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Jan 26, 2007 12:20 PM

best brunch in SF

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: 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).


            1. re: larochelle

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

        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!