If you’re on the prowl for a new morning spot to sip your Bloody Mary with a batch of sunshine, or just in dire need of hangover-recovery from last night’s escapades, pull up a seat. Join the weekend crew that feasts mid-afternoon with no shame. These San Diego restaurants are now offering brunch menus beyond your wildest imagination. Rub those tired eyes; you really are seeing a gourmet way to ease into the day.
100 Wines: Rise and shine, Hillcrest! It’s time to take your morning stroll to 100 Wines, the Euro-chic social dining scene helmed by Executive Chef Katherine Humphus. The crowds previously flocked here for shared plates on late evenings of relaxed dining and drinking. Now, 100 Wines will see the same spirit join early on Sundays. Dishes: Set up with appetizers that include manchego stuffed dates ($7), grilled asparagus and poached egg ($7.50), honey dough fritters ($6) or a pear and brie tartine ($11.50). Main entrees include a pork osso buco eggs benedict ($12), brioche French toast ($11), savory bread pudding made with ciabatta and cauliflower ($10.50) and apple butter hot cakes ($10). But what we’re really crazy about is the pistachio apricot baklava milkshake ($8) up for grabs. Drinks: Sip on a juicy mimosa with a choice of orange, cranberry, pomegranate or grapefruit juice, a Bellini made with fresh peach puree, schnapps and bubbly or the 100 Wines signature sangria, all $8.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. 1027 University Ave.
Bertrand at Mister A’s: Families, lovers and friends have long been dining and imbibing here, but never before have they been brunching. Mister A’s officially launched a brunch menu in April, marking the first time the fine-dining restaurant has seen a morning swarm in its 48-year history. Chef de Cuisine Stéphane Voitzwinkler designed the new menu of breakfast classics alongside an endless list of craft cocktails. Dishes: There’s everything from eggs “ranchero” style ($16) and pork belly/sweet potato hash ($18) to a veal “poutine” ($16) and grilled rosemary marinated lamb chops ($21.50). You can even order up a heaping pile of buttermilk fried chicken and waffles ($19.50). Desserts (crepes, pancakes and fondue, oh my) will be available, as well as sides of Mr. A’s classics. Drinks: There’s a Kentucky coffee composed of bourbon, Frangelico (the hazelnut liquor) and cream ($12); an espresso martini made with Grey Goose ($13.50); and a catalog of five Bloody Mary’s ($12). You know you’ve struck gold when there’s more than one Bloody Mary option to be had. Plus, mimosas ($10), house made white sangria ($10) and beer cocktails ($8-$10).
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 2550 5th Ave.
Spike Africa’s: For those rolling out of bed downtown, Spike Africa’s has the freshest fish to awaken your groggy taste buds. The new weekend brunch offerings from Chef Paul Rinaudo reach from savory to sweet, without missing a beat. Dishes: Get underway with clam chowder ($6), crab hush puppies ($9), or the cinnamon sticky buns ($7). From the brunch galley, order up Spike’s griddled French toast made with brioche, apricot compote and blackberries ($12), blackened shrimp omelet ($13), cedar plank salmon benedict ($14) or a crab and asparagus quiche ($14). There will also be fresh fish caught daily just for brunch, including yellow tail ($14), salmon ($15) and mahi-mahi ($16), plus fresh shucked oysters ($2.50). Drinks: Nothing short of creative, Spike Africa’s has a “Shipwreck Sailor” with draft beer and bacon ($7), a TJ Maria with tequila and fried jalapeño ($7) and an oyster Mary shooter ($4).
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 411 Broadway Ave.
Soda & Swine and Polite Provisions: The double-trouble team on Adams Avenue has kept the hip crowds hungry for more in the late hours, and now wants to get the party started just a tad bit earlier. The meatball is revered at Soda & Swine, and the new brunch menu finds ways to do that in morning-friendly plates. Dishes: Chef Jason McLeod serves up a breakfast slider made of a beef or chicken meatball, fried egg, cheddar and chipotle mayonnaise ($7); Soda & Swine omelet with asparagus, goat cheese and béarnaise sauce served with fries cooked twice ($8); or three eggs any style with either a beef or chicken meatball or maple cured bacon ($8). Craving something fresh? There’s a granola parfait ($6), bruleed grapefruit ($3) and a Soda & Swine “Bircher Muesli” with apples, whipped cream, berries and honey served in a mason jar ($6). You can also load up on the oven baked pancakes, like one topped with apples, cinnamon, pecans and caramel sauce ($8). Drinks: Next door at Polite Provisions, Erick Castro will whip up cocktails that stretch beyond the mundane morning sips. Take a swig of the Chai Toddy or Gold Buttered Rum, $8 each.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. 2943 Adams Ave.
Main image: Oven baked pancakes from Soda & Swine. Will Ullman
Insider Tip: Gang Kitchen downtown has just started serving lunch, seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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