Off the Griddle with Ihopapotamus at…the Westgate Hotel

Hey there, a little while ago I was in San Diego, CA for a family vacation.  Through some mysterious internet savvy, my brother-in-law and sister managed to book us a room at the classic Westgate Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter.

(image from google maps)

Serious internet hotel booking voodoo magic.

(photo from the Westgate Hotel site…but seriously, this is what it looks like)

We’d heard that brunch at the Hotel was AMAZING, so we set out to give it a try – unfortunately (and also fortunately) we were hungry around breakfast-time (that whole East Coast – West Coast time change really got us) instead of brunch-time so we decided to have regular breakfast instead of the fancier brunch.  In any case, both meals are served in this amazing room.

 (photo from the Westgate Hotel)

Since we were there, we decided to do it up and get a variety of breakfast items…you know…for research.

My sister had the Pancakes with two eggs which I, of course, sampled liberally.

The pancakes were a little plain on their own and a bit on the dense side but serviceable.  The eggs were ordinary and the potatoes were excellent, there was some sort of cheesy topping that really sealed in the goodness.

I mixed it up and had the waffle.

The cream was really good – it tasted fresh and lightly sweet.  Overall, the waffle had some good flavor but could definitely have been fluffier.  As they were, the waffles sort of sat in my belly, definitely not optimal. (oh, btw, my brother in law makes the BEST waffles…if you’re interested in diversifying out to waffles, let me know, I might be able to convince him to do a guest post.)  What was really good was the syrup, I think it had melted butter mixed into it – genius.  The waffles definitely needed the toppings: syrup, cream, fruit, on their own, they were….not something I’d choose to eat.

My brother in law went with the classic American breakfast.  What can I say, it’s a classic for a reason.  His breakfast also came with some danish – the danish was more like a sweet roll than your classic danish but it was warm and delicious.

Oh, and my niece had some donuts!

The donuts were also a little dense, but there was a warm chocolate dipping sauce that was the bizomb.  BAM.  Warm chocolate makes everything good.

Overall, the food was good/okay, but the ambiance more than made up for it.

3.75 out of 5 Paul Bunyans: 

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