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Where o where for breakfast in San Francisco?

Hi, we're vacationing in SF for a few days and wondered where people like to pick up breakfast near SFMoma? (That's roughly where we're staying, and we hate expensive blah hotel breakfasts!)

A short walk is fine by us. And we'll certainly be trying out Dottie's. We would love to know about somewhere else nearby, where you can maybe just get a decent pastry and a good coffee.

Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

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  1. Butler and the Chef Bistro .5 mile from MOMA.

    Butler & the Chef Bistro
    155 S Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107

    1. During the weekdays, Sentinel has pastries and coffee for breakfast.

      The Sentinel
      55 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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        1. re: sfbing

          Excellent coffee and sandwiches at The Sentinel; I've heard that the muffins are wonderful, too.

        2. Blue Bottle Cafe opens at 8am
          66 Mint Street at Jessie

          Bocadillos might be too far a walk for you... M-F 7am
          710 Montgomery St. between Columbus Ave & Jackson St

          another long walk... to the Ferry Building
          Acme Bread, Frog Hollow Farm, Mastrelli's Delicatessen
          Boulette's Larder is open at 8am

          at Yerba Buena Gardens across the street from MOMA:
          Samovar Tea opens at 10am
          above the Waterfall on the Upper Terrace

          if Dottie's is on your List; add Brenda's French Soul Food, too
          it's between Eddy and Turk St. near Civic Center/Tenderloin
          652 Polk St

          Boulettes Larder
          Ferry Slip, San Francisco, CA 94111

          710 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

          Blue Bottle Cafe
          66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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          1. re: Cynsa

            The Ferry Building has quite a few excellent stands offering breakfast on Saturday. Definitely worth going, especially if the weather is nice, you can sit on the Bay and eat.

          2. Lots of good suggestions above. There's also a Whole Foods with a big takeout section at 4th and Brannan.

            1. What days of the week? Some places like Sentinal are only open during the week and others on the weekend. Here's some places in nearby Union Square

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              1. re: rworange

                A note about your list - the champagne brunch at Anzu is expensive and not particularly good - a lot of boring, bland food. I took some out of town guests and was really embarrassed and felt that I damaged my credibilty by providing such a mediocre dining experience.

              2. Townsend is on the fringe of where you're looking, a bit less than a mile away, but it is worth going a few more blocks for.

                Town's End Restaurant & Bakery
                2 Townsend St Ste 2, San Francisco, CA 94107

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                1. re: BernalKC

                  Nearby Crossroads Cafe has decent breakfasts at fair prices.

                2. If you decide you want a bigger breakfast, we recommend Luques, even though it's in a hotel, we found the food to be very good. It's downtown:

                  Luques Restaurant & Bar
                  Located inside the Chancellor Hotel on Union Square
                  433 Powell Street between Post and Sutter 415.248.2475

                  Luques Restaurant
                  433 Powell St, San Francisco, CA

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                  1. re: Kim Cooper

                    Definitely adding Luques to our breakfast near Union Square repertoire, Kim, thanks. I searched and your post from your Windsor trip seems to be the only commentary on it here -- maybe I'll be able to add to the database at the end of the month :-).

                    1. re: grayelf

                      We forgot to reply to thank everyone for their suggestions. Ultimately we ate at Dottie's, twice, and loved it. I can think of no better breakfast. Everything was outstanding and with a spirit of generosity and a laid-back vibe -- not at all like the stingy, brunch rush you often encounter in New York. The bakery stands at the Ferry building farmer's market were great (particularly the one that does the donut muffins) and we picked up coffee from the Blue Bottle stand. Also went to the Blue Bottle cafe where the eating options first thing in the morning were limited to disappointing almond filled brioches that were greatly overpriced.

                      1. re: johannabanana

                        The donut muffins are from Healdsburg's Downtown Bakery. I have a stash in my freezer that I bought at the mother ship at the half-price markdown on weekdays after 4:30pm. They reheat beautifully.

                        Downtown Bakery & Creamery
                        308 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448