Say goodbye to winter haze and hello to springtime! Commence the allure of spending days in the open air with a fruity libation in-hand and treat your spring fever with an alfresco brunch at one of these San Diego hotspots.
Rooted in the desire to hone traditional Mexican dishes, Bracero Cocina De Raiz in Little Italy offers a rustic setting. Adorned with a wrap-around patio atop a cozy ground-floor patio, both settings are seamlessly suited to the sunshine kissing the streets of San Diego. Pair your experience with Bracero’s Jalisco Choke-Hold, infused with tequila, mezcal, cynar, cinnamon, lime and sparkling wine, and an order of Chicken Enchiladas En Mole, prepared with mole coloradito, aged queso cotija, sesame seeds, red onion and crema. An intermingling of piquancy and robust flavors, alfresco dining at Bracero will hook you for weekends to come.
For a progressive menu brimming with chef-inspired dishes, Encontro North Park is the alfresco go-to. The sleek design of Encontro’s outdoor patio offers a relaxed atmosphere virtually tailored to showcase springtime weather. Quench your thirst with Bottomless Mimosas and indulge in Cinnamon French Toast, prepared with cinnamon brioche, strawberries, blackberries, powdered sugar and blueberry syrup. A mélange of fruit and spice enveloped in sweetness, this dish will pair impeccably with your outdoor dining experience.
Seeking an elevated brunch outing draped in crisp décor and a menu to match? Marked by its “sophisticated simplicity” approach, Crudo in The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch is the brunch spot for you! Lounge on the chic patio as you bathe your taste buds in a plate of Crudo Hazelnut Pancakes, served with strawberry, whipped cream and infused maple syrup, accompanied by Crudo’s Honey Blossom cocktail, made from gin, honey simple syrup, St. Germain, Yuzu and muddled mandarin, presented in a coupe with lemon zest and a twist.
Tacos and surf vibes for brunch? Yes, please! PB AleHouse in Pacific Beach offers a vibrant atmosphere melded with prime ocean views from their second-story patio. Enjoy a plate of Shrimp Tacos, complete with corn tortillas, tiger shrimp, roasted tomatoes, sriracha cream, avocado salsa, purple cabbage and served with a corn black bean skillet. Sip on one of their in-house brews as you watch the waves roll in. A SoCal experience by design, PB AleHouse is the ideal spot for beachfront-style alfresco.
Mexican on the mind? Nestled in the heart of South Park, Del Sur Mexican Cantina offers a rustic setting suited to its offering of traditional Mexican dishes and cocktails. Enjoy the lively location as you savor Breakfast Carnitas, loaded with golden brown pork scrambled with salsa fresca, topped with a fried egg, pickled onions, crema, avo-serrano sauce and served with beans, potatoes and corn tortillas. Sip on a glass of Sangria and toast to a brunch packed with sunshine and springtime vibes at this brunch hotspot.
Hankering for a brunch with more breakfast-centric items? With three locations in Hillcrest, Pacific Beach and Liberty Station, Fig Tree Café is dedicated to serving up classic breakfast items along with their lunch dishes, all of which are crafted with creative zeal. A quaint setting decorated in vibrant flowers and greenery, Fig Tree’s open-air patio offers a soothing experience for those seeking solace in their brunch. Treat yourself to a Lavender Bellini suited to the season and an Andouille Omelet, made with mozzarella, tomatoes, spinach and marinated mushrooms.
A restaurant devoted to its craft, Breakfast Republic boasts a menu packed with eccentric takes on traditional breakfast items. This San Diego essential offers its patrons diversity and enthusiasm evident in every dish, along with a memorable outdoor dining experience at its North Park, Liberty Station and East Village locations. Feast on a bowl of Breakfast Bacon Mac ‘n Cheese, topped with three eggs any style, parmesan bread crumbs and chives. Get your caffeine fix with their specialty Oreo Latte, a blend of your favorite cookie and hot beverage in a mug.