If you have not tried these two San Diego gems, you are missing out.
Hob Nob Hill and Bread
A friend took me to two places I had never been in San Diego and I was very impressed. The first was Hob Nob Hill, a landmark restaurant located at 2271 1st Avenue, San Diego. We stopped there on a whim for breakfast. Hob Nob Hill is opened from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
When you enter the restaurant, you feel as if you have gone back in time; wood paneling, chandeliers, cloth napkins, and a nice quiet, relaxing atmosphere.
The menu was a breakfast menu only. The menu is not large, but they have the standard breakfast and some that you would not find on most restaurant menus. There was a BLTE (bacon, lettuce, tomato, and egg) sandwich, three kinds of Eggs Benedict, spiced apples (side dish), and the special of the morning was a tuna melt omelet. Just did not sound good, but I am sure it was fabulous as our meals were wonderful.
My friend got the crab Eggs Benedict with spiced apples and said it was delicious. (She also told me she has an uncle who drives from San Bernardino just to eat here once in a while). I had the cinnamon French Toast with a side of dry, crispy bacon. The French Toast melted in my mouth-so good and the bacon was perfect.
We were full, and very satisfied with Hob Nob Hill. I will definitely go back to try their lunch or dinner.
Bread & Cie Bakery & Cafe
Later on that same afternoon, my friend took me to Bread & Cie Bakery & Cafe. Wow! This place is located at 350 University Avenue, San Diego (Between 3rd and 4th Avenue).
The bakery and cafe are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is parking in the back lot if you cannot find street parking. Make sure to park in the Bread & Cie lot as the surrounding lots are pay parking.
If we had been hungry, we would have stayed for lunch as their menu is extensive and everything looks amazing. They serve breakfast, sandwiches, soups, salads, grilled Paninis, specialty yogurts and even a picnic lunch to go.
The desserts looked amazing. I did not purchase any, but I am sure they are wonderful as my friend vouched for them and said her husband loves them.
I was more interested in the breads. They have quite a variety of breads, like Dudley's, but they taste amazing’ much, much better than Dudley's. The service here is quick and they have a system that makes sense.
You can buy loaves of bread and have them sliced any thickness you desire. I purchased a jalapeno cheddar loaf and had it sliced thick. So yummy. Doesn't need anything on it but also was delicious used for a ham and grilled cheese.
I also purchased a caramelized onion loaf. I bought the small loaf and wished I had bought the large. Fantastic. I also wish Bread & Cie was in North County. I definitely plan to go back and buy some loaves to freeze. Amazing!
And next time I go to Bread & Cie, I will go for lunch and check out the sandwiches. The difficult part will be deciding which of the breads to try.
Check them out. You will not be disappointed.