The Mission is a classy, funky little breakfast and lunch spot in the East Village. It is an easy walk from most points in the Downtown area, the Gaslamp District, Petco ballpark, or even the waterfront. The new San Diego library is under construction just steps away from the Mission, which should add an extra bit of panache to what appears to be a neighborhood on the upswing.
The Mission has a great mix of breakfast choices--pancakes, the aforementioned rosemary potatoes, a number of what they call "Latino Favorites," and a variety of coffee and smoothie drinks, The house coffee roast is excellent; if you like your coffee black, it is extremely tasty. I had the chilaquiles, which was well-balanced, flavoful, not too heavy, and had just the right amount of zing with the aid of a little hot sauce. Their orange juice is also fresh--something I miss not having out in the Western Pacific.
Service is attentive, friendly, and not intrusive--allowing you to enjoy breakfast at your own pace.
The Mission opens up at 7. Before 8 or so, it is not too busy and fairly laid back. On a weekday, I left a little after 8 and the restaurant was starting to fill up. I can only image the lines later in the mornings on the weekends, or before/after a Padres game.
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