Contrary to popular belief among outsiders, San Diego's fabled climate does have its occasional variables. It's overcast here a total of 4 and a half minutes a year, and the cover converges at the corner of El Cajon Boulevard and 67th Street, or at least it may as well. There's already a Ralphs, a Pep Boys, a Starbucks and about 43 strip malls at that intersection-the pewter-gray sky (like the one last Monday morning) only marks the insistent drabness of it all, magically transforming that 4 and a half minutes into the longest 8 months of your life.
That's exactly why you want a place like The Daily Grinds Café (not to be confused with the Daily Grind coffee-based franchise) at exactly that corner in exactly that kind of weather. In the first place, it's family owned and looks every bit the part-the former private residence stands defiantly against the cookie-cutter landscape, touting a huge authentic bay picture window, rustic but colorful décor and home-style American grub. It's open for breakfast and lunch, but you can tell the former is a specialty. The menu lists some 20 types of omelets, which include toast and hash browns (I had the delicious broccoli and mushroom and walked out for $7.75); eggs Benedict and other familiar morning items go for about the same price and are popular with settled neighborhood regulars and impoverished SDSU students alike. Ask about the three-egg omelet specials for $3.50 all day Mondays through Thursdays.
Daily Grinds is located at 6695 El Cajon Blvd. and is open from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day; the number is 619-697-0750. You'll have no trouble finding it-just look for the silver lining behind that cloudy expanse. It sports the only unassuming façade as far as the eye can see.