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There's only one reason to come to San Diego's Babycakes for brunch: the red velvet pancakes. That's right, deep red hotcakes that taste like rich cocoa with a thick layer of cream cheese filling slathered between the stacks, drizzled with maple syrup and topped with strawberries.
It has a side of fruit, but you'll need to reserve as much room as possible for the filling pancakes. We were only able to finish one of the hotcakes (yeah, we're obviously not contenders for Man v. Food Nation)—of course, we took the rest home for later.
People are more interested in catching waves than laughs in San Diego. But if you want a chuckle or two when the sun sets, check out National Comedy Theatre in Mission Hills, San Diego's longest-running show.
In the vein of ComedySportz, the 11-year-old improv troupe prides itself on clean, family-friendly shows with no cussing or lude language. If one of the players disobeys that No. 1 rule, like when one of the comedians did when he mentioned "oral," he has to put a paper bag over his head for a short time. A ref presides over the proceedings to make sure it's on the up and up. Though if you do like your humor dirty, the midnight show is anything-goes.
Unfortunately, the cell phone isn't included; it's there to show how ginormous the flapjack is.
Head down to San Diego's Hash House a Go Go on a weekend, and you'll see a bunch of starving and hungover folks waiting outside, eager to get in the restaurant for some hearty home-style eats. That's just the way it is and how it will always be at this famous weekend brunch restaurant. Our tip: Avoid the long wait by heading to the Hillcrest eatery during the week. That way you won't have to wait more than an hour to stuff yourself silly with brunch dishes so large you'll have to either share them or risk a food coma for the rest of the day.
Hash House a Go Go, a mix of city and country with metal chairs, old farm photos, and paraphernalia on the walls, churns out food as fun as its name. Of course, you can't go wrong with the namesake house hashes, like the ground turkey with hardwood-smoked bacon, onion and smoked mozzarella or the meatloaf with roasted red peppers, fresh spinach and smoked mozz. But the bigger-than-your-face pancakes are too hard to pass up.