I think most people in San Diego will tell you that The Cottage in La Jolla is one of the best breakfast places around (hence the 371 reviews on Yelp; I personally love The Cottage too!). However, today, as a recommendation from Sonya, we decided to check out this other small shop named Come On In! with our friends Randall and Lizzy. This place was definitely more low key than The Cottage (only 19 reviews on Yelp) and people weren’t lining up outside to wait for seating either. However, it had a nice small cafe feel to the place (once we sat down I read their ad on the table and they have multiple locations across SD, so I guess they’re doing pretty well). We ordered our food at the cashier and found a table to sit at inside.
The food came out relatively fast, maybe a bit faster than The Cottage. As for taste, the food was good, but not great. I got the Popeye Omelette, which consisted of spinach, fresh parmesan, prosciutto, and diced tomatoes. It came with fresh fruit and two pieces of toast cut in half. My omelette was a little on the blander side, definitely could have used some more seasoning. However, this was pretty much taken care of when my bite consisted of the prosciutto, which added a lot of salt. The cheese inside the omelette could have been melted more as well, so I had to deduct a few points there. Nonetheless, I enjoyed my brunch and I’d say that Come On In! is probably just a slight notch down from The Cottage in terms of food, but it is definitely cheaper, which is a plus.
Sonya got one of the breakfast specials: French Toast with Fruit. It was pretty similar to the french toast at The Cottage. It came with four big pieces, with strawberries and banana on top. It was well made french toast, but I would say that it was not as fluffy as the ones The Cottage makes.
Final Scores (out of 10):
Taste: 7.5 (good tasting, but a shade under The Cottage)
Plating: 8 (above average score, how can breakfast plating go wrong?)
Ambiance: 8.5 (nice quiet cafe in the corner of a small plaza – people could probably study here)
Service: 8 (food came out relatively fast)
Overall: B. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who does not want to wait in the long line to be seated for The Cottage. You can also save yourself a few bucks while getting quality breakfast food. The portions are large and filling, so I would say it could be more of a brunch than a breakfast. It’s a place worth checking out!
Come On In!
1030 Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92039