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Sep 13, 2011 12:19 PM

Casual Breakfast without long wait in SF

My family just moved to San Francisco from Santa Clara. We love going out to breakfast on the weekends, but we're having a hard time finding the right place for us here. We have two young girls, so we can't wait too long (15 minutes is okay) and we don't want anything too fancy. Just a place to pop in and have pancakes/eggs/etc. We tend to eat out between 9-10. We live fairly close to the inner sunset, so we have tried Park Chow and Crepevine. We do like both of them, but we're looking to expand and we get frustrated with the parking there. We have tried Cole Valley twice and were unable to find parking either time. We do love taking MUNI as we live close to the Forest Hill station, but getting to the N takes a while, so we usually just head downtown.

We went to Boulevard Cafe in Daly City this past weekend and were pleasantly surprised, but the pancakes were a bit of a disappointment.

Any suggestions? Thanks!

Park Chow
1238 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

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  1. Manor Coffee Shop, West Portal. My wife's family has been going there for over 40 years. It seems to fit with your requests.

    Manor Coffee Shop
    321 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127

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    1. re: wolfe

      Yes, Manor is a great time warp, along with Tyger's in Glen Park.

      For bread and pastries rather than cooked meals, Thorough Bread across from Chow is good and has nice teas and a patio in the back.

      I think Boulevard Cafe is better for dinner. Especially the early bird dinners, if your daughters eat early.

      2798 Diamond St, San Francisco, CA 94131

    2. The Pork Sore on height is always fun.

      Pork Store Cafe
      1451 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

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      1. re: Civil Bear

        ahem, Pork SORE sounds most unappetizing, Civil Bear! ( :

        1. re: Civil Bear

          At that hour you should be fine, but I've seen hour long lines after 10.

        2. Town's End Restaurant on the Embarcadero is wonderful (and on OpenTable), Sweet Maple in Lower Pac Heights is delicious (packed but family-friendly and I've never waited more than 20mins) and Stacks is Hayes Valley is fabulous, too.

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          1. re: MeredithR

            Town's End is great and you can take a Muni street Car or Train to almost the front door.

          2. I've never had to wait to be seated for breakfast at the following places. I really hope I'm not shooting myself in the foot by posting them here.

            Le Zinc doesn't offer pancakes but has french toast on the menu. I usually go for something that includes their roasted potatoes.

            Fattoush Restaurant does have pancakes on the menu which are probably very good - but I haven't tried them because I can't resist the corn flake french toast and eggs.

            Show Dogs - no pancakes but their biscuits, croissants, and weekend breakfast specials are great. Bottomless cups of Four Barrel coffee, too.

            Rosamunde Sausage Grill - no pancakes but they have french toast with a dark beer syrup. Four Barrel coffee

            Le Zinc
            4063 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

            Fattoush Restaurant
            1361 Church St, San Francisco, CA 94114

            Show Dogs
            1020 Market St, San Francisco, CA

            Rosamunde Sausage Grill
            2832 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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            1. re: scarmoza


              Sea Breeze Cafe - They have a 50% off scout mob coupon going on - so it might be busier these days. Full breakfast menu.

              Hog and Rocks - again, no pancakes but they have french toast, biscuits, nice breakfast dishes, and bottomless cups of Four Barrel coffee.

              Schmidt's - German brunch menu (no pancakes but French toast). De La Paz coffee.

              Straw - opens at 10 and there's usually not much of a wait at that time. Parking isn't always so easy here but it's a fun place to take kids.

              Sea Breeze Cafe
              3940 Judah St, San Francisco, CA 94122

              203 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102

              1. re: scarmoza

                Thank you! I love French Toast, so I look forward to trying out all the ones you mention. The girls prefer pancakes, but are happy with French Toast and Waffles as well. Also, thanks for pointing out the places with quality coffee. That's always a perk for me.

                1. re: christieCA

                  I just remembered that Hog and Rocks changed their brunch hours and doesn't open until 11am. Schmidt's is another that doesn't open until 11. Sorry about that.

                  Here are some more to add to your list (all have fairly easy parking):

                  Just for You (opens at 8) - usually doesn't need to start a wait list until after 10 - (and even with that, the line goes pretty quickly)

                  Plow - (opens at 8) and is a real darling for breakfast. There might be a tiny wait at 9 -10am but it's worth it. After 10am expect a much longer wait.

                  Auntie April's (opens at 9) - chicken and waffles!

                  Just For You
                  732 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                  Auntie April's Chicken 'n' Waffles
                  4618 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124

                  1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                  1. re: scarmoza

                    I went to Just for You recently - very good, and very casual.

                    1. re: artemis

                      I really like that place but there's always a long wait because it is tiny.

            2. Here's two greasy spoons in the area:

              Howard's Cafe, up the street on 9th Ave, from Park Chow, stuck in the 70s.

              Tennessee Grill on Taraval, good American breakfast and an Irish breakfast...lots of seniors, inexpensive.

              Tennessee Grill
              1128 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116