La Mesa is a city in Southern California located east of Downtown San Diego. Translated from Spanish it means ‘the table’ so it’s fitting to explore what the many tables of La Mesa cuisine have to offer. We’ve tracked down the top 10 restaurants in the city for breakfast and brunch.
La Mesa Bistro & Bakery
La Mesa Bistro & Bakery is a family owned restaurant known for its breakfast, lunch, and brunch selections. Customers stand in line and place their orders at the counter on arrival, after which the food is brought to the table by one of La Mesa Bistro’s friendly staff members. From the acai bowl to the salmon benedict, La Mesa Bistro & Bakery offers dishes that are authentic, fresh, and innovative.
8697 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA, USA + 619 589 0806
The Lunch Box Café & Deli
The Lunch Box Café & Deli is a quaint little mom and pop kind of place open for breakfast and lunch. Though seemingly small from the outside, the café is very spacious with warm décor that makes you feel right at home. While you enjoy the cozy surroundings, choose from a wide selection of traditional favorites. Keep an eye out for daily specials, the portions are generous, the price is more than reasonable, and the service is great.
8751 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA, USA + 1 619 463 4013
Terra American Bistro
Terra American Bistro is a farm to table restaurant committed to local, sustainable agriculture, and their Sunday brunch menu items offer interesting twists on traditional expectations. Terra American Bistro offers a comfortable atmosphere as well with polished concrete, a wall garden, brick, wooden beams and a captivating chandelier over the Chef’s communal farm table.
7091 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA, USA + 1 619 293 7088
Vic’s Deli & Café
Vic’s Deli & Café is a hidden gem located on the 4th floor of an office building in La Mesa. Just follow your nose along the scents of fresh bagels, eggs, and bacon, and you will find Vic’s waiting to make your breakfast to order. The small establishment offers breakfast sandwiches, croissants, and burritos, sunrise bagels and muffins, your choice of eggs, hash browns, and a nice selection of coffee and teas. Vic’s also has a large selection of cold sandwiches, melts, and paninis, salads and soups made as fresh as everything else on the menu.
7777 Alvarado Rd #400, La Mesa, CA 91942 +1 619 713 2928
Craft Kitchen is a family owned and operated Gastropub that features local brews on tap and freshly prepared meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. While a restaurant known for its specialty brews and cocktails might not seem like an immediate choice for breakfast, Craft Kitchen has some hearty breakfast items that will have your mouth watering and stomach rumbling.
Address and telephone number: 4253 Palm Ave, La Mesa, CA, USA + 1 619 461 4887
Marcella June’s Coffee Lounge
Marcella June’s Coffee Lounge is a happening spot for coffee lovers who prefer to skip a large meal for breakfast. The atmosphere of the place is old fashioned and relaxed, resonate with chilled music and an eclectic variety of vinyl records as you sit back and sip your choice drink. The lounge uniquely features other items for sale like art glass lighting, interior floral arrangements, as well as handcrafted natural soaps and lotions. In addition to coffee, Marcella’s likes to display talents from the community, so you are likely to enjoy some local artwork or events when grabbing your cup of joe.
8513 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA, USA + 1 619 564 4703
Shirley’s Kitchen is a restaurant that embodies the old diner feel with home style service and cooking. While the menu selection is limited to a more traditional fare, the generous portions you receive for your price and the food with flavor cannot be beat. The restaurant’s friendly service, homey environment, and satisfying food have created quite the following of customers who keep coming back for more.
7118 University Ave, La Mesa, CA, USA + 1 619 462 5732
The Omelette Factory
The Omelette Factory is a family owned restaurant that has been in the business for 21 years, serving generous portions of freshly-made food at fair prices. With coffee ground daily and a consistent menu with delectable selections, the Omelette factory has gathered loyal customers who come back time and time again. The casual family style restaurant offers a range of omelets, from the Athenian to the Pineapple Express, which are always served with 3 AA fresh eggs and your choice of hash browns, beans or our special homemade country fries.
5270 Baltimore Drive, La Mesa, CA, USA + 1 619 460 4423
Patty’s Café is a unique restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, that offers Greek, American, and Mexican cuisine. Popular for breakfast, Patty’s menu has a wide selection of omelets always served with country fried potatoes or hash browns, English muffin, toast or biscuit or Greek style with tomatoes, feta & pita bread or Mexican style with beans, rice and tortillas. Though Patty’s was only established in 2012, the café has become one of the most popular spots in La Mesa for breakfast.
6155 Lake Murray Boulevard, La Mesa, CA, USA + 1 619 462 1922
Swami’s Café is a family owned restaurant with an extensive menu for both breakfast and lunch. With friendly and efficient service, Swami’s has customers order their fill and pay at the counter on arrival. Customers are then given a number to place at the table until the food is brought out freshly prepared. For a casual breakfast or lunch with a large selection of food, Swami’s is a great place to get a meal well worth your dollar.
8284 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA, USA + 1 619 668 9030
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