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Dec 5, 2006 03:28 AM

Searching for an honest Brunch

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?

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  1. 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

      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

        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

          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

            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

              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

                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.

                1. re: Waterboy

                  Any more recent reports on Towns End? For either brunch or lunch?

                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      Thanks, I saw a couple of those, but not all. Some are from a long time ago and others (Greek place nearby) not useful. I'd still like to know what the favorites are there. Evidently not the chicken pot pie.

                      1. re: Glencora

                        You could just start a "What to order at Town's End?" topic.

          2. re: Atomica

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

            1. re: Atomica

              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

                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: alag

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

                    1. re: echo

                      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?

                1. re: alag

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

            2. Tangerine? Chouchou?

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

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                  1. re: Morton the Mousse

                    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.

                  2. 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.