A number of LGBT-friendly restaurants in San Diego serve exceptional weekend brunches ranging from casual to formal. Whether you're hankering for a Tater Tot scramble or fresh lobster salad with a harbor view - or fine champagne in lieu of a feisty bloody Mary - consider these top 10 picks to kick start your day.
The mother of all buffets is found on Sundays at Le Fontainebleau inside of downtown's Westgate Hotel, where nearly 100 dishes ranging from fresh shellfish to various roasts are elegantly displayed in an atmosphere resembling a French palace. The brunch remains a longstanding tradition at the hotel and features a pianist.
Where: 1055 Second Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
Stunning views of La Jolla Cove strike a match to crafty punch concoctions and elegant brunch fare at Cusp Dining & Drinks, located on the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla. The seasonally driven menu captures dishes such as baby beet salad, short rib hash and custom-made omelets.
Where: 7995 La Jolla Shores, La Jolla, CA 92037
At the gay-owned Heat Bar & Kitchen, weekend mornings attract big crowds amid bottomless mimosas and comforting dishes that include goat cheese frittatas and gourmet pork sandwiches. The modernly designed space features indoor/outdoor seating and a lively bar.
Where: 3797 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92103
A festive atmosphere prevails at Gossip Grill, where music and sing-alongs play into the weekend brunch scene at this popular Hillcrest nightclub. Famous for its party patio, the midday fare obliges with such dishes as bananas foster waffles, breakfast burgers and savory crepes.
Where: 1220 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
Out Chef Rich Sweeney, who competed in Bravo's Top Chef television series, presents daily brunch (except Mondays) at R Gang Eatery. His repertoire spotlights American classics such as chicken and waffles, griddled meatloaf and cheddar Tater Tots, which appear in a few egg dishes. Crafty cocktails fuel the scene.
Where: 3683 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
Look no further than Great Maple for fresh bacon-spiked donuts and other treats that are passed around the dining room on large boards during weekend brunch. This brasserie-meets-diner establishment is a favorite within in the LGBT community and famous also for its five-spice burgers and wide selection of mimosas and bloody Marys.
Where: 1451 Washington Street, San Diego, CA 92103
West Coast Tavern features a build-your-own bloody Mary bar during its brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Located in front of the historic Observatory North Park (formerly the North Park Theater), this action-packed bar and restaurant also scores high marks for its red velvet pancakes and "loaded" breakfast potatoes.
Where: 2895 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104
Experience Sunday brunch at one of San Diego's most cherished and formal culinary landmarks, Bertrand at Mister A's. The restaurant is located just blocks from Balboa Park and affords sweeping views of the harbor and downtown skyline from its 12th-floor perch. Word of advice: leave the cargo shorts and flip flops behind.
Where: 2550 5th Avenue, 12th Floor, San Diego, CA 92103
Sunday brunch at 100 Wines Kitchen involves crafty mimosas and rustic dishes stamped with Mediterranean flair. Located in central Hillcrest, a farmhouse ambiance defines the dining room and two patios.
Where: 1027 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103
Parisian-style fare takes center stage at Cafe Bleu Bistro & Wine Bar, which offers a quaint and casual ambiance as well as exceptional wines and champagnes hailing from major vintners throughout France. If you can't wait until evening to dig into dishes such as chicken vol au vent and French onion soup au gratin, the brunch menu obliges.
Where: 807 W Washington Street, San Diego, CA 92103