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weekday breakfasts in San Francisco? (also carnitas burritos in the Mission?)

noradeirdre Aug 9, 2009 04:47 PM

Hey SF 'Hounds- My husband and I are coming out from Boston to San Francisco and Northern CA (Calistoga and then Mendicino) for 10 days in October. I've been reading the boards like crazy for recommendations for lunches and dinners in SF as well as Napa/Sonoma and have got a pretty good lineup planned thanks to you all- even was able to land a reservation at TFL for a Friday lunch (that just happened today, I am still stunned!)

But what I still am trying to work out one more morning of breakfast. We are going to be there during the week, and I have Zazie and Dottie's already. Any other suggestions? Most of what I've found through searching has been weekend brunch type things.

Oh, while I am at it, I am a burrito fanatic and will be wandering the Mission for one when we arrive. My personal obsession is carnitas- I've gathered a few names already off this board and other sources, but if anyone has any carnitas burrito specific recommendations, I would definitely appreciate it.


  1. Steve Green Aug 16, 2009 05:42 PM

    Breakfasts seem adequately covered. For carnitas burritos, my favorite is La Taqueria, on Mission just north of 25th. Last time we were there, I had my burrito with extra salsa, + sour cream, cheese, and avocado. GF had hers with extra salsa only, and I have to admit it was a lot tastier without all that extra stuff on it. We both skipped the beans for pure meaty goodness. The carnitas are quite crispy and bacony-tasting. A bit pricier than some other places, but high quality. Have one of their excellent agua frescas while you're at it. I like strawberry.

    La Taqueria
    2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Steve Green
      Windy Aug 16, 2009 06:53 PM

      Speaking as a purist, carnitas are better as tacos. You really want to judge them on the preparation of the meat, rather than bury them in flour, guacamole, rice, beans, salsa, and sour cream.

    2. rworange Aug 16, 2009 09:43 AM

      Town's End
      Cafe Bean
      Caffe BaoNecci / Danilo Bakery

      The restaurant records with linked reports and websites are in this search of SF places serving breakfast

      That includes the good, the bad and the ugly. You want to avoid Mel's, Lori's and Sears specifically. There are others that are pretty good, but I think these will probably do it for you.

      1. ssfire Aug 9, 2009 06:57 PM

        There are two things I recommend for breakfast on a weekday:

        - The souffle pancakes at Aurea, the restaurant at the Stanford Court Hotel on Hob Hill (photo #1). It's a really good souffle (airy, foamy, jiggly) in a pancake form factor. It's $17, but worth it. It comes with raspberry sauce on the side, which is overpowering; I recommend the maple syrup instead.

        - The French Toast at The Butler & The Chef Bistro in South Park (photo #2). Thick, flavorful, but not too soggy.

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

        905 California, San Francisco, CA 94108

        1. Cynsa Aug 9, 2009 05:28 PM

          easy peasy. Brenda's, of course!


          Brenda's French Soul Food
          652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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          1. re: Cynsa
            noradeirdre Aug 9, 2009 05:56 PM

            Ha! I kept poking around after I posted this and found Brenda's immediately. I guess it was a Murphy's Law thing- I had to post and look like a fool before I found what I was looking for on my own!

            1. re: noradeirdre
              grayelf Aug 9, 2009 06:17 PM

              Don't be so hard on yourself, nd -- as an avid reader of this board, I can attest to the sheer volume of information to take in.

              I know this is not a slam-dunk suggestion (opinions vary) but we always enjoy the eggy breakfasts at Cafe de la presse if you happen to be near Chinatown.

              Cafe De La Presse
              352 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94108

            2. re: Cynsa
              Cynsa Aug 10, 2009 12:51 AM

              — if your 10-day visit can include a weekend in San Francisco, then brunch at Canteen would be on the list, too - Saturday and Sunday 8 am to 2 pm - unfortunately you are only requesting a weekday breakfast...

              817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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