When you eat at Big Kitchen, you can’t help but feel, “I just experienced a piece of San Diego history.”
Since the 1970s, proprietor Judy-the-Beauty has fed many San Diego locals and visitors with her breakfast and her energy. This is because Judy isn’t just a beauty – she’s also about community. A long-time activist, it’s poetic for Judy’s Big Kitchen to be located on the block in South Park/Golden Hill that bumps Fern Street over to the east just slightly so that it can’t continue south in a straight line.
Practical facts to know before you go
Do they take credit card? Nope. Big Kitchen only accepts payment in cash or check.
What’s the best time to visit on a weekend? I’ve shown up between 10:30-11:00 AM on a Saturday and I had my pick of seating both outside and inside. Any later, and you’re risking a 10-15 minute wait.
Where to park? Only street parking is available. If you arrive before 11:00 AM, it’s pretty easy to find a spot on either 30th Street or Fern Street. After 11:00, consider Dale Street just west of 30th.
Musings on the menu
If you’re a proud omnivore, place an order for Laura’s breakfast (pictured). The plate consists of 2 slices of crisp bacon, a scrambled egg, and 2 slices of moist raisin-bread french toast. If you’re telling yourself that you’re watching your figure, substitute the egg for egg whites only. Either way, you’ll feel like Goldilocks sampling the third bowl of porridge. And, at $7.95, it’s one of the more pocket-friendly plates on the menu.
If you’re a carnivore and have the metabolism of a 13-year-old boy, then consider the Chili Cheese omelette. That’s right: Chili. Cheddar Cheese. Eggs. The plate comes with a hefty side of rosemary home potatoes and 2 slices of your choice of toast.
If you’re a vegetarian that doesn’t mind eggs and dairy, then try the Golden Hill omelette. Like the chili cheese, it includes potatoes and toast on the side. But, the omelette is made up of spinach and mozzarella instead.
Arrive hungry. Leave… well, you know.
3003 Grape St
(between 30th St & Fern St)
San Diego, CA 92102