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where would you recommend going for a reasonably priced brunch in San Francisco? I like Mamma's in Northbeach and Judy's on Chestnut, but I want to expand my horizons.
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  1. I am still mourning the loss of my dear, dear brunch at Memphis Minnies. It was a sad day when I logged on to see if they had brunch on Saturday only to discover that they had brunch not at all.

    I do enjoy the brunch at The Brickhouse (SOMA- casual atmosphere, I've written it up on here before, I do believe) and Chow (ChurchSt/Noe/Castro), as well as tucking into a nice big plate of scrambled ham heaven at Al's Good Food (Bernal Heights.) The Pork Store has done me up right once or twice with their Biscuits and Gravy and Tasty Nest (Mission District, one of the few places in the city where, on a nice day, it's actually QUICKER to ask for a table outside and I love that the menu says "NO Substitutions on the Tasty Nest!" as though they knew they had gotten the nest so so tasty that any subs would be a travesty. And I have to agree.)

    That said... even when writing that... the brisket hash and New Orleans Pain Perdu from Mephis Minnie's is still taunting me.

    1. I love me some Canteen (on Sutter). A few months ago, I disagreed when Morton the Mousse called Canteen's offerings "brunch" because in previous visits I hadn't seen any savory, lunch-like items to earn the "unch." However, I've been there for the last three weekends and their menu has expanded to include a soup and other savories. The price is reasonable, the execution is wonderful, and I like the tiny cafe atmosphere.

      When I want relaxed, long brunch to chat with friends and enjoy a mimosa (or two), I like Le Petit Robert on Polk. Usually you won't find absurd lines there, like some other brunch outposts in the city. I very much enjoy their roast chicken salad with halved grapes.

      Search "brunch" and I'm sure you'll find quite a few topics on this subject. Enjoy!

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      1. re: pane

        Canteen is closed.

        1. re: larochelle

          Le sigh! Does anyone know where Leary is heading?

          1. re: chaddict

            Guess I went at the wrong time and got the wrong impression - from the other post

            From The Tablehopper:
            Just to put a rumor to rest that keeps popping into my inbox: Dennis Leary is not leaving or closing ~CANTEEN~ anytime soon. The only change is Canteen has closed for breakfast during the week, and Leary is taking a couple days off this first week of January. But as the man himself said, “That's about the only time my restaurant will be dark for the next three years” (which is how long the option is on his lease).

            http://www.tablehopper.com/2007/01/ch...

            1. re: larochelle

              They are open for brunch Saturday and Sunday. And it is delicious.

      2. Ella's is very good

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        1. re: Lori SF

          i second that. who knew chicken hash would be so good.

        2. For brunch, here are some favorites:
          Chouchou in Forest Hill
          Tangerine in the Castro
          Le Zinc in Noe Valley
          Home on Union

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          1. re: anna

            Home has a location on Market in the Castro aswell. My fav brunch.

            1. re: anna

              I know this is an old post but does anyone know if Home on Union still exists?

              1. re: grayelf

                No. I think it's now Nettie's Crab Shack.

                1. re: Candice

                  Thanks Candice -- "Home" is a search term that nets way too many hits :-).

            2. TownsEnd on the Embarcadero. Breakfast comes with a great bread basket of mini muffins and yeasty rolls. Great when spread with the fruit butter. I lived in the area, and despite all the places I keep meaning to go back to ... I still need my TownsEnd fix at times.

              Sally's on 16th has nice house-baked muffins and they have a big bowl of excellent salsa on the counter. I love lots of salsa on the omelets.

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              1. re: rworange

                I *love* TownsEnd! I went there when I first moved here (Berkeley). It was a little bit of a trek, but boy was it worth it!

                Come to think of it I haven't been back in awhile.... think I'll go this weekend!

              2. Pomelo in Noe Valley does a very nice brunch. So does The Last Supper Club.

                1. Surprisingly, the best brunch I've had by far in recent years was a few months ago at MarketBar restaurant at the Farmer's Market. Inventive, delicious brunch dishes.

                  1. Bar Tartine now has brunch, I have only had dinner there and really like this place.

                    Mavericks does brunch as well.

                    Just read this in the SF Gate

                    1. No meaningful substance to add except I too like Mama's but hate their format. I wish they'd seat us and then take our order. it's not cute ordering in line after 20 years. Gettin old I guess.

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                      1. re: NoeMan

                        Just FYI NoeMan, one of the owners of Mama's is part-owner of a restaurant in San Rafael ... Pier 15 ... most of Mama's breakfast dishes served till 5pm daily ... located on a little marina so there's a funky water view and in nice weather an outdoor patio ... with Mama's food ... and they serve booze so you can get a bloody mary with breakfast. A bonus is the other owner house-cures the procuitto ... which makes for a fine eggs benedict. No lines and even if there were, there's a bar area to wait.

                        1. re: rworange

                          You know, I don't eat out much anymore and tend to stay within my work commute and home neighborhood so I don't get to use your info often, but I think you have some the very best tips and most informative posts on this board. Its geniunely information that would be impossible to find anywhever else and more importantly, trustworthy.

                          Next time I head up to the wine country for the day, I'll definitely stop at Pier 15.

                          Thank you for not deserting the new chowhound. Even though there's a LOT more noise on the new format, posts like this are what will keep people coming back. I appreciate it.

                          1. re: rworange

                            Wow ! Thanks for that, maybe I'll drive over for a treat.

                        2. I'm going to put in another vote for Ella's. Delicious chicken hash there.

                          Zazie in Cole Valley is pretty good too.

                          1. Rose's on Union Street has great weekend brunch. So does Citizen Cake, but it often requires reservations (in Hayes Valley) on the weekends.

                            1. Slow Club on Mairposa at Hampshire is probably my favorite. The turkey sausage hash with poached eggs keeps my coming back. Universal Cafe on 19th, Chow on Church, Ti Couz for crepes, and Los Jarritos for Huevos Rancheros are other favorites.

                              1. Universal is probably the most consistently good brunch- the menu changes every week but there can be quite a wait. Anyone tried brunch at Circa yet?

                                1. My favorites:

                                  1. Mama's - The best. You can't beat the fluffy french toast with fresh berries and the awesome omelets
                                  2. Ottimista Enoteca on Union - Best eggs benedict in the city
                                  3. Local SF - worthy newcomer in SOMA. Try the egg in the hole with serano ham or the croque monsieur or the vanilla bean french toast
                                  4. Tangerine - love the potato latkes
                                  5. Rose's Cafe

                                  -wdot
                                  www.thejadedpalate.com