If you’re the type of person who enjoys mixing things up and trying out new things, here’s something to think about: Downtown San Diego’s exciting Sunday Brunch scene. Instead of sticking to the typical breakfast haunts, why not get a little crazy and give your taste buds a real thrill. Here are some happening spots worth checking out.
Searsucker, 611 Fifth Avenue:Celebrity Chef Brian Malarkey has done it again. From the time you walk in and sit down at your table, it’s obvious this is where the cool kids hang out. It’s a great place to kick off your Sunday as the vibe is lively and upbeat, perfect for social gatherings. The brunch menu is unique and includes enticing choices like Green Eggs and Ham, Biscuits and Gravy and Bennysadict with crab and avocado. If you have a sweet tooth, there’s the Bourbon Brown Butter Toast which is a new twist on the all time favorite French Toast. If you’re really feeling daring, we suggest going for a side dish called One Foot in the Grave. That’s Hash Browns filled with lots of creamy butter, bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream and crispy shoestring onions. Our tip? Don’t eat and run. Make sure you soak up the ambience and try to get a seat that’s facing 5th avenue so you can watch the colorful parade of people walk by. Sundays, 10am – 2pm
Grant Grill, 326 Broadway: Located in the historic US Grant Hotel, this is a wonderful hidden treasure. The atmosphere is tranquil so it’s ideal for couples. Everything on the menu is a standout but our favorites include the Poached Eggs on Ciabatta with Grilled Ham, Steamed Asparagus and Citrus Hollandaise, as well as the Citrus Brioche French Toast with Orange Blossom Honey and Pure Vermont Maple Syrup. Something else they do that’s very unique is their Signature Cocktail Miniatures. The Breakfast Collection features Maple Manhattan on the Rocks and Passion Fruit Screwdriver. Both are served in small glasses so it’s not overwhelming and it complements the food nicely. Saturdays & Sundays, 10:30am – 2:30pm
Café Sevilla, 353 Fifth Avenue: Foodies who haven’t been to this new location are in for a double treat. Café Sevilla’s new home is warm and inviting and its recently unveiled brunch menu is equally amazing. There are several food stations and the layout is not only pleasing to the eye, it’s easy to get around. The Omelet Station is manned by a chef who can create almost anything you want. Not to be overlooked is the Paella Station and the Carving Station where guests have a choice of Baked Ham with Apple Brandy Sauce or Roasted Rib Eyed. Other hot food items include Braised short ribs, Chicken Romesco, Grilled Tuna with Mango Salsa and Baked Salmon. There’s also an extensive Dessert Station featuring chocolate cake, apple tarts, bread pudding, mini flans, French cream and fruit. Need we say more? Sundays, 10am-2pm
Darlynne Reyes Menkin is a travel & lifestyle reporter based in sunny San Diego. When she’s not digging for travel stories, she can be found leading tours & team building Scavenger Hunts with her husband Marc. The couple run Where You Want To Be Tours, an adventure tour company that specializes in “hidden San Diego spots.”