I have a new favorite restaurant, and her name is Chloe.
Too much? Okay. Moving on.
This past Saturday afternoon, a few friends and I met at Cafe Chloe downtown for brunch. I’d never been before, and oh my gosh – it is so adorable! It reminded me of a little Greenwich Village cafe in New York City, and is located right by Petco Park.
I hadn’t had more than a banana and some gatorade since my ten mile run that morning (I was feeling too zapped from the heat), so I was ready to EAT when I sat down at our table.
There were some sticky buns and other deliciousness sitting on platters at their front counter/bar area that got me excited right off the bat. I didn’t try one so I can’t vouch for the taste, but they sure looked good. It also made me smile noticing their rack of magazines on the wall, labeled “for your reading pleasure” and available (presumably) in case you’re dining alone. That’s how you win over an English major’s heart, people.
We sat inside since it was approximately a million degrees outside this weekend, but they do have a cute (and teeny) little patio area out front.
I started with some water and an iced coffee (free refills, what what!) as I began to peruse the menu. Two friends enjoyed Cafe Chloe’s special lemon lavender mimosas, which looked and sounded incredible. Had I not been so dehydrated, I would have ordered one myself.
The entire brunch menu was enticing (possibly because I was starving), but their basque style eggs eventually sold me. I ordered them poached instead of fried, because I’m that girl at restaurants.
Poached eggs atop a luxurious bed of sautéed sweet peppers, tomatoes, prosciutto, and pinenuts, with a side of crisp, country bread.
Seriously, this blew my mind. I was not expecting such a vibrant plate. Every bite was filled with flavor and for once I didn’t have restaurant order envy. Sometimes when you order sautéed anything, the dish can be a bit greasy or oily. These were perfect, even for a picky palate like myself.
One of my friends ordered the vanilla pain perdu with fruit compote and creme fraise (aka decadent french toast), and holy moly. It basically looked like dessert for breakfast. Which is totally acceptable during brunch.
I think it’s also important to note that our server was very patient with us, as we were talking loudly and took forever to order because of the aforementioned talking. Our food was also served pretty quickly, which my hunger appreciated.
I already want to return for restaurant week – they have a pumpkin soup on the menu!
721 9th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(corner of 9th Avenue and G Street)
SD locals, what’s your fav brunch place?