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???
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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.
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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.
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).
I like Dottie's, but that's more a function of the hotel I stay at when at SF than anything else.
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.
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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
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My favorite pancakes in SF are the lemon ricotta version at Plow but without a car that is not easy from your hotel.
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.
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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
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.
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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.