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“Breakfast in the Gaslamp District”
Review of Cafe 222

Cafe 222
Ranked #2 of 245 Coffee & Tea in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$1 - US$12
Cuisines: American, Diner, Deli
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Description: Cafe 222 has been the local dining institution for nearly 25 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.
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

We went here on vacation for breakfast. Everything tasted great and the famous French Toast stuffed with PB and bananas didn't disappoint. All of the staff were really friendly and attentive. Coffee and latte were good as well. Plan to wait 15-30 minutes during busy times. Easy walking distance in the Gaslamp area.

Thank Andrew M
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

This restaurant specializing in breakfast is a block away from the Gaslamp. We had some very tasty and filling blueberry cornmeal waffles and excellent orange pecan pancakes. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was good. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, which is nice for the sunny San Diego mornings.

Thank memsurs
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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

Had a tasty breakfast. We were jet lagged and arrived right when they opened. We were greeted with a smile and told to come in even thought they didn’t open for a few more minutes. Our coffee and drinks came promptly and food shortly thereafter. I had eggs Benedict which were cooked to perfection and delicious. Husband had peanut butter and banana stuffed French toast. He said it was awesome. Fun, quirky decor in a small cafe with additional outdoor seating. Recommend.

Thank maryspring15
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

Met some local friends due to a last minute change of flight plans on Friday. (Stuck in SD for a whole weekend, dang it). I had the pumpkin waffle, which was just about perfect and the Tamale with Gravy. Wait times on a Sunday morn at 10 were no big deal for us (5-10 mins). Inside is smallish but efficient and the kitchen is highly effective for the size.

Thank Walter H
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Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

It doesn’t matter what you get it’s delicious. It doesn’t matter what time you go, it’s busy. Sure signs of a great place. When it rains they don’t seat outside so the wait is longer. Fresh food hot off the stove, great tasing orange juice. Good variety on the menu. Serving sizes are large. Limited seating. When busy service can lag a little so don’t go here in a hurry. Tasty and always worth the wait. Scorching hot coffee, beware!!

Thank klynne0413
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