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Cafe 222 has been the local dining institution for over 20-years in San Diego. This quirky-corner eatery has become famous from it's many appearances on the Food Network and for the owner who from time-to-time can be found wearing a waffle on her head. This shoebox-size of a restaurant has plenty of seating, offers indoor, street side patio dining as well as an upper garden patio area. Dogs and kids are welcome with well-behaved parents. Reservations are not accepted but if there is a wait to get in it moves quickly and the staff passes out banana bread and coffee to those in line to make the wait more pleasant.
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Marina, Central San Diego
Coffee Shops, American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Cafeterias, Delicatessens, Bakeries, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Deli, American, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Bakeries

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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Alright for something quick

I only stopped in here once and it wasn't too bad. Nothing spectacular, but I had a quick snack and was on my way. The place seemed quaint and probably had some loyal customers who hang out there a lot. Thats what the place seemed like. A cozy little cafe.

I would probably stop and get a quick breakfast here again.


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Good Breakfast Place

This is a great neighborhood breakfast place, if you are willing to wait 30-45 minutes to get in. These guys are always busy.

They are famous for their Peanut Butter and Banana French Toast. This is a definite must have, but probably only once. I suggest you share it with someone - That much peanut butter in one huge plate might overwhelm you. It is delicious though.

There are plenty of other great items on the menu. You have to eat here at least once. I am sure you will be back for more.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Best tamale breakfast ever

Everytime I go to San Diego I make my way to Cafe 222 for breakfast. I love the tamale breakfast, the atmosphere is great too. It is a small quaint cafe on the corner of some condo's.


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friendly place

Lots of variety on the breakfast menu. Loved the beef tamale, wasn't crazy about the peanut butter waffle. I love pb, so had high hopes, but texture was doughy and flavor wasn't strong. Disappointed that I never got offered more coffee despite sitting at the small counter. Overall, cute place, would try again.


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best breakfast in san diego

i was tempted to get the pumpkin pancakes, but i played it safe and had the mexican omlete (i believe) instead. i was with a party of 9 and everyone enjoyed their breakfast. The cafe only sat about 40 some people so it was relatively small. Definitely worth the visit again!


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go and go now. one of the great places to eat breakfast in downtown

if you go try the eggs benedict. you will not be disappointed. if you feel daring try the tamale special, very suprising. the wait is always 30-45 min but it is always worth it. there is no bad time to show. there will always be a wait, and they don't take reservations but it is worth the wait.

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Cafe 222

222 Island AveSan DiegoCA 92101

(619) 236-9902

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