My friend lives in the area and suggested Mimi's Cafe as a good place to grab a quick bite following a 5K that we'd participated in earlier that Sunday morning. It was a bit before noon and because we couldn't decide between breakfast or lunch, we chose this place because we could have either option. The hosting staff at the front door was busy but quite friendly. The place was bustling, which was to be expected at brunch-time on a Sunday. We did have to wait for about 10-15 minutes for a table, but once we were seated, service was fast and friendly. After some deliberation, we both ended up ordering patty melts. Mine was good but there seemed to be something missing in terms of seasoning. I'm not a heavy salt user, but while edible, I found the overall composition to be rather bland, as were the fries. Even the grilled onions had an odd taste and consistency - the word watery comes to mind - and they tasted like they'd been sitting uncovered in a fridge and took on some of the aroma of other items. Not sure if that makes sense, but that's the best way I can describe it. Even with all that said, the sandwich wasn't completely bad. It could just use a bit more flavor. I must say that our server was very, very nice, and made our dining experience quite pleasant overall. If I were to be in the area again and want a decent meal for a good price, I'd visit here again.
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.
This is THE thing I miss about living in San Diego... We used to live down the street from this amazing little eatery and have been there probably 50 times in the past 4 years. We have NEVER been disappointed. From the incredible wine and beer selection to the AMAZING mac and cheese, I don't think I've ever had a meal there that I haven't loved! I love their commitment to sustainable food, as well as fresh, local produce. With a seasonally changing menu, I always look for something new to try, but I have to say if you are into it, GET THE MEATLOAF. It is the one thing (besides the mac and cheese) that I look for EVERY time we go. It's moist, and delicious and the lamb pairs incredibly well with the sweetness of the figs... it's not your Momma's Meatloaf, but it sure is DAMN good. Top off that meatloaf with the salted caramel pot de creme and you will need to be rolled out the door, pleasantly stuffed!