A while ago, some of my labmates and I had a conference in downtown San Diego. I actually enjoy conferences in my own city because I feel like it’s more flexible – I can go from the meeting to work or home pretty easily. Of course I have also never been to a conference not in San Diego, so I guess we’ll see how I feel when the time comes, haha. Anyway, my labmate’s birthday was during the conference, so we decided to all have a celebratory lunch somewhere in downtown, and I was given the task of choosing a restaurant. Since I’ve been wanting to check out Cafe 21’s new downtown location, that’s the place I picked!
We had a really large group, and everything was a bit hectic, so I did not get a chance to photograph the place, unfortunately. Everything was really spacious and beautifully decorated with a rustic feel – I loved it.
Cafe 21 has just brunch and dinner menus – no separate breakfast and lunch, which I like. Weekend brunches are nice, but why can’t everyday be a brunch day? Haha. My labmates were really excited because they love brunch food, too.We couldn’t help but order a mimosa flight to share. I believe the price was $21 but please correct me if I’m mistaken! As you can see, there’s a variety of flavors – apple, cucumber, cranberry, blueberry (I think), raspberry, and of course, the classic orange. I tried some of the cucumber, orange, and strawberry ones, and I must say that cucumber was my favorite – super refreshing. I’ll have to try it at home sometime.
I don’t think my labmates have ever been subjected to my taking-pictures-of-everyone’s-food-before-anyone-can-start-eating… haha. Everyone was super nice about it, though!Several of us ordered the cast iron omelettes, which had the most adorable presentation.