Lunch in La Jolla - Popular Sandwich Restaurants & Cafes
There are times when you need a quick, but satisfying lunch break, whether from the office or running errands. There are several convenient cafes and restaurants in La Jolla where you can relax and enjoy a healthy sandwich, salad, or bowl of soup.
Located in the heart of La Jolla Village, the Brick & Bell Cafe is famous for its fresh-baked scones and freshly-brewed coffee drinks and attracts a friendly crowd starting early in the morning. But the lunch crowd enjoys the cafe too, with indoor and outdoor seating and Wi-Fi for those who can't leave their computers or tablets behind. Brick & Bell serves a variety of healthy sandwiches and salads, with a wide choice of breads. The favorite bread is the authentic Italian ciabatta, crusty on the outside and soft in the middle. The cafe's top-selling sandwich is the turkey with avocado, followed closely by the Mediterranean sandwich with hummus, feta cheese, sun-dried tomato, onions, cucumbers, black olives and sliced tomatoes. Chicken Caesar is the most popular salad, especially when it is accompanied by Brick & Bell's homemade croutons, which are made daily from cubed bagels and baked with olive oil, salt and lemon pepper. A variety of fruit salads are also available.
If you are a fish lover, you can't go wrong at El Pescador Fish Market on Pearl Street. Here you can buy fresh seafood for dinner, but also enjoy their delicious and healthy fish sandwiches and salads for lunch. Served on sourdough bread with lettuce, tomato and onion, El Pescador's sandwiches enjoy a devoted following. In fact, once you bite into a fresh albacore, crab, shrimp, or calamari sandwich, you'll be hooked. The market's most popular sandwich is the El Pescador, a combination of Dungeness crab, medium shrimp, bay shrimp, smoked albacore, and smoked salmon. If you prefer a salad, you can order any type of fish over a variety of salad greens. Other specialties at El Pescador include fish tacos, shrimp tacos, sauteed clams, and a sashimi plate.
Another convenient lunch spot located in downtown La Jolla is Panera Bread. Located on Girard Avenue, the restaurant offers three seating levels, all with views of Girard Avenue. You can relax in a comfortable booth upstairs on the top level or sit at a table or counter downstairs. Here you order your sandwich or salad at the main counter before sitting down. Panera bakes its own bread fresh every day. You can select from either a bakery or a cafe menu. If you want a light lunch, select an egg and piece of bread or a pastry from the bakery menu. From the cafe menu, you can select a variety of sandwiches, soups and salads. Panera's premium signature sandwiches include the roasted turkey and avocado BLT and the salmon club croissant. Other popular sandwiches include turkey, chicken Caesar, asiago roast beef, Napa almond chicken salad, Italian combo, Mediterranean veggie, and grilled cheese. Panera also offers several filling salads, including a new spinach power salad, with roasted mushrooms and onions, diced egg, and bacon, which you can order as a combo with their new bistro French onion soup.