Many people these days are avoiding grains entirely, while others are avoiding refined grain-based foods. Whether you’re going gluten-free or Paleo (or just trying to cut out junk foods), there are plenty of eateries and bakeries around San Diego that will cater to your dietary preferences. You can find healthier renditions of just about every dish you enjoy.
For those who like to start their day with cereal, there’s actually a host of great local options for granola. Many of these establishments will make gluten-free granola or create products that are vegetarian or vegan friendly. Believe it or not, there are even Paleo-compatible recipes for granola, which you can enjoy on its own, as a topping or like a bowl of cereal with a plant-based milk substitute.
Granola is a great summer option, because it’s packed full of flavor and energy-rich nutrients. It’s also a great source of crunch and chewy texture for those focusing on healthy eating. Thankfully, we’ve tracked down some of best places around San Diego where you can enjoy a bowl of granola in the morning or take a whole bunch home with you to enjoy on your own schedule.
To The Point Cafe & Eatery
Location: 4161 Voltaire Street (map)
Neighborhood: Ocean Beach
Hours: Seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you’re near Point Loma or Ocean Beach when your granola craving hits, head on over to To The Point Cafe & Eatery. The menu here has a focus on fresh ingredients, popular California flavors and Italian classics. As their hours make clear, the focus here is on breakfast and lunch, although they do offer catering service as well.
There are so many great options, you’ll want to try your friend’s dish, too. Their breakfast dishes include only cage-free, organic, free-range eggs from local poultry farms. You can enjoy those eggs in a skillet, in a Benedict dish or in a classic breakfast platter or omelet. If you come later in the day, they have several great options on their lunch menu as well. You can enjoy fresh salads, a number of creative bruschettas, sandwiches and even grilled swordfish tacos.
They make fresh-baked treats in house, with options that include cinnamon rolls topped with caramel sauce and candied pecans. They also make granola in house, which you can enjoy by the bowl with steamed milk for $6.50. If you want something a little more decadent, consider their Bombolone, which is an Italian-style donut that they fill with either homemade jam or Nutella.
Bread and Cie
Location: 350 University Avenue (map)
Hours: Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bread and Cie remains one of the most popular bakeries and cafes in San Diego, with good reason. Their cafe offers seating with a view of the bakery, where you can enjoy the scent of the fresh breads and sweets coming out of the oven. Just try to make it out with only your coffee and see how strong your willpower is!
Although Hillcrest is famous for having incredible eateries, Bread and Cie still manages to stand out from the crowd. They serve both breakfast and lunch in addition to offering some of the most craveable local breads and pastries. The breakfast menu includes their home-made granola, which you can enjoy in a yogurt parfait or on its own with milk. You can also purchase it to take home and enjoy later.
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If you want something cooked, they make breakfast paninis on homemade Pugliese Bread. There is also a breakfast pizza, as well as several kinds of quiche and smoked salmon. Later in the day, you can enjoy homemade soup, fresh salads and specialty sandwiches made to order. There are cold sandwiches and grilled paninis. Be sure to check out their bakery case and consider taking treats home in addition to your granola.
Fig Tree Cafe
Location: 2400 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103 (map)
Neighborhood: Point Loma (additional locations in Hillcrest & Pacific Beach)
Hours: Monday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Sunday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.,
Another location near Point Loma (and Liberty Station), Fig Tree Cafe has a devoted local following. With several locations and menu options like Breakfast Sushi, it’s no wonder they’ve become a local hot spot for breakfast dishes.
They will serve up coffee and plenty of hot teas, as well as espresso drinks, shots of antioxidant-rich juices (like mangosteen and Goji) or even tasty cocktails for those dining here. Try their unique spin on a mimosa, which features one of their antioxidant shots with sparkling wine.
The house-made granola here has a little bit of everything. They make it with oats, pecans, dried figs and shaved coconut, which they top with fresh fruits and homemade strawberry yogurt. However, that’s one of the lightest options on their menu.
There are many other filled breakfast options, including strawberry and cream pancakes and stuffed French toast. Their Breakfast Sushi is a popular option, featuring bacon rolls with rice, scrambled eggs and scallions. It is served with fresh fruit and plum sauce. You can also enjoy a number of omelets, Benedicts and scrambles.
Dinner and lunch menus feature plenty of kinds of sandwiches, from a black bean burger to a Baby Kale salad. Side dishes include garlic fries, truffle fries and a house made buttermilk pecan coffee cake.
Location: 707 G Street (map)
Neighborhood: East Village Downtown (many additional locations)
Hours: Seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For those who find themselves in need of fresh granola in East Village, Breakfast Republic is the destination for satisfaction! Many breakfast places only serve soft drinks and coffee, but Breakfast Republic also serves up fresh beers, cocktails and, of course, mimosas. That makes it a great place to enjoy a business meeting or a morning out with friends. There’s even cold brew coffee and kombucha.
Of course, this article is all about granola, and Breakfast Republic makes a mean house granola. It features oats, almonds, dried cranberries, pecans and peanut butter chips They serve it with homemade mixed berry yogurt and a topping of seasonal fruit.
If you want something more filling, their breakfast hot dogs are a unique and fun way to start the day. They wrap each dog with bacon and then top it with sautéed veggies, salsa, cheese and eggs, all served with a side of potatoes. They also cater to all the current breakfast trends, from chilaquiles to an assortment of Benedicts, including a version with crab cakes or one with mushrooms and pesto.
Those with more traditional tastes will enjoy the omelets, scrambles and pancakes, which range from simple to creative. Try the lemon coconut pancakes for a tropical flavor explosion that will complement the granola perfectly.