Tuesday, April 13, 2010

San Diego: Cafe 222

I promised that we would do more San Diego posts this year, so here we go.

Cafe 222 located in downtown San Diego, near the Gaslamp District in the residential District. Since 2003, Cafe 222 has been a winner of the Golden Medallion for Best Breakfast. According to their website, owner Terryl Gauve took the proceeds that she made from a made-for-television movie to open Cafe 222. Learn more about Terryl Gauve, here. It's a very interesting read.

Anyhoot, what drew me to this place was it's feature on the Food Network show, 'The Best Thing I Ever Ate". Iron Chef Bobby Flay raved about a dish called Peanut Butter and Banana Stuffed French Toast. Sounds pretty gooey to me, but I like gooey and I love french toast. Aside from ordering foie gras and a mojito, my breakfast item hands down is french toast.

When we first tried to dine here on the weekend, the place was packed. It was the afternoon I was leaving to San Francisco so we had to pass and come back another weekend. The time finally came last weekend when I actually woke up on time before 11am. We didn't want to arrive during the lunch rush hour so we got to the cafe around 1pm. We were fortunate enough to find parking and didn't have to wait long at all, maybe 10 minutes.

The cafe is located on the corner of 2nd and Island Avenue. The place seemed small from the outside but there are a number of tables and bar stools inside. We opted to stay inside since we weren't sure when the rain would be rolling in.

As soon as we were seated, a server came by to greet us and gave us some time to look over the menu. I already knew what I was ordering but I took a quick glance at the other items and wanted to order more. We settled for an item each and agreed to come back for more next time.

We started off with fresh orange juice. By the time we were half way done, our food arrived. Here's what we ordered.

The Mexican - $9.75
Chiles, tomatoes and cheddar topped with Mexican gravy, green onions, cheddar, and sour cream. Served with tators and toast.

Loved the colors on the plate and the mexican gravy gave the eggs a bit of a fiesta kick. Overall, nice. Not my first choice in breakfast selection but Marc managed to eat it all.

Peanut Butter and Banana Stuffed French Toast - $7.75
Wheat bread, peanut butter and bananas grilled until brown and topped with powdered sugar.

Whoa, nice presentation with the peanut butter oozing out from the sandwich. The only thing healthy about it is it's on wheat toast? You must drudge the sandwich in syrup, alone its a bit salty for my tastes. Add the syrup and everything is all gravy. Who doesn't like peanut butter? I'm not a banana fan so I didn't care for it so much. Overall, good. Something different for a change.

We plan to come back in a few weeks to try the other items on the menu such as: Pumpkin Waffles, Biscuit Benedict, and the Madame Croaked.

Cafe 222
222 Island Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101


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