Make your weekend brunch next-level with a mimosa flight.
Move over wine flights it’s time for a mimosa flight. Brunch really isn’t complete until topped off with a perfect mimosa. These morning cocktails become the star of the show with fresh juices and garnishes, so why stop at just one? Here are four San Diego brunch spots where you can try a mimosa flight.
Stella Public House
The outdoors come inside at this East Village eatery with rolling garage doors and indoor/outdoor dining overlooking new Fault Line Park. We can’t decide what we like more—their newly launched brunch menu or their deliciously creative mimosas. So get both! Order up a flight of four mimosas, with your choice of apple cinnamon, pear, grapefruit, mango and others to pair with avocado toast topped with smoked salmon and caviar, eggs Benedict or wood-fired stuffed french toast. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., weekends. 1429 Island Ave., East Village, 619.234.0808. stellapublichouse.com
The Pacific Beach neighborhood tends to roll out of bed for brunch around noon, so do as we do: start by enjoying a lazy Sunday morning stroll along the boardwalk on the way to Crushed for their signature mimosas. Enjoy a flight of three mimosas with flavors like classic orange, rosemary grapefruit, strawberry mojito, elderflower, lavender, blood orange and more. We recommend their “bressert” cinnamon roll pancakes or the savory chicken chilaquiles alongside the flight. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Monday. 967 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.230.6567. barcrushed.com
With two locations in San Diego, Cafe 21 boasts a playful combination of eclectic, modern and unexpected—both in its decor and across its menu. On weekends, enjoy the bartender’s pick of six unique mimosas per flight, with changing seasonal flavors like ginger, kiwi, watermelon, tangerine, rose water and more. Plus the presentation makes you the envy of surrounding tables (served on a carrier tree downtown, or in mini-mason jars in University Heights). 8 a.m.-3 p.m., daily. 802 5th Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.795.0721; 2736 Adams Ave., University Heights, 619.640.2121. cafe-21.com
Enjoy the ambiance of a cozy eatery inside a converted house or wander to the outdoor patio of Parkhouse Eatery. The mimosa flight is quasi-legendary (choose four flavors), as are the large brunch portions. Enjoy “milango” with mango juice, lime and a chili/sugar rim, “applelicious” with a cinnamon sugar rim, peach, or the “pink goddess” with guava and strawberry. 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., daily. 4574 Park Blvd., University Heights, 619.295.7275. parkhouseeatery.com
Other Creative Mimosas in San Diego
Whether paired with something sweet or something savory, Great Maple’s daytime libations up the ante for future comparisons. The classic mimosa features fresh squeezed OJ, or try the “poire william” pear mimosa to feel a little fancy. The watermelon lemon presse mimosa creates a nice contrast of sweet and sour. Those craving a fruitier flavor can opt for the peach bellini. 1451 Washington St., Hillcrest, 619.255.2282. thegreatmaple.com
Snooze AM Eatery
Arrive early (or just realize it’s going to be worth the wait) at the popular breakfast joint. At either of their two locations, enjoy mimosas with orange, grapefruit, apple, lemonade, cranberry or pineapple juice, or opt for one of their signature with “Snooze sparkling” and creative combos. We recommend the “Palomimosa” with Espolon blanco tequila, St. Germain liqueur and grapefruit juice. 3940 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest, 619.500.3344; 3435 Del Mar Heights Rd., Del Mar, 858.703.5300. snoozeeatery.com
With beachfront views and modern indoor/outdoor dining, JRDN already has plenty of instagram-worthy drama, but the “build your own mimosa” draws nearly as much attention as the crashing waves. Select from blood orange rosemary, pineapple mango, blackberry mint or the signature JRDN mimosa with apparel, st. germain, orange and prosecco. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends. 723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach, 858.270.2323. t23hotel.com