Scott Marks 9:44 a.m., May 21
Fact: getting a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning in La Jolla at this time of year is much harder than one might think, at least in the greater UCSD area. This is probably because the college is sleepy and running "summer hours" for the on-campus coffee shops and, as far as I can tell, the section of the coast between La Jolla Village and Cardiff is profoundly underpopulated with coffee spots.
Enter Squires Cafe.
Squires feels out of place. While I realize that Shores is an attractive tourist destination and quaint mom & pop joints do well in that circumstance, the cafe seems more like it should be sitting on a street corner in Julian instead of La Jolla. The worn floorboards, lawn chair seating, and photo-collage decor would be more in line with a faux-rustic mountain setting than the beach.
Still, it's convenient for coffee and snacks in the middle of a bike ride when there seems to be nowhere else to stop.
Squires serves espresso, which is of middling quality, and regular coffee. There's also a selection of breakfast sandwiches, pastries, mediocre cookies (which are only a dollar), and some very delicious apple dumplings for $2. The dumplings, definitely a high point, are sheathed in a deceptively delicate pie crust and filled with a moderate amount of syrupy apple compote. It was much better than expected given the relative mediocrity of the pre-packaged muffins and pastries that otherwise lined the counter.
The deli serves plenty of regular sandwiches for lunch and, though I was there in the morning, it might be worth keeping Squires in my back pocket due to the relative scarcity of snacks in the area.
8080 La Jolla Shores Drive
Open daily at 6:30