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Eating at Claire's on Cedros was my first experience with Solana Beach. The atmosphere was very cozy, and the waitstaff was friendly. My favorite sensory experience was actually the ganache coffee my husband ordered - it tasted like very rich, chocolatey ganache frosting! While I think having the whole cup would have been too sweet for me, having a taste (or two!) was absolutely delightful.
I had a craving for pancakes, and being gluten-free I don't often find restaurants offering them as an option. Unfortunately, these pancakes were not very tasty, and I ended up only eating less than half. They were extremely sweet (a common occurrence in gluten free baking to compensate for the blandness of the flours), and very dense. In cutting through the middle they were still slightly mushy, as if they weren't fully cooked through (again, another common issue with gluten free cooking). Overall, I was disappointed that my pancake craving wasn't satiated, but I wasn't too surprised considering the challenges that gluten free foods typically pose.
On a scale of 1 to 5, I would rate Claire's on Cedros around a 2. The ganache coffee ultimately would make me consider going back and trying another dish, but from this experience I'm not sure I'd return.