Everyday Eats: Smoothie and a Sandwich at Krakatoa Cafe
Pair the Taos panini with a smoothie at this Golden Hill cafe.
With its sun-dappled patio shaded by a giant tree and cozy interior where you can lounge with your laptop, Krakatoa could get away with phoning in their food, but the cafe in Golden Hill decidedly does not. Sandwiches, salads, and smoothies are made fresh to order, with obvious care.
If you're up at the crack of dawn when Krakatoa opens (6:30 a.m., daily!), you may want to stick with an a.m.-friendly option like the Vesuvio, a breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, feta, and bell peppers, or jolt yourself awake with the Stellar, a sweet strawberry, ricotta, and honey sandwich on cranberry-orange-walnut bread. Later in the day, it's all about the Taos ($7.25).
It starts off innocently enough. Between two slices of grilled country French bread, moist slices of oven-roasted turkey mingle with strips of maple-cured bacon under a blanket of melted pepper jack cheese. But, instead of slopping on some mayo and calling it good, Krakatoa spices up this 'which with fire-roasted Anaheim chiles and tomatillo salsa. It's got moisture, crunch, depth, and so much soul that you may let loose an Elvis-esque "Oh, mama" after the first bite. Sandwiches come with a side of potato salad or mixed fruit.
You're going to want to get a drink too, whether it's a coffee-based beverage or a smoothie. Coffee drinks come in two sizes: regular and large, but more accurate terms would be large and humungo. Smoothies only come in the "humungo" size, and are $4.25. There are healthy, dairy-free options, but I went with the most indulgent flavor, the Strawberry Cheesecake, aptly named because in addition to strawberries, vanilla frozen yogurt, and granola, there's a dollop of cream cheese whizzed into the mix. It may look like a smoothie, but it drinks like a milkshake.
The only downside is the wait, which can be agonizing when it's busy. Bring a book, or (better yet), a laptop.
Krakatoa is located at 1128 25th St. in Golden Hill (map)
About the author: Erin Jackson is obsessed with finding the best cheap and tasty eats in San Diego. Keep up with her other food finds on EJeats.com.