Restaurant of the Moment: Cafe 222

Cafe 222

222 Island Avenue

San Diego, CA 92101


As featured on the Food Network and winner of the Gold Breakfast Medallion for six years in a row, Cafe 222 is a quaint and charming gem in San Diego. It has been operating in the same location since 1991. More than twenty years later, it’s grown into a local favorite.


The restaurant’s owner Terryl Gavre, also writes monthly columns and dining reviews for Ranch and Coast and San Diego Metropolitan, both local magazines.

The interior is bright and colorful, evocative of your cozy, childhood kitchen. They even have adorable chandeliers made from coffee cups and spoons.

A breakfast, lunch, and brunch place, they are known for their breakfast items, with standouts including the Peanut Butter Banana French Toast, the Pumpkin Waffles, Corned Beef Hash, and the Cornmeal Blueberry Waffles.


Note: they do not serve regular bacon at Cafe 222. They serve turkey bacon and other breakfast sides like ham, sausage, and even spam.

Come early and be prepared to wait a bit, especially if you have a large party. They are a small establishment with a small kitchen, but they make up for it with friendliness and hospitality.

On their website, they even have video tutorials and printable recipes for some of your favorite dishes, so you can recreate them at home!

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