Life’s a ‘Breeze’ chillin’ at Del Mar café
By Kelley Carlson
At Del Mar’s Breeze Café, guests just go with the flow. The eatery is quintessential California: Patrons congregate on a sun-kissed patio and chat over chai teas, while gazing out over the Pacific Ocean just a couple of blocks away. It’s a stopping point for Del Mar Plaza shoppers to power up, and for guests who want to leave their cares behind.
Even the menu is “relaxed” and often changed, as it’s crafted by customers’ feedback, according to manager Chris Gallego.
The restaurant opens at 7 a.m. daily with simple offerings of coffee and house-made pastries, but breakfast dining gets under way at 8 a.m. Among the current faves is the Sugar-Spiced Salmon Hash, a dish that exercises the taste buds: flaky Alaskan salmon with a sugar-mustard glaze, supplemented with chunks of red potatoes, feta, green onions and cilantro, plus two poached eggs.
There’s the Corned Beef Hash, which includes a festive medley of green onions, red bell peppers, melted cheddar, shredded potatoes and two poached eggs with chives on top.
The light Fresh Berry Waffles feature strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and a dollop of lemon ricotta that looks like butter piled in the center, and honey-maple-thyme syrup to drizzle over it.
Diners also enjoy delving into the Del Mar Power Breakfast, with scrambled egg whites, salsa, black beans, broccoli and a corn tortilla.
Another specialty that garners attention is the Ham-Cheese-Egg Sando with scrambled eggs, slices of spicy-and-peppery Tasso ham, gruyere and arugula sandwiched in a pretzel roll, with a side of breakfast potatoes.
In between bites, people sip beverages like the frothy White Chocolate Lavender Latte, and on weekends, they may add some kick to their meals with Bloody Marys and mimosas.
For lunch, patrons can find soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. Selections include Thai Chicken Wrap with chicken, brown rice, peanut sauce, mango and vegetables stuffed inside a spinach tortilla with yam chips on the side.
Blackened Fish Tacos are topped with salsa fresca, jicama slaw and chile aioli inside white corn tortillas (which are made in Breeze Cafe’s sister restaurant upstairs, Pacifica Del Mar). A Tasting of Both Soups includes the Japanese Clam Chowder Shiitake and Mulligatawny Soup Curry.
As a bonus, guests who stop in midday Monday through Friday can refuel during the cappuccino “happy hour,” when it’s $1 for a small cup and $1.75 for a large.
There are other deals during the week, as well. Locals receive 15 percent off their bill on Mondays; on Tuesdays, anyone can buy a cookie and get a second one free. Regulars can get a double punch on their breakfast/lunch/coffee card on Wednesdays, and the military and service industry are recognized for their efforts with 15 percent off their bills Thursdays. On Fridays, draft beers are $3, which includes Shock Top, Stone, Karl Strauss, Ballast Point and Coronado.
■ 1555 Camino del Mar, Del Mar
■ (858) 509-9147
The Vibe: Relaxed, casual
Signature Dishes: Sugar-Spiced Salmon Hash, Breeze Oatmeal, Breeze Huevos, Blackened Fish Tacos, Thai Chicken Wrap, Sugar-Spiced Salmon Salad, Tasting of Both Soups
Open Since: 1999
Take Out: Yes
Patio Seating: Yes
Cappuccino Happy Hour:
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday
Hours: 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday,
7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
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Each week you’ll find a recipe from the featured restaurant by clicking the link below. This week’s recipe: Breeze Café’s Salmon Hash
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