May 14, 2015

Best Of San Clemente Breakfast

California travel guide best breakfast in San Clemente local recommendations for your Southern California vacation

Do you wake up in the morning sniffing for the warm scent of glazed apple fritters, sizzling bacon, freshly backed bagels, or steaming coffee? Good! We’ve compiled a list that starts your day in San Clemente off right. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat before catching the morning waves or a bustling sit-down experience for your group, you’ll find a match for you from this variety of San Clemente’s best breakfasts.

Best Breakfast Bagel:
If you’re looking to grab a quick bite that is filling, flavorful, and fresh, San Clemente’s Bagel Shack has got your back. Don’t be turned away by the crowds that pack out this friendly place with welcoming local vibes. The Shack is known for it’s speedy service. Soft, freshly-baked-daily bagels can be eaten alone, loaded with creamy spreads, or filled with rich avocado and mouth-watering bacon. With a menu varying from the fresh Doheny sandwich, complete cool tomato, feta cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette, to the hearty Uppers for the protein King, This Bagel Shack has a sandwich as unique as your mood. Oh, and don’t forget to ask about the freshly squeezed orange juice.

Best Traditional Breakfast:
Are traditional American breakfasts more your style? Check out this busy favorite – Antoine’s Cafe – voted “best breakfast” in Best of San Clemente. What’s not to love about, crisp, fluffy hash browns and flavor-dense bacon? The classic menu includes original omelets topped with tender spinach, fresh mushrooms, and a generous melting of specialty cheeses, along with standbys like biscuits and gravy. However, manager Cassandra Hass says the menu isn’t the only thing that keeps the restaurant packed with loyal customers. The crowd of regulars is also drawn to the servers that love building relationships with their customers and strive to provide high-quality service.

Best Down to Earth Breakfast:
One Yelp user, Aaron E., refers to S.C. Cafe as a place that, “seems to hail from a bygone era where simple and good food could be had without pretension or unnecessary flair.” This tiny yet meticulously clean cafe, gives flashbacks to the beach town in the 80’s, and from the moment you walk in, warm smiles, friendly service, and quaint decor greet you with a relaxed beachy atmosphere. Reasonable prices and generous portions of quality breakfast favorites (along with some highly-rated Mexican dishes) won’t disappoint. Small and intimate, S.C. Cafe is a San Clemente favorite for a reason. Real people. Real food.

Best Breakfast Burrito:
The Grill creates a breakfast burrito that will put every other breakfast burrito you’ve ever had to shame. That is if a giant flour tortilla chock full of lightly scrambled eggs, shredded hash browns, gooey cheeses, chunks of juicy chicken, and mouth-watering seasonings appeals to you. To top off the experience, soak your heaped burrito in the owner’s fresh homemade salsa that leaves folks raving, or grab a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. Whether you’re there to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the ocean view from the outdoor patio, or just get a taste of a restaurant that epitomizes the laid back, friendly environment of San Clemente, The Grill has your name all over it.

Best Breakfast Donut:

If you’re one of those that likes their morning sugar fix (after all, you’re on vacation, right?) check out Surfin’ Donuts. Coffeehouse . Gooey fillings, generous frostings, and fresh flavor have earned Surfin’ Donuts the title of “best donut” in local San Clemente listings. Locals favorites include glazed Apple Fritters and the Tiger’s Tail–a twisted pastry filled with cinnamon and chocolate! Fresh fruit donuts also keep regulars and visitors coming back for more. If you’re craving donuts, but the kids don’t need any extra energy, try a tasty sandwich, or orange juice that doesn’t get much fresher. Mmmm. Can you almost smell that sugar and spice wafting through the air right now? You can nearly taste the 50 years of family-owned experience.

Best Coffee:
Is a hearty breakfast not your thing but a steaming cup of java hits the spot? Check out Zebra House Coffee that boasts “high-quality coffee with a home town vibe.” Sure, San Clemente has Starbucks, but if you’re looking for the full San Clemente experience, this place with an average of 4.5 Yelp ratings isn’t a bad place to start. In fact, even visitors say this place beat all their other coffee experiences! It’s hard to compete with fast friendly service, freshly baked muffins, ocean views, and a cheerful atmosphere that are sure to leave a smile on your face. We don’t have the space to list all the positive vibes folks feel from this place, so head on over to Yelp, or–better yet–stop by and be wowed yourself. Don’t forget to bring your cash for this cash-only shop!

Best After-Surf Breakfast:

A sign hung in Pipe’s Cafe sums up the laid-back atmosphere that makes this busy joint the perfect place to satisfy those after surf sesh cravings: “No shirt, no shoes, no problem!” Whether you catch a few early morning waves on T-Street or Trestles, you just have to drive to the main drag to find Pipes and satisfy those cravings with generous portions of breakfast favorites. Order a cheesy breakfast burrito, fluffy french toast, or large omelet and sit back to watch the constant flow of locals or an inspiring surfing vid playing on one of the large flat screen TV’s. If you go back out to catch a few more waves, feel free to come on back. Pipes serves breakfast all day!

Best Breakfast with a View:
If you’re looking for a hot eggs-and-bacon type breakfast, then Ellie’s Table might not be for you. On the other hand, if you want to experience heavenly pastries ranging from quiche to cronuts to tarts, along with gourmet coffee and sweeping views of San Clemente’s North Beach… well in that case, Ellie’s Table is your perfect breakfast location. Sit on the patio for the best view of the Pacific ocean and the long sandy stretches of North Beach – and be prepared! This place is packed on weekends!

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