The Joys of University Heights – Parkhouse Eatery breakfast

After an easy ride to University Heights in San Diego

After an easy ride to University Heights in San Diego

This morning we settled in for one of our favorite restaurants for breakfast in San Diego.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s nestled in a charming little neighborhood called University Heights, or that we could ride our bikes there (we didn’t, because we were feeling lazy, but we have before, so BikeSD would be proud).  And it really didn’t hurt that the food was so damn good.  On to our morning trip to Parkhouse Eatery.To be fair, I wrote about a previous mishap involving peanut butter and bacon at Parkhouse here, but let’s not let that stop us from retelling the pleasure of this visit.  The community of University Heights is a cozy little section of Greater North Park.  Technically, only half of UH is in Greater North Park, but that’s a much longer story and beside the point at the moment.  As I mentioned recently here, there are lots of important decisions related to ensuring all people in Greater North Park can enjoy their homes and the convenience and safety of this community, but this is a post about food so I’ll leave that other stuff alone for now.  The community has an active neighborhood association (here) and small independent business owners who come up with cute entry signs like this one

Seriously, with this much effort into saying hello, isn't this a place you want to start a day?

Seriously, with this much effort into saying hello, isn’t this a place you want to start a day?

What’s not to love, right?  We like it because, along with Snooze over in Hillcrest, it’s one of the few breakfast spots that caters to our prematurely fuddy-duddy-esque early morning weekends.  It opens at 8:00 a.m.m which is ideal when you can’t sleep past 7:00 a.m. , though I should have been able to sleep because I was up late watching a great video of a woman named Angela Colton describing San Diego’s Capital Improvement Program (the way buildings and pipes and stuff owned by the city are built), but again, I digress.  I woke up early and so we made our way down to a very reliable spot.

Having eaten here more than a few times, we were pleased to see Mason, one of the many pleasant servers who is surprisingly cheery for being at work so early on the weekend.  Mason is good, he’s no Blanca, who is among the gold standard of servers in mid-city, but he’s very nice, knowledgeable and properly attentive.  Good start.  We knew what we wanted, so ordering was easy.  First up, Wife orders the scramble with Serrano chilis, peppers, tomatoes, smoked mozzarella and even some carnitas mixed in for good measure. Here it is

Even the tortilla in this scramble was outstanding. I think I heard the guys in the kitchen singing about it, actually.

Even the tortilla in this scramble was outstanding. I think I heard the guys in the kitchen singing about it, actually.

This was the right amount of spicy and savory for an egg dish.  No overly dry scrambled eggs, no hiding the dish behind heaps of extras, just a few good nuggets (like those peppers) and it was a quite tasty start.  Wife and I tend to like to blend a sweet dish with the savory at breakfast, so I ordered up what should be world famous (or at least San Diego famous) Sun-Dried Berry pancakes.  Have a look

The pancakes at Parkhouse Eatery are a sweet-eater's dream

The pancakes at Parkhouse Eatery are a sweet-eater’s dream

I cannot really tell you how good these are, I wish I were as gifted a writer as Keli Dailey or even Jane Bills, but instead you’re left with me ham-fistedly urging you to change your next breakfast plans and have one of these pancakes.  I actually went with one sun-dried berry and one lemon ricotta.  Now, I’m not a huge fan of the idea of cheese in my pancake, nor am I a major supporter of lemon (unless in my Auntie’s ridiculous lemon bar recipe), but this one is damn good.  The lemon isn’t overpowering and honestly I don’t know what the ricotta actually does, because it doesn’t taste like cheese.  Go figure.  Maybe I should google it, but I’m rushing off to see Lincoln, so that’ll have to wait.  By the by, if you like Lincoln-esque movies and fancy yourself cool and cultured, consider checking out An American Story – a one act play by a dude named Hershey Felder that is about Lincoln’s doctor.  Very interesting, plus he sings.  Thanks for dropping by, I hope you enjoy Parkhouse.  Let me know how it went if you go.

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