THE COTTAGE: 7702 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037. (858) 454-8409.
Three times in the last 1.5 years, I returned to The Cottage for brunch with family and friends when I visited San Diego. While the line may be quite a wait at times, especially on the weekends, it usually takes us about 20 minutes to get seated. They do not rush you out either so it is a great place to chat over brunch! You can even continue your conversation after brunch by taking a stroll down to La Jolla Shores, which is just a few blocks away.
The breakfast food is yummy here! The portions are pretty big to me since I have never been able to finish an order on my own. On my last visit here, which was in between a late breakfast and an early lunch, I was craving crabcakes so I asked the waiter whether crabcakes benedict or crabcakes appetizer was more popular. He said breakfast food was much more popular so I should go with the benedict. Then he recommended his personal favorite, Eggs La Jolla, and offered to give me a half portion of each benedict so I could try both! It was nice that they did that for me, and I am wondering if next time they will allow me to order a half portion only since that is just the right amount of food for me.
First Time with CEC Sisters: Lucy, Amanda, Vanessa, Jessalyn, Tiff, Patty, Chzen, Chiyo
o r d e r e d – Stuffed French Toast: country style french toast with strawberry compote and marscapone cheese, topped with fresh bananas and strawberries
Second Time with Family
o r d e r e d – half portion of Baja Chicken Hash: corn tortilla, poached eggs, hollandaise, hash of chicken sausage, pepper, corn, served with cottage potatoes
o r d e r e d – half portion of Tuscan Omelette: chicken, sauteed mushrooms, melted brie, roasted tomato, top with avocado, served with cottage potatoes and fresh baked scone
Third Time with Liz and Travis
o r d e r e d – half portion of Eggs La Jolla: benedict with canadian bacon, mushrooms, spinach, roasted tomato, balsamic, served with cottage potatoes, housemade hollandaise
I have heard recommendations for brunch at Hash House, so I will have to wait until my next visit to San Diego to try that place!