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Seriously the best breakfast in SF

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Thought I'd share with you my second perfect breakfast at Chow's restaurant on the patio they opened after their recent fire. Both times I had steak quesadillas and skipped the potatoes to add a side of pancakes, one time their blueberry one,this morning the raspberry.

The quesadillas were served with creamy scrambled eggs that tasted as if they had been slow cooked for 30 minutes, creamy guacamole, mild salsa and a tiny sprig of cilantro. The steak was succulent, not at all like the ragged ends you normally get in this type of situation.

The pancakes were sublime both times....light as a feather, the fruit were not only fresh but at the height of their ripeness, melting away on my lips.

Top that off with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and very smooth cappucino, and you really do have a treat in store. The staff are all friendly.. The price is a little steep at $20 per head, but well worth it to treat yourselves.

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  1. Which Chow's restaurant was this?

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    1. re: ek27

      Castro branch.
      http://sf.eater.com/archives/2009/08/...

      1. re: wolfe

        Yes sorry that one!

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        Chow
        215 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

        1. re: justinokelly

          Chow, the best breakfast in SF.
          A pretty bold claim. I have had breakfast there a few times and found it to be good, but not a destination.

          The best breakfasts I have had in SF would put Chow to the test. They include the old faves:
          Mama's
          Canteen
          Pork Store
          Brunch at Top of the Mark

          Now that I make better breakfast than most of these on my own, I am no longer willing stand in line or pay 50 buck at the Mark for breakfast.

          1. re: roster

            The Pork Store is a last resort for us. Everything usually tastes like very dirty grill.

            We go out to breakfast A LOT. Like, really A LOT. I have to agree that Chow is one of the top places for breakfast in SF. Really good ingredients prepared with great care.

            1. re: Atomica

              So Atomica, would love to hear of your other faves for those of us who rarely go out to breakfast and when we do, we want the best! The only things I know for sure are good are Foreign Cinema and Canteen. What else should be on my top 5 list?

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              Foreign Cinema
              2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

              1. re: farmersdaughter

                When we're feeling flush, Universal Cafe, Canteen, Brenda's, Maverick, Chow. Newcomer Nombe is pretty yummy too. Foreign Cinema isn't breakfast--opens way too late. Maverick too, but I like Maverick a lot more.

                For more standard/cheaper breakfast, Mission's Kitchen does a great job and is a very well-run and friendly place. Ditto for Boulevard Cafe, but more pricy than Mission's Kitchen. This is far from an exhaustive list, however.

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                Nombe
                2491 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                1. re: Atomica

                  Tell me more about Nombe - I've been there for dinner but didn't know they had brunch.

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                  Nombe
                  2491 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

              2. re: Atomica

                I would agree that pork store is the least refined of the list I gave above, but I disagree that everything tastes like a dirty grill. I sit at the counter and watch my breakfast cooked every time I go, and I think that considering the volume of breakfasts they pump out they do an amazing job.

                The portions are like a tranquilizer dart for the office bound set, but they do remind me of breakfasts in Eastern Wash farm country I had in diners as a kid.

                1. re: roster

                  Maybe you go to the one in the Haight? I've never been there. Only the one on 16th in the Mission. Everything tastes like no one has cleaned the grill in days and the burnt food/oil taste permeates everything.

                  1. re: Atomica

                    I think this explains it. The Haight location is the original. I ate at the mission location once and was disappointed, never went back.

              3. re: roster

                For a low-key weekend brunch, I love to go to Chloe's Café in Noe Valley. Their scrambles are amazing! It's definitely not swanky, but I love the neighborhood feel, and they have outdoor seating for sunny days.

                1. re: roster

                  I do like Chow for breakfast as well - my wife swears their benedict is the best anywhere. I prefer the park location on 9th Ave. Great casual dining room and efficient service. My other go-tos would definitely be Pork Store when I'm trying to nurse a hangover and Dottie's - which (if you can deal with the nieghborhood and/or line) I still believe has the best food overall...

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                  Park Chow
                  1238 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

                  Dottie's True Blue Cafe
                  522 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                  Pork Store Cafe
                  1451 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

          2. It's been a while but I remember Rosie's Cafe as being very good.

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            1. re: mvukic

              I know I'm late in on this thread, but is Baker St. Bistro still there? Awesome breakfast with the best Eggs benedict with smoked salmon.

            2. This is not a fancy brunch, but such a great place to go in the Mission that's like a hidden gem nobody goes to, I thought I'd share it. It's Sunrise, on 24th Street. Unlike Boogaloos and St. Francis Creamery, it is never crowded (probably because there's nothing "hip" about it, other than that they offer a lot of vegan options.) Great, strong coffee, perfect pancakes, spotlessly clean, really nice service. LOVE this place.

              It's got both Latin style breakfasts, and American style.

              http://www.chow.com/restaurants/60025...

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              1. re: lessleyellen

                Then you should check out Mission's Kitchen if you haven't already. We didn't like Sunrise the one time we went, but that was probably 3 years ago. Thanks for the post--I'll try it again.

                1. re: Atomica

                  Olea www.oleasf.com/ on California is a great breakfast/brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

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                  Olea
                  1494 California Street, San Francisco, CA