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Where to Get The Best Brunch in San Diego

We compiled our favorite morningfood locales so that your only job is to decide between bloodys and mimosas

By Troy Johnson, Amelia Rodriguez, Jackie Bryant, W. Scott Koenig, Michelle Stansbury, Mario A. Cortez, Mateo Hoke

All hail hot coffee, breakfast carbs, runny yolks, and hot sauce. The food gods blessed humanity when they gave us morningfood. Fuel for the day, or a bandaid for the night before, breakfast is a blessing. And brunch? Hallelujah! That’s a whole luxurious way of life.

A religion unto itself, bowing to the divine powers of bread and booze and family and friends and all that is sweet and savory in life. To share our fervor we’ve compiled this holy guide to the best meal of the week. Praise be!

 Below we highlight a selection from each region to give you a taste of our full list. Be sure to click on the photo or links in each section to read our selection of handpicked restaurants, coffee shops, and locales serving morningfood in San Diego.

North | South | East | West | Central

Courtesy of Farmer and the Seahorse

Click here for the full list of north county brunch spots

North County

North county’s brunch scene is packed with heavy-hitters such as Farmer and the Seahorse, Piper, Gravity Heights, the Grill at Torrey Pines, and Ranch 45. The latter, located in Del Mar, is known for buying the most local farm food in the city. So, you know, you can feel good about ordering that second entree…for the table.

Courtesy of Uber Eats

Click here for the full list of south county brunch spots

South County

What’s up, National City, Chula, Coronado, IB, Otay, Nestor, and San Ysidro? We see you. In the south region, places like El Rincon, Ed Fernandez Birria, and Sammy’s Restaurant and Bar provide residents with plenty of photo-worthy dishes on the weekends.

Courtesy of Giardino

Click here for the full list of east county brunch spots

East County

We’ve dubbed this little piece of our city Feast County (we’re proud of this one) due to its wide range of diverse and multicultural food offerings. When it comes to brunch, local faves follow suit with a hodepodge of American, Greek, Mexican, and Italian, such as Giardino, which serves up a robust brunch menu with pizza before noon.

Courtesy of Sandpiper Wood Fired Grill & Oysters

Click here for the full list of west (beaches) brunch spots

West (Beaches)

Is there anything better than sipping an adult beverage while knee-deep in bacon, maple syrup, and powdered sugar as you work on your summer tan? Exactly. Thanks to our miles of scenic coastline, the western region of San Diego is keeping morningfood alive and well.

Courtesy of Madi

Click here for the full list of central San Diego brunch spots

Central San Diego

We took a very scientific approach to defining central San Diego—carefully cross referencing our gut feelings with chicken bones. This is where the city’s food scene thrives—whether it’s the Japanese soufflé pancakes at Morning Glory in Little Italy, wild boar chilaquiles at Hash House in Hillcrest, the prosciutto hash at Cardellino in Mission Hills, or the kimchi chaufa on the rooftop at Lumi in the Gaslamp.

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