Just north of San Diego lies Oceanside, a small city surrounded by sand, sea, and palm trees that has plenty of culinary treats to offer. Aside from the beautiful weather; the fantastic selection of breakfast cafés, sushi restaurants, and southern BBQ-style joints make this a must-stop on the California coast. Here are ten great restaurants that will give you a taste of southern California.
So called because of the impressive array of cacti that decorate the interior and exterior of the building in fantastically creative designs, Succulent Café combines wonderful decor and a relaxed west-coast vibe to create the atmosphere of a great neighborhood hot spot. The proprietors complement the ambience of the café with frequent art show and acoustic concerts, which really make it feel like the place to be. The range of snacks and drinks complements the atmosphere perfectly, making this an ideal oasis of calm in the middle of the city.
Succulent Café, 322 N. Cleveland St. Oceanside, CA, USA, +1 760 717 9612
Beach Break Café is the perfect place to experience a laid back ambience in an interior inspired by the region’s famous surfing scene. Portions are generous and the venue is so popular locally that the owners have dealt with long queues by providing a self-service coffee machine in the waiting room. The menu combines expected classics like biscuits and gravy with more creative offerings such as jalapeño-flecked scrambled eggs and banana crunchy French toast. If you don’t usually go for a multiple course breakfast, this restaurant could just change your mind.
Beach Break Cafe, 1802 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA, USA, +1 760 439 6355
Oceanside isn’t short on great breakfast restaurants and what makes The Breakfast Club Diner standout is the retro diner vibe alongside the variety and quality of the menu. The feel is 1980s charm, with movie posters dotted all over the walls. You’ll be spoilt for choice when faced with nine types of sweet and savoury waffle and an even bigger range of breakfast sandwiches. The all-American vibe is enhanced by the excellent selection of milkshakes, try either Nutella or banana Oreo for starters.