The latest edition of Roadfood 2014 includes The Cottage La Jolla as part its new Roadfood Honor Roll – "100 of our very favorite restaurants all around America, that we have come to love because we believe that each is a unique expression of something wonderful about American food and food ways.”
The turn-of-the-century Cottage, on a sunny corner in downtown La Jolla, is light and airy inside, with booths and tables under a skylight; outside there's a welcoming white fence, trellis, and large brick patio. You can start the day with farm-fresh eggs most any style, granola and fresh fruit, oatmeal pancakes, Belgian waffles, or a vegetable frittata. The dinner menu features California bistro cuisine. The Cottage bakery makes the most wonderful desserts, pastries, and bread (with the exception of focaccia). There's no smoking inside or out.
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Dining on the beautiful patio is the best way to enjoy this charming, casual American in La Jolla Village; a delight for breakfast (delicious oatmeal pancakes, great muffins) and popular for lunch, it now serves dinner too, offering good value any time thanks to friendly owners and cheap prices.
- Zagat Survey
Everything about this beachside bungalow is brimming with romance. A white picket fence, lots of colorful flowers, and a sea of pastel and floral umbrellas shading the brick-patio seating adorn the outside. Inside, pastel watercolors of the La Jolla shore accentuate the cheerful atmosphere. Hot coffee and waffles smothered with bananas and strawberries complete an enchanting La Jolla dining experience just too good to miss.
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"They come to sit on the broad front patio at an umbrellaed table, basking in La Jolla's perpetually glorious weather, reading the paper, sipping coffee, eating good food, and generally relishing the good life."
It's the "perfect patio for pancakes" purr partisans of this "lovely" La Jolla Californian where "hordes" of "casual" locals also come to savor "excellent omelets" and "good cinnamon rolls," and later in the day, an "imaginative," if "limited," lunch menu ("fabulous Jamaican shrimp salad"); "the owner makes [diners] feel welcome" and the staff is "friendly," so it's "always a pleasant experience."
- Zagat Survey | 1999 San Diego Restaurants
"Hot breakfasts are nothing short of spectacular..."
- Epicurious.com | America's Top Ten Breakfasts
"Best Breakfast" & "Best Lunch"
- La Jolla Village News | Readers' Choice Award 2007
"Best La Jolla Restuarant" Audience Winner!
"Best San Diego Family Friendly Dining" Top Ten!