I confess - I've only really had breakfast fare here at the Antique Row Cafe. I have been coming to this restaurant since it opened, and I love their breakfasts. They have a large selection of omelets and frittatas, as well as standard "bacon and eggs" type combos and pancakes. The pancakes are out of this world. I am not a big pancake eater because I don't like maple syrup, but I love the pancakes here! I eat them without syrup and they are just wonderful; light and fluffy with a hint of vanilla. The omelets are all good, and the portions are large. There are always specials on the board, and I find that the specials are the best part of coming here. The restaurant has expanded, so there is a lot more seating than there used to be, but if you come on a weekend morning be prepared to wait. But don't be put off by a crowd milling about the entrance - the wait is worth it. Good food, reasonable prices.
I went to Mystic Mocha with a friend after reading a couple of rave reviews, and found it just great. We both ordered lattes and shared a pastry. The latte was outstanding; maybe the best I've had here in San Diego. Only one other shop I've been to has rivaled this one - the latte was creamy and the flavor was a perfect mix of espresso and milk. The pastry was an apple cinnamon pumpkin concoction that tasted fresh and was very satisfying to my sugar addiction, even though it seemed as though the sugar content was quite low. We were there in the afternoon, after the kitchen had closed, so we weren't able to order off the menu, but it looked very good, and we plan to go back in the morning so we can try the breakfast. If you are an espresso drinker, I highly recommend trying this wonderful little coffee shop in the middle of a residential neighborhood, but just above Mission Valley.
This Starbucks is located in a small strip center just off I-15. I was actually going to visit a friend who lives in the apartment complex adjacent to the strip center, and happened to see the trademark green umbrellas and Starbucks logo on the patio. We visited twice - around 1PM on a Saturday and again the following Sunday morning just before 9. The baristas were all friendly, service was fast and the drinks were good. Since it's so close to my friend's place, I can safely say I'll be visiting again.