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Nov 9, 2008 11:16 AM

Weekday Brunch near Fi District (1st/2nd & mission)

Any place to get a good, not too expensive brunch near 1st & 2nd and Mission St. on the weekday? Something that serves until at least noon.


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    1. re: tennisboy

      Try windy's list. Some of them may be open early enough for brunch.

      1. re: wolfe

        I have to admit being puzzled by this request. What does weekday brunch mean?

        Eggs and waffles are not really Financial District food. Everything is open until noon, but you'll find largely sandwiches and muffins and a few overpriced breakfast burritos.

        In that immediate area, I'd either spend more and go to Yank Sing for dim sum (the takeout is cheaper but not that good) or maybe walk down to Rincon Center at Mission and Spear where there are multiple food vendors.

        1. re: Windy

          Or even further to the Ferry Building. I know what you mean w. I just threw everything at him and let him sort it out.

          1. re: Windy

            "What does weekday brunch mean?" -- Seriously? I'm talking about breakfast food that is served past 10 or 11. I guess the Financial District lacks those options, so we'll probably opt for a mediocre coffee/sandwich place. Too bad.

            Ah, well, at least I'm going to Zachary's in Oakland for dinner...

            1. re: tennisboy

              Oh! in that case if you don't mind a 1 mile walk try Dotties. As to Zachary's, fugettaboutit.

              Dottie's True Blue Cafe
              522 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              1. re: wolfe

                do you not know Zachary's? best pizza in SF bay area. Cmon' chowhounders!

                1. re: tennisboy

                  For additional late breakfast there's Lori's. Some of us know Zachary's and hate it. Others love it. The first group can't figure out why. See Zachary posts.

                  Zachary's Chicago Pizza
                  5801 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

                  1. re: tennisboy

                    Zachery's is "okay" but if I were coming from the east coast, I'd skip it.

                    Other breakfast places downtown, Sears Fine Food. Butler and Chef on South Park (2nd and Brannan).

                    1. re: ML8000

                      I have lived in Manhattan the past few years, and I still think Zachary's is pretty amazing. Love deep dish.

                      1. re: tennisboy

                        Then try the better alternative to Zachs, here in the city..."Little Star Pizza" they have 2 locations...better Chicago style pizza...... from a former Zachary's fan...

                        1. re: tennisboy

                          Just wanted to give one more vote of support for Zachary's.

            2. Take a look at this thread, might be what you're looking for...or not:

              1. Come on, guys ... Lori's? ... Sears? First they are not in that area. If sending the OP out of the area, at least send them someplace good like Dottie's or Mama's.

                The trouble is that in that area, there isn't much in late breakfast. Lots of office workers and breakfast is usually a baked good with coffee. Butler & Chef would be good but is is closed on Monday as in Town's End which would be another near-ish option.

                You might be in luck though, Perry's was supposed to open Nov 3rd, though they might be only open for lunch and dinner at this point, but you could call.

                Not horribly far away, is Java House which serves breakfast all day. It is not amazing though, sort of a greasy spoon type of place, but great view.

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                1. re: rworange

                  Much better than Sears, and next door, is Luques. Great breakfast. I don't know how late they are open. I wish they were easier to remember the spelling of.

                  Luques Restaurant & Bar
                  433 Powell St. (in the Chancellor Hotel)
                  San Francisco, CA 94102

                  1. re: rworange

                    Town's End is farther from 1st and Market than Union Square is.

                    There isn't really anywhere that serves sitdown breakfast in the Financial District, let alone late breakfast for cheap, or anywhere worth seeking out.

                    There are plenty of $6 breakfast burritos, $20 hotel restaurants, and $2 take out muffins, and a few lunch places that offer eggs until 10:30. That's the neighborhood. I seriously doubt Perry or Butler & the Chef (also a mile's walk) would meet the OP's price point. Unless you work downtown though, you don't have to stay in this neighborhood.

                    1. re: Windy

                      Mission, not Market. South Park with Butler is right off second and I'd have trouble believing it is a mile walk since I lived there for over a decade. Caffe Centro also in South Park would be a place to get muffins and coffee.

                      Looking at one Yelp review which mentions having brunch at Luques at noon (though on a Sunday) I am guessing they serve breakfast until 2:30 ... on New Year's day they are serving brunch until 2.

                      1. re: rworange

                        2nd/Mission to South Park is a little over half a mile. It's a 10 min. walk. The thing is, it seems longer because the blocks are long and not much to look at half of the way. Once you get there however, South Park is great. No place like it in SF.

                        Any way, there's a complete lack of small breakfast places in SF. It's just not a profitable meal given modern daily schedules and overhead costs. Thus the big breakfast has been relegated to ritual weekends, vacations and holidays.

                  2. There's a cafeteria-style Thai Place on Pine nr. Battery that serves Western-style breakfasts all day. I think it's called Banana something (which seems appropriate).

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                    1. re: Xiao Yang

                      You're thinking of Bananas. Except it's not there any more, replaced by The Unicorn.

                    2. How about the Samovar Tea Lounge. It's between 2nd & 3rd on Howard. Their website says they serve brunch all day. Interesting brunch menu:

                      Samovar Tea Lounge
                      730 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103