Apr 29, 2024 - News

Sips and Snacks: One of Yelp's best brunch spots

A crab cake benedict with a side of potatoes on a plate.

The Crabby Royale Benedict at Sugar and Scribe. Photo: Kate Murphy/Axios

Two San Diego brunch spots are among the best in the country, according to a new Yelp ranking.

Dig in: One of them is Sugar and Scribe in La Jolla, where I spent a recent sunny Sunday afternoon on the patio, and it'd be a great spot for a Mother's Day brunch.

Driving the news: Sugar and Scribe is 20th on Yelp's top 100 brunch spots of 2024, released Monday. The list is based on business ratings and review volume.

  • Werewolf, a Gaslamp pub famous for its karaoke, ranks 18th.

Best bites: There's a reason one of Sugar and Scribe's most popular menu items is the Crabby Royale Benedict ($24).

  • The crab cakes are meaty and topped with perfectly poached eggs, avocado, arugula and a spicy sriracha hollandaise.
  • Get a side salad or potatoes served in a mini cocotte.
  • Coconut lovers should order the blue moon latte.

What to try: The healthy skillet ($20) was also satisfying.

  • It's a hefty portion of egg whites, roasted chicken, roasted tomatoes, gouda, garlic-sautéed spinach, and micro cilantro on roasted potatoes, plus a side of red-eye gravy.

The vibe: The covered, dog-friendly patio is decked out with florals, creating a lively atmosphere that's good for groups.

  • Visit the in-house bake shop for decadent treats and novelty candy.
  • Sit at the bakery counter inside if you're just looking for pastries and coffee, or cocktails.

Stop by: No reservations; daily hours are 7am-3pm; 7660 Fay Ave.

More Sips and Snacks: Brunch at Madi in Normal Heights or Blue Whale in La Jolla.

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