Don Bauder 9:40 p.m., May 21
San Diego is one of Southern California's best vacation spots. It's no wonder traffic is so bad on a Sunday going north on the 5. As I'm coming home from L. A. some Sundays, L. A. residents are going home from San Diego. Here are three of my favorites--try them before summer ends!
Best Breakfast Burrito: Mystic Mocha (2105 Mission Ave) This local hot spot fills up (8-10 tables total inside and patio) on the weekend, but it's never crammed, and the line doesn't wind around the block because there isn't much hype. But the spicy Gladys breakfast burrito is something you'll crave during the week. Burritos are served with a piece of fruit, a side of salsa and sour cream. Most items are under $9.
Best Cocktail: Saltbox Lounge (1047 Fifth Ave) Mixologist Erin Williams takes special care with these carefully crafted cocktail recipes. And yes, this lounge is in a hotel, but don't let that deter you. The most refreshing summer cocktail I've had is the Earl Grey MarTEAni made with “The Pegu Club,” NYC earl grey infused tanqueray gin, lemon, and egg white ($11).
Best Brunch: Kensington Cafe (4141 Adams Ave) I'm not a big fan of dinosaur-sized meals or greasy morning foods (unless we're talking about Pete's Grill in Baltimore where they serve scrapple). Kensington Cafe serves up a healthy breakfast that doesn't make you feel like you're skimping. Their waffles, breakfast scrambles, and sandwiches are all good--and so is the coffee. Try the Tree Hugger scramble or The American Dream breakfast sandwich. Dogs are allowed on the patio, which is a big plus. Most items under $9.