S and I recently checked out the brunch at Prepkitchen, since I had a couple of gift certificates to use. I had originally thought about going to Whisknladle, but since I’ve never been to Prepkitchen before, we decided to check that out.
There is patio seating and a few tables indoors. S and I chose to sit indoors since we usually don’t like the wind… haha. Our server let us know that coffee is self-serve.Back in college and our early grad school days, S and I were actually pretty serious about coffee and would buy single-origin beans, grind them fresh, and use a Chemex coffee filter to make coffee. A couple of years ago, though, we realized that our hands would shake too much after drinking coffee and interfere with working in a lab… so I haven’t enjoyed a good cup of coffee in quite some time. I went with decaf here, and it reminded me that I should find a good bag of decaf beans and restart my habit of coffee enjoyment.
Anyway, enough ramblings… onto our food:I’ve been craving donuts for a while, and when I saw donut holes on the menu, I ordered them immediately. They were served hot in a mini cast-iron pan, lined with a cut-up paper menu to wick the oil. S and I both loved them! I was thinking of eating just one and taking the rest home, but we actually polished off the entire thing in a few minutes. Haha. I especially liked that 1) they were served hot! and 2) they were dusted with powdered sugar instead of glazed. The steak & eggs was my choice. The steak was really good, cooked to a perfect medium rare, but I was a bit disappointed with the small portion of steak. The rest of the dish was a bit “meh” – the eggs were still quite runny (I didn’t mind too much, otherwise I would have sent it back), and I actually didn’t like the hash browns at all. It was too dense, and there wasn’t enough of the browned, crispy potato shreds that I love. S thought it was fine, if you think of it as a “potato cake.” Haha. I quite enjoyed S’s choice, the pork & sage sausage scramble, which was served with toast and breakfast potatoes (aka homestyle fries). I was surprised that S liked the butternut squash, but he appreciated the sweetness that it brought to the scramble. I also thought that the breakfast potatoes were much better than the hash browns!
S also got a side order of pancakes – a short stack of two (forgot to note down the price, unfortunately). It was served with a pat of butter and warm maple syrup – yummy. I really enjoyed the nice and fluffy pancakes, but S didn’t think they were anything special.
Overall, I thought brunch here was decent but definitely not the best that I have had. I wasn’t too impressed with my steak & eggs dish, but I liked everything that S ordered. I’ve heard that there are some really delicious brunch items at Whisknladle, which are not available at Prepkitchen. So, perhaps I would give Whisknladle a try next time. For now, unfortunately, I’d recommend finding your brunch fix elsewhere. My current favorites are Urban Solace and The Mission.
Prepkitchen (Del Mar location)
1201 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, CA 92014
Hours: Lunch Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm; Brunch Sat-Sun 10am-3pm; Dinner Daily 5-9pm; Happy Hour Daily 3-6pm
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