Feb 21, 2024 - Food and Drink

Blue Whale's beachy La Jolla brunch: Burritos, horchata waffles and ube pancakes

A breakfast burrito, purple pancakes and chicken and waffles on a table at a restaurant.

The Morning Sando is not pictured, but trust me, it's yum. Photo: Kate Murphy/Axios

The Blue Whale in La Jolla is casual enough for surfers and beachgoers yet elevated enough for a brunch date.

Details: The beach cafe in a little white cottage opened in October for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with indoor and outdoor seating.

What we ordered: Breakfast. The best bite was the chicken and waffles — a gluten-free horchata waffle topped with crispy buttermilk chicken tenders and a Fresno chili pepper agave glaze. It's $18 and worth it.

  • The Big Wave Burrito was flavorful and filling. ($15)
  • We couldn't pass up the ube pancakes, which made a sweet, coconutty, shareable plate. ($16)
  • The Morning Sando is a classic on sourdough that's bigger than most breakfast sandwiches. ($15)

Of note: There are vegan options.

Pro tip: It's an order-at-the-counter-then-find-your-seat system. There can be a line out the door, but drinks and food arrive pretty quickly.

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