Harry’s Coffee Shop (La Jolla)
My apologies. I didn’t do something I meant to last time…Happy New Year! Silly silly me. Hope the people that make New Years resolutions are successful so far. 2014 is going to be a dusey! On to Harry’s Coffee Shop. Harry’s is located right on Girard Ave. in La Jolla. I must have passed it a million times without noticing it. I’m glad we got to see firsthand what a typical morning service is like, and perhaps what it’s been like since 1960. Yes they’ve been around a long time and even have a parking lot out back. At first, Michael and I tried to find street parking and as we stumbled upon the huge lot we both thought, “score!”
The menu picture didn’t come out clearly so here’s a more legible version of it. Man do they have something for everyone. Some items that we didn’t order but caught my eye include Corned Beef Hash, the California Breakfast Burrito, and Harry’s Famous Milkshakes.
We came at 11:00 am on a Friday which I think would be considered an off time, but the place was packed like a sardine can. There wasn’t a long line waiting to get in like you see at Snooze or Hash House on a weekend but there certainly was steady flow in and out, without an empty table in sight. As busy as it was, the restaurant was very comfortable and what you’d want in a diner setting. Cordial wait staff without the fake nice, nothing fancy to the place while being clean and cozy, with a homey vibe that gave off a “this is a place for regulars” kind of feel. And we noticed it right away as Harry moved about the restaurant saying hi to all of his friendly regular customers.
Are you a coffee lover? Well the lucky day you’ve been waiting for has finally come. Harry’s recently teamed up with Café Moto to supply their wonderful coffee. I suppose it’s fairly important to have good coffee if the name of your restaurant is Harry’s Coffee Shop. This particular coffee had a great depth of flavor, bold and nutty, but not very bitter like some strong coffees tend to be. I go in phases drinking coffee and am by no means an expert, but this was one good cup of Joe. I’d be filthy rich if I could bottle the nostalgic feeling of sipping on a solid cup of coffee in a setting like this. You are on to something Harry…
Michael ordered the B.W. Benny which was a waffle with bacon inside and out, with ham, poached eggs, and their hollandaise sauce on top. He had the little one so he got the sauce and eggs on the side. I got the Denver Omelette which came with hash browns and toast. Michael’s was porkorific. I think this was the first meal his little one truly got acquainted with bacon as she couldn’t get enough of it. She was practically eating every single bit and piece she could find right up until we left the place. Some waffles have chocolate chips inside, this one has bacon bits. Go big or go home! Mine was about what you’d expect from a Denver Omelette, aside from the pineapple on top. I didn’t expect that and set it aside for post omelette consumption. I rather enjoy my savory paradise without the third pineapple wheel getting in the way. The portion was a hefty size, with cheese oozing all over. The hash browns made me enter a potato trance mode where after one bite I go in for another with the exact same motion and expression. No words, just mouth movements up and down to make sure it was real. If potatoes were my arch enemy they would prevail more than I would like to admit and these hash browns would be leading the charge against my eventual demise.
Special thanks to Danielle for inviting us to Harry’s. We enjoyed our time there!
Harry’s Coffee Shop
7545 Girard Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037