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Jan 10, 2008 05:59 PM

Where to breakfast in the Sunset SF

Near 9th and Irving.

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  1. I live near there, Art's Cafe 747 Irving, its small so go early counter style.

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    1. re: Lori SF

      Another vote for Art's. For their hash browns, they grate the potatoes right there and then form the shreds into a thin sheet, which crisps nicely. Their tofu, kimchee, and sausage omelette remains one of my all-time favorite San Francisco meals.

      1. re: Lori SF

        Another vote for Art's. Cheap, pretty fast and delicious with a far wider range of options than many places. The coffee could be stronger for my tastes, but it's hot, so close enough.

        1. re: ccbweb

          Huh, Art's has a website (link on place record). They are closed Monday and only take cash.

          Art's Cafe
          747 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

          1. re: rworange

            I would not have figured Art's for having a website. I'd forgotten about the cash only bit, thanks for the reminder. Happily, pretty much every bank in town has an ATM within a block.

            1. re: ccbweb

              Has anyone had the "hashbrown sandwiches"? Is that what I think it is? Hashbrowns instead of bread? I'm intrigued!!

              1. re: rln

                Their hashbrowns are handmade into the shape of a big thin square, griddled, and folded around a filling. Think of the hashbrowns as being like a shredded-potato crepe or dosa.

      2. What are you looking for, greasy spoon full American breakfast or something nicer?

        For greasy spoon (but good greasy spoon) there's Art's and Howard's. There's fans of both. I like Howard's for most stuff and the non-retro '70s decor. Art's is known for their hash browns and eggs but it's only one long counter.

        For something a little better but still reasonable in price, there's Park Chow. PC is a go to place when you can't think for any meal. Nice menu, reasonable prices. I miss living near by.

        When I lived out that way I'd to to Park Chow with guesses/friends and Howard's for artery cloggin no-nonsense grub.

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        1. re: ML8000

          I have had the worst breakfasts ( twice ) at Park Chow. The first time I thought they may have had an off morning; the second time was so bad that I had to complain. Credit to them they did comp most of our meal. I rarely ever make a complaint and it was that bad that I had to. I have had no problems with their dinners even though the food is so so.

          1. re: Lori SF

            I've only had weekend breakfast/brunch there. Re: their's not the absolute best fab...but it's always reasonable in price and you have idea of you're getting. It's really nothing more then a well updated diner...but the prices are the same as a chains. There's not many in that niche.

            1. re: Lori SF

              Could you describe what the problem was with these meals? I've eaten Park Chow's sister restaurant on Church St. and alway enjoyed it, although never for breakfast. Just curious...

              1. re: virtualguthrie

                I happen to like Park Chow on Church better.
                Both breakfasts at the 9th street location had the same issue, the eggs were cold and over cooked a simple scrambler how can you screw this up? The toast was brought when we were finished.. the bacon was undercooked and too fatty, I requested cooked well. The eggs benny I warned by boyfriend that might be ambitous was a rubber mess, unbearable and again cold. The service was aweful..

                Howards you can get the samething better and less $ with better service, one woman working the entire diner.. However, I don't love the breakfast there as much as Art's..but Art's is small and too long of a wait on the weekends unless you get there early.

                1. re: Lori SF

                  It has been years since I've been there, but Darla's has breakfast on the weekend. It is nothing to go out of your way for it but I enjoyed it. The place is relaxing and on a sunny day there is a patio out back.

                  Darla's Restaurant
                  822 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

                  1. re: rworange

                    It has been about at least three years since I have been there and I remember it being unsantitary and bad food.

          2. Another vote for Art's (Samurai omelette if you like bulgogi). I also like Irving Street Cafe for their basic breakfasts. My favorite is the Irving Street Special Scramble, prepared spicy (sort of a Joe's scramble with peppers).

            1. Grab some pastries at Arizmendi Bakery (1331 9th Ave), grab a coffee at The Beanery down the street (1307 9th Avenue) and head to Golden Gate Park.

              1. Tennesee Grill is your best bet although it's over on Taraval


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                1. re: NoeMan

                  Don't know much about it having not eaten there (the menu looks like a standard breakfast joint) but that's not exactly "near 9th and Irving." I suppose if you're driving it's not "far" but it'd be a hassle navigating traffic.