Despite the fact that it precedes the dreaded start of the work week, Sunday holds a special place in my heart. While football may be over until the fall, there’s one thing about Sunday that stays constant all year round: brunch. So if you’re looking for a new place to relish in this weekend tradition, look no further than Gabardine. The fourth restaurant of Chef and Restaurateur Brian Malarkey and his business partner James Brennan’s acclaimed Social Fabric Family, Gabardine caters to the residents Point Loma with its “neighborhood kitchen.”
Take one step inside Gabardine’s corner location and you can’t help but be put in a cheery mood. The retro and nautical themed decor pays homage to Point Loma’s proximity to the Pacific with details such as fishing rod light fixtures adorning the ceiling, and images of forties-style bathing suit clad Gabby swimmers lining the walls. The San Diego sunshine brightens the restaurant from any of the large windows and the chalkboard sketches sprinkled throughout the interior add a splash of whimsy that make Gabardine the perfect spot to take in a midday meal.
Begin your meal with a bottomless mimosa or a spicy Bloody Mary, or settle in with a cup of the restaurant’s organic blend coffee or specialty teas as you scan the menu’s array of breakfast and lunch offerings. With mouth-watering fare from both sides of the spectrum, electing an entree for your mid-morning meal might prove to be a tough decision. If you’re leaning toward breakfast, Gabardine’s options are egg-celent with a variety of omelettes including the Farm Fresh version with mushrooms, corn, spinach, tomatoes, and creme fraiche, and specialty “Ben-A-Dicts” such as the Bacon version featuring house cured bacon, two poached eggs, and caramelized onions. If it’s a lunch entree you’re craving, appease your hunger with a hearty Cheeseburger served with sweet tomato jam, baconaise, and truffle fries or Gabardine’s take on traditional Fish and Chips with their signature Gabby Sauce. And if your sweet tooth joined you on your brunch date, treat yourself at the end of your meal to the confectionery goodness of the restaurant’s Cinnamon Sugar Donuts or an Almond Sticky Bun.
Though the vibe at Gabardine could easily be described as laid-back and mellow, their service is far from lackadaisical. Despite the fact that the restaurant was filled with hungry diners on my latest visit, the volume of patrons didn’t impede on the timeliness of our meals’ arrival. It is easy to see that the entire Gabardine team works together like a well-oiled machine -from the servers continually tending to their table’s every need to the chefs working efficiently in the kitchen to ensure that their diners experience the most pleasant experience possible, from start to finish, a meal here is a unique and enjoyable endeavor.
So for the best way to cap off your weekend, make a date with Gabby for a Sunday Brunch that is sure to ward off those Monday blues when they creep in the following morning.
1005 Rosecrans Street
San Diego, CA 92106
Sunday Brunch: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.