Ken Leighton 9 a.m., March 24
The most mysterious thing about Mystic Mocha in University Heights is where in the heck it's located. Tucked into a tiny spot on Mission Blvd. between Alabama and Mississippi Streets, it's easy to pass up two or three times. Especially when you are a bit cartographically challenged.
Mystic Mocha is a neighborhood breakfast/lunch place, with a nice selection of homemade muffins, scones and coffee drinks. Hot, made to order dishes include french toast, breakfast burritos, quesadillas, scrambles and chilaquiles.
I ordered blue corn chilaquiles ($7) and an Americano ($1.75), and took a look around. There's a nice dog friendly patio area (kid friendly too), and lots of artwork/tchotchkes/weird hanging stuff to keep you entertained while you wait. I also found an interesting book on watercolor techniques to peruse while I sipped my coffee (which was okay).
The chilaquiles were very good, lots of cheese, crunchy blue corn chips, and eggs, with a generous handful of lightly cooked diced jalapeños and tomatoes throughout. It was a hefty portion, too. I could only eat about half. It still tasted good this morning when I gently reheated the leftovers.
Mystic Mocha is a neighborhood favorite despite the hidden location. It can get crowded, especially on weekends, but the low prices, good food and and friendly service more than make up for it.
2105 Mission Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
Monday - Friday - 7:30 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday - 7:30 am - 2:00 pm
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