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Hey, coffee hounds - Where's best breakfast in town?

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I'm constantly in search of a delicious and hearty breakfast place that also offers superb coffee service. You know what I mean by good coffee...quality beans, light to medium roast where you can taste the coffee and not just the roast.

I've been limited to the small breakfast menu at Stable Cafe, OR loading on the milk and sugar to the harsh and bitter cups all over this city. Can you help a hound out with more coffee and breakfast options in San Francisco?

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  1. Best breakfast in SF is Dotty's True Blue Cafe. Everything is homemade on the premises and their coffee is excellent. You might have a little wait time, and it's well worth it. They don't hurry you and you can take your time.
    Enjoy

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    1. re: ninaap

      I've only bothered to wait in line once for Dotties, and that was a while ago. While it's a great breakfast, I don't remember the coffee much. Do you know what kind of coffee they serve (which roaster)?

      1. re: ninaap

        How long is this wait you speak of?

      2. Weekday or weekend? Does it matter?

        For weekend only, Bar Tartine. For weekday, you can stop into the Ferry Building on the early side and go to Cane Rosso or Boulette's Larder--I think those might both serve Blue Bottle.

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        Bar Tartine
        561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

        Blue Bottle Cafe
        66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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        1. re: pane

          Bar Tartine (as well as Tartine Bakery) has sadly switched to Four Barrel Coffee. I was still extremely impressed with the iced Americano I had with brunch there, though. Tartine Bakery, however, makes a pretty terrible mocha.

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          Tartine Bakery
          600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Bar Tartine
          561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

          Four Barrel Coffee
          375 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

          1. re: vulber

            Wasn't Tartine using Mr. Espresso before? Four Barrel would be a huge improvement, IMHO.

          2. re: pane

            This is what I'm talking about! I've never be to Cane Rosso so I'm putting it on the top of my to do list.

            1. re: pane

              second the Tartine empire (Bar or otherwise). I think their coffee is pretty good and four barrel is my favorite of the normal contenders (blue bottle, ritual, philz round out the pack).

              1. re: boris_qd

                (I just have to say it!) For the record Philz is not a contender in the "quality beans, light to medium roast where you can taste the coffee and not just the roast" category.

                I will never understand the love this town has for Philz.

                1. re: scarmoza

                  For some reason SF really likes its dark roast.

                  I like Four Barrel best but I wouldn't say they have a light roast. Med -> Med Dark perhaps? But I also have a preference for espresso drinks - you might try their drip if you find the espresso too roasted.

                  1. re: boris_qd

                    I have no complaints with Four Barrel. It's been very good to me.

            2. I preferred Philz to Four Barrel and Blue Bottle in terms of coffee. I think Blue Bottle does one hell of a good cappuccino, though.

              http://dineomite.blogspot.com/2010/11...

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              Blue Bottle Cafe
              66 Mint St, San Francisco, CA 94103

              Blue Bottle
              151 Third St, San Francisco, CA

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              1. re: ladybugthepug

                I'm curious to know it your Philz coffee included milk/cream and mint.

                1. re: scarmoza

                  A little cream for sure. Mint? No.

              2. Mission Beach Cafe serves hearty breakfasts and Blue Bottle coffee. Starbelly has brunch on weekends (only?) and serves good coffee (forget whose beans, but likely Four Barrel or BB). I'd also recommend Chow.

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                Chow
                215 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

                Mission Beach Cafe
                198 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94103

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                1. re: carfeng

                  Thank you. These are great additions.