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Breakfast help, next Saturday, please...

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We'll be staying near Fisherman's Wharf (I know, I know). We need to be in Chinatown by 10. So I'm thinking (since my wife is a notorious late riser), that the latest we can show up somewhere for breakfast is 8:30, 9:00. Given that we're pretty much limited to public transport (although taxis are obviously possible), is there a great place for breakfast between those two locations (more or less) that won't be swamped at that hour? We had thought of Kate's Kitchen and Pork Store Cafe (both out of the way) or Fog City Diner (way too crowded according to what we were told in an earlier post). Now, we're truly open, although Dottie's True Blue would seem to be a contender (too crowded?). It doesn't have to be the best breakfast we've ever eaten (though that would be welcome, certainly), but comfortably above average would be great. Oh: not high end. Something along the lines of the places I've suggested... Many thanks for your help.

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  1. Well, North Beach is between FW & Chinatown so it would be your best bet. I'd say Mama's is the one of the better breakfasts in NB but there's ALWAYS a line so you'd have to be there by 8:30 at the latest.

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    1. re: larochelle

      Two questions to your post: 1) if we get there at 8:30, are we talking a 10 minute wait or an hour wait, and 2) any thoughts on Dottie's? Thanks.

      1. re: Gypsy Boy

        I can't remember exactly what time Dottie's opens, but if you get there right at opening time or a few minutes early, you probably won't have any wait. It's FAR better than your other options (Fog City, Pork Store, or Kate's Kitchen).

        1. re: Gypsy Boy

          I'd guess it would be a 20 minute wait? They are used to crowds and their service is quick. I'm not a fan of Dottie's, its good but Mama's has more signature/distintive dishes. Also, it seems like Mama's is on your way and Dottie's would be out of your way so you'd eat up a certain amount of time traveling. Plus, Dottie's frequently has lines so I don't know that you'd get seating immediately there.

          If time is a crunch and you can make do with a pastry & coffee breakfast, there are any number of small shops in NB where you could get a quicker, light breakfast. Unfortunately, I don't have any specific recommendations - maybe Victoria Pastry? (I don't know what time they open).

          1. re: larochelle

            Along these lines of quick, lighter morning bite-- is focaccia at Liguria Bakery (across the street from Mama's). Raisin focaccia is breakfasty. And if you're an espresso drinker, latte or mocha at Cafe Trieste in the area. Very good espresso drinks, and they actually whip the cream themselves they put in drinks. One of my favorite breakfasts while watching Tai Chi in the neighborhood park.

            1. re: rln

              that focaccia is ridiculously good