I will be in the city for a couple weeks and look forward to eating my way through some old favorites and new. One thing I definitely need help with is breakfast spots-Not omelette and french toast standards, but good, creative, enticing morning meals. All ideas are appreciated, as well as your favorite menu items...J
Tartine doesn't have actual breakfasts, but their croque monsieur (and, I believe, croque madame) is quite good and the coffee is fine and hot. They're also famous for their scones, but I've never had any. Somebody gave me a tip that one should go before 10:30 when it's less crowded because the hipsters are still asleep.
John Campbell's Irish Bakery at 5625 Geary Blvd. btw 20th and 21st Avenue
for a breakfast sandwich; Belfast Bap - Irish sausage, Irish bacon, Cheddar cheese with scrambled egg on an Irish roll - absolutely yum.
John Campbell's Irish Bakery
5625 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
Foreign Cinema's brunch is excellent. They have a great way with eggs (the chef owners are authors of Country Egg, City Egg.) My favorite is the balsamic glazed eggs with garlic potato hash. 2nd favorite: poached eggs with duck breast over greens. then there are the eggs scrambled with salmon and sweet corn. www.foreigncinema.com
On a much more casual note, there's Boogaloo's - also in the Mission, very "hipster" oriented - but the food is very good. fun ways with eggs, chorizo, polenta, black beans, various benedicts . . . wait is usually long on the weekends, but i think during the week it's a much better scene.
then there's Tartine, at 18th and Guerrero. Fantastic french bakery, famous for their breads, pastries, big bowls of coffee.
Try Boulette's Larder in the Ferry Building. Very pricy, but creative and delicious.
I love the lemon ricotta pancakes at Zazie's (they're not always available so call first), and the cornmeal pancakes at Kate's Kitchen on Haight at Fillmore (a hint of orange peel in the batter).