French toast is like pizza: even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good. And while this breakfast and brunch staple is tough to really get wrong, there’s still a gulf between the eggs, imitation vanilla, and Wonder bread version I whipped up as a kid and legitimately well executed versions like the cinnamon french toast at The Mission ($7.95).
What separates good French toast from great French toast usually comes down to the bread, and the freshly-baked cinnamon bread at The Mission is spectacular. Cut in thick slabs, it has a thin layer of crispiness on the outside, and is warm and molten in the middle. The bread is made with cinnamon and sugar swirled inside, so it’s a bit like a cinnamon roll, though not nearly as sweet. Blueberry compote is a tasty complement, but I can’t help myself from adding just a touch of maple syrup for moisture as well.
Portions tend to be large, so when I’m dining with someone else, I like to add a side of eggs and bacon ($2) and split the plate. You get the right balance of sweet, savory, and salty while avoiding a sugar overdose (for about $5 each!)
Coffee is always good at The Mission, and they’ve recently added some sweet ways to get your daily dose of vitamin C(affeine), like the mocha shake (espresso blended with vanilla ice cream, chocolate, and a banana) and the mocha thai (essentially a regular mocha, with condensed milk instead of regular). I like to keep it somewhat simple and usually get the cafe con chocolate – house coffee topped with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.
1250 J Street
open 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Additional locations in Mission Beach, and North Park