I’ve been lucky enough to be able to visit San Diego twice in the past little while. Back in November, I spent some time there with friends, checking out the zoo, soaking up some sun in La Jolla and just enjoying the city in general.
My most recent jaunt there was just prior to flying out to Australia from L.A. My friend, Chez, and I took an early morning train (notice my tired, coffee-loving face pictured above) down from San Juan Capistrano for a quick overnight trip where we basically ate, strolled around, ate again and strolled around some more.
I’ve, more or less, fallen in love with San Diego. It’s a beautiful, vibrant city, extremely walkable and boasts some wicked food. I’ve had some great cocktails and small bites in the Gaslamp district at Searsucker (probably the best calamari I’ve ever tasted). The Hopping Pig is a great pub to stop by for lunch with some unique microbrews and quality menu, but out of all meal times of the day, my heart belongs to brunch.
Like any good Calgarian, I am obsessed with brunch. I am one cranky little bastard if I don’t get it at least once on a weekend morning. From great Eggs Benny at Monki Breakfast Bistro to Diner Deluxe’s Meatloaf Hash, I love it all.
So, when I’m not in Calgary, it’s always a little scary not knowing where to find a tasty brunch on the weekend.
I can’t remember how it was, exactly, that I stumbled upon Snooze, but I’m happy I did.
Snooze is a brunch hotspot in the Hillcrest neighbourhood of San Diego. It has a sort of Jetsons-meets-pop art interior and is always buzzing with people.
It’s one of those places where you can’t really decide what to order because everything sounds so tasty. The first time I ate there in November, I went for their Breakfast Pot Pie, a delicious combination of puff pastry, rosemary sausage gravy, eggs and hash browns.
The first was featured crushed chestnuts, caramel, pear and citrus butter. To it’s right, a peanut butter and chocolate pancake and, lastly, their ‘coffee and doughnuts’ variation (pictured, left) with a maple glaze and espresso cream. I’m typically not a sweets kind of gentleman, but these were definitely a home run.
My friend ordered Snooze’s OMG! French Toast, a filling plate of of brioche stuffed with mascarpone, then topped with strawberries, coconut, salted caramel, and vanilla cream. Needless to say, we were not counting calories on this particular morning.
The restaurant also boasts a decent drink selection with some great varieties of The Bloody Mary, America’s equivalent of our beloved caesar. Try one with a splash of pickle juice, it will perk you right up.
In closing, the next time you find yourself in San Diego, I strongly recommend trying Snooze out for brunch. If you don’t like it, I will pay your bill. Scout’s honour!
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