Brunch in the OC
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I like to eat in the Mornings… But not too Early
What’s the best cure for a night out? If you answered bottomless mimosas, this issue of TheFoodieMaps is for you! This week, we will be diving into some different brunch options all across Orange County.
Let’s get to it!
🍳 🥞 Breakfast for Brunch
Here at TheFoodieMaps, there is no shame in eating French Toast at noon. These eateries specialize in breakfast foods and often have several-hour waits during the weekends.
Breakfast that Makes a Difference
🍳 French Toast
📍 Snooze - Orange
Snooze is a unique emerging breakfast chain. Originally from Denver, Snooze has sought to create the perfect balance of using both sustainable and delicious ingredients. All of the food used in their modern take on breakfast has passed a rigorous review program called Snooze Approved. In this review process, everything about the ingredient is taken into account, including the quality, where it came from, how the supply chain works, and of course, how delicious of a dish it makes!
Snooze is growing rapidly. They have begun opening locations in Southern California. Already, wait times exceed 3 hours for a Sunday brunch at the Orange Circle.
A Mom and Pop Shop Gone Viral
🍳 Tiki Toast - Hawaiian French Toast!
📍 Broken Yolk - Fullerton, Costa Mesa & Mission Viejo
The first Broken Yolk opened in Pacific Beach, San Diego in 1979. The spot became a local hit and was known for their tantalizing portion sizes and variety of breakfast options, including some Mexican and Hawaiian-inspired dishes. In 2009, they were visited by Man vs Food in the season 3 premiere. This was the first time that Broken Yolk was put in the national spotlight. Following the airing, many investors reached out to the restaurant regarding potential franchises. With the new investments, the owners were able to expand beyond Pacific Beach. Today, the company has expanded to 27 locations in California, as well as locations in 6 other states.
As the name suggests, a large portion of Broken Yolk’s menu revolves around eggs. They have separate menu sections for Omelets, Benedicts, and Skillets. How Eggciting! Because they originated in San Diego, they included a “South of the Border” section filled with Mexican-inspired dishes, such as chilaquiles and a Fiesta Burrito.
Golden State Benedict
A toasted English muffin topped with grilled tomato, avocado, applewood-smoked bacon, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, and a sriracha drizzle.
Also, be sure to check out their Mimosa Flights, which give you the opportunity to sample all of their different flavors! My friends and I had some good times with these.
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📦 The Anaheim Packing District
In our research for this issue, we chatted with some locals from the Anaheim Loves Food Facebook Group about their favorite brunch spots. Many were excited to share the recent additions at the Packing House, so we had to check these places out ourselves.
From France to SD, and Now to OC!
📍 Le Parfait Paris - Anaheim Packing District
Le Parfait Paris is a French Patisserie & Boulangerie that originally opened in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Essentially, it’s a French bakery with a quiet yet welcoming ambiance. The shop sells tons of sweet and savory baked goods, including homemade macarons, croissants, and Crème Brûlée. Now, all these French classics can be found at the Anaheim Packing House!
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🌊 Brunch by the Beach
An HB Locals Spot
🥚 Greek Omelette
📍 Green Street - Huntington Beach / Sunset Beach
Green Street is a pretty low-key, locals-only kind of spot. I would even call the small diner a hidden gem of Huntington Beach. They’ve been around for so long that their website looks like it hasn’t been updated since the early 2000s. Visit on weekend mornings and you can sit among HB locals and surfers coming from their morning surf sipping on mimosas. Their portions are sizeable, truly living up to the claim of serving American comfort food. My personal favorites are the Corned Beef Hash and their “Chicken & Waffles with a Twist.” What’s the twist you ask? Have you ever had a cheese-filled waffle before?
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