On the Menu: Sooner or later everybody stops by La Jolla’s Cottage
By Will Parson
With its outcrop of highly visible umbrellas on the corner of Fay and Kline, The Cottage is an obvious choice for a sunny breakfast, brunch or lunch. Granted, you can dine indoors if you’d like, but this is La Jolla. The real choice isn’t between inside and outside — it’s between shade and full sunshine.
It’s the visibility of that outdoor seating, right up to the sidewalk, that drew in Michael Inzunza and his then-fiancée Alejandra several years ago.
“When we were planning our wedding we ran into this place looking for a coffee shop to sit down, and had a wonderful lunch.”
Since getting married at the nearby Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church five years ago, the Inzunzas have made The Cottage an anniversary staple.
“Our tradition is we come back here for breakfast and afterwards go with the whole family — now I have two girls — and we take a shot in front of the chapel.”
Some Inzunza family favorites include the benedicts (especially the California Benedict), the Buttermilk Coffee Cake and the House Baked Signature Cottage Granola.
That granola is another one of The Cottage’s selling points, and it is also available in a sealed package to take home. The gourmet product is baked in The Cottage’s own ovens and shipped to customers across the country. The list of all-natural ingredients is also pleasingly short and everything in it is easily pronounceable.
The Stuffed French Toast is another wise breakfast choice, as is the Polenta Benedict, which is a recent addition to the menu. If it’s later in the day, lunch offerings include the Crunchy Granola-Crusted Mahi Mahi and the Stuffed Avocado, which has taken off in popularity since its appearance on the menu several weeks ago. Have it with either tuna or chicken salad.
While The Cottage is especially suited to capitalize on San Diego’s fine weather, don’t expect it to be any less crowded when it’s not so sunny. There are plenty of regulars who will move indoors for that granola and for cold-weather treats like the chili. If you first wander by on a sunny day, rest assured there is enough to keep you coming back, rain or shine.
If you go
Restaurant name: The Cottage
Address: 7702 Fay Ave.
The Vibe: Open, Inviting
Signature Dish: House Baked Signature Cottage Granola
Open Since: 1986 (under current ownership)
Breakfast: 7:30-11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday; to noon Saturday; to 3 p.m. Sunday Lunch: 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon to 3 p.m. Saturday
Phone: (858) 454-8409
Patio Seating: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Happy Hour: None
On The Menu Recipe
Each week you’ll find a recipe from the featured restaurant online at lajollalight.com, click On The Menu. This week: Raspberry White Chocolate Bread Pudding from The Cottage.
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