I was browsing Yelp when I gasped at what I was seeing on the screen before me. StreetCar Merchants was open in LA JOLLA ? Say what. I’ve been craving fried chicken lately so the new opening of StreetCar got me excited. They took over a previous restaurant building next to the Inn and re modeled the interior. The menu is different from their North Park location so don’t expect just fried chicken at their La Jolla location. They share the small parking lot with the Inn but there was also easy street parking that weekend we visited.
It was nice having close friends around during the holidays. There’s more laughter and, most importantly, there are more chances to eat out. Cdj has been a fan of Elijah’s Restaurant & Delicatessen. The restaurant used to be located in La Jolla but is now located in Kearny Mesa. I tried Elijah’s a few times in La Jolla but never thought much of the food or service. I had a Living Social deal that expired but still figured it was worth using (you’re supposed to be able to still get the ‘paid’ value of the voucher). We visited their new location on a Sunday for breakfast.
I’ve been wanting to re visit the Karl Strauss Brunch for a few months now. My mom took me and Cdj in 2013 and we had an ok time. The all you can eat brunch comes with endless mimosas; a pint of beer; OR a flight of beer. You can’t choose all three but one could dream right. The brunch is only offered at the Sorrento Valley location which is fine as this location has the koi ponds and Japanese garden. We nabbed the earliest Sunday reservation at 9:45a. The cost is $26.95 per person. There’s a two hour limit where you can enjoy the brunch. There was also live music the morning we visited (it started late though around 11:15a). The Karl Strauss Brunch is offered every Sunday from 9:45a-2:00p.
Breakfast is a meal that I don’t look forward to as much as, say, lunch or dinner. I used to enjoy going to breakfast alone in the mornings to gather my thoughts before work. I stopped doing that some years ago. The French Gourmet has been around for years. I swear they sold their fruit tarts at Price Club (aka Costco) when I was younger. I had passed by their Pacific Beach restaurant a few times but never thought about trying them out. I bought a discounted voucher some months ago and invited a friend to join me for brunch at The French Gourmet some weeks ago.
There are certain food photos that instantly remind of cetain friends and family. The food photos turn out nicely but all I remember are the conversations and laughter I had during that meal. It still feels like it was last weekend that I ate at Hash House A Go Go with Cdj and Ny. I had suggested this restaurant as they’re known for their massive presentations and portions of food. I’m not a big breakfast person, per se, but I am a fan of gluttony. I’m an even bigger fan of seeing Ny smile when he least expected to.
Especially over food. I mean, he did come to San Diego, all the way from New York, just to eat AYCE Korean bbq. Because that’s what you do when you have a 39 hour trip here to San Diego. Cdj and I will never stop making fun of him for that.
Does life get so busy that you forget to write about a breakfast place. Or maybe the food wasn’t that great and your blog’s subconscious doesn’t want to put in the effort. Can a blog even have a conscience. Or maybe there was meaning behind the meal that wasn’t worth sharing about at the time right. Snooze has been here in Del Mar for some time now. I remember when it was IHOP and I’d eat here once in a while. The food was pretty bad when it was IHOP so it was nice seeing Snooze take over the space and re build it to a pretty hip location. The lines have always been long even on a weekday.
Hope everyone had a fun Memorial Day weekend. I kept myself lazy which was actually quite hard to do. I finally broke that lazy cycle with the help of Cdj on Monday when he called me at 6:30a to plan a hike. It was actually an amazing hike with fun finds and the ocean mist, at that early in the morning, felt calming. I suggested The Broken Yolk Cafe which recently opened in Del Mar (off Del Mar Height Road). He was game as I’m pretty sure breakfast is his favorite meal so we jumped in our cars and headed over to The Broken Yolk Cafe.
I’ve seen Harry’s Coffee Shop in La Jolla over the years but have only recently visited this small restaurant. I’m not always a breakfast type of person but I will try a restaurant if I see chicken fried steak or hollandaise on their breakfast menu. Cdj suggested we finally try Harry’s Coffee Shop some time ago.
My favorite breakfast items are probably doused with either hollandaise sauce or country gravy. I don’t know why. I just, like, really love sauces on almost anything. I’m a creature of habit so finding new breakfast locations to try out has been difficult for some reason. So I was curious when I heard about Suzy Q’s Diner in Escondido as the restaurant offers homemade hollandaise and country gravy on their menu. I rarely venture out to Escondido for a meal but 2016 seems like a new year to make a pact to try a new part of town for at least breakfast.
San Diego is such a beautiful city to explore for brunches. We have the views, the weather, and enough towns in this city to find a nice brunch to try. But, when was the last time you saw a BOTTOMLESS Build your own Bloody Mary bar. Yeah, bottomless. Meaning you can go up as many times as you want, stuff your one-shot vodka mason jar with goodies, and then do it all over it again when you want another bloody mary. Vessel Restaurant + Bar at the Kona Kai Resort offers such a thing on Sundays AND Saturdays. Their brunch menu also offers savory and sweet items to choose from while you’re enjoying your drink while admiring the harbor views.