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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

Mystic Mocha

2105 Mission Ave

San Diego, CA 92116

(619) 688-0858

Hours:

Monday - Friday - 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

Saturday - Sunday - 7:30 am - 2:00 pm

Street parking.

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Comments

mysticbarista Feb. 27, 2012 @ 4:41 p.m.

I'm a long time employee of Mystic Mocha. We all enjoyed your review and your visit to our little secret place. We would like to add a couple corrections, we do not promote our cafe as a place for "lunch". We have no lunch menu, and all our items are breakfast related. We also close the kitchen at 1pm on the week days, and 2pm on Sat, Sun. We're more of breakfast only place, with a short brunch on the weekends. Also, we never refer to our "Wraps" as burritos. We like to call our items different names than what you'd find...everywhere else. That's what makes us unique. If you look on the menu, you'll find "wraps" Just as we call of frozen mochas...that...and not "frapps" Thanks for coming in!

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mysticbarista Feb. 27, 2012 @ 4:43 p.m.

oh, and our hours, we close the kitchen after breakfast, but the cafe is open for drinks until 4pm

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