You’ve always been told breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Start the day off on the sweet side for National French Toast Day, on Monday, November 28th. Indulge in this sweet breakfast classic this year at a few of San Diego’s top eateries.Sometimes basic is best, and Backyard Kitchen and Tap in Pacific Beach understands this minimalist movement perfectly. Real maple syrup drizzled on a lightly battered brioche, topped off with fresh seasonal berries and powdered sugar, the Cinnamon Brioche French Toast keeps it simple. Served with the choice of bacon or homemade sausage patties, for those who are looking for something a little more filling.There’s no better sensation than biting down into a perfectly made s’more; the crunch and gooeyness complement each other better than peanut butter and jelly. Breakfast Republic captures the smorgasbord of sensations perfectly with their S’mores French Toast. Toasted marshmallows and Breakfast Republic’s house made chocolate sauce sit atop a graham cracker crusted brioche.Size matters, especially when you’re hungry. Nobody knows size better than Brian’s 24. Their Stuffed French Toast comes with three slices of perfectly battered French Toast stuffed with their famous sweetened cream cheese. If that wasn’t enough, it comes with a healthy serving of bananas, strawberries or blueberries, topped with powdered sugar of course. Their French Toast won’t be the only thing that’s stuffed by the time you leave!Channel your inner childhood with Duck Dive’s Fruity Pebble French Toast. Vanilla and cinnamon infused thick cut French toast with a layer of fruity pebbles, it’s reminiscent of watching Saturday cartoons in your pajamas. It’s topped with whipped cream and Woodford Reserve Bourbon glazed cherries.If you’re in the mood for something extra European, the Tiramisu French Toast from Farmer’s Bottega will save you a flight. A decadent chocolate flavor, it is served with lady finger cookies dipped in their house secret coffee recipe, served with rum-mascarpone cheese. While it may seem like a dish this delicious deserves it’s own exhibit in the Louvre, you’ll be glad it found a spot in your stomach.At Fig Tree Cafe, they understand that sometimes the only thing that can get you out of bed is something so decadent, so delicious that it should be called a dessert. Thankfully, their Brownie French Toast has you covered. Their house-crafted brownie is topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, the perfect combination of soft and sweet.The Banana Bread French Toast at OB Warehouse comes with vanilla bean mascarpone + bourbon maple syrup + dried bananas.Churro French Toast Stack at SEA180 has crusted french toast + cinnamon + tres leches crema + maple syrup.Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen‘s French Toast starts with house brioche and then adds sweat cream custard + berries + nutmeg chantilly.If you’re in East Village, there is no better place for brunch with a view than Stella Public House. Located right next to a park with lots of outdoor seating, this eatery is known for their sunny atmosphere and their creamy French Toast! Their wood oven baked Stuffed French Toast is a must, made with mascarpone, blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream. — only served on the weekends Indulge in Bottega Americano’s sweet and rich French Toast topped with mascarpone whipped cream, caramel and maple syrup. This decadent breakfast treat is topped with toasted almonds and local berries. Choose to be a little adventurous on National French Toast Day and indulge in Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski’s foie gras french toast at Kettner Exchange. Served on a cinnamon raisin bread and topped with stone fruit and maple syrup, the dish surprises and delights the palette with savory and sweet notes. Pair with a drink from the acclaimed cocktail program curated by Beverage Director Steven Tuttle and soak in the views of the San Diego Bay for a truly sweet treat.Celebrate National French Toast Day with with an ocean breeze and a dynamite cocktail. Pacific Beach’s FIREHOUSE American Eatery + Lounge is serving up an unexpected twist on the classic dish by offering a delicious churro french toast, made with Olive Baking Co.’s cinnamon brioche topped with a cream cheese glaze and cinnamon sugar. Pair the sweet treat one of FIREHOUSE’s Mexican bloody Mary’s made with Xicaru Mescal for a satisfying meal with a touch of heat.Inspired by the olive trees, gardens and villas that dot the Mediterranean coastline, Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant at Rancho Bernardo Inn melds the classic and the unexpected, making it the perfect place to celebrate the sweet holiday that National French Toast day. Veranda offers a decadent bananas foster french toast topped with brûlée bananas, candied pecans, caramel and Vermont maple syrup. Paired with a glass of wine and breathtaking golf course views, it will be a meal to truly savor.If you’re looking for a sugar fix, try Chef Giuseppe’s Bread & Cie Brioche French Toast at Caroline’s Seaside Café in beautiful La Jolla. “Bread & Cie” is a French bakery that specializes in rich, golden brioche bread. Caroline’s takes it to the next level with triple berry sauce, crushed candied pecans and seasonal fruit toppings. Mama’s homemade French Toast breakfast at JRDN at Tower23—does it get any more authentic than that? Enjoy fresh brioche bread topped with candied pecans, whipped mascarpone and bananas foster for a unique twist this National French Toast Day.The French might be onto something. As Marie Antoinette once said, “Let them eat cake!” Life is too short to not be sweet. Breakfast is important, but who said it can’t be fun? These restaurants are shaking up the standard convention of what your first meal is supposed to be. So head into any one of these eateries on November 28th and see why plain toast is, well, toast!
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