Janet’s Café is one of the best breakfast spots in all of San Diego. The catch: their three locations are all in the East part of the county that few tourists, even few locals, bother to visit. For food this great, and at these portions, it’s worth driving a little out of your way to try some. Best of all, you can incorporate your stop into part of your trip out to beautiful Julian.
I believe that for portions, specials and atmosphere, the best of the three Janet’s Café’s is the one located in Alpine. Conveniently, it’s also right on the way to the far East of San Diego County, so you’ll pass it on your way to Julian, Borrego Springs, Palm Springs, Arizona, etc. Hooray for it being on the way.
Business: Janet’s Café
2506 Alpine Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
PDF of their menu -it’s the same at all locations.
Price: $$ (Each $ represents a $5 increment)
Rating: 5 out of 5
The décor in here is fantastic, deer antler chandeliers and wooden everything –it’s like an 1800’s hunting lodge. The lovely patio provides you a view of the tourist center of Alpine, filled with more wooden buildings, a peaceful creek bed and stunning oak trees. If I had to live the rest of my life looking at only one restaurant…don’t ask me why I would….I would totally choose this place.
Janet’s is one of those places where the whole menu could easily be recommended. It ends up actually being hard to create just one favorite dish for a review. If you get breakfast here, feel free to order whatever you’re in the mood for. I can almost assure it will be fantastic, and that you’ll have leftovers. Personally, my two favorite breakfasts are chicken fried steak and eggs benedict. They are both amazing here. The eggs benedict come with fruit or hashbrowns. When you order the chicken fried steak though, you’ll be pleased to discover that it comes with eggs, potatoes or fruit and a grain.
The potatoes come in hash browns or country potatoes, and here I would recommend their country potatoes –and an order of salsa on the side. Their homemade salsa is just blissful –rich in tomato-ey goodness and just the right kick. The potatoes are crispy on the outside and perfectly soft in the middle.
As for your choice of grain, that covers toast, pancakes, a monstrous muffin or a bafflingly big biscuit. For chicken fried steak, I always recommend the biscuit –standing between 3 and 4 inches tall and 4 to 5 inches wide. The rich country gravy is just fantastic and butter and honey certainly go well on it too.
For anything beside the chicken fried steak, the humongous muffins are also huge in flavor and the pancakes are quite good as well.
If you’re seeking something a touch lighter, may I recommend the fresh fruit and yogurt with granola. No doubt when you see the price, you’ll think, “that much just for fruit and yogurt?” But I assure you, the $8 plate is well worth every penny when they bring you a full platter of the freshest fruits available and a huge cup of vanilla yogurt loaded to the brim with homemade granola. Can you say yum?
Now, in case you’re asking about their lunch or dinners, never you mind, they have those as well. Lunch is always served in big portions of fantastic sandwiches and burgers. Dinner is only served on certain days, but if you happen to be lucky enough to drop by on one of these nights, you’ll be glad you did.