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Mar 3, 2011 08:18 PM

Seeking unique breakfast in San Francisco (see wish list)

Looking to go beyond eggs benedict and the usual pancakes/French toast as I try to figure out where to find a few good breakfasts in SF. I'll take something mainstream if the setting is particularly special/unique (I'll hit Tartine Bakery, also, based on quality), but I'm especially looking for something off-the-beaten-path. Ethnic is totally fine. Hole-in-the-wall is totally cool.

Non-pho Vietnamese soup?
Early morning tacos or burritos, but not the usual breakfast kind?
Something I've yet to even dream about? The more unusual, the better.

Will travel a little for food. Will be ready to eat as early as 8am.

Will look forward to your replies. (Thanks!)

Tartine Bakery
600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Yes. (Note the name.) I think I'm going to pass on dim sum this trip, unless you want to wow me with a suggestion!

      1. re: dimsumfan

        I think he might mean jook, chinese donuts, cheung fun, etc. Like at Hing Lung in SF.

        Or, maybe a northern style breakfast with warm soy milk, buns, etc. I don't know where to find this in SF though.

        Hing Lung Restaurant
        674 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

          1. re: Mr_Happy

            Not traditional Chinese breakfast, and not a hole in the wall, but Charles Phan's Out the Door in Pac Heights comes to mind:


            Out the Door
            845 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94103

            1. re: betterbeheaven

              the slow cooked egg with brisket will satisfy every wish

            2. re: Mr_Happy

              Five Happiness does a Sunday chinese breakfast (soy milk, long fried doughnut sticks, etc.)

        1. maybe not super exotic but i had really delicious breakfast a couple months ago at Palacio Latino on Mission Street between 18th and 19th. It's Guatamalan, and everything about the food was just great. Delicious, thick, flavorful and tender corn tortillas, black bean puree, longaniza sausage, crema, fried plantains, queso fresco ... your usual Central American breakfast but done really well. Sorry, the only menu i find doesn't list the breakfasts.

          Palacio Latino Restaurant
          5925 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

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          1. re: mariacarmen

            Red Cafe is my destination on Mission Street - now I'll bookmark your Palacia Latino, too - thanx

            Red Cafe
            2894 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            1. re: Cynsa

              i've been wanting to try Red Cafe! what do you recommend?

              1. re: mariacarmen

                Platanos con casamiento, huevos, queso fresco y crema.

                Red Cafe
                2894 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          2. What about chilaquiles? Here's a good thread with options

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            1. re: JasmineG

              I second chilaquiles! My favorite in SF is from Red Cafe, on the corner of 25th and Mission.

              1. re: Eat.Choui

                I had the chilaquiles at Red Cafe today -delicious! crispy tortillas, fluffy scrambled eggs, fresh peppers and tomatoes.... loved it. the pureed beans on the side weren't very flavorful, tho, but overall a good meal. also ordered a side of plantains expecting 3 or 4 slices. there were 8 fat quarters - way too much, but they were tasty. I'd only had chilaquiles one other time - at La Oaxacana, where they were terrible - i was in no hurry to try them again. We walked right in at Red Cafe and got a table for 2 at noon. Thanks, Cynsa and Eat.Choui for the tip.

                Red Cafe
                2894 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            2. If you're here on Saturday, maybe grazing at the Alemany farmers market or the Ferry Building.

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              1. re: sfbing

                Also on Sunday, there are two Thai temples that serve brunch:

                Wat Mongkolratanaram in Berkeley near Ashby Bart and
                Wat Buddhapradeep in San Bruno.

                The Berkeley temple has a wider selection of food, the San Bruno temple has a smaller selection, but the food is noticeabley gamier.

                Wat Buddhapradeep
                310 Poplar Ave, San Bruno, CA

              2. I like the pork and beans with poached egg and tomato salsa that the golden west sometimes has. It's a take out window.

                Golden West
                8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

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                1. re: Mr_Happy

                  +1. Just had this & cornbread with chorizo gravy...sooo good & very comforting on a cold morning. We spent a couple of days in the City (from the 'burbs) with our girls & this was one of the highlights of our mini vacation. Took the food & sat at table in Crocker Galleria. Also grabbed a corned beef sandwich for a late lunch from Sentinel (very good, they were sold out of everything else). Kids can't wait to go back to these places!