By Laurel Vozely | SanDiegoVille Contributor
Situated on University Avenue, amidst the hustle and bustle of Hillcrest, Uptown Tavern is establishing itself as a neighborhood hot-spot, despite its difficulty shedding locals’ familiarity with the space’s former occupant, Ono Sushi. Not only is there buzz about the dinner menu, but positive word of Uptown’s weekend brunch spread my way, so I had to try it. After all, who does brunch better than San Diegans?
Perhaps the major selling point of any brunch is that fact that it’s socially acceptable to mimosa in the morning, and the Milwaukee Mimosa ($3) definitely didn’t disappoint. The freshly squeezed juice carried a sweet flavor unique to Uptown and a testament to the freshness that would continue to reveal itself in the food. If mimosas are too brunch-typical for your liking, the St. Germaine Sangria ($7) is a must: it’s light, fruity and invigorating as opposed to its wine heavy prototype.
Apple Pancakes ($10) were next, and as the server exclaimed, they really are bigger than your face - and I wasn’t complaining. Apples and watermelon accompany this comfort food, providing a fresh palate cleanser between bites of thick, syrupy pancakes, giving this dish a down-home appeal.
Brunch is served from 10am to 3pm on weekends only. And check out Uptown Tavern for a drink-themed happy hour from 4-6pm seven days a week. Enjoy!
1236 University Ave, Hillcrest
Mon – Fri: 4pm to 2am
Sat-Sun: 10am to 2am