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best pancakes

Hi all -- going to San Fran for some baseball games in August. Have our dinner places picked out: Delfina, Perbacco, Nopa...but would love some good places to have breakfast that include yummy pancakes...
Staying at the hotel Vitale, and won't have a car.
Where are the best pancakes in San Francisco???

230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

Delfina Restaurant
3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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  1. Judging by the lines Sears Fine Food and Mama's on Washington Square both within 1.3 mile walk.

    Sears Fine Food
    439 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

    1. Citizen's Band in SOMA has a great pancake (when it's on the menu) and Rocco's (across the street) has a classic diner pancake. Both of them are a little out of your way but not too far from the ballpark.

      Rocco's Cafe
      1131 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

      Citizen’s Band
      1198 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. I don't think San Francisco has very good pancakes honestly.

        Can we point you somewhere better for breakfast? Brenda's, Plow, many other options for pastries, grits, omelets, chilaquiles, etc.

        1. More traditional style: thick/fluffy at Ella's
          For more a Dutch Baby: Canteen

          1. A lot of people like It's Tops Coffee Shop on Market. Nothing fancy or gourmet but they have variations, blueberry, buckwheat, banana, etc. It's a bit of a dive actually. I'm not sure I'd go there, although the Metro street car runs by it from downtown. As mentioned, SF isn't much of a pancake town, no ethnic tradtion, no hardcore winters or fields to plow at 5 a.m. like the Midwest (which probably has the best pancakes in general).

            1. I like Dottie's, but that's more a function of the hotel I stay at when at SF than anything else.

              1. My wife gets the Big Pancake at Canteen every time we go there for brunch. It isn't your typical short stack, and it's not my favorite item on the menu, but it sure is tasty.

                The pancakes at Dottie's are pretty good, too. The lines tend to be out of control, though. If there's a line with more than a few people out the door, IMO it isn't worth the wait. You're better off going elsewhere.

                As far as the elsewhere goes, the Olympic Flame is close by. It's nothing special, but you can get a seat and the food isn't bad. The Pinecrest Diner is no less mediocre, but the crowds are bigger and the prices higher. Ditto for Lori's. Sears is a serious step down, though.

                817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

                Lori's Diner
                149 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94102

                Sears Fine Food
                439 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

                Olympic Flame Cafe
                555 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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

                Pinecrest Diner
                401 Geary St, San Francisco, CA

                1. My favorite pancakes in SF are the lemon ricotta version at Plow but without a car that is not easy from your hotel.

                  1. what abotu stacks? (i'm asking, not suggesting). i've always been curiosu about the lines there....

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                    1. Serpentine is walking distance from ATT Park and is in general very good. I haven't tried their buckwheat pancakes yet-but maybe someone else has? Also Public House which is adjacent/in the park just started serving brunch last weekend and has Lemon Ricotta pancakes on the menu. I plan to try them this weekend and will try to remember to report back.

                      Public House
                      24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94101

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                      1. re: artychokeasana

                        It may only be a mile or so, but I'd recommend taking the T train between the ballpark and Dogpatch rather than walking. That's a not very pretty industrial stretch.

                        Of course you could park by Serpentine and take the T to the game.

                        1. re: Windy

                          Good point-it is a rather dreary walk- through condos, University mid-rises and Ballpark parking lots.

                      2. wow, thanks for all of the great suggestions, I'm super hungry now. Mama's looks great. going to researtch the others now!

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                        1. re: kazmodo

                          Mama's serves a good breakfast, but IMO it isn't worth the wait that's often required. Spending Saturday morning in a line is no way to experience the city. If you're going to eat there, go early or go on a weekday. Better yet, go early on a weekday.

                          Mama's On Washington Square
                          1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

                          1. re: alanbarnes

                            i wasn't even that impressed on a weekday; i find zazie to be better. although my favorite for tha tstyle of brunch is kate's kitchen.

                            1. re: vulber

                              I'm a fan of Zazie's pancakes. Easy muni ride, but will have a wait if it's on the weekend.

                              941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                              1. re: vulber

                                I think the pancakes at Kate's are awful. After 2 recent visit, my pancake-loving kid wouldn't touch them.

                          2. Best pancakes are at Chloe's Cafe. Great every time. Small place and not close at all to where you're staying. It's just the perfect stack of pancakes.

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                            1. re: stacyc

                              Agree with StacyC

                              Chloe's has awesome pancakes.

                              Located at 1399 Church Street, its an "easy" ride on the J line from the Embarcadero station. Leaves you right at the door!

                            2. No pancakes but have a look at the Brunch menu at Foreign Cinema-it's a SF Modern classic and the homemade Pop Tarts are great. You can also make a reservation which in this town full of LONG lines for brunch. The location would be a BART or Taxi ride for you if you do BARY there and would like a smallish walk-get off at 16th-walk quickly to Valencia and walk up Valencia where you can explore the quirky boutiques, galleries and stores before crossing back to Mission.

                              Foreign Cinema
                              2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

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                              1. re: artychokeasana

                                To get to Foreign Cinema on BART, get off at 24th Street. It's both closer and pleasanter than Mission between 16th and 18th.

                                1. re: Windy

                                  That would work too. My main point was to get off of Mission and walk on Valencia-from either direction Valencia is much more enjoyable than Mission.

                              2. Agree that Chloe's has great pancakes. Just ate them this morning in fact.

                                Another very, very, very hole-in-the-wall option, if you are a pancake whore like me, is Sunrise Cafe on 24th Street. They do a flatter Swedish-style pancake that's really great.


                                Chloe's is more the traditional fluffy kind.

                                Bugaloos on Valencia is decent - they have a blueberry ricotta pancake that's good. But their syrup sucks.