When I got to San Diego, the first thing that I did was to go through my UrbanSpoon wish list to figure out which places were within walking distance of me. Only a couple were close; one of which was Cafe 222. I was definitely excited about this because it can be pretty easy to find a lot of dinner options, but good breakfast options are challenging. I couldn’t remember how it made it on my list, but I figured once I took a look at the menu I’d be able to figure it out.
I walked up to Cafe 222 which wasn’t more than 5 minutes from the Marriott and Convention Center, and was greeted by exactly what I was looking for. A nice simple cafe at the base of some condos with both indoor and outdoor seating. I took my seat inside, ordered a cup of coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice. Then I started flipping through the menu trying to figure out what it was that had gotten Cafe 222 on to my list. I was instantly drawn to the biscuits and gravy, but that didn’t seem right, so I kept looking. Finally, I figured it must have been the waffles as they were touted and featured in the menu. So, I ordered a waffle topped with yogurt and fresh fruit.
When it arrived, I started doubting my decision a little bit. I hadn’t asked what type of fruit was on the waffle, figuring it would be berries or nectarines or something with a lot of natural sweetness. Rather it was topped with cantaloupe, honeydew melon and some granny smith apples. I thought about putting some syrup on it, but that didn’t seem right, so I dove in. My doubts were then confirmed as I got a mouthful of plain yogurt to go with my tart apple and waffle. I’m not a fan of plain yogurt because I find it off-putting; not just bland, but almost bitter. The waffle itself was pretty good once I scraped everything else away. I ended up leaving a plateful of yogurt and fruit when I left, but decided I would give them another shot.
The next day, I headed back to Cafe 222 determined to do things differently, though I still didn’t look at what had gotten them on my list (I was convinced it was the waffle). Rather than sitting inside, I sat outside. And rather than trying to figure out the great thing that someone else had ordered, I ordered what I wanted which was cheddar biscuits and gravy and griddled potatoes. When it came out, I was already feeling better about my decision. That feeling kept going when I took my first bite. The biscuits were nice and moist, the gravy flavorful, but not heavy and overwhelming. The potatoes were great, cooked on the flat top with a little bit of crispiness on the skin. I was definitely much happier with this breakfast, and mentally kicking myself for not ordering it the day before.
Without a doubt, the second breakfast saved Cafe 222 for me. And if I’m back in the Gaslamp Quarter, I’ll definitely head back for breakfast. It had the vibe that I’m really looking for, and quality food (as long as I pay attention to what I’m ordering). Besides, I still need to go back and order the breakfast that actually got Cafe 222 on to my list in the first place. That would be the peanut butter and banana stuffed French Toast (how could I have missed that one!?!?!).