Waking up in sunny San Diego is a swell prospect when the future holds breakfast burritos, fresh doughnuts and gravy-smothered biscuits. Plus, another day of craft beer touring in America’s Finest City awaits.
Three words: pie for breakfast. This mid-century-modern-inspired diner serves up individual pecan and salted caramel-spiked apple pies with the optional slice of cheddar or ice cream scoop, from dawn till dusk. If that’s not sweet enough, get the Great Maple signature—a trio of made-to-order maple-glazed bacon-topped doughnuts. Prefer savory? There’s smoked beef brisket hash with poached eggs; still-crispy chilaquiles with chorizo, queso fresco and Hatch chile salsa; and avocados smashed on toast with egg whites and basil. Queen of the daytime drinking options is the pricey but Instagram-worthy One-Armed Mary, a Bloody Mary garnished with a menacing octopus tentacle. 1451 Washington St., thegreatmaple.com
Kono’s Surf Club Café
For more than two decades, locals have walked, skated and cycled in droves to this no-frills spot on the Mission Beach boardwalk just to line up for the house specialties: fully-loaded breakfast burritos stuffed with fluffy scrambled eggs, French toast, and crisp potatoes laden with cheese, peppers and onions. There are several outdoor patios but the best perch is on the surf shack’s “ocean terrace,” a cluster of tables and chairs adjacent to the Crystal Pier that overlooks the sand and the Pacific; it’s not fancy, but the view can’t be beat. Tip: Don’t spend all your bills at the bar the night before, it’s cash-only here. 704 Garnet Ave., konoscafepb.com
Smack in the heart of North Park, this Big Easy-inspired eatery is a haven for the hungover after an night spent crawling the 30th St. craft beer corridor. Known for its sustainably minded comfort food, the weekday “blunch” menu is all about the house biscuits, which anchor eggs Benedicts topped with wild salmon, portobellos or braised pork belly. If you’re feeling particularly delicate, the Kitchen Sink Biscuits and Gravy, with sausage, brown sugar bacon and two fried eggs, along with another locally-brewed pint, should set you right. On Sundays, their famous Bluegrass Brunch offers even more rib-sticking fare and live music on the shaded patio. 3823 30th St., urbansolace.net
San Diego doesn’t have many after party options, but the kitchen at Starlite stays open until 12 a.m., making it a longtime favorite among industry folk and the nightcap crowd. End the night right with the caramelized onion and gruyère topped signature burger on a brioche bun, a Kentucky Colonel (bourbon, ginger beer, lemon and housemade cherry-vanilla bitters) and don’t skip the vanilla ice cream rolled in pistachios and sandwiched between toffee-chip cookies.