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Searching for an honest Brunch

Waterboy Dec 5, 2006 03:28 AM

Still looking for a tasty brunch....been to the Elite Cafe (B-) and Suppenkuche (B to B+ sometimes)....

Pickens look slim, San Francisco.

Howsabout Foreign Cinema?

  1. Absonot Dec 5, 2006 03:37 AM

    F. Cinema disappoints me time and time again. The menu and room are interesting, but the food and service are always lackluster. The patio is lovely...and it's got a glass ceiling and heaters, so even on a rainy day you can enjoy it.

    Try Universal Cafe - great food and people watching, although it can get crowded early.

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    1. re: Absonot
      Atomica Dec 5, 2006 03:55 AM

      Pickings look slim after you've tried TWO places? I don't know what to say to that.

      We went to Foreign Cinema for the first time a few weeks ago on a whim (we were in the area and hungry) and it was for brunch. We loved the food and had very friendly and attentive service, even with a baby in tow. I love Universal Cafe too.

      We have been to Maverick twice for brunch and love it.

      1. re: Atomica
        Mari Dec 5, 2006 04:01 AM

        Really - SF is a good brunch town. Search postings for Ella's, Townsend Cafe, Dottie's True Blue Cafe, pancakes at Kate's Kitchen, dim sum...there are lots of places if you are willing to explore.

        1. re: Mari
          Waterboy Dec 5, 2006 04:15 AM

          Whalp, was underwhelmed at Dotties - not a fan of funk. Food C+ to B-. Tiny table.

          Townsend OK, really, but not the kind of place we'd look for excellent eggs.

          Outstanding brunch and ambiance at O'Reilly's Holy Grail - my kind of place. Be aware: Weekend Brunch starts 11:00 am.

          But there's gotta be more than O'Reilly's, eh? Great eggs especially appreciated by this hound. Frequently available, BTW, at the Willow Wood in Graton.

          What's SF's best?

          1. re: Waterboy
            Nancy Berry Dec 5, 2006 03:24 PM

            I had absolutely wonderful eggs perfectly scrambled with house-smoked salmon and green onions at Towns End. And it came with a basket of delicious baked goods. I'm looking forward to returning there for brunch.

            1. re: Nancy Berry
              larochelle Dec 5, 2006 03:36 PM

              I wonder if expectation has anything to do with my big dissappointment with Towns End. The Salmon & Eggs were fine but the "delicious baked goods" people have raved about were terrible - dry, tasteless and well on their way to stale - I was actually in shock that well-regarded hounds called out this baked basket 'o mediocrity.

              I can only assume we went on a "bad day" but there's nothing there to lure me back.

              1. re: Nancy Berry
                Waterboy Dec 6, 2006 01:10 AM

                I had absolutely wonderful eggs perfectly scrambled with house-smoked salmon and green onions at Towns End.

                You're talkin' my language....haven't been for a year.

          2. re: Atomica
            Waterboy Dec 5, 2006 11:54 AM

            I'll try Foreign Cinema soon - intriqued by the menu at the Universal Cafe - looking forward to that - thanks!

            1. re: Atomica
              alag Dec 5, 2006 08:38 PM

              I'm a big fan of Maverick's brunch as well.

              This past weekend I tried The Butler and the Chef in South Park and was amazed at how great everything was. They've fabulous french toast and eggs benedict, and I loved their hot sandwich made with brioche and creme fraiche.

              1. re: alag
                Waterboy Dec 6, 2006 12:30 AM

                This past weekend I tried The Butler and the Chef in South Park and was amazed at how great everything was.

                Is that the French place?

                1. re: Waterboy
                  alag Dec 6, 2006 03:03 PM

                  yes it is.

                  1. re: alag
                    echo Dec 6, 2006 05:58 PM

                    just to clarify, the nearby south park cafe is french influenced as well.

                    1. re: echo
                      Waterboy Dec 6, 2006 07:51 PM

                      South Park Cafe was pretty good about 18 months back - had a stunning Pinot Noir; none since has come close.

