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4 of the Hottest New Brunch Spots in San Diego

Call your besties and don your Sunday best to chow down at these four new spots for morning eats
A table full of food dishes and drinks from the restaurant ARLO in Mission Valley, San Diego
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Mission Valley

First came the cronut, now there’s the croffle. Order a croissant waffle at ARLO’s new weekend brunch at the Town and Country Resort, which also features bottomless mimosas and… a live DJ? The perfect locale for party animals with a 9 p.m. bedtime.

Sunnyside up eggs with potatoes and toast from La Mesa Brunch Restaurant Toasted Gastrobrunch in San Diego
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Toasted Gastrobrunch

La Mesa

Sami Ladecki jumped from pies to pancakes when he converted Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza in La Mesa into his fourth Toasted Gastrobrunch location in early 2024. Spins on brunch favorites include short rib eggs benedict, Elvis French toast (with bananas, peanut butter, bacon, and honey), and lobster toast.

French Toast topped with berries and syrup from San Diego brunch restaurant Sunday Breakfast Society in Chula Vista
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Sunday Breakfast Society

Chula Vista

If brunch was a color, it would be millennial pink. You’ll get both in excess at Sunday Breakfast Society, which sisters Chantelle and Crystal Godinez opened in Eastlake in 2023. The dishes photograph well and taste even better, especially the absurdly fluffy soufflé pancakes, hazelnutty French toast, and buried-in-berries “Sunday cereal.” The sisters grew up working at their family birrieria, so for a savory bite, don’t skip the birria tacos and “birriaquiles.”

Interior of Beginner's Diner within North Park's new LaFayette Hotel
Photo Credit: Tomoko Matsubayashi

Beginner’s Diner

North Park

It’s easy to get lost in the new LaFayette Hotel, which now contains a bowling alley, poolside bar, Oaxaca-inspired mezcalería, and more patterns than any eyeball could absorb at once. But Beginner’s Diner manages to dazzle without completely overdoing it, offering 24-hour service, laying down breakfast until 1 p.m. daily and whipping up weekend brunch 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Don’t skip the big-ass cinnamon roll or the seemingly endless ways to order a fried potato.)

By Beth Demmon

Beth Demmon is an award-winning writer and podcaster whose work regularly appears in national outlets and San Diego Magazine. Her first book, The Beer Lover's Guide to Cider, is now available. Find out more on

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