I'm usually not a big breakfast person, unless it involves mimosas let's be honest. However, my husband cannot survive the day without a huge breakfast. So we usually end up venturing out on weekend mornings in search of eggs and mimosas. I had seen Great Maple on Yelp and decided one Saturday morning to head that way for a little breaky-boo.
I decided to make a reservation using OpenTable just in case. We had learned our lesson earlier in the week after being turned away by multiple places for not having a reso. I would highly recommend one at Great Maple if you're planning to do breakfast or brunch on the weekends. Otherwise plan on waiting an hour or more.
Unsuspecting, it's located on the corner of Washington St. and Lincoln Ave. and looks like an old lodge style diner to me. With its rock skirt, dark wood, and shingle roof I was expecting your typical early bird special type of diner. A place where the waitresses have worked forever and the coffee is strong. Approaching the front door I first noticed the typography of the gold window logo and decided this might not actually be your grandpas diner. Then I realized just how many people were waiting outside. And inside. Instantly my thoughts drifted to "this place must be good" since there were so many people waiting to eat.
Walking in you're welcomed into the chaos of a busy brunch service by two or three hostesses at a rather small hostess stand. Always on top of their game though, I haven't had a bad experience at the host stand there yet. Except for the fact that they're so busy and have so many people waiting that a place to stand and wait becomes quite interesting.
Looking around your eye jumps from decor to food passing by to furniture and back to decor. Natural wood, teal, greens, and whites make up the majority of the color scheme. All mixed together with a mid century modern flair and touches of gold and black. The turquoise bar is cased in a marble counter top with black accent stools. Exposed beams and a herringbone wood floor help round out the restaurants style. At their Hillcrest/North Park location they also have a cushy side patio complete with heaters .
Their breakfast/brunch menu is stellar. I recommend the blueberry pancakes or egg whites & California toast. Their cocktail menu is also great and includes a large list of bloody's to try. And you'll most likely see servers walking around with a sample of their maple bacon doughnut for you to try too.
Great Maple is on my Highly Recommend! list for San Diego dining:
- Great for breakfast/brunch (lunch and dinner too I'm sure, just haven't tried it!)
- Family friendly
- Full bar
- Outdoor seating available
- First-come, First-serve at the bar seating
- Busy busy! Make sure to have a reservation
- Mid range pricing
- Parking lot and street parking
- Healthy and sinful food & drink options