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10 Places to Find Internationally-Inspired Breakfasts in San Diego

From crepes to Cuban pastries.

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A traditional breakfast of eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast is a perfectly fine way to start the day, but here's a handy list to refer to the next time you've craving some different flavors on your breakfast plate. From Chinese breakfast specialities to Mexican morning favorites, get a taste of how other cultures start their mornings, all without leaving San Diego.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hinotez Japanese Restaurant

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7947 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 565-4244
This ramen and yakitori eatery opens early every morning to offer traditional Japanese breakfast; the basic set ($3) includes miso soup, rice, tofu and pickles but can be augmented with optional small plates for $1 or $2 each.

2. Super Cocina

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3627 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 584-6244
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This super casual eatery specializes in homestyle, soul-satisfying Mexican dishes, from stews and braises to authentic morning starters including hard-to-beat versions of chilaquiles and Mexican-style eggs, from huevos rancheros to eggs topped with sauce from one of their daily stews.

3. Leilani's Cafe

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5109 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 361-1280
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Say aloha to the day with a hearty Hawaiian breakfast served all day at this cozy Pacific Beach cafe. Go for the Loco Moco (a hamburger patty over rice topped with gravy and eggs), the sweet Hawaiian bread French toast with coconut syrup, or Spam and eggs if you must.

4. Cali Baguette Express

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4425 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 278-2525
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This Vietnamese sandwich shop, which makes its own baguettes, offers a breakfast version called Banh Mi Trung that's stuffed with fried eggs and the traditional pickled vegetable garnishes. Need something heartier? Get a bowl of Bo Kho, or beef stew, and a sweet Vietnamese coffee.

5. Azucar

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4820 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107
(619) 523-2020
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Chef Vivian Hernandez-Jackson's Ocean Beach patisserie combines her Cuban heritage and French pastry-making skill. Start your day with a bracing shot of Cafe Cubano and a freshly-baked guava and cream cheese-stuffed pastry or Cuban meat pie.

6. Chin's Seafood & Grill

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9355 Kearny Mesa Rd
San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 536-2300
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The weekend Chinese breakfast menu, served from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday features fried crullers that can be dipped into sweet or savory hot soy milk, meat-stuffed buns, dumplings, noodle soups and other traditional Shanghainese morning eats.

7. Fabrison's French Cafe

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1425 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(425) 463-4278
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This family-run cafe, which has another location in Coronado, specializes in egg-centric breakfast crepes, savory buckwheat crepes stuffed with meat and cheese and sweet crepes filled with everything from fruit to chocolate and Nutella.

8. Outcast Grill

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6104 Regents Rd
San Diego, CA 92122
This UTC-area eatery's menu is all over the map, with everything from pizza and pasta to falafel and kebabs, but it's one of the few places in town to get shakshuka, a tasty Middle Eastern dish of eggs cooked in a harissa-spiked tomato sauce, served here with homemade pita bread. It's available during weekend brunch.

9. Monello

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750 W Fir St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 501-0030
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This Little Italy eatery's weekend brunch menu includes housemade cream-filled pastries and Italian-inspired breakfast dishes, from ricotta-enriched pancakes to brunch pizza and French toast made with panettone, an Italian sweet bread.

10. WowWowWaffle

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3519 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
Specializing in Belgian Liege waffles, studded with caramelized sugar pearls, this market stand turned semi-regular is open Thursday through Saturday with a menu that features the waffles topped with everything from seasonal fruit to cheese and jam or bacon, avocado and goat cheese.

1. Hinotez Japanese Restaurant

7947 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111
This ramen and yakitori eatery opens early every morning to offer traditional Japanese breakfast; the basic set ($3) includes miso soup, rice, tofu and pickles but can be augmented with optional small plates for $1 or $2 each.
7947 Balboa Ave
San Diego, CA 92111

2. Super Cocina

3627 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
This super casual eatery specializes in homestyle, soul-satisfying Mexican dishes, from stews and braises to authentic morning starters including hard-to-beat versions of chilaquiles and Mexican-style eggs, from huevos rancheros to eggs topped with sauce from one of their daily stews.
3627 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

3. Leilani's Cafe

5109 Cass St, San Diego, CA 92109
Say aloha to the day with a hearty Hawaiian breakfast served all day at this cozy Pacific Beach cafe. Go for the Loco Moco (a hamburger patty over rice topped with gravy and eggs), the sweet Hawaiian bread French toast with coconut syrup, or Spam and eggs if you must.
5109 Cass St
San Diego, CA 92109

4. Cali Baguette Express

4425 Convoy St, San Diego, CA 92111
This Vietnamese sandwich shop, which makes its own baguettes, offers a breakfast version called Banh Mi Trung that's stuffed with fried eggs and the traditional pickled vegetable garnishes. Need something heartier? Get a bowl of Bo Kho, or beef stew, and a sweet Vietnamese coffee.
4425 Convoy St
San Diego, CA 92111

5. Azucar

4820 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107
Chef Vivian Hernandez-Jackson's Ocean Beach patisserie combines her Cuban heritage and French pastry-making skill. Start your day with a bracing shot of Cafe Cubano and a freshly-baked guava and cream cheese-stuffed pastry or Cuban meat pie.
4820 Newport Ave
San Diego, CA 92107

6. Chin's Seafood & Grill

9355 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego, CA 92126
The weekend Chinese breakfast menu, served from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday features fried crullers that can be dipped into sweet or savory hot soy milk, meat-stuffed buns, dumplings, noodle soups and other traditional Shanghainese morning eats.
9355 Kearny Mesa Rd
San Diego, CA 92126

7. Fabrison's French Cafe

1425 India St, San Diego, CA 92101
This family-run cafe, which has another location in Coronado, specializes in egg-centric breakfast crepes, savory buckwheat crepes stuffed with meat and cheese and sweet crepes filled with everything from fruit to chocolate and Nutella.
1425 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

8. Outcast Grill

6104 Regents Rd, San Diego, CA 92122
This UTC-area eatery's menu is all over the map, with everything from pizza and pasta to falafel and kebabs, but it's one of the few places in town to get shakshuka, a tasty Middle Eastern dish of eggs cooked in a harissa-spiked tomato sauce, served here with homemade pita bread. It's available during weekend brunch.
6104 Regents Rd
San Diego, CA 92122

9. Monello

750 W Fir St, San Diego, CA 92101
This Little Italy eatery's weekend brunch menu includes housemade cream-filled pastries and Italian-inspired breakfast dishes, from ricotta-enriched pancakes to brunch pizza and French toast made with panettone, an Italian sweet bread.
750 W Fir St
San Diego, CA 92101

10. WowWowWaffle

3519 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104
Specializing in Belgian Liege waffles, studded with caramelized sugar pearls, this market stand turned semi-regular is open Thursday through Saturday with a menu that features the waffles topped with everything from seasonal fruit to cheese and jam or bacon, avocado and goat cheese.
3519 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104

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