I was up quite early one morning last week to drop my folks off at the airport. I decided to treat myself to a little early morning breakfast before work. It was a little after 6am and the sun hadn’t fully popped out yet. It was odd being up and about that early.
I decided to hit up Perry’s Cafe in Old Town. I hadn’t visited in many years and when I did it was late on a Saturday morning when it was crowded and full to the brim. This particular morning it was quiet, being that they had just opened at 6am, and there were only a few other patrons inside.
There are signs all over the booths that say you must request water if you want it, due to the severe California drought we’re in. I requested a water and some coffee. The coffee is served in those old, hearty diner style mugs. I was almost expecting to see advertising on them like the ones at My Diner in Boston.
Everyone that came in after me was an older gentlemen. A waitress would ask if they wanted a menu and they would decline and find a spot to sit in. I actually needed a menu since it had been a long time since I had been here.
But… I ended up getting something I usually get… the Corned Beef Hash. It set me back a little over 9 bucks but it is a TON of food.
The hash browns here are almost like the ones I remember from Keith’s. Very crispy and golden brown on the outside while the inside was soft and moist. They still weren’t quite as “creamy” on the inside as Keith’s was, but heck, it was pretty darn close and I was quite happy with it.
The corned beef was nothing too special, but it hit the spot that morning. They got a really good crust on the outside (it looks almost burnt, but it’s not). There was a good ratio of little cubed potatoes to meat. The crispy exterior with the soft interior was a good combination. It wasn’t too salty but I wished there were some extra herbs and spices in there.
Sourdough toast is always my bread of choice. It’s one of those breads that doesn’t taste good to me if it’s not toasted. Here it is lightly toasted with plenty of butter.
There was butter and grease all around this dish but I didn’t care. I only ate about half of it anyway. It’s not health food, but it is hearty and it is filling.
Perry’s Cafe is an old school San Diego diner, down to the aging decor, the friendly waitresses and the quick service. I was in and out in about 25 minutes and had plenty of time to sit through the unfamiliar traffic on the 805 to head to work. It’s not every day I get to start off with a hearty, diner breakfast and hopefully I’ll remember to stop in again with Jake in tow.
Kirk from mmm-yoso posted about Perry’s back in 2007
Janice posted about her visit from earlier this year
Dennis has not one but two posts about Perry’s Cafe
I also found a San Diego Reader post about Perry’s
4620 Pacific Hwy
San Diego, CA 92110