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Feb 6, 2009 09:51 AM

Breakfast, brunch, dim sum - SOMA, Financial Dist.

Hi, I'm new to the Bay Area Board. I live in Phoenix, AZ, but travel to San Francisco several times a year. I stay near Howard/New Montgomery and I'm looking for a fabulous breakfast, brunch or dim sum place within walking distance. I've had decent run-of-the-mill breakfasts all around here like egg sandwiches, bagels, oatmeal, pastries, etc., but I want WOW. Kind of along the lines of Bouchon in the Venetian, but doesn't have to be that fancy.
I have tried XYZ restaurant in the W Hotel and Yank Sing; both were good, but I would like more suggestions, please. Oh, and if anyone can tell me how difficult it is to get into Farmer Brown for Sunday brunch (are they still doing that? is it good?) and give any tips on best times to avoid rush, that would be great. Thanks!

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  1. I was at Farmer Brown for Sunday brunch a little before Christmas. My friend and I thought it was pretty good. But you have to like greasy food. Plenty of fried chicken, eggs, etc. to suit your needs. You can make reservations through Open Table, if I am recalling correctly.

    1. The link to Farmer Brown

      Farmer Brown
      25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

      1. There's been a couple of recent long discussions of dim sum in SF. Do a search and you'll get more than you'll need.

        1. We thought about going to Farmer Brown recently for Sunday brunch, were in the neighborhood, walked in about noon, it was very easy to get a table. We didn't stay, but can tell you that you should be able to get a table easily. The reco about OpenTable is worthwhile anyway, then you have a guarantee.

          1. If you can walk to Farmer Brown's, you can walk to Dotties True Blue Cafe.

            You might try Campton Place for breakfast brunch. In the same price range but probably better. Haven't been to Campton in a while.

            Here's a list of other Union Square breakfast options

            I assume you are asking for suggestions during the week as well and not just the weekend. I know you don't want pastries, but I hope you try The Sentinal on New Montgomery. Also, Boulette's Larder in the Ferry Building has light breakfasts

            Haven't tried it yet but Epic Roasthouse on the Embarcardero has brunch on the weekend. During the week and on Saturday there is The Butler & the Chef in Southpark off of 3rd street.

            Here are other breakfast places in SOMA

            Soma Inn Cafe is a place I want to try. It is a very healthy walk, but Town's End is one of my favorite breakfast stops in the City. Closed Mondays. Hate Mel's in that last. Once upon a time they were good prior to chainification. Primo is a bit of a walk but pleasant. Sweet Joanna's is another place I want to try.

            If you change the search critera in the link above to SOMA brunch, you will pick up a few extra places such as Eddie Rickenbackers, Amber India

            Hope you report back. It keeps info fresh for others and gets us familiar with what you like and don't for better future recs.

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            1. re: rworange

              From that SOMA breakfast list, I'll recommend Townsend too. It's not WOW. But it is oh so satisfyingly fresh and good and reliable. And when you start with a basket of their pastries... how far wrong can you go?