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Jun 24, 2001 11:42 PM

Kate's Kitchen

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Kate's Kitchen on Haight Street is another SF specialty breakfast restaurant. We are lucky to have so many creative, tasty breakfast choices! Although Kate's serves lunch as well, the lines form for breakfast. I enjoyed the famous buttermilk cornmeal pancakes. They are plate sized and 2 will fill most chowhounds. You get a choice of toppings, the most popular of which is the strawberries and bananas with lemon curd. Given this pleasant combination, you hardly need the syrup. In a way, that is a shame, because Kate's serves REAL maple syrup.

The decor is colorful and funky, harmonious with the neighborhood (this is not Doidges where the waiters sometimes wear suits). The music can be a tad too loud for conversation. Service was good and friendly. Kate's is at 471 Haight. 415 626 3984.

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  1. I totally agree, Elise! For fans of corned beef hash, Kate's Kitchen can't be beat. Big chunks of real corned beef all fried up with chunks of carrot, celery, and, of course, potato. They must use a hot skillet or are pan roasting because some of the bits are nice and crispy. Yum.

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    1. re: Lise

      well, on your suggestion my other and i toddled off to kate's for a late breakfast today and found ourselves in heaven. not only was the food sublime and the environs sparkling, but it's a mere 9 min. ride from home. the pork store has it's place, but i think it'll be a very long time before they see our faces again.

      the big guy ordered his name sake: the big guy breakfast: 2 eggs over medium, 2 pieces of thick bacon, 1 delicious homemade sausage patty, home fries - 1/4 ed redskinned potates, skin on, pan fried with herbs and seasonings then flash fried, and two buttermilk cornmeal pancakes the size of the entire plate. this was breakfast for a Really Big Guy. this one left the last 2 bites of pancake on his plate.

      i had my favorite meal and this is truely the best rendition i have ever had. flannel hash. big marbled cubes of crispy corned beef together with sliced carrots, celery, red onion, red skinned potatoes and parsnips. (the only non positive word-parsnips are no loner in season so these, tho small, were woody and lacked the sweetness we associate with them in season.) this heavenly combo was topped with 2 eggs perfectly over easy and a big fluffy biscuit made all the more tasty by the addition of a tiny amount of fresh dill, scallion and cheddar cheese.

      to help knock it down we both enjoyed the house raspberry iced tea served with lemon wheels and mint sprigs.

      the specials board looked awfully interesting as well. there was a knucklehead omlette with housemade sausage, spinach, tomato, red onion, scallion, mozzarella, home fries and toast.

      an aggie sandwich was filled with vegies including fresh artichoke hearts and goat cheese.

      there were 5 different choices of toppings for those scrumptious cornmeal buttermilk pancakes and as another option for libations we might have tried the lemonade spritzer.

      kate's kitchen gave us 2 full tummies and we'll be back for sure!