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
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
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
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
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
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.