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Bursting with natural light and a splashy, space-age style, this bustling brunch spot, an offshoot of a small Denver-based chain, packs the house with bedheads hungry for creative takes on standard breakfast fare. Standouts include the down-home Breakfast Pot Pie, and the Chilaquiles Benedict with barbacoa beef over tortillas with egg, pico de gallo, and cream cheese hollandaise. If you're tortured trying to decide between the various stacks of decadent pancakes, including Pineapple Upside Down and Chocolate Molten Lava, relax—there's a pancake flight where you can choose a variety of three. Beverage-wise, they offer organic coffee and expresso drinks, as well as mimosas, Bloody Marys, and a Morning Margarita made with orange juice. The setting is lively and playful, with a vibrant orange/green/blue color scheme, large retractable windows, and retro-cool round booths. No reservations, so get there early; the wait on weekends can be long, but there's free coffee and ping pong to help pass the time. There's also a branch in Del Mar (4535 Del Mar Heights Road, 858/703-5300).