According to everyone’s mom, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Therefore, it is only right to tip our hats to the places to get breakfast in San Diego, all week long, while avoiding the “weekend brunch-only” nonsense. The following are the best San Diego breakfast locations, outlining spots that are available for all budgets and even a few newcomers to the San Diego food game...

Café 222

For the past 20-years, Café 222 has been slinging breakfast bright and early for all of the early birds. The menu is chock-full of standard breakfast items like scrambled eggs and waffles but focuses on the in-house specials for the really unique breakfast. For instance, shredded corned beef hash, pork tamales and eggs smothered in Mexican gravy and chicken fried steak and eggs will really get you salivating. Located downtown, after a great breakfast, you can easily walk to the New Children’s Museum to use your Go San Diego pass. Address: Café 222, 222 Island Ave, San Diego, California 92101 619-236-9902
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Fig Tree Café

Featuring locations near Speedboat Adventures and SeaWorld San Diego to fulfill your best breakfast San Diego requirements, Fig Tree Café utilizes the freshest local produce, with eggs being sourced from a family ranch in Ramona, as well as humanely-raised meats. Chowing down at the Fig Tree Café could be your most ethical actions of the week. For the vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free diners, Fig Tree has many options available, although you will miss out on the Man Candy side: thick bacon with paprika and brown sugar. The Fig Tree Café is a little more upmarket from the others on this list due to their requirements for high-quality ingredients. Address: Fig Tree Café, 2400 Historic Decatur Rd. Suite 103, San Diego, California 92106 619-821-2044
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Harry’s Coffee Shop

Don’t be fooled by the ordinary name, Harry’s Coffee Shop is far from ordinary, making it on many of the “best diner” lists compared to San Diego best restaurants. Located in La Jolla between Belmont Park and Bike and Kayak Tours La Jolla, Harry’s has been providing a proper NYC greasy spoon since before bell-bottoms were popular. Opening at 6 AM, this institution serves breakfast all day which is clutch for those who cannot function prior to noon. It’s most famous dish is The B.W. Benny which is constructed off a golden waffle with bacon (inside and outside), stacked with poached eggs, grilled ham and drizzled with hollandaise sauce. Harry’s is one of the more budget-friendly options on this list. Address: Harry’s Coffee Shop, 7545 Girard Ave, La Jolla, California 92037 858-454-7381
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Hash House a go go

You don’t visit Hash House when you are “kinda hungry.” Be prepared for portions so large, you could be eating hearty for a week. In addition to making some of the best breakfast, you may ever shove in your face, the engineering gods in the back make everything on your plate as vertical as possible. Are you ready for a fried chicken Benedict on a biscuit with bacon mashed potatoes and maple reduction sauce? When you’re done stuffing your face, walk off the breakfast by visiting the nearby San Diego Zoo. Address: Hash House a go go, 3628 Fifth Ave, San Diego, California 92103 619-298-4646
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OB Surf Lodge

Located only steps from the beach and near SeaWorld San Diego, in a space formerly occupied by Shades, OB Surf Lodge is an uber-casual outdoor/indoor destination brought to you by the great minds who created Wonderland Ocean Pub. Considered one of the best breakfast restaurants San Diego has to offer, the OB Surf Lodge specializes in the hearty, stick-to-your-ribs fare such as espresso double chocolate pancakes, smothered omelets and homemade biscuit sandwiches. The best part of this dining experience is almost every table is equipped by ocean views and the OB Pier so people-watching is a must. Address: OB Surf Lodge, 5083 Santa Monica Ave Suite 1F, San Diego, California 92107 619-955-5475
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While visiting the San Diego Zoo, you definitely want to hit Snooze for your breakfast needs. Featuring the breakfast pot pie complete with flaky puff-pastry crust, all drowning in rosemary sausage gravy, Snooze will keep you full throughout your busy day of sightseeing. Drool further over the six different dishes smothered in hollandaise sauce to further give you support for providing five-stars on online reviews. Address: Snooze an A.M. Eatery, 3940 Fifth Ave, San Diego, California 92103 619-500-3344
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Hungry for more?

Start the day in style at these famous San Diego breakfast spots. And, if you're keen to try more Californian cuisine, check out the best restaurants in San Diego and plan every meal for your trip. Don't forget to pick up a Go San Diego pass and save up to 55% on the top things to do in San Diego, including San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND® California, the USS Midway Museum, and much more.

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