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Plow in Potrero?

People were loading kitchen equipment into the space on the SE corner of 18th and Texas this morning. A woman outside said it's going to be an "upscale greasy spoon breakfast joint" (her exact words) called Plow. Anyone know more about this?

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  1. Hmm, I was under the impression it had already opened. Thanks for the update. It's supposed to be a breakfast and lunch place from the same folks that own Ruby Wine on Potrero Hill.

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    Plow
    1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

    1. Today was the first Plow served weekday breakfast, and they didn't get anything wrong at our table. There were only two of us so I can only review two dishes: frittata and lemon ricotta pancakes. Frittata had pine nuts and currants & served warm, not hot. Lemon ricotta pancakes were perhaps a tiny bit too lemony, but you could taste the ricotta and the texture was nicely spongy with some crisp edges. The standout item was the side of potatoes -- Yukon Golds baked and then dunked into the fryer for a moment, so they've got full-on baked potato flavor and texture with a crispy fried melt-in-your-mouth exterior so light it could have been tempura. Well-chosen ingredients, including Nueske's bacon; good, rich coffee; real maple syrup. Four stars instead of five simply because the pancakes could have been a little fluffier. Nitpicking, really. This was a fine breakfast. Great service, too - friendly and attentive - and a darn cute modern-farmhouse-style space (reclaimed wood, wainscotting, contemporary with a traditional feel). Counter service, too, on metal barstools, just like an upscale greasy spoon breakfast joint should have.

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      Plow
      1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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      1. re: jane

        We went to Plow last Friday. It was busy for a weekday, although our wait was only around 10 minutes. On the plus side, those potatoes were fantastic. Perfectly crispy on the outside with a tender interior. Just brilliant. The coffee was good. Not so great was the fact that they were out of pancakes, even though they had only been open for 3 hours. I ordered the breakfast sandwich, which was served on thin pieces of slightly over-toasted levain style bread, even though the menu promised an Acme bun (and I double checked that it was going to be a bun). The server offered no explanation for this substitution. One of my dining companions had the biscuits and gravy, which were good, but could have used more seasoning. We also had the "Plow breakfast" which was eggs, bacon, sausage and two pancakes. French toast was offered in lieu of the pancake, and my friend said it was a bit dry and tough -- they used the same bread as my sandwich instead of something like pan de mie or challah bread. It is a very pleasant space, and a nice addition to the neighborhood. I'd probably go back after giving them some time to work out a few wrinkles, if only to have those glorious potatoes again.

      2. I sat at the counter for brunch last weekend. It was the very end of service and it seemed like they were still trying to figure things out. They were already out of biscuits & gravy when we got there (which is why I wanted to try them out) and the server didn't mention that til after we'd been waiting for a bit to give her our order. Instead I got the plow breakfast (2 eggs, sausage or bacon, pancakes). Except they were out of sausage, so I had to have bacon (albeit REALLY GOOD bacon). And they were out of pancakes, so I got french toast. Seems like they weren't ready for how busy they were going to be. On the whole though, food was good and the space is really pleasant. I think I'll give them a couple weeks to get settled and try it again.

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        Plow
        1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

        1. Let's just scratch the 'greasy spoon' from upscale greasy spoon breakfast joint. We just finished our Thursday morning breakfast at Plow - 5 stars for service and food and ambience.
          Lemon Ricotta pancakes - perfect. Light, creamy, lemony - the DH asked if I could make these at home - he really liked them! Me, too - it was MY breakfast. He ordered the scrambled eggs with cherry tomatoes, goat cheese and chives + toast + crispy potatoes. Those potatoes - get 'em any way you can - as a Side if they're not on your plate. You'll be VERY happy if you do. Sweet service, comfortable setting, excellent coffee. Neighborhood gem, easy week day parking. MUNI # 22 stops in front of Plow on the corner. Open from 7 am to 2 pm.
          We'll be back to try the biscuits and gravy - and the potato dumplings,

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          1. re: Cynsa

            adding side order of bacon to my list...

          2. I've never had better biscuits and gravy than at Plow.

            My only complaint is the coffee and tea. I'm not fond of over roasted coffee and mediocre tea. It would be wonderful if Plow considered a better program for their beverages.

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            1. re: scarmoza

              Those biscuits and gravy. Oh my. The bomb.

              Everything else at our table was pretty amazing. Chicken tsinga, the Plow, a great scramble. Totally agree with Cynsa about the pancakes, and the potatoes, and the service. I like my coffee gnarly, so I have no complaints there either. Really great brunch.

              Has this place flown under radar, or am I not paying attention?

              1. re: BernalKC

                Plow has been my favorite breakfast place for a while now. We go for weekday breakfast to avoid the weekend crowds. The potatoes are very special as are all of the baked goods.

            2. I read in the SFWeekly Magazine Dec 8-14, 2010 issue that they had pumpkin pancakes made from fresh roasted sugar pie pumpkins. Is this available now?

              Plow: 1299 18th St (at Texas), SF 415-821-7569

              1. Pretty good all around. The Plow, there signature spread of eggs, potatoes and pancakes definitely gives you a good survey. The Eggs are straight forward to order. The potatoes are yukons baked there quickly fried then tossed with a good portion of salt with seasonings. This is quite good and definitely puts all other home fries to shame. The pancakes were good, Ricotta/Lemon. The ricotta cuts the lemon slightly. Still a bit heavy on the lemon for me but they were still good. On the thicker/biscuit side. The other plate I tried was decent. It was a traditional pull pork hash. Poached egg on top. Nothing exceptional here. The pork tasted a bit like jerky but still moist. Overall I would like to continue exploring the menu.