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A few months ago, I joined the world’s population of smartphone users, and I’m still marveling at the things it can do. Yesterday morning, with an hour to spare between dropping off my daughter at school in Kearny Mesa and meeting a colleague in La Mesa, I got a hankering for a breakfast sandwich. I took my phone out, got on the internet, and typed “coffee shop near me” into the search bar.

And that’s how I found Bud’s Louisiana Café, a restaurant within shouting distance of my daughter’s school that serves a breakfast sandwich for $2.50. And the $1.50 you pay for coffee includes free refills if you're dining in.

At mid-morning, I was the only customer in the joint. Evan brought my coffee and Egg Sandwich BLT quickly. He also called me "ma'am," which I found endearing.

The fried egg with cheddar, bacon, and lettuce on a toasted English muffin was nothing fancy, but it had that “my-husband-made-this-for-me” quality that I’ve never found in a breakfast sandwich outside my home.


I went back for it again this morning.

So, what does a basic breakfast sandwich have to do with Louisiana? Rob, Bud’s business partner, sat down with me and gave me the scoop.



When Rob and Bud found this location, smack in the middle of a business park off of Balboa Avenue, they couldn’t pass up the deal they were offered on the lease. But there was one condition: they had to offer breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday. Though Rob and Bud consider themselves dinner guys, they put together a breakfast menu.

Along with the egg BLT, they have an even more basic egg sandwich for $1.75, a sausage and egg sandwich for $2.50, and two breakfast burritos, the Andouille ($3.75) and the Jambalaya ($4.50).

Rob assures me that when I bring my husband, a NOLA native, he won’t be disappointed with their lunch and dinner menus, which are more New Orleans-centric. We’ll have to see about that. My man is serious when it comes to food from his home turf.

Hours: Monday, Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday: Noon to 9:00 p.m.

For prime-time lunches and dinners, expect a wait. Larger parties should make reservations.

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