                      Then, I stopped in for lunch - no table clothes and we had to order at the bar. Not bad and not great. Big changes there?

                2. re: alag
                  katg Dec 6, 2006 06:23 PM

                  eggs benedict! that's my fave - i'm trying this place definitely.

            2. anna Dec 5, 2006 04:34 AM

              Tangerine? Chouchou?

              1. tvham Dec 5, 2006 04:44 AM

                I'm a brunch whore...a few of my favorite spots are Slow Club, 2223, Rose's Cafe (awesome breakfast pizza)

                I haven't been to Maverick yet but it's now on my list.

                1. Morton the Mousse Dec 5, 2006 06:02 AM

                  Canteen does a great brunch. Eggs benedict, hash, and stuffed pancake are all excellent.

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                  1. re: Morton the Mousse
                    pane Dec 5, 2006 08:28 PM

                    I love Canteen, but I'm not sure I'd characterize what they offer as brunch. I think they'd have to have a mixture of breakfast and lunch dishes and to serve later in the day.

                    At least for my (possibly flawed) definition of brunch, I'd recommend Foreign Cinema. You can get both breakfast and lunch items as well as a nice selection of alcoholic beverages. Also, they accept reservations through Open Table, which is key if you or your guests disdain waiting in line for food, which is always the case at Mama's and Dottie's.

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                    ML8000 Dec 5, 2006 07:18 AM

                    I've always had great luck at Lulu.

                    Good mix of eggy things (they do a eggs benedict thing on brioche that's very good), sandwiches, full bar, salads, and full entrees. The room IMO is nicer during the day, airy, good light, open and here's the kicker -- it's rarely crowded even up to 1 p.m.

                    The tag on Lulu now might be that it's settled into a v.good quality, no-surprises, standard sort of Cal-Med place that lacks a "scene" and I couldn't argue counter (although I've never had a bad meal there). For brunch on a weekend I want tasty, familar w/ a slight twist (fresh corn on the cobb w/ truffle butter!) and yet comforting. On this level it fits suprisingly well.

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                      funmarysf Dec 5, 2006 04:35 PM

                      Roses cafe is good. Mama's is really the best if you are willing to wait in line for a while.

                      I also really liked the brunch at Market Bar in the Ferry Building.

                      Finally, a random place... Mooses in North Beach, yes, the burger joint. They do brunch and for some reason, their omelettes are delicious!!!

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                        Maya Dec 5, 2006 07:59 PM

                        Phoenix on Valencia.

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                          Manimal Dec 5, 2006 11:33 PM

                          I think the food at the Phoenix has gone downhill. It's just not the same. Check out Farmer Brown, it's very good.

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                          Grubbjunkie Dec 5, 2006 08:20 PM

                          The best brunch I've had recently was at Ella's. Many favorites along with subtle twists on classics. The details show you someone is paying attention. The wait can be long and parking is a chore, but we thought it was worth it.

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                            PateBriseej Dec 6, 2006 09:09 PM

                            I have to say my all time favorite when I lived in the city was Metro Cafe inside the Metro Hotel on Divisadero. Weekend Brunch, Sat-Sun, 9am-2:30pm.


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                              megamalone Dec 6, 2006 09:19 PM

                              Come to Napa and have brunch at the Boon Fly Cafe at the Carneros Inn! Delicious breakfast pizzas with baked eggs, Neuske's bacon, and fontina, or smoked salmon and creme fraiche...super huevos rancheros with big chunks of chorizo...even the oatmeal, served with a homemade fruit compote, is killer.

                              In the city, we always liked Mama's (though the line can be brutal - bring a New York Times to read) and also Citizen Cake. They have great Bloody Marys. What better way to start your day than with booze and cake?

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                                sfoperalover Dec 8, 2006 04:37 AM

                                try chloes on church in noe valley, and for an authentic greasy spoon with great food try Tygers in downtown Glen Park.

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