Welcome to 52 East Neighborhood Eaterywhere the chicken wings are crispy and the desserts are to die for! Admittedly I visited here twice in a months time because my dinner experience was so great I had to come back for their Sunday brunch! So this blog is a unique one because I'm featuring both brunch and dinner!
Since dinner was the first visit I had I'll start there. Jarod and I joined my friend San Diego Food Girl for this epic feast that did not disappoint! Between the three of us we were pretty full and had plenty of leftovers once all was said and done. We came here for the burgers but were blown away by everything else we tried.
Let’s start with the appetizers. We had the "Gimme Your Tots", Daily Cheese Board, and the Smoked Wings.
First of all, these are not your average tots. They are GIANT tots! Covered in sharp cheddar, Parmesan, jack, and served with sun dried tomato ranch. I’ve loved tater tots since I was a kid but this was the first time I ever had giant ones so I was pretty excited!
Now let’s move on to the Daily Cheeseboard. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again...cheese board’s are life! I’m pretty sure San Diego Food Girl and I have made a point to try every cheese board at every restaurant we visit. Have a cheese board on your menu? We want it! I really enjoyed the unique cheeses they had on this board especially the peppered goat cheese!
Love chicken wings? You are in for a treat at 52 East! Seriously my favorite thing on their menu. Just look at the glorious smoker they prepare them in! Just by sitting on their outdoor patio you can enjoy the amazing aroma of the smoker. It’s initially what made us want to order the wings. Because it was our first time trying them, the chef suggested we try them naked (without sauce).
Honestly you could eat them plain and they are amazing, but the sauces were delicious too. We enjoyed dipping them so we could try the variety of flavors like bbq sauce, honey sriracha, maple-mustard, or buffalo.
Next it’s time to talk burgers. These burgers are major and perhaps a little bit messy but man are they good! I tried the Stick a Pork in Me which has Beef, pepper jack cheese, pulled pork, bacon, buttermilk fried onions, coleslaw, house pickles, and of course bbq sauce.
Jarod had what he says is the best reuben sandwich he’s ever had! That’s pretty big compliment coming from him. It hs warm pastrami, swiss cheese, mustard aioli on rye bread. But what I think really makes the sandwich is the brussels sprout slaw! It was a unique addition to a traditional sandwich that I haven’t seen anywhere else.
We also had to add on one extra entree because we couldn’t resist. The House Mac with Shrimp & Lobster. Yes please! So delicious and I would be lying if I didn’t say we had leftovers, but we still enjoyed it the next day.
Lastly for the dinner menu is the desserts! We sampled a couple but I think my personal favorite was the Girl Scout S'mores Parfait. Give me all the toasted marshmallows! Something about the torched topping combined with the graham cracker crumbles and layers of creamy chocolate just makes me happy.
Ok, so we took a journey through their dinner menu. Now let’s talk brunch! One of the most important meals on the weekend. I think after the brunch at 52 East Eatery I was able to sustain my hunger levels the rest of the day. And did I mention they also have bottomless mimosas? A great option if you have nothing else to do that day but relax!
I went with the mimosa flight because I wanted options. When it comes to drinks I enjoy being able to sample multiple flavors. The prickly pear was the winner for me though! I ordered a large one after sampling the flight. It paired perfectly with their avocado toast!
Looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth at brunch? Then perhaps you should try their churro waffles! It’s got all the makings of a churro but somehow it’s socially acceptable to eat for brunch and I’m here for it!
Their most popular breakfast item though is the Chilaquiles Benedict. We asked our server what people order the most for brunch and this was it! I enjoyed it but I still think my favorite was the avocado toast! It might be basic, but the flavors were excellent.
Hopefully you enjoyed this combo blog featuring both their brunch and dinner offerings at 52 East Eatery. It’s a great little hidden gem in Santee where you will find mostly chain restaurants these days. I’ll be back soon for more chicken wings!
📍Fifty-East Eatery: 770 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
🚗Parking: Ample parking in their parking lot.
🍽 Perfect For: Families, Couples, Or Small Group Gatherings