Downtown serves up brunch San Diego-style
by Marc & Darlynne Menkin
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Searsucker’s green eggs and ham delights foodies and Dr. Seuss fans alike. 	Courtesy photo
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With a brand new year underway, it’s a perfect time to mix things up and try something different. Take, for example, Downtown’s exciting Sunday brunch scene. Instead of sticking to the typical breakfast haunts, why not get a little crazy and give your taste buds a real thrill? Here are some happening spots worth checking out.

Searsucker, 611 Fifth Ave.: Celebrity chef Brian Malarkey has done it again. From the time you walk in and sit down at your table, it’s obvious this is where the cool kids hang out. It’s a great place to kick off your Sunday, as the vibe is lively and upbeat — perfect for social gatherings. The brunch menu is unique and includes enticing choices like green eggs and ham, biscuits and gravy and “bennysadick” with crab and avocado. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s the bourbon brown butter toast — a new twist on the all-time favorite French toast. If you’re really feeling daring, we suggest going for a side dish called “One Foot in the Grave,” which involves hash browns filled with lots of creamy butter, bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream and crispy shoestring onions. Our tip? Don’t eat and run. Make sure you soak up the ambience and try to get a seat that’s facing Fifth Avenue so you can watch the colorful parade of people walk by. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Grant Grill, 326 Broadway: Located in the historic US Grant Hotel, this is a wonderful hidden treasure. The atmosphere is tranquil so it’s ideal for couples. Everything on the menu is a standout but our favorites include the poached eggs on ciabatta with grilled ham, steamed asparagus and citrus hollandaise, as well as the citrus brioche French toast with orange blossom honey and pure Vermont maple syrup. Another unique offering is the signature cocktail miniatures. The breakfast collection features a maple Manhattan on the rocks and a passion fruit screwdriver. Both are served in small glasses so it’s not overwhelming and it compliments the food nicely. Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Café Sevilla, 353 Fifth Ave.: Foodies who haven’t been to this new location are in for a double treat. Café Sevilla’s new home is warm and inviting and its recently unveiled brunch menu is equally amazing. There are several food stations and the layout is not only pleasing to the eye, it’s easy to get around. The omelet station is manned by a chef who can create almost anything you want, but not to be overlooked are the paella and carving stations, where guests have a choice of baked ham with apple brandy sauce or roasted rib eye. Other hot food items include braised short ribs, chicken romesco, grilled tuna with mango salsa and baked salmon. An extensive dessert station is not to be missed, and features chocolate cake, apple tarts, bread pudding, mini flans, French cream and fruit. Need we say more? Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

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