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Dec 6, 2008 12:22 PM

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

Under $10/person.


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

    1. 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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      1. re: shivani

        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

      2. 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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        1. re: SFDude

          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

          1. re: Euonymous

            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.

            1. re: Atomica

              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.

        2. 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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          1. re: jsaimd

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

            1. re: jsaimd

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

              1. re: jsaimd

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

              2. re: jsaimd

                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

                1. re: Dave MP

                  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.

                  1. re: Xiao Yang

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

                  2. re: Dave MP

                    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

                    1. re: Dave MP

                      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 :)


                      1. re: ceekskat

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

                        1. re: ceekskat

                          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 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.

                        2. re: Dave MP

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

                          Pastores Restaurant
                          3486 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                      2. 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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                        1. re: Civil Bear

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