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Cantina Panaderia in San Diego (longish report)

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Cantina Panaderia in San Diego (longish report)

daantaat | Apr 17, 2005 12:20 AM

Went to Cantina Panaderia in Pacific Beach today with friends for brunch/lunch. Was pleasantly surprised to find out it is the sister restaurant to Mission Coffee Cup in La Jolla, one of our favorite places to have breakfast! We all thoroughly enjoyed our food and would definitely return. Have finally gotten over the carb haze from earlier today….

I had the coconut French toast. A tough decision because they had an apple pancake with apple-chicken sausage special going on. However, I think someone mentioned on the board that the French toast was excellent, so I held onto my first choice. Was not disappointed either! 3 thick slices of buttered challah generously sprinkled with coconut—a nice texture of chewy and soft. Not too sweet, a nice balance of flavors. The only thing it seemed to be missing was a syrup or sauce of some sort because it seemed to get “dry” as you kept eating it. I think a black currant or berry compote/puree/sauce would have perfected the dish! Also got scrambled eggs with salsa on the side, both were also excellent.

One of my friends had the King pancakes, a 3 stack concoction of peanut butter, chocolate chips and bananas. We ALL dug into this one and loved it for the richness and combination of melted chocolate into peanut butter! Couldn’t quite get enough of this dish, although my friend ended up taking some of it home for her husband after she couldn’t finish it all.

My other friend had a fresh fruit bowl and flourless chocolate cake. I didn’t try the fresh fruit but they both said it was very good. A mix of strawberries, bananas and I think I saw some melons in there too. We all partook of the chocolate cake. My friend declared it the “best” flourless chocolate cake she’s ever had because it was not cloyingly sweet. I thought it was very good—moist, light, full chocolate flavor and not overly sweet.

Some other diners next to us were eating lunch entrees and it smelled REALLY good! Looked like tamales and a rice bowl of some sort. Have to go back and do the entrees next time!

Service was friendly and prompt. Minor issues with parking, to be expected because it is 2-3 blocks from the beach and it IS PB. If street parking is not available, there is paid parking across the street for $5 for the day. Not a bad deal—park there, go for breakfast and hit the beach afterwards! They also do catering.

Cantina Panaderia
966 Felspar St (between Cass and Bayard)
PB
858 272 8400

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