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Mar 7, 2010 03:13 PM

Breakfast in SF Richmond/sunset

I'll be staying in SF soon, staying in the Outer Richmond and visiting friends in the Sunset. Any breakfast suggestions for the area? Coffeehouse, teahouse, sweet buns/pastries of any ethnicity would be welcome...

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  1. I see that Outerlands has added a Sunday brunch. That figures to be excellent. I just added it to my to-do list! Java Beach is a bit of an Outter Sunset institution. Not exactly a foodie mecca, but a fine cafe and a fun scene right there by the beach.

    What about dim sum? If you're into that, there'd be more to talk about.

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    1. re: BernalKC

      I do like dim sum a lot, and the 12 year old can probably adapt. How early do dim sum places open? We'll expire from hunger if we have to wait until 10 or 11.

      1. re: katelynne

        Early dim sum in the Richmond/Sunset... good question. I just posted a boat load of links to this dim sum thread that included a few on Geary and Clement: (CH mapping feature is pretty hinky. Not sure if this will be useful or not) I do notice that Lee Hou on Clement is open at 8:00, but I know nothing about that place. Others I have been to open later, like 10:00.

        Like ML8000 says, if you're near the Inner Sunset, 9th & Irving area, you can hit Arizmendi or Park Chow.

        1. re: katelynne

          Hong Kong Lounge for dim sum; Hours: Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5 to 9:30 p.m.
          I've gone in the door at 10:30 am on weekdays... the tables are filled by 11 am.

          On Clement Street, Good Luck Dim Sum opens at 7 am and there are a few tables in the back, past the service counter. Closed on Tuesdays.
          736 Clement St
          (between 8th Ave & 9th Ave)
          San Francisco, CA 94118
          (415) 386-3388

          House of Banquet opens at 9 am for dim sum
          939 Clement St
          (between 10th Ave & 11th Ave)
          San Francisco, CA 94118
          (415) 221-9888

          Golden Gate Dim Sum opens at 10:30 am
          1829 Clement St
          (between 19th Ave & 20th Ave)
          San Francisco, CA 94121
          (415) 666-3883

          Hong Kong Lounge
          5322 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94121

          1. re: Cynsa

            Here is my Hong Kong Lounge strategy, essential on weekends: Get in line at Hong Kong Lounge about 30 minutes before opening with a snack from John Campbell's Irish Bakery or something from the many Russian bakeries nearby.

        2. re: BernalKC

          Outerlands or Art's.

          Outerlands' brunch isn't a recent additions. The moroccan french toast on their house made bread is a standout, as is their version of an egg in a blanket.

        3. Inner Sunset near GG Park, at 9th & Irving, there's a bunch of places: Park Chow (very fresh/organic American breakfast), Arizmendi Bakery (interesting bakery), Howard's (greasy spoon), Art's (greasy spoon).

          In the Outer Richmond for greasy spoon, a lot of people like Joe's Coffee Shop at 25th and Geary. Also Seal Rock Inn Restaurant (it's in a motel but it's SF so it's good but not outstanding). For dim sum, Mayflower or Ton Kiang. Also Joe's Ice Cream at 18th/Geary and a bunch of Russian delis.

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          1. re: ML8000

            Art's Cafe... eggs and rice... hashbrown sandwich... Korean bulgogi + rice + kimchee

            At Howard's Cafe, I like the pork chops and eggs - hubby likes corned beef hash, avocado-bacon-sour cream- Swiss cheese omelette and the Veggie omelette, too.
            Open Weekdays 7am-9pm; Sat 8am-9pm; Sun 8am-3pm
            1309 9th Avenue
            (between Irving St & Judah St)
            San Francisco, CA 94122

            Outer Sunset has The Bashful Bull for not-fancy diner fare; omelettes, avocado milk shakes or Oreo milk shakes, too.
            Mon-Fri: 6am-9pm; Sat-Sun: 7am-5pm
            1222 Noriega St
            (between 19th Ave & 20th Ave)
            San Francisco, CA 94122
            (415) 564-1584

            Art's Cafe
            747 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

            1. re: ML8000

              I'll second Park Chow for a weekend breakfast! They have plenty of seating and have a really tasty menu of breakfast and lunch items.

            2. On California, there is Bazaar Cafe. Lunch/evening has more options but it a comfortable place. There is music at night.


              There is also Angelina's.


              There is also Tal Y Tara Tea shop. The real deal... tea sandwiches are good. If the weather is nice, they have an outdoor area but inside is interesting (you're right in the shop).


              1. House of Bagels on Geary between 14th and 15th is a good place for bagels and lox. it is mostly takeout however with just a couple tables.

                if you want dim sum or pho, there are lots of places in the richmond for breakfast (as others have mentioned). i can't think of any really good american-style breakfast restaurants in the area -- you might want to drive in a bit to Ella's in laurel heights for western-style bruch / breakfast.

                I think Joe's coffee shop has very good ice cream, but I would never think of eating there for breakfast. I don't actually remember them having table seating (only stools) -- but I could be wrong. either way it is very small. I agree that Seal Rock Inn is okay but not a place I would go out of my way to visit.

                if touristy views are a plus, a lot of people to go the Beach Chalet on great highway in the sunset. the food is overall pretty good (I remember liking the french toast), but it is also across the street from the ocean which is another plus.

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                1. re: cornflower55

                  John Campbell's Irish Bakery for $6 - Belfast Bap is a very delicious sandwich of Irish bacon, sausage, scrambled egg and Cheddar cheese on a bap
                  5625 Geary Blvd
                  (between 20th Ave & 21st Ave)
                  San Francisco, CA 94121
                  (415) 387-1536

                  The Cliff House Bistro opens at 9am
                  1090 Point Lobos Avenue
                  (between Great Hwy & Merrie Way)
                  San Francisco, CA 94121
                  (415) 386-3330

                  Louis' opens at 6:30 am
                  902 Point Lobos Ave
                  (between Great Hwy & Merrie Way)
                  San Francisco, CA 94121
                  (415) 387-6330

                  The Garden House Cafe opens at 6:30 am
                  3117 Clement St
                  (at 32nd Ave)
                  San Francisco, CA 94121
                  (415) 668-1640

                  Joe's Ice Cream opens at 11 am and has counter seating + one table?
                  5351 Geary Boulevard
                  San Francisco, CA 94121-2322
                  (415) 751-1950

                  Joe's Coffee Shop
                  6134 Geary Boulevard
                  (between 25th Ave & 26th Ave)
                  San Francisco, CA 94121

                  1. re: Cynsa

                    whoops my bad, when i read joe's i automatically thought of the ice cream shop.

                    john campbell's irish bakery is a great place. the bread is very good and the selections really do represent Irish tradition. i think they have a very small weekend brunch menu but i have not tried it. plus i've never seen any tables so i think it is all take-out only.