Best place for Saturday Breakfast/Brunch around 9th and Irving?
- MJT Sep 12, 2005 05:24 PM
Thanks, taking my sister to Golden Gate Park, thought we could have some breakfast nearby first. Any suggestions?
What type of ambiance are you looking for? There's a small hole-in-the-wall called Art's Cafe on Irving and 9th (next to PJ's) that does a great breakfast (omelettes, hash browns, etc).
Depending on how early, you could maybe take her to some tea (scones, pastries, sandwiches) at the Secret Garden on Lincoln and 9th.
This is my regular weekend breakfast neighborhood, since we can walk to it through GG Park from the Richmond District. My favorites are Art's Cafe and Irving Street Cafe. Both are family-run operations, and have great service. Art's has great hash browns & omelettes, as well as basic Korean food. For an interesting omelette, try the Samurai, which is basically a bulgogi omelette. Pancakes are also very good. Irving Street Cafe has delicious sausage links, and I'm partial to the Irving Street Special Scramble - sort of a Joe's scramble with jalapeno peppers.
I like Park Chow a lot but I think they only serve brunch on the weekends. There's also Howard's - old school '70-ish hole-in-the-wall that serves a v good American breakfast, eggs, pancakes, etc.
I love Art's for the Bi Bim Bap for breakfast (bowl of rice with vegetables, grilled marinated Korean beef, and a sunny side up egg on top). Their hash browns are perfectly cripsy.
Because I love Art's so much, I don't go anywhere else in that neighborhood for breakfast.
If you don't need to have a formal breakfast, then I would head for Arizmendi on 9th for some of the best baked goods in the area. Seating is limited though.
I'd probably hit one of the cafe's in Cole Valley - Reverie (muffins, bagels, frittatas, omlettes, or Boulange (mostly pastries) or Zazie for table service. Both Reverie and Zazie (could be a bit of a wait) have lovely gardens. If you want to stay in the inner sunset I'd probably go with Park Chow.
I've found Darla's to be pretty good for breakfasts standards like pancakes - certainly a more "hip" scene that Art's or Howard's and the owner is a bit of a handful, but it's fun and the food it pretty decent.