It's not just fish tacos.
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
Tell us about your first impressions when you arrived.
Morning Glory's design hits you with a checklist of Instagram hits—rose-gold accents, tiled floors, Millennial-pink booths, wallpaper galore, and a few rock 'n roll touches like skulls. It's hard to know where to look; thankfully, you'll have plenty of time to take it all in because there's usually a wait, particularly on Saturday mornings, when the Little Italy Mercato farmers' market is open nearby.
What was the crowd like?
Millennial hipsters as serious about their food as they are about getting that shot.
What should we be drinking?
There are coffee and espresso drinks, turmeric lattes served in glass goblets, and a lineup of unique hot chocolates (strawberries with cream, maple cinnamon) available as flights. But the day-drinking menu of low-ABV cocktails is the centerpiece. Try a fizzy refresher like the Morning Glory Spritz, made with grapefruit-infused contratto and sparkling wine; something foamy such as the spiked take on an Orange Julius (the "Orange Joolius"); milky Thai iced teas; boozy coffee cocktails; and a $40 Bloody Mary pitcher with cured meat garnishes that serves two or three people.
Main event: the food. Give us the lowdown—especially what not to miss.
Prolific San Diego restaurant group CH Projects and executive chef Jason McLeod cook up morning rituals from across the globe. There's a full section devoted to pancakes, from a classic iteration to a Japanese-style soufflé pancake with whipped cream. There's also shakshuka with labneh, khachapuri from Georgia, and a gourmet take on the McDonald's McGriddle. Read the menu carefully—it's peppered with self-aware aphorisms like "what a time to be alive" and an apt description of the avocado toast, dubbed Millennial Tears ("proudly brought to you by the current cultural moment").
And how did the front-of-house folks treat you?
The '90s are back in the form of Morning Glory server uniforms. Waitstaff don striped overalls with colorful tees and tanks, working the room with a friendly attitude—albeit at a sometimes-slow pace.
What’s the real-real on why we’re coming here?
Bring friends who don't mind you taking a photo of their food before they eat it. Better yet, take your friends who will snap just as many photos as you and lend their hands as props. This probably isn't the best place for older family members, as the combination of conversation and music can create a din.
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