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Londoner Looking For Hash Browns

Hi, we will be in SF, my husband has a real thing about USA breakfasts. He loves Waffle House for their hash browns but I know there are no Waffle Houses near SF. Does anyone know a place where they have hash browns made with that shredded or grated potato and then scattered on the grill? And good sausage patties?

I really appreciate any help anyone can give.

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    1. re: wolfe

      Hi, thanks for that. The hash brown looks good! We'll try it out.

      1. re: wolfe

        The hashbrowns at Grayson are near perfect, but it will be a bit of a shlep to get out to Berkeley from SF.

      2. My vote is for Art's Cafe in SF (on Irving Street at 9th Avenue).

        See this earlier thread for more recommendations.

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        1. re: kresge86

          I def. second Kresge on Art's - mom and pop, cooked right in front of you - a mainstay of the 'hood. tiny but worth the wait if it's a Saturday - best dang B'fast in town.

          I lived on their food (and others) for a few months (jerky roommates I couldn't trust with a loaf of bread)

        2. I feel it's really not remiss to say that this style of shredded, golden hashbrown potato is quite common around here, so you'd be able to find it at most breakfast restaurants/diners. You may find some places that offer "home fries" instead, which are cubed potatoes griddled with a mess of spices and onions, but golden shredded potatoes are pretty universal breakfast fare in California (and most western states). You shouldn't need to travel more than about five blocks to find some, no matter where you are, and you can always fall back on a Denny's. Just don't go asking for blood pudding or rashers -- it'll be blank stares and people calling the Center For Disease Control.

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          1. re: orezscu

            yeah, but they're looking for a US breakfast, I DO wish there were more places that offered grilled tomato and beans along with the rest (why are US b'fast's just pancakes or eggs or complete artery cloggers?).

            sorry if I sound contentious, but home fries really don't substitute for browns. potatoes are surprisingly delicate when it comes to the cut IMHO.

          2. I love the Yukon Gold hash browns at Boulevard Cafe in Daly City.

            Boulevard Cafe
            2 Poncetta Dr, Daly City, CA 94015

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            1. re: wineguy7

              Another big vote for Boulevard Cafe.

              I have to disagree somewhat with orezscu about the availability of good hash browns. We go out to breakfast a lot and most places have home fries. It took me a long time to find a place that had actual hash browns.

              1. re: Atomica

                Yes, Boulevard Cafe is worth the trip for the hash browns alone.

            2. Huge thanks for all the responses. We've been to SF before but we'll only be there a few days this time so it's great to know a few places. We usually stay on Lombard and go to Bechellis but they have country style potatoes not hash brown. We will definitely go to Art's.

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              1. re: panda444

                If you're staying on Lombard, definitely try Mel's Diner for breakfast. They have fantastic hash browns and great patty melts too.

                1. re: Debra Stuart

                  I haven't been to Mel's in a few years, but I have never had a good breakfast at this location. I hope they are doing better these days ... but ...

                  I'm not a fan of Home Plate in the Lombard area, but I'd rather eat there. Anyone have comments on Home Plate's home fries?

                  1. re: rworange

                    Home fries seemed okay at Home Plate. The reason to go to HP is homemade sausage, homemade scones (free w/ breakfast) and eggs.

              2. Absolutely without question The Pork Store on Haight! Tasty American breakfasts. The hash browns are the real deal -- order them extra crispy if you like. Art's is OK, but those hashbrowns are definitely frozen patties. Pork Store might be a "greasy spoon" type of place but they use fresh ingredients.

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                1. re: mrs bacon

                  Art's must have changed their MO then. Back when I haunted the place they were very much fresh. sad if true.

                  1. re: mrs bacon

                    Yep, Pork Store. After all these years, they're still greasy, crunchy, and great. Easily my favorite version. And it's right in the middle of the tourist part of Haight St which, as a tourist, could be good.

                    1. re: uh ... art

                      used to be a snotty neighbor down the street (Meso-Haight) I wish I'd tried.

                  2. Hi, I wanted to say a huge thanks to all those who recommended breakfast places to us. We had a fantastic time in SF. We went to Art's and to the The Pork Store. I want to say a bit about each. Art's was really friendly, the eggs and the breakfast in general was really great. The hash browns came already coooked in a kinda rectangular thin sheet and then reheated on the griddle. Very crispy, which I liked but my husband did not.

                    As for the Pork Store...I have to say a 10 out of 10!!! We went a number of times. Service was fast and friendly. The hash browns were done as a huge pile of potato on the griddle and kept on the go as people ordered, which gave a crispy edge and soft inside..eggs and sausage very nice..I had the special breakfast with pork chops once which was huge and very tasty. This has to be one of our all time breakfast favourites in the whole USA...Again, many thanks.

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                    1. re: panda444

                      Thanks for reporting back! I missed the earlier discussion, but I would have said that although hash browns are common, really good hash browns are hard to find. I'm glad you found some that were to your liking.

                      1. re: panda444

                        Thanks for the report. Do you remember which location of the pork store you were at?

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

                        Pork Store Cafe
                        1451 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                        Pork Store Cafe Valencia
                        3122 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

                        1. re: rworange

                          I'm guessing Haight, since that was the recommended one.

                          The Pork Store on 16th is hit and miss. Lately it's been horrible. The last breakfast I had there (maybe 3 weeks ago), every single item tasted like dirty char from a grill that hadn't been cleaned in a very long time.

                          1. re: rworange

                            Hi, yes it was the Pork Store on Haight. Superb.