If you’re looking for a fun place to hang out in San Diego, look no further than Miss B’s Coconut Club in Mission Beach. This eatery is vibrantly hued with teal banquettes and orange chairs with an island feel about it. We arrived early on a weekday for brunch, and while the outside seating was full, the inside was empty, which is fine by me.
We started by perusing the cocktail menu, and there are lots to choose from. The Vaval ($10) is a cocktail with Rhum-Agricole, Creole Shrubb, fresh lime juice, fresh pineapple juice, house honey syrup, house pomegranate syrup, and black walnut bitters, but it is the Caribe Welcome ($10) served in a whole coconut, with Puerto Rican rum, apricot brandy, Coco Lopez, coconut water, and fresh lime juice that makes our hearts sing.
If you’re there with a bunch of people, I highly suggest ordering cocktails for the table to share, such as Game of Gnomes ($12) or the Havana Good Time ($12 small/$27 large) which comes in two sizes to accommodate your party.
Once the drinks are taken care of, we move onto the food. Bistecca Island Salad ($14) is delectable. The citrus marinated steak is super flavorful and tender. I love the use of watercress along with mixed greens. However, it is the papaya jicama slaw that really left an impression on us. Unripe green papaya is crunchy with a nice tart finish, while the jicama adds another level of texture to the mix.
Cubano Benedict ($13) really surprised us. The garlic buttered kolache toast is from Olive across the street. Add to that Duroc ham, pulled pork, house spiced mustard, soft poached eggs, all bathed in a jerk Hollandaise, and the result is a really tasty concoction. The portion is huge so share as much as you can. The potato hash comprises a mix of yams, Yukon gold, Peruvian purple potatoes, peppers and onions, completely taking me by surprise because I am not a fan of hash whatsoever. The use of different potatoes not only enhances the flavor, but also, is an elevated twist to the usual boring home-style potatoes.
One of the first things which catches my eye on the menu is Jerk Chicken & Waffle ($13) and I’m rather impressed by the presentation. Like everything else here, the portions are incredibly generous. The coconut waffle is perfect, with a lovely texture that is crispy on the outside, but not too doughy on the inside. The chicken is seasoned perfectly, and not too spicy like other jerk seasonings I’m familiar with. It is also sprinkled with toasted coconut which adds some crunchy component to the dish. The spiced mango syrup is unique and ties the dish together rather well.
Those with a sweet tooth – or not – will love the Coconut Rum French Toast ($12). The kolache toast is thick and stands up well in all of the dishes we’ve had which features it. The bread never becomes mushy even after quite some time on the plate. This French toast is drizzled and dusted with Miss B’s house rum, cinnamon and sugar, toasted coconut, and mango berry syrup. I usually only eat one bite of sweets, but this is so good I eat two more bites.
Miss B’s Coconut Club is definitely worth stopping by if you’re looking for great food in an upbeat and fun environment. The Carribean theme is just one part of what makes Miss B’s stand out, the rest is made up of the cocktails, food, and friendly staff.
And don’t forget to ask who Miss B is… you’ll be tickled by the answer!
Miss B’s Coconut Club
3704 Mission Blvd
San Diego, CA 92109