As the weekend rolls around, you may have wandered out of your San Francisco housing having slept in until 10 am, needing to refuel from your festivities the night before. We know you are not capable of whipping up Millionaire’s bacon or Dungeness Crab Benedict on your own in your student room’s itty bitty kitchenette. Besides, though your San Francisco housing may be temporary, your love of Eggs Benedict is as permanent as it gets.
In San Francisco, $6 lattes and fancy avocado toast are a serious pastime, and so your Sunday morning selection should not be taken lightly. Therefore, we have compiled a list of our top 10 oh-so-serious and oh-so-delicious brunch spots San Francisco has to offer.
Dottie’s True Blue Cafe:
Dottie’s True Blue Cafe us truly a diamond in the rough, located in the middle of the Tenderloin at 28 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103. But don’t let the location fool you! On your average weekend morning, this comfort food spot will have an hour-long line around the block. The baked goods are to die for, fresh and hand made each morning (try the house-made cinnamon pecan roll) and the breakfast fares are unbeatable (we recommend the pancakes or the pecan french toast). But above all, make sure you do not miss out on the grilled chili-cheddar cornbread slathered in japaneño jelly – It even has Guy Fieri’s enthusiastic stamp of approval!
Brenda’s French Soul Food
Another Tenderloin hot-spot with a long wait, this hearty Southern-style brunch spot makes you feel as full as a tick and too big for your britches, ya’ll. The menu features a variety of mounty-watering comfort delicacies including chicory coffee, brioche French toast with pecan sauce, grits, stuffed beignets, fried chicken eggs benedict. Heavens to betsy, try the beignets. If you can’t stand the wait and need your coffee and fixins NOW, Libby Jane’s, Brenda’s coffee shop counterpart, supplies quick coffee and grab-and-go-grub.
Mama mia, this North Beach brunch spot is good! The line is always a minimum of 45-minutes after 10 am, so try to get there early to avoid the wait! But even if you are stuck in line, trust us, the homey family-owned atmosphere and the descendant fares makes it well worth the wait. During the crab season, try the Dungeness Crab Benedict: A huge heaping pile of steaming Dungeness crab teeters atop a bed of gently sautéed spinach and a buttery, toasted English muffin, all topped with the pièce de résistance, a gooey poached egg and a mouthwateringly rich hollandaise sauce. If savory isn’t your style, try the french toast sampler with a trio of Swedish Cinnamon, Cranberry-Orange and Banana Nut French Toasts, served with fresh fruit and drizzled in maple syrup.
Sweet Maple and Kitchen Story.
Two words: Millionaire’s bacon. That is, juicy bacon crisped in a generous layer of brown sugar, dusted with cayenne, red, and black pepper. Did your mouth just start watering too? But don’t stress too much vegetarians, this brunch joint also offers four different breakfast pizzas, a huge selection of benedicts and scrambles, and eight different breakfast sandwiches. Possibly best of all are the bottomless mimosas that are offered seven days a week for only $18. The line is long, but if you are a party of two, you can get in fairly quick.
I’m talking a massive pile of potatoes and gooey nutella crepes hot and fresh from the kitchen, on your table in ten minutes. Sound good? Savor is your new go-to crepe cafe, located in Noe Valley, with a big breakfast menu full of scrambles, benedicts, omelettes, and of course, crepes. The coffee comes quick and is refilled even quicker, the staff is friendly and efficient, and the crepes are as big as your head. Need I say more?
There is nothing that makes me happier than free food, so when I heard about the free fresh scones and homemade jam offered up at Home Plate, I nearly cried of joy. This unassuming and affordable spot offers an extensive menu including frittatas, omelets, scrambles, pancakes, waffles, French toast, and benedicts – and you really can’t go wrong. But, before you forget, the best part is the free scones and fresh homemade jam. Did I mention the free scones? Because they are free. Scones, that is. Free scones.
Hong Kong Lounge
Not a pancake person? Luckily, San Francisco is home to some of the best dim sum spots in the entire US. Hong Kong Lounge is a famous Geary Boulevard dim sum spot, and the perfect place to take a big group. No haphazard roving carts here, but there is an extensive menu, featuring some of the best har gow, sticky rice, and pork buns you will have in your lifetime.
If you are a San Franciscan and you haven’t heard of Zazie, then you are clearly not living in one of our affordable rooms for rent, but are instead living under a rock. Zazie is quite possibly SF’s most popular brunch spot, and the line out the door proves it. This French Inspired restaurant has a beautiful ambiance, with a beautiful covered and heated outdoor patio. The exquisite menu will make you say “ooh la la!”: The rich cream cheese coffee cake, the mouthwatering Dungeness crab eggs Benedict, decadent rotating ‘miracle’ pancake specials, all manner of benedicts and scrambles, the bacon and tomato provencales Pierre Noir, and the ever popular croque-madame. Bon appetite!
Football, an elegant atmosphere, and Lemon Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast – this place has got something for everyone! You can watch the game with a brewskie or relax at the leather and mahogany corner booth while sipping on a fancy cocktail (we recommend the Park Paloma is a favorite). You can snap an insta pic of your fancy lemon sea salt avocado toast or tuck into some Gorgonzola Buffalo Chicken Wings. You can keep it light with a veggie omelet or go in on a 8 oz chipotle, pepper jack cheese, and fried egg brunch burger. They even have a drool-worthy menu for the kiddies, so the whole family is covered!
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