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ISO Geographically strategic brunch--Canteen or Hayes Valley

Pei Feb 24, 2011 05:49 PM

Help me avoid a grueling death by freezing this Saturday:

I am planning to meet two friends for brunch. We have a time constraint, in that we have to be at Miette in Hayes Valley at 11am to pick up a birthday cake, after which we need to drive to the party.

So I'm thinking Canteen near my place at 9:30, but I'm terrified the line will be too long (although, maybe the chill will keep others away).

Alternatively, we could eat near Miette in Hayes Valley, but I've never brunched in the area and am at a loss. Is there a place that takes brunch reservations? A place that has decent turnover? Or a place that's just so delicious I should wake up earlier and get there?

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    Kristine Feb 25, 2011 01:45 PM

    How about Absinthe? I've had brunch there before and I think I made reservations though Open Table.

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    Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
    398 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    1. scarmoza Feb 25, 2011 12:08 PM

      Straw is only a few blocks away from Miette and opens at 10am. If you get there at 10, there shouldn't be a wait at all. It's a cute place, has a delicious menu, great service, and good coffee (Bicycle Coffee).

      203 Octavia Blvd
      (between Page St & Lily St)
      San Francisco, CA 94102
      http://strawsf.com/

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        mrs bacon Feb 25, 2011 10:27 AM

        Well, there's Stacks in Hayes Valley. Though I've never been there.

        1. pane Feb 24, 2011 09:54 PM

          You could go to Mission Beach Cafe, which is north enough in the Mission that it's pretty close to Miette. Going early should help you avoid too bad of a crowd.

          Hayes Valley brunch places tend to open quite late--Absinthe at 11, and though opening time to Bar Jules had been 11, when I went last weekend they weren't opening until 11:30.

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

          Bar Jules
          609 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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            vulber Feb 24, 2011 08:18 PM

            canteen takes opentable reservations

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              Pei Feb 24, 2011 09:25 PM

              Wow, they really do, even for brunch! Thank you for that info. Unfortunately all they had left was 8am, but that's really going to come in handy in the future.

              We may just end up at Boulangerie if I walk by Canteen in the morning and find it packed. Fingers crossed. Thanks everyone!

              1. re: Pei
                Frosty Melon Feb 25, 2011 07:38 AM

                I prefer Arlequin over La Boulange in HV, but before 11 looks like their menu's limited.

                http://www.arlequincafe.com/

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                  SteveG Feb 25, 2011 11:09 AM

                  Yeah, but the breakfasty things are available then. The pastry chef changed, so I don't know if they have the bombolini any more, but they were great when purchased in the morning (fresh). When purchased after 11, they would be a bit stale.

                  It's definitely in the cafe mold, though--not a real sit down brunch.

                  1. re: SteveG
                    Frosty Melon Feb 25, 2011 12:44 PM

                    Just like La Boulange in that regard (cafe, no formal wait staff). I just enjoy the space much, much more than La Boulange, and there's not usually a wait.

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                  vulber Feb 25, 2011 11:37 AM

                  try calling them

              2. Windy Feb 24, 2011 06:31 PM

                Bar Jules serves brunch, but 9:30 is breakfast time, so not much open besides Boulangerie and maybe Momi Toby's.

                How about the Samovar up Page? It's only a few blocks from Miette.

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                Bar Jules
                609 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                1. Robert Lauriston Feb 24, 2011 06:23 PM

                  I've never had brunch at Suppenküche, but the food's very good.

                  http://www.suppenkuche.com/brunch.html

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                  Suppenkuche
                  525 Laguna St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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