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Cheap, good and filling breakfast places in the city for a Saturday morning?

xxvertigo00 Dec 6, 2008 12:22 PM

Under $10/person.


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  1. Xiao Yang RE: xxvertigo00 Dec 6, 2008 01:14 PM

    Not sure about good, but Cafe Honolulu in Chinatown has an offer that's hard to refuse:


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      shivani RE: xxvertigo00 Dec 8, 2008 02:32 PM

      mexican breakfasts might be a good option. Los Jarritos and El Delfin are two of my favorites.

      El Delfin
      3066 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

      901 S Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110

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        srr RE: shivani Dec 9, 2008 09:14 AM

        Chava's has good Mexican breakfast and GREAT Mexican soups, which is what I always get for breakfast there.

        Chava's Mexican Restaurant
        2839 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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        SFDude RE: xxvertigo00 Dec 8, 2008 04:17 PM

        Boogaloo's on Valencia St. serves hearty portions for a reasonably price, but gets a line from about 9:30 onward.

        3296 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          Euonymous RE: SFDude Dec 8, 2008 08:57 PM

          I've never understood the popularity of Boogaloos for breakfast. The few times I've been there in the morning the food has been decidedly meh. They serve a good dinner, though.

          For breakfast I suggest Tyger's in Glen Park at the corner of Chenery and Diamond. They make really good pancakes and their bacon is outstanding. I like their coffee fine but others find it just tolerable.

          I'll link, but their Web site seems to be down at the moment.

          2798 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

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            Atomica RE: Euonymous Dec 9, 2008 11:00 AM

            Tyger's pancakes are Krusteaz mix, but yes, they are good (you can spot the bags of Krusteaz mix on the way to the bathroom).

            There was a "why Boogaloo's" thread not long ago, and I tried it a couple of days after reading that thread. I mean, I've been there before, but not for a while, and this was a non-busy weekday. I am really forgiving on breakfast, and this was *horrible*. It's like eating at your hippy-cousin-who-can't-cook's house. I got a very simple eggs and potato breakfast with their corn muffin, which could be used as a doorstop and has green pepper or something godawful in it. SKIP IT.

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              Atomica RE: Atomica Dec 10, 2008 06:34 AM

              Oh, and to Euonymous, Boogaloo's does not serve dinner. They close every day at 3:00, so I wanted to add that in case anyone was thinking about attempting a dinner there.

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          jsaimd RE: xxvertigo00 Dec 8, 2008 07:31 PM

          The chilequilles at Primavera are under $10 at the Ferry Buidling Farmer's market. Tastey and I find it very filling (served with avocado, beans and two eggs). Plus you can then graze on samples and be very full.

          Or you can hit the other farmer's market - someone can remind me of the location/name. Anyway, they have some Mexican places for cheaper prices, but I haven't tried it yet.

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            Xiao Yang RE: jsaimd Dec 8, 2008 07:34 PM

            I'll agree that Primavera definitely doesn't skimp on portion size.

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              jsaimd RE: jsaimd Dec 8, 2008 08:24 PM

              The other Farmer's Market is call the Alameny market.

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                Atomica RE: jsaimd Dec 9, 2008 11:00 AM

                Alemany is the spelling (in case anyone is doing a web search . . .)

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                Dave MP RE: jsaimd Dec 9, 2008 06:16 AM

                The chilequiles at Primavera are just barely under 10 dollars.....but I agree that they are very tasty and very filling. If you order a drink though, you'll go over the 10 dollar limit. Still, since they are so good, I think this is the best value at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market for breakfast. Some other plates of theirs are good too - anything that includes eggs, beans, avocado and tortillas.

                Meanwhile, my normal breakfast at Alemany Farmer's Market consists of coffee, either an empanada (or 2) or a pupusa (or 2), then samples of fruit. There are also other breakfasty items like pastries available. Definitely easy to eat pleny here for under 10 dollars.

                Another place to consider:

                J's Pots of Soul

                I also like the El Delfin rec.

                J's Pots of Soul
                203 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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                  Xiao Yang RE: Dave MP Dec 9, 2008 07:07 AM

                  The Rose Pistola plates are pretty good values at the FB Market, though not exactly exotic. I do wish Alemany were easier to get to from North Beach by public transit, though; I practically die from starvation before I get there if I count on it for brakfast.

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                    Calvinist RE: Xiao Yang Dec 9, 2008 09:19 AM

                    With the way they now have parking set up, the Alemany Market is hard to get to from Bernal Heights.

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                      xanadude RE: Calvinist Dec 9, 2008 10:27 AM

                      secret tip: park on bayshore.

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                        Calvinist RE: xanadude Dec 9, 2008 10:50 AM

                        good idea!

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                    jpancake RE: Dave MP Dec 9, 2008 08:20 AM

                    For some reason, I have Primavera's order sheet on my desk and you're right, the chilaquiles are $9.50.

                    I believe the chilaquiles at Mijita, also in the Ferry Building, are around $6 and are a nice option if you're not dead-set on scrambled eggs as Mijita's have none.

