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

tennisboy Nov 9, 2008 11:16 AM

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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    tennisboy Nov 9, 2008 04:41 PM

    Help! Anyone out there?

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    1. re: tennisboy
      wolfe Nov 9, 2008 05:24 PM

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

      1. re: wolfe
        Windy Nov 9, 2008 05:49 PM

        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
          wolfe Nov 9, 2008 05:54 PM

          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
            tennisboy Nov 10, 2008 01:54 PM

            "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
              wolfe Nov 10, 2008 02:09 PM

              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
                tennisboy Nov 10, 2008 02:36 PM

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

                1. re: tennisboy
                  wolfe Nov 10, 2008 02:44 PM

                  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
                    ML8000 Nov 10, 2008 04:22 PM

                    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
                      tennisboy Nov 11, 2008 04:39 AM

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

                      1. re: tennisboy
                        ChowFun_derek Nov 11, 2008 06:11 AM

                        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
                          katya Nov 12, 2008 02:58 PM

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

                  2. re: tennisboy
                    wolfe Nov 12, 2008 03:10 PM

                    better link for Dotties.

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              ML8000 Nov 9, 2008 08:53 PM

              Take a look at this thread, might be what you're looking for...or not: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/552073

              1. rworange Nov 11, 2008 10:55 PM

                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
                  Kim Cooper Nov 11, 2008 11:14 PM

                  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
                    Windy Nov 12, 2008 06:45 AM

                    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
                      rworange Nov 12, 2008 08:27 AM

                      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
                        ML8000 Nov 12, 2008 11:12 AM

                        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. Xiao Yang Nov 12, 2008 08:04 AM

                    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
                      Windy Nov 12, 2008 07:37 PM

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

                    2. tatertot Nov 12, 2008 03:46 PM

                      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

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                        jdinsf Nov 12, 2008 07:51 PM

                        Perry's on the Embarcadero (on Stuart just south of Mission) just opened. They have an extensive weekday breakfast menu.

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                          kresge86 Nov 12, 2008 09:22 PM

                          I highly recommend Boulette's Larder. They offer a limited breakfast menu, but the food is wonderful, they serve Blue Bottle coffee, and the kitchen table seating is a bunch of fun. The Ferry Building is a quick walk from 1st and Mission.

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                          1. re: kresge86
                            rworange Nov 12, 2008 09:34 PM

                            Yes, but Boulette's cuts off breakfast before noon.

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                            Pandora Nov 16, 2008 07:45 AM

                            Some options are Sentinal (oatmeal, muffins only but warm and yummy), madeleine (quiche and other items) and Cafe Venue. I don't think any of these are destination brunch places but if you're looking to stop in, get breakfast type food, and move on with your day, these would work. For Sentinel, since it's just takeout, I'd walk over to the big building on the corner of 2nd and Mission and eat in their atrium lobby.

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