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Early Sunday Morning (8:00AM) interesting place near Union Square

rjlebed Apr 22, 2011 03:35 PM

Hoping to find an interesting place to go for breakfast on a Sunday morning in mid-May. Had hoped to walk over to the Ferry Building and walk around but looks like that is a later morning event on Sundays. Any interesting markets or cafes to go to early on a Sunday morning? Would not mind a bit of a walk from Union Square. Staying at the Orchard Garden on Bush and friend who I am meeting is staying at The Palace hotel. Thoughts?

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    sfbing Apr 22, 2011 07:50 PM


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    1. re: sfbing
      grayelf Apr 22, 2011 10:41 PM

      Canteen (sfcanteen.com) might do it for you -- I'm quite a fan :-). They even have reservations for breakfast now, and opentable is showing 8 am, which is when they open IIRC. Try the chupacabra for something different if you go.

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        rjlebed Apr 23, 2011 03:20 PM

        Thanks. These all sound great. I think that I will try Canteen. Just got the reservation but it says that we might wind up at the counter. Is that a problem?

        1. re: rjlebed
          grayelf Apr 23, 2011 06:09 PM

          Depends on you, really. Canteen is set up like an old time diner (which I believe it was in a previous incarnation). There are a few tables that seat three or four, then there is a counter with stools. I would have no concerns about sitting at the counter for breakfast/brunch, and indeed I have done so happily. Dinner I would prefer a table.

          1. re: grayelf
            Robert Lauriston Apr 25, 2011 09:58 AM

            Canteen was formerly the coffee shop of the adjacent hotel (now a dorm). Booths and counter. It's kind of fun to get such sophisticated food in that setting.

    2. Paul H Apr 22, 2011 07:46 PM

      Dottie's True Blue Cafe opens at 7:30

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

      1. Windy Apr 22, 2011 04:06 PM

        Interesting and Union Square don't usually go together; it's a sea of Starbucks and overpriced cafes. Ferry Building is a good option though.

        farm:table opens around then, with the understanding that there are no more than 8 seats, all at one table and very limited but wonderful menu.

        Not sure how early Brenda's opens. I haven't been to the new location since they expanded, but they have exceptional beignets, shrimp and grits, etc, in a slightly gritty block.

        Brenda's French Soul Food
        652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        Farm Table
        754 Post St, San Francisco, CA

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          Frosty Melon Apr 25, 2011 09:53 AM

          Did Brenda's actually expand? I was there for dinner on 4/14 and it was the same narrow dining space. I didn't think about it at the time, so I didn't ask, but it definitely wasn't expanded then unless a very solid-looking wall separates the expanded space from the old space. Food-wise, I didn't care much for the baked oyster flight but loved my shrimp po-boy (though I'd ask for the spicy remoulade sauce on the side next time).

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