More new eat spots, La Jolla biotech edition. While Green Acre had opened last year and its permanent second location already in the works, I got word about the only months old Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe from Jinxi of the Jinxi Eats blog. In fact we had our first lunch meet there (that was fun Jinxi!). I then had a couple solo breakfasts visits since and will go through those quickly. Gosh I didn't realize my last Early Bird post was August of last year. (!)
Bella Vista Caffe is located in the Sanford Consortium building campus, located right across from the famous Salks Institute that you also pass en-route to the picturesque Glider Port.
Parking is plenty (at least for now) and validated in the cafe. If you
sit in the patio area you can see some ocean peeking behind a few trees.
It's really nice over here. :)
first morning I had a regular size cappuccino and their Del Mar Omelet
(smoked wild salmon, onions, tomatoes, capers & feta cheese).
Hard to go wrong with that but they also have a three-cheese Tre
Formaggio and another called the Istanbul with Turkish sausage, roasted
bell pepper and artisan Italian cheese that I'll have to check out
another time. The toast was lightly buttered and nice. Also came with a
side of fresh fruits. You can browse through their full online menu here.
next breakfast visit I tried their Brioche French Toast. I forgot the
exact price but it including another capp was about ~$7. The weekend
brunch version (8am~3pm) comes with additional thick-cut bacon for a little extra.
The menu is quite different for weekend brunch with pancakes and also
several eggs benedicts to choose from (yum).
early May Jinxi and I had met up for lunch and it was my first visit
here. It was a very short drive from my office so I was pleasantly
surprised to find another great lunch spot option. I remember Jinxi
telling me that she had walked. ;)
is Jinxi's Croque Madame (grilled Italian cheese, black forest ham, a
fried sunny-side egg on thick toast). Darn, that looks delicious (and so
pretty). Came with a side of Tabouleh and seasonal fruit. The little
container I assume is dressing for the salad. I don't think Jinxi has
posted on the visit yet but I'm sure you'll be able to read about it in
more detail soon.
had their leek and truffle quiche (which might've been a special the
time) and a bowl of scratch made mushroom soup. The quiche was great
(leeks, truffle, cheese, flaky pie crust = awesome combo) as well as the
soup which had a slight whipped texture and nice garlic kick. Paninis as
well pastas also make up their lunch menu which for a cafe I feel is
fairly extensive. They have also recently started happy hour from 4pm~6.(!)
Again, really excited to have yet
another great lunch option in these parts. Maybe I can convince them to
fry sunny-side eggs for me in the morning. And also convince one of
these smart biotech peeps to let me document their packed lunches. ;)
Bella Vista Social Club & Caffe, 2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Dr, San Diego, CA 92037