Dottie's True Blue--can we avoid a line?
We'll be visiting SF for just a few days and, by all accounts, Dottie's is the place for our Saturday morning breakfast. It also happens to be conveniently located in terms of our plans that day. I noticed in another thread that the lines are, not surprisingly, long on the weekends. My query is simple: what time do we need to get there to avoid a wait of more than 5 or 10 minutes? I see that they open at 7:30. Is there already a line at that hour? Or are we safe if we show up at, say, 8:30? Thanks!
First of all, welcome to San Francisco!
Dottie's True Blue has been a very popular spot for years. Dottie's is more popular with people visiting the City than it is with those of us who are locals. It does not mean their food is in any way second-class. Dottie's is a great little place ... but it's always crowded ... particularly on weekend mornings.
There is always a line outside and almost everyone in the line is from out of town. It makes more sense for locals to go to Dottie's during the weekdays. However, if you absolutely must have breakfast at Dottie's on a Saturday, then your only hope is to plan on having a very early breakfast.
If there is a line, head to Canteen (which would be my first choice anyway). Not far away from Dottie's.
I've lived in SF 10+ years and go there whenever I can get up early on a weekend. It's still the best breakfast in town -- can't beat it for quality, quantity and variety. If you're willing to sit at the counter you can get a break on the wait. And as an added bonus, you get to watch one man cook all the dishes. It's poetry in motion.
I'm an early bird so I'm usually part of the line that forms at 7:30 and yes, there is a line waiting for them to unlock the doors. We usually all get seats but by 7:45-7:50, people are waiting for tables. The food really is great so it's totally worth getting up a little early if you can. Also, agree with Absonot about the counter (no wait & poetry in motion) but last weekend, there were no seats to be had at the counter just after opening.