If you haven’t tried Snooze yet, you must! They have some of the most delicious, inventive, and well-executed breakfast and brunch items in San Diego.
I’ve only been to the Hillcrest location before, but today I was invited to check out the La Jolla location and sample their new Fall Menu which will be debuting next week.
Snooze in La Jolla is actually up by UCSD, so more in the UTC area. It’s within the same shopping center as Philz Coffee which recently opened it’s doors last month.
Snooze is tucked away in a back corner but can be accessed just adjacent to the Nordstrom Rack.
Inside, the decor is fun, colorful and clean. The inside of this location is smaller than the Hillcrest location, but it has a great patio for al fresco dining.
I can only imagine it’s super packed on the weekends.
The staff was super friendly. We just have interacted with at least 5 different people and everyone was so genuinely nice.
The manager Justin came by the Chef and asked if it was okay to just bring out some items from the new menu.
Drinks & Coffee
They immediately started us out with a couple of cocktails.
I’m not much of a drinker (at all), but lucky for me, I brought along Russ!
It was a bit early, but he was a trooper.
The Strong GPA on the left was grapefruit juice, soda water, gin, Stone IPA, and a splash of bitters. I actually tasted this one and it was pretty refreshing!
They also brought a Bloody Mary which Russ seemed to like as well.
In addition to the cocktails, Russ got an Iced Coffee and I had an iced mocha.
Justin pointed out the Knork flatware that they’ve been using. I’d never heard of it, but I thought they had a cool looking symbol.
Flavor Flavor Flavor
Anyhow, let’s get to the food!
So, this was my favorite dish of the morning (not an easy choice as you’ll see!).
The sauteed shrimp was deliciously seasoned with just the right amount of spice. The salty and richness from the andouille was to die for. And, the creamy grits wrapped it all up in a warm hug.
I would definitely order this again… and again.
The frittata was fresh and light (especially compared to Shrimp & Grits), but it worked. There were tons of fresh produce and big chunks of sweet potato to keep your bites interesting. The tomatoes were perfectly firm and sweet and I suspect they may have sourced them locally.
So, if you’re looking for something a little lighter, but don’t want to sacrifice the flavor, look no further.
Okay, so this E’Lote Benedict was Russ’ favorite dish. And, it was also damn good!
The corn cakes with quinoa were quite inventive. They were tasty and sweet from the corn, and it married perfectly with the eggs and hollandaise.
It also had a small spicy kick to it which I loved.
The perfectly shaped hash browns were a nice touch on the side.
Some of the dishes had a little spice inherently. But, if you like to kick it up a notch, they give you tons of options.
These Infinity Sauces are quite popular here and they have several different options to choose from.
Russ figured he’d try out the ghost pepper sauce and found out it wasn’t as “scary” as it sounded.
It had a nice tangy flavor coupled with the heat which added yet another dimension to the benedicts we were enjoying.
The final benedict included steak…mmmm. I should have taken a closer pic of the actual hanger steak. But, it was cooked perfectly medium rare and was well flavored.
The only critique of this benny is that I’m not a huge fan of asparagus, and we were already so enamored by the E’Lote benny.
Nonetheless, it’s a great option if you’re looking for something a little more traditional – steak and potatoes.
The Last Lap
If I you think these look big, you’d be right!
Luckily, Russ and I had been pacing ourselves (well as best we could). But, we couldn’t pass up trying these piping hot.
We both loved the pumpkin pancakes. The dark bourbon flavor gave this stack of pancakes some personality!
I only wished there was more mascarpone to spread. 🙂
If you love brunch and breakfast as much as I do, don’t hesitate to check out Snooze La Jolla!
The new Fall menu will make it’s official debut next week, Thursday.
Let me know what you think. I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed. 🙂
*Please note that we were invited to dine here and our meal was provided complimentary. No further compensation was received and our opinions remain our own.
Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
8861 Villa La Jolla Dr
San Diego, CA 92037