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Mission Beach vs Canteen for hash?

Hello All,

I will be in SF in 2 weeks for an early Mothers Day weekend. The celebrant wants a delicious hash for Brunch on Saturday morning and I've narrowed it down to two places (but am willing to take other suggestions). I would appreciate any input about which location makes the better hash.

Mission Beach Cafe: Braised Short Rib Hash

Canteen: Corned Beef Hash

Thanks in advance!

P.S. I am a sweet breakfast person (pancakes, french toast, waffles) so one place that offers both good options for savory and sweet gets an extra nod.

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

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  1. I'm a mad hashophile, and two of my favorites are in the East Bay: Saul's delicatessen in Berkeley makes a surprisingly good classic rendition, and Aunt Mary's Kitchen in the Temescal part of Oakland makes an amazing red flannel hash.....

    Aunt Mary's Cafe
    4307 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

    1. I haven't ordered the hash yet, but the best brunch in town for my money is Citizen's Band. I can't imagine the hash would disappoint; everything I've had so far (over 5-6 visits) has been a winner. I've long been a Mission Beach fan, plus it's just a block or two from my house, but I won't put up with the crowd outside anymore. I'd much rather travel to SoMa for CB.

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      1. re: Frosty Melon

        I just had Citizen Band's pancake for the first time last week, and it was the best one I've had in San Francisco.

        On the hash front, I'd recommend Cotogna's beef cheek hash; they take reservations, unlike MBC, which might be nice for brunch to celebrate your mom.

        490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

        1. re: Frosty Melon

          just curious...does Citizen's Band not take reservations for brunch, or are they really completely booked for the next 8 weeks (according to opentable)?

          1. re: ziggles

            I don't think they take reservations for brunch. I've never noticed anyone do anything but walk in. Only once have I had to wait for a table (actually the counter), but that was when I went at around 1 pm (there was a sign-in sheet). When I've been around 10 am or so there's generally not a wait, at least as of 2 weeks ago.

        2. I have never tried canteen's corned beef hash, but I did not like the fish hash I had. It was lacking something, maybe some acid. Also, nothing about the hash was especially delicious or gut-warming to me. All other brunch items on the menu was good though, I especially loved the french toast.

          The short rib hash sounds absolutely delicious, I will have to try that next time!

          1. We've had a brisket hash twice recently at Town's End that was incredibly good.

            1. I had the hash as Mission Beach and I liked it, but it is definitely not a traditional hash. As I recall, there were sweet potatoes instead of potatoes. If you crave a classic corned beef hash, this one might not work. That said, I was with a party of four, and every dish we ordered was excellent. I heartily recommend their brunch.

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

              1. You really can't go wrong with either of those choices. Both have good options for sweet and savory brunch-type meals. I prefer Canteen in general. Every dish I've had there is among the best of its type (pancakes, eggs benedict, and so on)-not to mention dinner, but that would be another thread.

                For hash I would also suggest you consider Nopa. Had it there on Saturday, and it was excellent.

                560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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                1. re: LAMark

                  Re: Canteen, how big are the portion sizes? I am a big eater.

                  1. re: gmk1322

                    i actually found them to be slightly inconsistent, but if you like big portions for brunch, it's certainly not the place to go.

                    i haven't been to nopa for brunch, but i've always been impressed b their dinner portion sizes

                    1. re: gmk1322

                      Neither Canteen nor Mission Beach Cafe have large portion sizes for a "big eater." But the food is good.

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

                  2. canteen changes their menu very often; i was jus tthere for brunch on sunday and it was a chicken curry hash. i enjoyed it, but wouldn't consider it incredible. it was, however, a nice change of pace from the usual brunch fare.

                    1. Just to throw another suggestion into the ring... the turkey sausage hash at Slow Club is pretty darned delicious. In fact I am not usually the biggest hash fan but I can't get enough of this stuff.

                      Slow Club
                      2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                      1. How about the Red Flannel Hash at Serpentine?

                        1. if you're in town friday, bix has a delicious chicken hash for lunch

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                          1. re: vulber

                            I know it was three years ago but I love the description by Pei of the hash in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573853 I don't know anything about cbh but it made me put this place on my now-30-page-long list of places to try in the Bay Area.

                            And that chicken hash at Bix is great, though I wonder if the lunch portion would be big enough for the OP. My SO had it for dinner last Saturday and it was conservatively sized and accompanied only by a few grape tomatoes, which suited him perfectly