Cafe 21 (Modern American, Breakfast)

4.23 out of 5 based on 27 ratings | about our ratings

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750 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 795-0721

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azerbaiijan, breakfast, catering, central san diego, columbia, core-columbia, downtown / gaslamp, downtown san diego, gaslamp, gaslamp quarter, horton, northblock lofts, organic, vegetarian
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Reviewed on 8/1/2014


Got a chance to check out Cafe 21 for breakfast during Comic Con and believe-you-me, it did not disappoint. In fact, it was so good, we went back for more the next day. Their menu is unique to say the least and I ended up going with a daily special of greens and eggs. It was an olio of field greens (mustard, kale, etc.) and tomatoes served with eggs (poached right into the greens), toast, and potatoes and served in a skillet. The greens were haunting appearance (think Creature from the Black Lagoon) but delicious in flavor. The next day, I ordered off the normal menu and went with a short rib omelet. Two-for-two as this was another winner. The best part of all was this was the least expensive food we ate all weekend. Can't recommend Cafe 21 high enough!


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Reviewed on 1/27/2011


Cafe 2121 in North Park is one of my favorite breakfast spots in San Diego. They just offer a completely different experience than any place else I've found. That said, I was really happy to see that they've opened a new location downtown...just a stones-throw from my humble abode. They're still getting up and running (not serving dinner and waiting for the liquor license), but the food is still great.

I started with one of their skillet omelets. It had tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese, and was topped with a crispy prosciutto...excellent dish. The eggs were the perfect consistency, and flavors were abound. They served the skillet on a block of slate (or some other stone), along with my side of potato pancake. It's a bit strange but a very cool presentation (although not a functional as a normal plate).

As usual, the staff were super friendly and accommodating. The place is in the old Xaviers location, so it has a bit of a bar-type atmosphere to it, but that's not a problem for me. I'm just glad to have another decent breakfast option downtown.


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There are my favorite places in the area to get breakfast. Lines are probably long, but the wait will be worth it.
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