Designed by a local architect, this informal cafe is a tiny, angular room located near Horton Plaza. The indoor area includes just six wooden tables. ... More
Designed by a local architect, this informal cafe is a tiny, angular room located near Horton Plaza. The indoor area includes just six wooden tables. Most patrons eat outside on the sidewalk tables. The breakfast menu is the most popular, featuring Joe's Special (a Frittata with eggs, potatoes, spinach and peppers). Other breakfast favorites include home-baked scones and muffins, as well as Pumpkin Waffles. For lunch, the Cafe Burger is a hit, served with Goat Cheese.
I got the idea to go here from an issue of Dining Out magazine given to be my one of my friends, and I am glad that I went.
Cafe 222 is a quaint little restaurant with only a handful of seats inside and out and a staff of about six or eight at any given time. The kitchen is the smallest aspect, so they request that you do not make any substitutions.
While there I had the cornmeal waffle and a side of bacon. The bacon was a little "extra-crispy" but I guess that is to some people's liking. The waffle was just right on the sweetness factor. I imagine if you were to ask for some strawberry jam and a side of their yogurt, you could have a breakfast strawberry shortcake going on. The rest of the menu is pancakes, more waffles (regular, peanut butter, pumpkin and nine grain), eggs, French toast, potatoes, tamales...your usual breakfast line-up and some different lunch items. Also available are mugs, t-shirts and waffle mixes if you'd like to recreate the experience in your own kitchen.
The bathroom was clean and had a nice feature in it you don't normally see: a table. It must be for storing additional rolls of toilet paper and soap, but it's quite a convienent place to put your bag so it doesn't have to sit on the floor.
I'd recommend to anyone going to San Diego, if you'd like a nice, quiet meal with a friendly staff, this is the place to go. C'mon, who doesn't like the idea of a peanut butter waffle?
At first I was slightly detoured by the seemingly long line, but I was told by other customers outside of the restaurant that I would regret it if I walked away. Most people coming out said that we (the waiting) would not be disappointed. The delay was not that bad and the food was exceptional. I am a semi-picky eater and their menu selection was outstanding (breakfast). I would recommend this restaurant to those who enjoy eating-out. Try going to the farmers market down the street on Sundays before eating. This makes for a nice little morning out.
For a small restaurant they really covered everything well! Server always smiled, the place was clean, music not too loud, and then came the food.....awesome. I had the Italia, it was delicious-and hot! Another positive to a small place like that is your always near the kitchen so your food comes right to the table. But the menu items, the hanging spoons etc, makes for an original place. I loved it, check it out. I'll probably be there!
We went for breakfast and was quite surprised by the creativity - peanut butter and banana french toast and pumpkin waffles!
Went back for lunch and had the best sandwich we had ever eaten and now we're hooked!
Unfortunately, when we went a third time the wait was too long and we had to move on...if only 222 had more seating...