Breakfast in Carlsbad: Rise and Shine for These 4 Local Favorites
Start your day right at these awesome breakfast spots in Carlsbad!
There are so many things to do in San Diego and Carlsbad. Between hanging out at the beach and feeling like a kid again at Legoland, you are sure to have days filled with fun during your trip. Make sure to get ready for each day the best way possible: having a solid breakfast. There are several great spots to hit up in Carlsbad for morning grub, and in this list, we show you four local favorites.
Don’s Country Kitchen
Established in the 1980s, Don’s Country Kitchen is the neighborhood’s go-to for breakfast comfort food. The restaurant is open from 7am to 2pm everyday, so if you miss the early worm, you can still stop by for some brunch and order from their extensive menu, which includes items like Kielbasa Scramble ($10.50, served with potatoes and toast or biscuits) and Blueberry Pancakes (two for $7.75).
Visitors will feel right at home at Don’s, which has a country diner vibe. There are counter seats and four-seater dining tables, so it’s a great option whether you’re traveling alone or with a group. If you want to catch some sun while fueling up, the restaurant also has seating available outside.
With delicious food, big servings and superb mom-and-pop service, it’s only fitting that Don’s Country Kitchen be listed in this list of must-eats in Carlsbad. The only thing you need to watch out for is the crowd, as it can get full on weekends and holidays. Another head’s up: the restaurant has no air-conditioning (it has ceiling fans), so if that’s important to you, you might be better off with one of the other restaurants in the list.
2885 Roosevelt St.
Al’s Café in the Village
Another casual diner-style option frequented by locals is Al’s Café in the Village. The café is open from 6:30am to 3pm, and guests can choose from indoor (booths and counter) or outdoor seating (four-seater dining tables). The restaurant serves breakfast classics like omelet, waffles, French toast and pancakes, but their specialty is eggs benedict. They have five varieties to choose from, all served on English muffins with Hollandaise sauce and served with potatoes or fresh fruit, ranging from $6.95 to $8.95.
Each of Al’s Café’s dishes is flavorful and cooked fresh, so you’re guaranteed a delicious meal whatever you decide to order. It also helps that their staff is well-trained, with some of them having been there for years, as it is a family-owned establishment.
795 Carlsbad Village Dr.
Beach Plum Kitchen
For a more contemporary vibe, you can head on over to Beach Plum Kitchen, a restaurant that offers simple but expertly made food with a modern twist. Favorites from the menu include Ben’s Breakfast burrito ($8.50 to $9.95) and Lemon-ricotta buttermilk pancakes ($8.95, served with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup), and like all the dishes on the menu, they are made from natural and regionally sourced ingredients.
The restaurant itself is quite charming. The indoor dining area is vibrantly decorated in elegant white, brown and purple chic furniture as well as a touch of rustic elements from different wood highlights. Outdoors is a spacious area with dining tables, seats and umbrellas where guests can enjoy the weather with their group over tasty dishes. Overall, Beach Plum Kitchen is the spot to be at for those looking for a unique experience highlighted by familiar flavors. Drop by anytime from Monday to Friday from 6:30am to 2:30pm or Saturday to Sunday from 7am to 3pm.
6971 El Camino Real Suite #201
If you’re looking for something more upscale, Bistro 65 at Omni La Costa Resort is a good choice. The resort itself is a luxurious property, and the classy atmosphere extends to Bistro 65, which emanates Southern California casual chic. Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am, and you can choose from items like Corned Beef Hash ($17) and Brioche French Toast ($16).
Bistro 65 is a bit pricier than the other breakfast dining options, especially when compared to those in Downtown Carlsbad, but locals choose this restaurant when there’s something to celebrate or just to take in the incredible views. The bistro overlooks a golf course and surrounding mountains, so it’s certainly an excellent place to start a day in Carlsbad.
2100 Costa Del Mar Rd.
San Diego has so much to offer, and Carlsbad is a popular spot to explore it from! Start your days right and treat yourself to a hearty and filling breakfast to make sure you have energy to last you during your adventures. What would be your perfect breakfast? Let us know in the comments! You can also learn more about Carlsbad and San Diego by reading our other articles on Daring Penguin. Happy traveling!
(Thumbnail photo of pancakes is by hedvigs on Flickr.com)
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