If you want a local favorite, the Lazy Hippo needs to be a stop during your San Diego trip. This small restaurant with local flavors adds a new concept to breakfast and lunch with exotic, modern and traditional dishes. The restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch, from 8 am to 2 pm. Located in the historic Gaslamp District, the Lazy Hippo is known for being a cafe that offers healthy alternatives but the restaurant is also home to some of the best waffles in the city which are sure to satisfy your sweet or savory breakfast needs. There are a lot of favorites at Lazy Hippo but we suggest you try the lemon ricotta waffles which are topped with lemon ricotta cheese, a raspberry sauce drizzle and mascarpone whipped creme. They also offer a banana and Nutella option or your classic fried chicken and waffles. This spot also serves fresh-squeezed orange juice (great for mimosas) and a large selection of other cafe drinks. With San Diego being close to the Mexican border, the restaurant serves some Mexican inspired breakfast dishes like huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and breakfast enchiladas.
Happy hour specials occur between 8 and 10 am daily. One well-known special at Lazy Hippo is the “2, 2, 1”: like 2 eggs, 2 meat (bacon, sausage, or ham), one pancake and country potatoes, or 2 eggs, 2 meat, half a waffle, and country potatoes for under $15! The Lazy Hippo is also four-legged friendly, so you will often find a local dog enjoying a treat as its owner enjoys a meal. The restaurant does not take reservations so we suggest arriving earlier in the morning or expect a wait as there are roughly a dozen wooden tables to eat at.
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