Big Kitchen!: Stop In For Breakfast/Lunch
In 1974 Caryn Johnson worked at the Big Kitchen to support her daughter. During her time in San Diego, she also worked with an improv theatre group called Spontaneous Combustion and began a career in theater at the fledgling San Diego Repertory Theatre. Then she changed her name to "Whoopi Goldberg," and the rest you know.
Whoopi Goldberg, a life-sized poster of Jerry Garcia and a visit by Rachel Ray are the "claim to fame" of the Big Kitchen, Howerver, what makes it really a worthwhile place to go for breakfast or lunch is the cozy, friendly atmosphere. There is nothing fake at this place and they serve hearty delicious food.
When you walk in, the wooden counter and a couple of wooden booths make the room seem pretty small and always crowded, but in back there is a trellised patio and I suggest sitting back there, even if you have to wait a while.
Favorite Dish: What else? The "Whoopi Goldberg," Two eggs, four pieces of bacon and grilled potatoes, is what I suggest you order.
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South Park Bar & Grill!: Not Cuban Anymore.
This used to be a Cuban restaurant. The food was pretty good, but it seems that it didn't take hold in the community and now it's the South Park Bar & Grill, a neighborhood family restaurant.
It is closed on Mondays and open only for dinner, except they offer Sunday brunch between the hours of 10 am to 2 pm. They offer live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays and have an outdoor court yard.
Favorite Dish: South Park Bar & Grill offers classic American dishes such as meatloaf, macaroni & cheese, but also there are hints of Italian and Japanese flavors to some items as well.