In her Ham and Cheese Baked Into a Bread post Cathy mentioned Best Donuts and Deli. Which kind of got me off my butt to actually put a post together about the place. I'd been there so many times that most of what I ate had faded into memory.
In recent years, Best Donuts looks like this when I stop by.
Remember the old saying "you don't need as much sleep when you get older...." Well, I think that's partly true. The amount of sleep I need has decreased marginally, but the hours I keep have changed. In other words, "nothing good happens after midnight", has now become "nothing good happens after 9pm".....which means I miss out on all the late night specials....
Anyway, I often pass Best on my way to work in the morning; at about 530-545. When I'm running early and am hungry, or when I anticipate a late, or no lunch at all I'll drop by for a take-out breakfast. It's pretty slim pickins' at that time of the morning on the Mesa and I prefer spending my money at these smaller shops than at the other chain options open at that time of the morning.
Just so you can see how lazy I've been about posting on this place. When I first went, the cash register was stationed at the rear of the shop next to the soft drink cooler.
A couple of years later it moved to the side next to the pastries.
Earlier this year, it was moved back to the old location and the cold case was placed alongside of it.
A couple of months later, the menu for the sandwiches was taken off the cold case and taped to the wall.
And over the years items have been taken off the menu...simply taped over, now merely a memory.....
I'm sticking to the breakfast tortas here, since that's what I get most of the time. They're nicely priced at $3.99 and the bread has always been warm and fresh when I've gotten it in the morning. The wait time is about 10-15 minutes, not the fastest, but when I make a decision to visit, I've calculated the impact of my wait time.
My usual is the A la Mexicana and Eggs ($3.99)
Eggs, salsa, onion, tomato, cheese, jalapenos, and a smear of beans....breakfast of champions. An adequate bomb of calories to last until dinner.
The Salsa Verde and Eggs ($3.99):
Enough yeasty carbs to get you going in the morning. Eggs, nice green chili sauce (mild kick), beans, cheese, and mayo. Perhaps number two because some mornings I don't feel like mayo....I know, heresy perhaps, but the milkiness of the cheese also comes thru in this one as well...so I've got to be in the mood.
There was a Chorizo and Eggs somewhere, which I thought was ok, but I can't find the photo.
You'd think I'd enjoy the Machaca ($3.99) much more than I did.
I thought I'd enjoy this much more than I did. Perhaps because I found this surprisingly lacking in flavor. I like the chew of machaca, but this was really tough and sinewy. I felt the mayo really didn't go well with this at all. I would have probably enjoyed more beans to smooth things out and perhaps more jalapenos; even though it was breakfast, to help things out. Still, on the morning I ordered this, I had meeting through lunch and didn't have a chance to eat until (an early) dinner. I don't recall being hungry until around 3pm or so.
What about the other sandwiches which range from $5.99 - $6.99....well here's a gallery:
and so forth......
But for breakfast, $3.99 sounds like a right price for what I got at this little shop on Clairemont Mesa.
Best Donuts Bakery & Deli
4714 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117