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An all-American meal in Hillcrest

Scott McLean

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Old school design with a modern taste is how Brian’s American Eatery in Hillcrest serves up comfort food to late-night party crowds and families alike.

Brian’s restaurant is not your basic coffee shop; it is a coffee shop with flair, lots of it. Brian’s has been a local Hillcrest hangout for late-night groups looking to sober up and for families looking to get a good meal.

Brian’s claim to fame is that they have a huge menu of different foods from breakfast to dinner. Brian’s menu has everything from your basic bacon and egg breakfast to chicken, waffles, and beef ribs. Brian’s eclectic menu offers something for everyone, from health-conscious to gluttonous patrons. The proportions of the plates are large and reasonably priced.

Brian’s also serves a large selection of sandwiches and burgers, from plain old turkey sandwiches up to an out-of-this-world Aloha Burger.

The Aloha Burger is made with a half-pound handmade patty with a grilled pineapple slice and a chunk of cream cheese all covered in teriyaki sauce.

This burger is awesome and unique. I recently had to try this burger because I have never had a hamburger with cream cheese. The melding of the sweet and tangy teriyaki sauce with the grilled pineapple slice covered in the melting chunk of cream cheese was fantastic and has now made itself onto the list of one of my favorite foods. The burger was cooked to juicy perfection and came with two sides. The sides I chose were fries and a cup of their chicken noodle soup.

The soup was also fantastic and a great start to my meal. My only issue with my meal is that my stomach could not handle more food even though I wanted to eat another Aloha Burger as soon as I finished the first one.

Brian’s has a large list of sides like fries, soup and salad options. Almost all of Brian’s meals from lunch to dinner get the choice of two different sides. This is nice because it allows the customer to tailor their meals to their own discerning taste.

Brian’s breakfast is served all day and is reasonably priced. The breakfast options are vast, even with the options to get just fruit and a muffin or eggs benedict.

Brian’s American Eatery hits the spot in the comfort food category and hits the mark for good food, friendly comfortable accommodations, and price.

The average meal price is around $13 and goes as high as $30 for a steak dinner. Overall Brian’s gets 5 out of 5 stars for its friendly staff and good food.
Brian’s American Eatery in Hillcrest is located
1452 Washington Street
(Between Lincoln Ave and Lark Street)
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 296-8268
Hours of Operation
Sun: 6:30AM – 10:00PM, Mon: 6:30AM – 10:00PM, Tue: 6:30AM – 10:00PM, Wed: 6:30AM – 10:00PM, Fri: 6:30AM – 6:30AM, Sat: 6:30AM – 6:30AM

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An all-American meal in Hillcrest