I feel like I’m on a perpetual search for a non-gourmet breakfast place that churns out food that’s a bit more than mediocre. That’s not a high bar, and yet, somehow, my snooty standards are rarely met.
When you eat out semi-professionally, you start to see the same things pop up on menus. Food can be as trendy as fashion, with popular ingredients and dishes (truffle oil, bacon, mac ’n’ cheese) going from exciting one day to tired and overdone the next.
Here’s the thing about North County: There’s a lot of driving involved. It’s spread out; suburban sprawl dominates the landscape east of Interstate 5, and when it comes to restaurants, it can take awhile to locate the charms.