Lazy Hippo (gaslamp) - San Diego, CA

Lazy Hippo is a newer brunch spot in the heart of gaslamp San Diego. They serve up signature pancakes, waffles, french toast and other breakfast favorites. The business filled up quickly during our brunch visit so the locals seem to dig it as well.

Inside Lazy Hippo in downtown San Diego

There's the typical downtown street parking to deal with so find a spot where you can. On the day of our visit, there was a special event so parking was a little more difficult. They don't take reservations so check in with the host or hostess to be put on the list or get seated.They have a few patio tables outside too for basking in our amazing San Diego weather.

Cityscape inside the Lazy Hippo in downtown San Diego

 It's cutely decorated inside. I love this splash of Parisian cityscape on the walls here.

breakfast at Lazy Hippo in downtown San Diego

Here's the snazzy table we were sitting at! A little Breakfast at Tiffany's vibe, complete with portraits and a sparkly table.

fresh juices at Lazy Hippo in downtown San Diego

Fresh Press Juices ($8) - OJ mango and grapefruit, apple celery pineapple and ginger

We're getting some fresh juices to start off our morning. These are made in house and I happily slurped the pulpy mango and tasted the subtle contrasting bitter from the grapefruit juice. Dennis's drink definitely had that "green" appeal (healthy and unsweet) but he enjoyed his, especially the bite of ginger.

Super Special at Lazy Hippo in downtown San Diego

Super Special ($15.95) - choice of one waffle, pancake or french toast, 2 meats, 2 eggs and country potatoes

We wanted to get a little bit of everything so this entree fit the bill. You get to pick your own carbs, meats, and style of eggs.

house bacon and sausage at Lazy Hippo in downtown San Diego

Our meat choices were bacon and breakfast sausage, both delicious and made in house. The bacon strip was still crisp to bite while the sausage was savory with a sprinkle of italian seasoning. The other meat options were sausage patty, sausage link, chicken or ham. Our eggs were requested overeasy and arrived just right. The side of country potatoes were barely seasoned though and surprisingly non-greasy. It could use more oil while frying but at least customers could salt and pepper to their liking.

pancake at Lazy Hippo in downtown San Diego

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes (part of Super Special)

The big decision was between pancakes, waffles or french toast which all sounded delightful. These signature Cinnamon Roll pancakes were the final pick. I'm not into carby breakfasts but this tasted like a game changer! They had a wonderfully fluffy texture with just the right amount of glazed swirls. It never felt too heavy and I'd have eaten the whole thing myself if we weren't sharing! Next on my list to try would be their blueberry quinoa pancake. I'm always searching for yummy ways to incorporate quinoa. 

chicken and waffles at Lazy Hippo in downtown San Diego

Hot Chicken Waffle ($15.95) - Belgium style waffle with 3 pieces of chicken and cinnamon apple sauce

Tempted yet again, these chicken and waffles were next in our order! I like how they stylishly layered both components for the presentation. The chicken breast was thinly sliced and battered with a panko crunch. Waffles were narrow and a bit stiff so we'd love to see the option of gravy for a topping. For a side, the applesauce was a sweet plop on the tongue. I appreciated chomping ripe apple slices that accompanied the meal.

chicken waffle sandwich at Lazy Hippo in downtown San Diego

And then this happpened... I'm no longer surprised when Dennis makes a sandwich out of foods. Adding a little bit of the yolky egg helped bind the mains together and then we took a more scrumptious bite!

Entrance to Lazy Hippo in downtown San Diego

Overall, Lazy Hippo feels like a charming addition to the neighborhood. The owners were friendly and accomodating plus they own the intriguing Whiskey House next door. We'll have to stop by again to try more of their famous pancakes and french toast.

Disclaimer: We were invited to dine here and our meal was complimentary. We were not otherwise compensated and all opinions stated are our own.

Lazy Hippo
416 Third Ave
San Diego CA 92101
(619) 550-1071

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Submitted by Soo (not verified) on Tue, 12/25/2018 - 5:15am

The meats and cinnamon roll pancake tempt me. Merry Christmas!

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Submitted by lynn on Fri, 12/28/2018 - 11:58pm

I'm not a pancake person but these were so delicious! Happy holidays to you and Maggie! :)

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Submitted by Nicole @ Foodie... (not verified) on Mon, 01/14/2019 - 1:54pm

That cinnamon roll pancake sounds right up my alley! I love specialty pancakes as a splurge brunch meal.

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Submitted by lynn on Mon, 02/04/2019 - 7:40pm

i had no idea i'd be such a fan! i don't usually like too sweet for breakfast so this one is a happy medium.

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