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Feb 16, 2007 07:04 PM

ocean beach cafes

Wondering if there are any good brunch spots within a 5 minute drive of Ocean Beach. I'm looking for strong coffee/waffle-pancake type fare.


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  1. For old-school diner fare, there's Louie's just up from the Cliff House, overlooking Seal Rock. There's also Park Chalet (I dont recommend the Beach Chalet).

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    1. re: Maya

      What is the Park Chalet? I'm only familiar with the Beach Chalet which is on the beachfront south of the Cliff House and my husband and MIL say is no good - I have not been.

      Are any diner type places besides Louie's (where there's likely to be a wait) out on one of the streets that eventually end at the beach or on one of the outermost avenues in the Sunset or the Richmond that would fit the bill? I once had an excellent huge breakfast with big home made sweet muffins in the restaurant that's attached to the more modern of the motels that's out by the beach. Sorry, I can't be more specific - but it's on the Richmond side like it would maybe be on the corner of 47th. or so.

      Forget the Cliff House unless money is just not a consideration and you don't mind highly pretentious.

      If the poster ever feels like going to the Legion of Honor museum up in the golf course off of 35th. and California (the golf course also has a restaurant come to think of it), the museum cafe' is really great.

      1. re: niki rothman

        The place with the muffins would probably be Seal Rock Inn ... was it up the hill from Louie's?

        1. re: rworange

          Yes, rw, I think you're right. And I think it, more than anything else, would fit the posters needs.

        2. re: niki rothman

          There are 2 restaurant spaces in the "Chalet" the original one..overlooking the ocean and the Park Chalet which has a glassed in conservatory space overlooking Golden Gate Park...they have a lawn with yellow Adirondack chairs...a pleasant space..with good weather they open all the glass and you can eat on the lawn or patio...

      2. Another option is the Seal Rock Inn's restaurant. Old school like Louie's but with a few more choices on the menu.

        1. I'd be in my running clothes, kind of sweaty--That probably affects where I can go eat. Would Louie's be kosher to go to given that additional fact?

          1. Oh, definitely. You'll have to run up the hill though!

            1. 5 minute drive? This is nearby for simple, friendly fare for the locals in the nabe:
              Sea Breeze Cafe
              3940 Judah Street
              (at 44th Ave & 45th Ave)
              San Francisco, CA 94122 (415) 242-6022
              (there are tables outside for your sweaty-running-clothes self, you'll be fine here)