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Apr 1, 2009 02:07 PM

Breakfast near Huntington Hotel?

We will be spending serveral days this week at the Huntington Hotel, near the Fairmont. Looking for a very nice, reasonable breakfast alternative to $20.00 hotel eggs within groggy walking distance.

Can anyone help?

Many thanks in advance.

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  1. Bumping. Seemed like a reasonable question at the time LOL.

    1. Canteen on Sutter between Jones and Leavenworth is 4 blocks away.

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        1. re: wolfe

          So long as it is not one of those hills that is so steep that they have steps built in....

          1. re: sfbing

            It is, I believe, one of those streets so steep it has steps built in:

            But it's uphill in the coming back from breakfast direction, all powered up. Pretty much everything in the city is downhill from the Huntington.

            1. re: sfbing

              I'm afraid it is exactly that sort of hill. What's more, unless things have changed, Canteen only serves breakfast/brunch on weekends. You can always walk down the hill to Dottie's and take a short cab ride back up, but your muscles may still ache from the steep downhill walk.

              Re Sears: I haven't been there since the Lori's Diner (avoid those, too) guy bought out Al Boyajian's son, but it gets almost universally poor reports on this board. IMO it already had gone downhill fast after Al died, even before Mr. Kim took over.

              1. re: Steve Green

                Hmm...obviously the problem is the hotel!

        2. Dottie's True Blue Cafe. Arrive when they open at 7:30. Any later and you will wait a long time. The place is tiny but very good. It is in the Tenderloin (on Jones Street) but you will be fine. They are closed on Tuesdays. Many say it is the best breakfast place in the City.

          Skip Sears.

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          1. re: Bay Gelldawg

            Thanks to all who've responded here! We hit Dottie's just now and had a fabulous breakfast. Got there at 7:20 and already a line was in place, but we were seated immediately once Dottie's opened. Well worth the walk, both ways. They were very gracious about our sharing an order of french toast and bacon, which was perfectly prepared, with just a tiny dash of what seemed to be Vietnamese cinnamon. High-quality bacon, delicious fresh juice, very reasonable prices.

            Highly recommended.


            From my research, Canteen doesn't serve breakfast, but does serve a brunch, Saturdays and Sundays.

            Thanks again, to all.

          2. Sears Fine Food on Powell does a good straight ahead breakfast service. Their specialty is Sweedish Pancakes, and they were pretty good when I had them.

            Sears Fine Food
            439 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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