Fig Tree Cafe (Hillcrest)

July 9, 2017

It is becoming increasingly difficult to pinpoint my favorite breakfast place in all of San Diego, but Fig Tree Cafe now stands dangerously close behind the current reigning champ: Breakfast Republic. (And actually, this shouldn’t be surprising, considering that both restaurant concepts are the brainchildren of the same guy.) Fig Tree has three locations throughout the county; we were recently invited to enjoy the one in Hillcrest, which is strategically located right along the main boulevard, with a small outdoor patio perfect for a Sunday morning brunch.

If you like coffee like I do, you can’t go wrong here. I asked our server, Taylor, to bring me his favorite; he brought a giant mug filled with a double shot espresso and hazelnut cream. I am quite picky about my coffee: it has to be the perfect blend of creamy and sweet, and I didn’t need to add a thing to it. We also tried the fresh-squeezed orange juice made in-house, from locally grown and picked oranges, and a flight of fruity mimosas (an off-menu special of the month.) It’s saying something when a) I hate pulp, and b) I drink a glass of thick, pulpy orange juice and love it.

I always opt for the unique items on the menu — the ones I can’t get anywhere else. Fig Tree certainly holds the top spot, there: have you ever heard of breakfast sushi? A “roll” of their house bacon (“Man Candy” style – fried with brown sugar and paprika) wrapped around rice, scrambled eggs, scallions, and topped with a plum sauce, it’s a unique and delicious concept.

Fans of bennies will love the short rib Benedict, made with braised (melt-in-your-mouth) Angus beef and a poached egg. Trevor about keeled over from the deliciousness.

If you’re more of a sweet than savory breakfast person, I strongly suggest a French toast sampler, so you can enjoy three of the menu’s finest toasts. I tried (and loved) the Valentine toast (topped with raspberries and stuffed with white chocolate), cinnamon/brown sugar and sauteed apple toast, and the toast stuffed with ricotta and (incredible) fig jam. Holy sugar rush, Batman. (Also: holy love of all things delicious, Batman.)

Fig Tree is proud to serve only the finest local produce, as well as 100% natural and organic eggs from a family-run farm in Ramona. Their menu is gigantic, with plenty of other unique dishes, specialty drinks, beer and kombucha on tap; and even with three entrees and three drink options between us, we left with mental notes of what we want to try next time. They also serve a variety of sandwiches, salads, and flatbreads for lunch…but really, if a place a) is known for excellent breakfast, and b) serves breakfast all day…you order the breakfast.

That’s a no-brainer.

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Fig Tree Cafe Hillcrest
416 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 298-2010
Open daily from 8am-3pm

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