Perched on a cliff in one of the most optimal locations in La Jolla, San Diego, sits Brockton Villa. It’s easy to be so focused on the seals on the beach that you forget to turn around and look at your surroundings, but this place is worth a pit spot.
The house touts a history, with a sign on the front that reads “built in 1894”. A front porch and side patio offer prime al fresco dining for looking out onto the Pacific, and palm trees line the front sidewalk.
Unfortunately we weren’t sat outside, but the inside offered just as much to look at, with a very unique fireplace made of seashells from one of the early architects.
We ordered brocktails while we waited for our fourth friend, a fun assortment of drink menus with unique spins from classics. I ordered the French mule, because I can’t say no to a refreshing ginger. The introduction of fillet rouge and fresh grapefruit was delicious.
Paul opted for the more manly version – a Southern mule, made with basil, bourbon, brown sugar, bitters, ginger beer.
Wes ordered the cucumber margarita, which was a fitting theme based on the amount of Mexican food we ate all weekend. This was made with house-infused cucumber tequila, fresh lime, and triple sec. It was simple but had a nice kick.
I couldn’t just stick to alcohol, so I also sipped on a latte, which was served European style in a tall glass.
For my entree, I ordered the breakfast tacos with Steamed Eggs, Hash Browns, Pico de Gallo, feta, chili cream, Fraiche, avocado, fresh salsa, and bacon. It was exactly what I wanted.
No ingredient was overpowering and it was a great blend of Mexican flavors without leaving me feeling like I needed to curl up in my chair.
Paul ordered the carnitas chilaquiles with scrambled eggs, sautéed corn, tortilla chips, Jack Cheese, ancho chile salsa, house-made guacamole, pico de gallo, cilantro, and sour cream. If you’re starving and have no problem eating a massive bowl of rich Mexican food, this dish is for you. Heaping with carnitas, each bite was full of flavor and so, very filling. I liked this but in smaller doses.
Wes ordered the carne aside benedict with avocado, poached egg, English muffin and cilantro Hollandaise sauce. This was heaping with house-made carne aside and a perfect proportion of Hollandaise to bread.
We also obviously had to share their marquis house specialty for dessert, the famous coast toast. This was incredibly rich and somehow magically gooey. I don’t know how they make French toast resemble a souffle, but they do it swimmingly. It had all the best parts of a French toast with the consistency of a softer dessert. If you end up coming to Brockton Villa for dinner instead of brunch, have no fear! You can order this for dessert with ice cream at each meal. And you won’t want to miss this. It’s the best French toast I’ve had at a restaurant, hands down.
After completely polishing off the French toast, it was time to go kayaking with the sea lions. It wasn’t the easiest going on an adventure after eating and drinking all of that food, but we did our best under the influence!
The Bitches say: A. We couldn’t give a restaurant with that amazing French toast anything but the best grade. Plus, the La Jolla cove views are pretty unbeatable. Add this to your vacay brunch list!
1235 Coast Blvd.
La Jolla, CA
Brockton Villa serves breakfast every day from 8 a.m.