If there’s one thing San Diego residents love it’s their breakfast spots. Luckily, San Diego has tons of delicious and filling restaurants to satisfy your early morning munchies. In keeping with its name, The Cottage is bright and welcoming, boasting a quaint outdoor patio perfect for sunny San Diego mornings and sleek, cozy booths inside for those cooler fall days. The Cottage has everything from scramblers to granola, so even picky eaters will leave with full bellies. The Cottage is great for families so bring the whole gang down for some grub (and don’t forget your appetite!).

As to be expected of most breakfast eateries, The Cottage does get very busy on Saturday and Sunday mornings. If you feel like waiting for a table, help yourself to some of the complimentary house coffee and coffee cake while you wait. The Cottage also lets you place your name and phone number down on a waiting list so you can explore without worrying about losing your table. 10 minutes before your table is up, they’ll give you a courtesy call to let you know when it’s time to reel in the kiddies for breakfast.  If you’d rather arrive and dine (without the wait) visit The Cottage during the week when the crowds aren’t as bad.

The Cottage is most famous for its french toast–and they offer three different sweet and syrupy kinds. We’ve heard great things about the “Stuffed French Toast”–warm brioche cooked in their signature egg batter stuffed with strawberry compote and marscarpone cheese. To top it off, this gooey, melt-in-your-mouth dish comes with a hearty sprinkle of powdered sugar. Wow.

For those who seek savory breakfast fare, try the “Eggs La Jolla,” a riff on the classic “Eggs Benedict” with Canadian bacon, sauteed mushrooms, spinach and roasted tomato.

Also, be sure to treat yourself to a tall glass of freshly squeezed orange juice that will leave you smacking your lips and ready for another bite (or two) of those deliciously runny eggs.

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So next time the kiddos have a hankering for a special breakfast treat, take them down to The Cottage for friendly service, charming atmosphere and some great french toast.

The Cottage
7702 Fay Avenue
La Jolla
858-454-8409

–Scott Wardell

Photo Credit: The Cottage La Jolla