breakfast/brunch in SF?
Where would you go for real down-home breakfast in SF? I'm thinking corned-beef hash, i'm thinking big huge rashers of bacon, i'm thinking stacks of banana pancakes.....
Not too expensive would be great. Drinkable coffee would be even better....
I really enjoyed Sunday brunch at Ella's, cnr California St & Presidio Ave, last weekend. There were 4 of us & we had:
- Joe's Special (special scramble with ground beef, spinach, roasted garlic, mushrooms, caramelised onions % Asiago). The whole thing looked like a gunk, but tasted absolutely delicious;
- Meyer lemon hazelnut ricotta pancakes: 3 thick, dinner-plate-sized pancakes, but they leave you wanting more;
- Omelette with smoked salmon, lemon dill, cream cheese, grilled asparagus & roasted onion: fabulous balance of flavors & textures; and
- chicken hash with eggs & toast: at first glance, the hash looked deceptively dry & hard, but the thin crisp crust encased a moist, creamy & absolutely delicious filling inside.
Warning: try arriving early - Ella's don't accept reservations for breakfast/brunch & it can be annoyingly crowded. But we arrived at 10.45am on Sunday & only had to wait 5 minutes (perhaps due to a rare lull in the customer arrival pattern). By the time we left at 12 noon, there was a long, long queue outside.
BTW, also enjoyed brunch last Saturday at the beautiful Fog City Diner, Battery St. Their cinnamon vanilla Challah French toast with maple syrup was to-die for.
Lakeside Cafe: corned beef hash, lots of egg dishes, good sausage links, good coffee
Tyger's Coffee Shop: excellent pancakes, great breakfast specials, lousy coffee, mediocre bread (ask for pancakes instead)
Town's End: nice muffin and bread basket, very good omelets, scrambles, stress on locally sourced organic ingredients. Menu here:
Boulevard Cafe in Daly City (Westlake, just across the SF border): similar to Lakeside Cafe, cool mid-century architecture.
JoAnn's in SSF: GREAT omelets, wonderful muffins, high quality ingredients.
2 Poncetta Dr, Daly City, CA 94015
2529 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132
1131 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080
2798 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131