Avocado toast was definitely one of the hottest food trends in 2017. While it may have moved from hip and trendy to commonplace, there is still something to be said for this healthy and tasty treat. It’s often served as a breakfast or brunch food, but it tastes amazing at any time of the day.
In many ways, the avocado is the quintessential Californian fruit. While citrus and grapes grow prolifically around the state, they grow in other places as well. The avocado, on the other hand, seems to thrive here in California, both in nature and in our culture. People add avocado to just about everything, from ice cream and smoothies to pizza and sandwiches.
Of course, there are benefits to avocado. It’s filled with healthy fat, which can help your body and brain perform to the best of their abilities. Fat is also a great source of energy. Contrary to popular beliefs in past decades, low-fat diets do nothing to help people lose weight or stay healthy. Eating natural fats, like avocados, may actually do more for maintaining a healthy figure than eschewing fats altogether.
Given how health-conscious and trendy many Californian restaurants are, it’s little surprise that the avocado is often a staple in many dishes in San Diego.
Grab a Coffee and Snack to Go in North Park at Communal Coffee
Location: 2335 University Avenue (map)
Hours: Seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Communal Coffee is one of the most popular and hip coffee shops in the North Park neighborhood. They serve Sightglass Coffee, which is expertly roasted in San Francisco in small batches. You can order coffee by the cup or the French press. If you’re not a coffee drinker, they also serve up chai, hot tea, iced teas, kombucha and even flavored kefir drinks.
If you need more of a kick, they will make the whole standard menu of espresso drinks. If you want to try some of their flavors, such as rose vanilla and lavender honey, they offer a regular or flower latte flight for just $7. The baked goods at Communal Coffee are incredible. For example, they make a lavender chocolate donut, with both vegan and gluten free versions available. There are also brownies, cookies, muffins and scones.
Their avocado toast is served on rosemary sage bread. They top it with butter, seal salt, freshly cracked black pepper and chili flakes, as well as fresh avocado for just $6. For an extra $1.50, you can add an egg. Another $2 will buy you some salty prosciutto. There are plenty of flavorful and healthy foods on the menu for you to enjoy along with your coffee or avocado toast.
Enjoy a Popup Restaurant Inside Sundara Indian Cuisine
Jake & Eggs
Location: 1774 Sunset Cliffs Blvd. (map)
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Closed Monday and Tuesday
If you’re near the Ocean Beach/Point Loma area and craving some avocado, stop into Jake & Eggs. Tucked inside the popular Sundara Indian Cuisine Restaurant, Jake & Eggs serves up breakfast and brunch dishes while the Indian eatery is closed. They have a simple menu with only a few dishes, but everything tastes amazing!
They serve homemade breakfast foods complemented by organic, locally roasted coffees by Dark Horse Coffee Company. If you’re too busy to sit down and eat, you can order online and stop by to pick up your food. It doesn’t get more convenient than that!
The avocado toast here is filling, to say the least. For $10, you get a Bread & Cie multigrain bread toasted and topped with avocado, caramelized onions, two fried eggs, an herb salad and lemon vinaigrette. You can add crumbled bacon to that toast for just $3.
There are other dishes that feature avocados. Their Chilaquiles stack features corn tortillas, salsa verde, panela cheese, avocado, pickled onions, canary beans and fried eggs. The Good Decision is a breakfast plate with brown rice, black beans, sunny side up eggs, avocado, chicken sausage and pico de gallo. You can also order it as a burrito if you want to take it to go.
Experience Unique Coffee and Health-Conscious Treats in Mission Beach
Better Buzz Coffee-The Lab
Location: 3745 Mission Blvd. (map)
Hours: Seven days a week from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Although we’re highlighting the Mission Beach location, the Hillcrest location of Better Buzz Coffee is the most recent addition to an increasingly popular local business. They also have a drive through cafe in Pacific Beach West, a coffee and juice bar in Encinitas, as well as locations in Point Loam, Fashion Valley and San Marcos.
Better Buzz Coffee makes the list because they offer two kinds of avocado toast, although not all of their locations serve toast and sandwiches yet. Thankfully, you can enjoy the full menu at the Lab location in Mission Beach.
Their standard 3 Seed Avocado toast comes on thick cut multigrain bread. In addition to avocado, this toast has sesame seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, lemon, crushed red pepper and microgreens. Their feta avocado toast boasts feta, avocado and cherry tomatoes, served with a side of arugula and vinaigrette.
If you want something a little more substantial, they serve up grilled sandwiches in addition to toast. There’s a turkey pesto on sourdough that’s just perfect, as well as a bacon ciabatta breakfast sandwich with cage free eggs, bacon, spicy chipotle sauce and Muenster cheese. You can also buy pastries, scones, muffins, bagels and bread here.
Grinds & Vine Coffee Bar Hidden Inside an Urban Winery
Grinds & Vine Coffee Bar
Location: 2419 El Cajon Blvd., Suite C (map)
Hours: Monday: 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Located inside the popular North Park Negociant Winery, Grinds &Vine Coffee Bar is the perfect place to get both of your buzzes on at the same time.
Grinds & Vines Coffee Bar serves up several kinds of avocado toast on your choice of bread. Their plain avocado toast features a huge mound of freshly sliced avocado, cracked black pepper, sea salt, lemon juice and red pepper flakes. Their avocado prosciutto toast boasts fresh avocado, sliced prosciutto and Roma tomatoes, a hard boiled egg, red wine onions, salt, pepper, red chili flakes and lemon juice.
Their avocado veggie toast has red peppers, zucchini, squash, broccoli, Roma tomatoes, salt, pepper, chili flakes and lemon juice, while the avocado sunrise toast has tomatoes, a hard boiled egg, salt, pepper, chili flakes and lemon juice.
They also have an avocado toast that skews a little sweeter than any of the other versions on this list. Their offering, called Avocado Chia-Berry Toast features fresh avocado, strawberries, chai seeds and goat cheese topped with agave syrup.
You can also enjoy avocado in their Elysian sandwich, which involves rotisserie chicken, green olives, tomato, fresh avocado, artichokes, hummus and mozzarella cheese served on a ciabatta bun with a mixed green salad.