Best Power Breakfasts in San Diego

Rise and shine
October 18, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Make the most of the day's important meal, and then pull double duty at these all-day eateries.

Fig Tree Cafe Liberty Station
American · Liberty Station · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

This “cute” , “casual” mini-chain with outposts in Liberty Station, Hillcrest and Pacific Beach provides "creative” Californian cuisine with a noteworthy breakfast and brunch (think breakfast sushi, latte flights and crab cake bennies); affordable bills and greenery-filled patios in Liberty Station and Pacific Beach complete the package.
Breakfast Republic
Brunch · North Park · $$

One-of-a-kind " breakfast fare with " humor and heart, " like s’mores French toast, pancake flights and candied bacon (plus specialty cocktails, beer flights and kombucha) is offered at this " charming " restaurant with " eclectic" decor elements like greenery-covered walls and whisk lighting fixtures.
Cafe Chloe
French · East Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.4

This moderately priced East Village bistro “transports you to Paris" , what with its “authentic” "French classics" served in a "charming” setting with sidewalk seating; "friendly" service makes it a "neighborhood" mainstay, and it's also a "favorite for brunch" and happy hour.
Snooze an A.M. Eatery
Brunch · Hillcrest · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

Not-your-everyday pancakes ", " mix-and-match Benedicts " and " unique " Bloody Marys lead the lineup at this " fun ", " popular " daytime chain pumping out its " delicious " eats " fast " in " airy ", " playful " spaces with a " Jetsons vibe "; prices are affordable too, but " don't go there too hungry as the wait can be a killer.
Cafe 222
Breakfast · Marina District · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.3

“Friendly servers” will “keep your coffee cup full” at this "popular" breakfast-and-lunch-only Marina District American that serves eclectic twists on "down-home comfort food" like peanut butter–and-banana French toast in a quirky space full of "old-school charm" ; just "get there early to avoid the crowds" , and "wear your stretchy pants.
NINE-TEN Restaurant & Bar
American · La Jolla · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

Jason Knibb "makes creative use of locally sourced ingredients" at this "cool, little" Californian in La Jolla's Grande Colonial Hotel featuring a splurge-worthy “Mercy of the Chef” tasting menu and a bargain-filled happy hour in addition to its "excellent" à la carte offerings; solid service and views from the terrace complete the “pleasant” experience.
Breakfast Republic
Brunch · Liberty Station · $

One-of-a-kind " breakfast fare with " humor and heart, " like s’mores French toast, pancake flights and candied bacon (plus specialty cocktails, beer flights and kombucha) are offered at this " charming " restaurant with " eclectic" decor elements like greenery-covered walls and whisk lighting fixtures.