3795 Mission Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92109
1250 J St.
San Diego, CA 92101
2801 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104
The Mission has already created quite a fan base in San Diego, but if you haven’t had the privilege of chowing down at one of their three locations, then get in line. No, literally get in line! Every time I decide to hit up The Mission for an amazingly fulfilling breakfast it seems the rest of SD had the same idea, and got there before I did! Regardless, a lengthy line could never keep me from what they’re cooking up inside, and fortunately it’s worth the wait every time!
You should know now that you’re not going to find the run-of-the-mill bacon and eggs on the menu. The Mission offers over-sized classic and Latin inspired dishes full of flavor, but not full of fat and calories. They decided early on that food should not only be extremely tasty but surprisingly healthy. Each plate shines with vibrant colors that can only come from the freshness of ingredients. Oh, and they also made it ridiculously affordable as well. Giant gourmet portions all around $10 or less? Sounds good to me.
Enough about how much it costs, once you’ve had an enormous plate of famous Mission French Toast you’d be willing to pay anything to have it all over again. Sweet, griddled house-baked cinnamon bread sits gently atop a tart berry puree, and then is dusted lightly with powdered sugar. To this day I don’t think I’ve been able to finish my entire plate, but I always happily go down trying.
The pancake selection is pretty impressive, combining common flavors with a healthy twist. It’s like when your parents used to trick you into eating your veggies by making cauliflower look like mashed potatoes; except this time you’re more than O.K. with it. Strawberry Granola Pancakes, Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes, or Banana Blackberry Pancakes are piled high, packed with seasonal fruit, and decoratively drizzled with the berry puree.
If you’re ready to move past the pancake and french toast breakfast then The Mission has some eclectic options you’ve probably never seen on a quite the same way ona menu before. The Zen Breakfast might just be the opposite of the Mission French Toast platter. They’re scrambling protein-packed egg whites, braising tofu, and lightly grilling crisp zucchini, tomato, onion, and squash, and serving it with whole grain brown rice. That’s not even one of the eclectic options I was talking about, though. There are some uniquely bold flavors coming from their Chino-Latino based breakfasts.
If you’re feeling adventurous, or the room is spinning, try the Mission Chilaquiles: corn chips topped with scrambled eggs, black beans, and roasted tomato ginger sauce. This dish has been known to cure the common hangover, as spicy foods have been believed to help in the healing process of one too many margaritas or Jager shots. So it’s pretty much a super food and my idea of the perfect Sunday morning meal/cure to overindulgence. The Plata Verde con Huevos pairs sweet corn tamales with eggs any style and smothered in fragrant roasted tomatillo sauce.
Their breakfast plates are so delicious, so beautifully presented, and so distractingly large that I almost forgot they serve lunch as well! They’re making sure to appeal to the masses while still sticking to their Chino-Latino roots. They’re calling these dishes ”simple, healthy, and ethnically eclectic” which takes the words right out of my mouth. They’re offering cheesey House, Steak, and Chicken Pesto Quesadillas, and a bunch of super healthy lunch plates. The Ginger Sesame Tofu and Brown Rice are tossed together with perfectly cooked brown rice, zucchini, squash, bean sprouts, broccoli, and braised sesame tofu. Another anti-meat option is the Vegetarian Roll-up; with Thai peanut sauce coated sprouts, cilantro, pan-fried noodles, and mixed vegetables are generously packed into a wheat tortilla. For a little heat order the Baja Shrimp Wrap and enjoy tender rock shrimp, black beans, cabbage, jalapenos, and their signature Chipotle cream sauce folded into a grilled Roma tortilla. There’s also something on the menu called the Indo-Chine Double Happiness Bowl. It’s similar to the Ginger Sesame Tofu and Brown Rice, but apparently makes you twice as happy.
The Mission is also pretty proud of their coffee (they call it the “last legal vice” and I couldn’t agree more), smoothie, and shake varieties. Oregon Chai Latte, Mission Mocha Thai, Power-Aid Slush, Mocha Chip Shake, Non-fat Blackberry Banana Smoothie, and Mango and Green Tea Freeze are just some of the many beverages they’re mixing, blending, and pouring daily. And in case you were wondering/hoping, they’re also making fresh muffins, brownies, croissants, and the personally named, and personal favorite, Gerry’s Pecan Banana Bread in their bakery, each and every day.
MIX Tip: The Bean Cloud: Heaven in a glass, a dream on the palette, and a tender-loving and tantalizing tingle on the sweet tooth. Don’t try and fight your will power, just DO it. Also, if you’re feeling generous and happen to be in the neighborhood please feel welcome to bring one by the MIX HQs too — that would simply make our day; and it’s a sure fire way to get yourself good marks in our books as well.
By: Tara Imperatore