                    I've had both a number of times and really don't prefer one over the other. They're both good (Primavera's are sometimes great ), and both worth ordering.

                    1 Ferry Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94111

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                      ceekskat RE: Dave MP Dec 9, 2008 09:14 AM

                      Where is Primavera located at the Farmer's market? I was recently there briefly on a Saturday & didn't notice it. I bought coffee at Blue Bottle, saw Rose Pistola & various vendors in the front.

                      BTW, your previous suggestion of Howard parking garage is one of the best tips I've come across regarding Ferry Bldg. (even though it's mentioned on their website :)


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                        jpancake RE: ceekskat Dec 9, 2008 09:41 AM

                        It's in "the back", near the ferry terminal. The line is usually the clearest indicator that you're heading in the right direction.

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                          Dave MP RE: ceekskat Dec 9, 2008 11:01 AM

                          Haha, great! Glad it's working out for you. I never knew about the garage either, even though it's on the website. Makes things much more convenient.

                          Primavera is the Mexican stand near the back....like jpancake says, it usually has a long line. There are actually two lines, one for drinks and a few other things, and the other line for the breakfast/lunch plates.

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                          Calvinist RE: Dave MP Dec 9, 2008 09:21 AM

                          Will put a vote in for chilequiles or heuveos rancheros from Pastores.

                          Pastores Restaurant
                          3486 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                      2. Civil Bear RE: xxvertigo00 Dec 9, 2008 08:57 AM

                        The Pork Store. Huge, stick-to-your-ribs, type breakfasts for under $10. 2 locations.

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

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

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                          Atomica RE: Civil Bear Dec 9, 2008 11:02 AM

                          Pork Store on 16th has not been good recently. Every single thing tastes like dirty grill char.

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                          rahir RE: xxvertigo00 Dec 9, 2008 01:15 PM

                          I'll second J's Pots of Soul. Get a three-stack of the pumpkin pancakes (they're aren't on obvious on the menu, but they're fantabulous!), some potatoes, and a fresh squeeze glass of OJ... Enjoy!

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                            kewlio RE: xxvertigo00 Dec 9, 2008 04:20 PM

                            maybe way out of left field but yummy noodles can be awesome breakfast

                            i suggest hai ky, get the chicken egg noodle thick, with soup on the side :-)


                            Hai Ky Mi Gia
                            707 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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                              Dave MP RE: kewlio Dec 9, 2008 09:38 PM

                              Hmm, never thought about going there for breakfast. What time do they open? Is it same hours on weekends and weekdays?

                              I like the duck leg noodle soup.

                            2. susancinsf RE: xxvertigo00 Dec 9, 2008 04:20 PM

                              I have not yet been to the newest outpost of Balompie Cafe (Balompie Cafe #3) on Mission out near College Ave., (which is a bit shameful since it is only three or four blocks from my SF house) but driving by today I noticed a banner stating that they are now serving breakfast. No question that it would be cheap and filling; I'd love to hear any reports on how good it is!

                              Balompie Cafe No 3
                              3801 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                                Calvinist RE: susancinsf Dec 9, 2008 04:23 PM

                                I tried to go there last Saturday and ended up caught in a large religous procession that had spilled out into the street!

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                                  Xiao Yang RE: Calvinist Dec 9, 2008 04:39 PM

                                  With your screen name, it serves you right.

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                                    NoeMan RE: Xiao Yang Dec 9, 2008 05:04 PM

                                    Now that is funny......

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                                      Calvinist RE: NoeMan Dec 10, 2008 11:09 AM

                                      It's my real last name.....but that is funny......

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                                kresge86 RE: xxvertigo00 Dec 10, 2008 06:17 AM

                                It really depends on what you like for breakfast. I tend to like "road food" type of places.

                                I like J's Pots of Soul, as well as Art's Cafe and Irving Street Cafe on Irving around Ninth. Art's has fabulous Korean-influenced breakfasts (e.g., the Samurai omelette with bulgogi inside). There is also the Hukilau on Geary and Masonic - love the Big Kahuna omelette. Just For You in Dogpatch is pretty darn good, and I believe it still falls under $10pp (depending on what you order). Brenda's French Soul Food on Polk is a slightly fancier option, but it may be pushing your dollar limit.

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                                  rahir RE: xxvertigo00 Dec 10, 2008 09:33 AM

                                  I'll throw out one more: Kate's Kitchen in Lower Haight. The French Toast Orgy is a combo of amazing, fluffy french toast, topped with yogurt, fresh fruit, and granola. Their pancakes are also perfect for an early morning meal.

                                  Kate's Kitchen
                                  471 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                                  1. Cynsa RE: xxvertigo00 Dec 10, 2008 11:15 AM

                                    J's Pots of Soul for breakfasts (pumpkin pancakes!) - 203 Octavia
                                    Valencia Pizza & Pasta for Saturday breakfast bargains - 801 Valencia
                                    Red Cafe - 2894 Mission St.

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