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Harry's Coffee Shop in La Jolla opened in 1960, and judging from the wall of fame in the back of the place, has sponsored every sports league in the city since. That's how it is at Harry's. It's family owned, and family oriented.

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I sat at the counter so I could watch the action and chat with the servers. I don't think a single person sat down the entire time I was there who didn't get greeted by name. Not just by their server, either. By every server. Top marks for the friendly vibe.

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I ordered coffee ($2.00) and a fried egg sandwich ($8.99). There's several bread choices, including bagels or biscuits. Well, biscuits it is. With bacon and cheddar. Hash browns on the side.

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Nice sandwiches. There's a fried egg, two pieces of crisp bacon, and melted cheddar on each piping hot biscuit. It's really good. The hash browns were good too, not greasy or mushy. Bits of crunchy brown throughout.

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Another nice touch is the coffee. You get your own little thermal pot, to refill your cup whenever you like.

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Harry's Coffee Shop

7545 Girard Avenue

La Jolla, CA 92037

858-454-7381

Open 7 days a week from 6:30 am to 3:00 pm.

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Comments

Ian Pike Jan. 26, 2012 @ 5:38 p.m.

I have a soft spot for those thick, white mugs. Best coffee vessel known to man.

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Mary Beth Abate Jan. 27, 2012 @ 8:43 a.m.

Someone (don't remember who) called it the Cheers of coffee shops.

Thanks for reading!

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Matthew Lickona Jan. 27, 2012 @ 12:08 p.m.

I came to San Diego in 1995, and discovered Harry's not long after. Long before burgers were a thing, they were the only diner-style place in town that would make me a burger cooked rare.

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Mary Beth Abate Jan. 31, 2012 @ 10:51 a.m.

I'm going to have to go back there for a burger now. At most places, my burger comes well done no matter how I order it.

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Matthew Lickona Jan. 31, 2012 @ 12:09 p.m.

Ah. I hope you have success. I should note that the last time I ordered a burger there was some years ago. I don't get out as much as I used to.

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Mary Beth Abate Jan. 31, 2012 @ 5:01 p.m.

Me too. I always get hungry when I read about food. Not when I watch tv though.

Thanks for reading.

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