximate prep time: 15 minutes
2730 University Ave.; 619-642-0299
At this SDSU-adjacent hot spot, freshly made waffles replace boring bread in all sandwiches. For breakfast flavors with an ode to Dr. Seuss, you can't go wrong with the Green Eggs and Ham number featuring grilled ham, melted cheddar and an over-easy egg with a smear of arugula pesto spread.
Insider tip: Upgrade to a combo with a beverage and side for an additional $2.95.
Approximate prep time: 10 minutes
5157 College Ave.; 619-272-4203
The speedy service and mouthwatering selection makes this joint popular in the Bay Park neighborhood. For breakfast on the go, opt for the popular Morning After, a toasted buttery croissant filled with sausage, egg cooked to your liking with melted cheese on top.
Insider tip: Breakfast is served from 8 to 11 AM.
Approximately prep time: 10 minutes
3054 Clairemont Dr.; 619-275-1351
Technically not a sandwich, the housemade pastry dough surrounding the delicious fillings makes this South American breakfast option the exception. All empanadas are premade and reheated either via oven or deep-fried. Traditionalists will appreciate the sole breakfast option filled with scrambled eggs, sausage, cheese and potatoes found at both the Downtown and Pacific Beach locations.
Insider tip: Orders can be placed online.
Prep time: Less than five minutes