La Jolla, California, has a wealth of amenities to offer any visitor — the beach, the coves, the Birch Aquarium, and the ambiance of the town, to name a few. It’s also a haven for travelers who adore brunch. You’re guaranteed to enjoy farm fresh ingredients and distinctive dishes that you can find only in California.
The Cottage Is a Can’t-Miss Destination
The Cottage is one of the most popular brunch spots in La Jolla, if not the most popular. The Cottage serves breakfast every day from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the lunch menu opens at 11:30 a.m. and stops at 3 p.m.
The brioche French toast is a highlight, with its option of bourbon-pecan syrup or a banana-citrus caramel. Eggs have a starring role on the menu, but two standouts are the Mexicali Benedict with cotija cheese, soy chorizo, and a hollandaise made of roasted poblano peppers. This creation is served stacked over corn cakes. The fried egg sandwich is not your mama’s sandwich — it’s got sourdough bread, Gruyere cheese, and lemon aioli.
Prep Kitchen La Jolla Serves Up Seasonal Cuisine
Prep Kitchen is a local chain, if you consider three locations in the San Diego area a chain. The La Jolla restaurant is a favorite among residents and visitors because of its charming terrace and its brunch menu. Brunch is a weekend specialty, but the restaurant serves it from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., so you don’t need to rush out of bed.
Whatever your stomach craves on Saturday or Sunday morning, Prep Kitchen has it. Start with sweet ricotta doughnut holes or a fresh white bean salad. For an entree, try the eggs Benedict with buttermilk biscuits, the braised beef hash, or French toast, one of the chain’s most well-known and well-loved dishes. These dishes come with fresh fruit, candied almonds, and ricotta whipped cream. Wash down your meal with classic cocktails that are given a house twist, such as the Bloody Shame or a white peach and lavender mimosa.
Cody’s La Jolla Is a Laid-Back Hideaway
In addition to being an institution among the hip set, Cody’s La Jolla is the epitome of California cool. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cody’s serves breakfast and lunch all day. The experience begins when you reach the restaurant: The pallet patio stays shady despite the San Diego sunshine, and the inside is dark and soothing — particularly after late nights. Its location on Gerard Avenue intersects with Coast Boulevard, so you can head to the beach after brunch. Since the location is a prime spot for travelers, you can use Hotel Planner to find La Jolla hotels in the area.
The menu continues that vibe. Breakfast includes a hearty All-American platter, while the Farmers Market omelet has goat cheese, spinach, tomatoes, and wild mushrooms. If you’re feeling famished, get the Chicken Biscuit Sandy, composed of a cheddar scallion biscuit with fried chicken, a fried egg, sausage gravy, and arugula. The lunch menu features a variety of salads and sandwiches. Standouts include the lobster roll, the Baja fish tacos, and the crab and corn chowder.
Come to La Jolla for the sunshine and the serenity, but stay for the food. Couldn’t you eat brunch here every day?
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