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Union Square Breakfast

junk2 Jan 26, 2008 07:15 AM

I'm meeting some friends from LA tomorrow morning for breakfast. All together, there are four adults and two children. Criteria: no long lines and must be open by 9 am.

I don't want to end up at Mel's Diner . . . help!

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    chutney Feb 1, 2008 09:35 AM

    too late and it sounds as though you had a nice breakfast but next time you might want to try Cafe Andree in the Hotel Rex - they have a lovely breakfast and it's never too crowded....

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    1. re: chutney
      rworange Feb 1, 2008 10:57 AM

      Cafe Andree is one of those places I keep meaning to get to for breakfast. What do you recommend there?

    2. toitoi Jan 26, 2008 07:30 PM

      Lori's is up the street from Sears, on the corner of Sutter and Powell. They open early.

      Forget Sears - overrated and over priced.

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      1. re: toitoi
        Xiao Yang Jan 26, 2008 08:19 PM

        Sears and Lori's are under the same ownership. I've never heard much praise for Lori's, but Sears' Silver Dollar Pancakes are at least an institution in SF, and have been for 70 years.

        1. re: Xiao Yang
          Robert Lauriston Feb 1, 2008 11:04 AM

          Sears' "World Famous 18 Little Pancakes" are well-known but I found them pretty mediocre.

        2. re: toitoi
          P. Punko Jan 29, 2008 06:58 PM

          Lori's had nice fluffy pancakes. It didn't blow me away, but I have a reasonable bar for breakfast. My wife wanted b'fast so we just went in there and we got what we wanted. I thought the pancakes were better than average. It's not a place to expect a lot, but I think you can expect what you get, if that makes sense. Union Sq. prices though.

          1. re: toitoi
            melisky Jan 30, 2008 07:41 PM

            Please note that there are several Lori's locations and the one at Sutter and Powell is by the far best, which is not high praise.

            1. re: melisky
              rworange Jan 31, 2008 11:57 PM

              Funny. What makes that the better location?

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            wandasue Jan 26, 2008 03:51 PM

            Cafe Mason, on Mason between Geary and O'Farrell has been our go-to place. Reasonably priced and a reasonable variety. Good service. Open 24 hrs.

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              Deeg67 Jan 26, 2008 08:59 AM

              It's a shame about the "long lines" because Dottie's is by far the best bet in that area. But with six on a weekend, unless you're there by 8 AM you'll wait a while. Sears is big enough that if you're there before 9, you might get in fairly quickly.

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              1. re: Deeg67
                Carrie 218 Jan 26, 2008 10:59 AM

                Sears was the only one that came to mind as well with that many people. The no-lines thing is hard on weekends; the best places always have long lines and Dottie's would be a better choice. I would suggest sending someone to Dottie's a half-hour to 45-minutes earlier to stand in line - even for six people!

                1. re: Carrie 218
                  junk2 Jan 26, 2008 02:36 PM

                  I wish Dottie's would work, but we just can't wait that long. I think we're going to change course completely and all head to clement street for some dim sum. Thanks for the suggestions though.

                  1. re: junk2
                    susancinsf Jan 26, 2008 02:55 PM

                    junk2, I hear your pain. Personally, I hate waiting in line and won't do it! Besides that, sometimes one just can't wait (or send someone ahead) and suggestions that say to do that really aren't that helpful. Moreover, in my nabe there actually ISN"T a close correlation between those restaurants with long lines and quality (though granted my nabe isn't Union Square where that could be true. Still, this question comes up fairly often and it would be nice to hear some good recommendations for breakfast in that general area without a line).

                    1. re: junk2
                      Xiao Yang Jan 26, 2008 08:23 PM

                      If you're going to be hungry by nine, you'll be even hungrier by 10:30-11:00 which is the usual opening time for dim sum places. You also may find long lines there.

                      1. re: Xiao Yang
                        junk2 Jan 28, 2008 02:02 PM

                        Thanks for all the suggestions, but we ended up at Lichee Garden. At 9 am, the place was about half full, and the quality of the dim sum (although not outstanding) was perfectly fine.

                        1. re: junk2
                          Xiao Yang Jan 28, 2008 08:00 PM

                          I didn't realize Lichee Garden had dim sum service that early. That's good to know.

                          1. re: Xiao Yang
                            junk2 Jan 29, 2008 05:59 AM

                            Yes, we were happily surprised too. We were told they open at 8 am.

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