La Jolla Insiders Breakfast Republic review

They Sell Eggs Shelled Down by the Sea Shore

With so many La Jolla restaurant locations already featuring a breakfast menu it often takes time for a new kid on the block to gain traction. The most recent addition to the La Jolla breakfast/brunch directory is the latest Breakfast Republic and Eggies, featuring a side walk-up window for ordering grab-and-go egg sandwiches at the corner of Pearl Street and Draper Avenue, where it replaces the long-gone Cruisers Gourmet Subs, who before then replaced Wahoo’s Fish Taco. The location has a history.

Given the already established reputation, gained from the several other BRs dotting the San Diego morning repast landscape, its success seems pre-ordained because of its already baked-in fan base. Breakfast Republic first opened its doors in North Park in 2015 with a second location one year later. 

In 2018, Rise & Shine Hospitality Group, which also includes his Fig Tree Restaurants, owner and CEO Johan Engman rolled out a companion grab-and-go eatery call Eggies, which was set alongside his existing Breakfast Republics in the East Village, Liberty Station, Pacific Beach, East Village and most recently North Park. With the newly opened Pearl St. location and planned for Mission Valley and Carlsbad spots, owner John Engman’s restaurants’ futures appear to be intertwined with more multiples to come. 

Breakfast Republic serves its own take on unique brunch cocktails (try the melon ball smash, it’s light and refreshing) complementing classic and non-traditional breakfast fare such as Oreo cookie pancakes, Jurassic Pork eggs benedict (clever), a complete shrimp and grits plate, s’mores French toast, breakfast mac ‘n’ cheese, and even vegan and gluten free offerings; you might want to top it all off with a highly recommended iced ube latte. 

At 1,800-square-feet, it’s the coziest Breakfast Republic yet, with a seating capacity of approximately 75 across the interior and the 250-square-foot patio.

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