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Aug 25, 2008 09:14 PM

Labor Day Early Breakfast

Is there any place that's likely to be open for breakfast at 6am (ish) on Labor Day Monday in the Embarcadero/Union Square/SOMA/Little Italy/Chinatown area? I know that's a big area, but it's an early hour. I want to eat and maybe sit for 30 minutes - eating trumps sitting.

I just want some eggs or a pancake. I'll eat Chinese or Mexican food too if that's an option. I don't want a place that just had coffee and muffins.


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  1. Generally speaking, only 24-hour restaurants are likely to be open at 6:00 AM. Two that come to mind are both in the Union Square area, the Pinecrest Diner at Geary and Mason, and the Naan 'n' Curry on O'Farrell.

    336 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    Pinecrest Diner
    401 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

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    1. re: Xiao Yang

      Thanks for all the suggestions. It's good to know there is something out there. I might stumble over to the Pinecrest if I can gather some energy at that hour.

    2. Here's what's flagged as "early morning hours" in SF

      The problem comes in with the holiday and many places closed.

      The places I tagged as early morning open prior to 7am. Some like Cafe Mason are open 24/7. I am guessing hotels will still have breakfast available.

      Cafe Mason might be the best bet. I haven't been there but read good things. It has a large breakfast menu and is located in Union Square. Here's a link to the 12 page menu with pictures of the food

      Caruso's in the St Francis opens at 6 am, but my experiences with St Francis breakfasts are they are pricy and average at best.

      On the other end of the spectrum, Pinecrest, which I have eaten at is a greasy spoon diner ... not in a charming, good way, IMO. Sure it was long ago, but a little Pinecrest history

      This photo of a breakfast plate at PInecrest looks better than the food tastes.

      Lori's Diner is kind of a souless local chain, but I'd eat there before Pinecrest.

      Naan N Curry ... well ... Indian food.

      The rest are either out of the neihborhood, would be closed on Labor Day or just serve pastries.

      5 Replies
      1. re: rworange

        If 500 people attended the waitress' funeral, and the California Assembly shut down for it, the Pinecrest Diner must have had its fans.

        1. re: Xiao Yang

          Mc Donalds ... over a billion sold. It has its fans too. There's a 24 hour Jack In The Box across the street that has breakfast Jacks too.

          That being said, I'd go to Pinecrest before the St Francis. I'f I"m going to have an average at best breakfast, I'd rather not pay big bucks for it.

          Anyone know if Naan N Curry sells anything breakfasty early in the morning? Or is it just naan and a cup of chai ... unless curry is your thing at 6 am.

          1. re: rworange

            Nothing wrong with curry at 6:00 AM. A lot more interesting than oatmeal.

            Taste buds never sleep.

            1. re: Xiao Yang

              Not saying anything is wrong with that. I worked graveyard for years and was always on just lookout for real food that early. I was just wondering if there is anything besides the standard menu.

          2. re: Xiao Yang

            The assembly didn't shut down, it "adjourned in her honor." That means the motion to adjourn at the end of the day's business includes a reference to a particular person one of the members wishes to honor.

        2. The Lori's Diner on Mason is also 24/7.

          Lori's Diner
          336 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102

          Cafe Mason
          320 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102