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Jan 17, 2008 04:22 PM

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....

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  1. Kate's' Kitchen on Haight. Everything's huge and pretty delicious. My favorite is the cornmeal pancakes. Cash only, lines on weekends.

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    1. 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.

      1. Some choices:

        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.

        Boulevard Cafe
        2 Poncetta Dr, Daly City, CA 94015

        Lakeside Cafe
        2529 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132

        Joann's Cafe
        1131 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080

        2798 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131