That’s because when done right, you start your day with a brunch with Bloody Marys, mimosas or other lively libations. This will quickly bring about the shampoo effect and before you know it you’ll be having a heck of a good time to start the New Year.
In San Diego, here is a rundown of fun and lively bars and restaurants (after all, being in a fun and lively place helps make the party) for a New Year’s Day brunch.
Sandbar in Mission Beach will open early at 9 a.m., to serve brunch by the beach. The Breakfast Quesadilla has with bacon, eggs, tots, mixed cheese, and topped with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa fresca. They’ve also got Bloody Mary’s to get you through the morning, and keep an eye on Sandbar’s socials as they continue to announce champagne specials leading up to the big day.
The Smoking Gun in the Gaslamp Quarter is having – get this – a pajama party. It goes from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and includes Chicken & Waffles with waffle-battered fried chicken wings, maple-sriracha sauce, powdered sugar. and honey chive butter. Pair with a bottle of champagne, of course.
Celebrate New Year’s Day in style at rooftop bar Cococabana. Located in downtown Oceanside atop the Brick Hotel, its brunch menu includes Caribbean-style favorites like Jerk Butter Oysters, Wagyu Skewers and Plaintain Hash & Eggs. Bottomless mimosas are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On the ground floor of the Brick Hotel, Q&A Restaurant & Oyster Bar, will open for brunch at 11 a.m. Offering a fuller brunch menu, Q&A will bring the flair of New Orleans to North County with NOLA-style dishes and drinks.
In Little Italy, Coco Maya opens at 10 a.m., for rooftop brunch with champagne, cocktails, and unique Caribbean-style brunch plates. Menu items include Dulce French Toast with kolache bread, dulce de leche, and assorted nuts. Its Frozen Caribe Coffee has spiced rum, cold brew, banana, coconut,and pineapple.
In North County, Park 101 is a dog-friendly multi-level, plaza-style complex. It is open from 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m., and has a wide variety of food and cocktails.
Miss B’s Coconut Club has been a San Diego favorite since 2016. Brunch is served until 2 p.m., and includes the Acai Granola Bowl with acai, fresh honey granola, tropical fruit, berries, and toasted coconut. The Havana Good Time cocktail has vodka, Pamplemousse, house grapefruit and cucumber cordial, and guava kombucha, served up in a giant, golden flamingo.
Louisiana Purchase brings a slice of New Orleans to North Park with its Brunch in the Bayou. Starting at Noon it has the same Cajun style as its lunch and supper menus.
The champagne is always flowing at Farmer’s Bottega, casual farm-fresh brunch spot in Mission Hills. Open for New Year’s Brunch from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., its rustic ambiance indoors and dog-friendly outdoor patio have plenty of room for a big party of people. Menu items include Rib Benedict, Banana Foster French Toast, or a Chile Relleno Omelet.
Arely’s French Bakery in the Clairemont neighborhood will open New Year’s Day from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. for a casual French brunch. This isn’t a boozy brunch byt you can take home a box of pastries and if you’re with the right person, that would make for a good beginning to the New Year.
By the beach in La Jolla Shores, Sandpiper Wood Fired Grill & Oysters – the sister restaurant to Georges at the Cove – ,is holding New Year’s Day brunch from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. The menu includes the Prime Rib California Burrito with fries, sour cream, guacamole, cheese and pico de gallo; Skillet Corn Cake with ham, swiss cheese, fried egg; Wood Fired Pork Loin Benedict on a house-baked English muffin with crispy rosemary potatoes and poached egg, and Lemon Ricotta Pancakes topped with whipped cream.
Partners Quiero Restuarants and Mike Hess Brewing are hosting the 6th-Annual Hair of the Hog all-you-can-eat-and-drink New Year’s Day brunch celebration from 9:00 a.m.-Noon at both its Seaport Village and Imperial Beach locations. Cost is $50.00 for adults and includes build-you-own omelets, caramelized banana pancakes, Mike Hess fish tacos, Ahuevo breakfast tacos, vegetarian green chilaquiles, bacon, sausage, potatoes, all draft beers, mimosas, MIKEaladas, select wine, and sodas. You read that last part right: it includes all draft beers, mimosas, MIKEaladas and select wines.
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