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I'm looking for a spot near the deYoung to take a friend for a birthday brunch tomorrow morning. Normally I would just pick up some dim sum, but as this is a celebration i thought something a little more upscale. Thinking a price range of 15-20 p/p and mimosas would be nice!

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  1. What I've considered so far:
    park chow- I've eaten at the Castro one and didn't love it, is this location better?
    Q-mixed reviews?
    Zazie- a bit far but would consider it if it's good.
    Opinions on these choices, other recs perhaps one step up in food and atmosphere quality?
    Thanks

    1. One idea I'd consider is the Alembic on Haight. It's a bar setting, but with very good food. And you'd be guaranteed to get an excellent mimosa or other cocktails. They open at noon - don't know how that works with your timing.

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      Alembic
      1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

      1. Park Chow is OK. I'm not a fan of Q.

        I went to Namu recently for lunch and really enjoyed it. They have delicious mango mimosas too. It's on Balboa between 4th & 5th Avenue.

        http://www.namubar.com/

        1. I like Park Chow. But another option is Chouchou on Dewey near Laguna Honda hospital and Forest Hill metro station.

          http://www.chouchousf.com/index.htm

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          1. re: c112

            Chouchou seems to be pretty far from the DeYoung to me. (not that I am a big fan anyway).

          2. Where did you end up? How was it?

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            1. re: Fig Newton

              Well we ended up just going the picnic route with some fancy salads, cheese and a nice rose from whole foods. But thanks all for your reccos, will keep Namu and pj oyster house in mind for the future!

            2. where do they have the best mimosas?

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              1. re: champagne

                Not a mimosa, but Citizen Cake has a "Champagne Float" on their brunch menu. Its a glass of sparkling wine with a scoop of house-made sorbet in it, you get to choose the flavor. Its a wonderful drink.

                Just For You makes a good mimosa, but I don't like much else about the place. FYI - Lime's bottomless mimosas are terrible.

                That said, I'm a much bigger fan of sparkling wine & grapefruit juice (aka a "Cypress"), Since most mixer quality sparkling wines tend to be quite sweet, I feel the tartness of grapefruit makes a more balanced drinkl

              2. I would also say Park Chow but if that doesn't work for you try PJ Oyster House on Irving not too far from Park Chow. Enjoy.

                1. Check out Velo Rouge Cafe on Arguello. It's definitely different. It concentrates on sustainable organic foods. Really nice atmosphere.

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                  Velo Rouge Cafe
                  798 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118