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Nov 21, 2011 12:21 PM

Early Breakfast Thanksgiving Day?

I'm picking up a friend at SFO Thanksgiving morning at 5AM. Any chance of a place that will be open for a good breakfast either in SF or Marin? I'd love to go some place other than a chain though at that hour and given that it's a holiday, I'm thinking my chances are slim. The only thing I can think of is maybe Lucky Penny, which used to be good 10 years ago, but haven't been in recent memory.


Lucky Penny
2670 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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  1. Wow that's a tough one. 5 a.m. really means a 24-hr place. I know it sounds weird but there are places inside SFO that serve breakfast and they will be open. I'd pick SFO over Lucky Penny. LP is okay at 3 a.m. after partying but coming off a plane ride, in the dark of morning, it'll be depressing.

    Lucky Penny
    2670 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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    1. re: ML8000

      LOL. Good to know. I haven't been there for years so I'm glad I checked.

      1. re: calalilly

        Actually a lot has happened food-wise at SFO, and most of it's good. There's lots of decent restaurants now at SFO, with reasonable (not jacked up) prices, many with regular restaurants in the City. The new #2 Terminal opened this year and is supposed to be pretty good and different.

        1. re: ML8000

          The restaurants at T2 are inside security, so only helpful if you're flying Virgin or American.

    2. Yeah, over Lucky Penny, I'd choose Pinecrest , Mel's Drive, Orphan Andy's or even Lori's ... none of them winners but open 24 hrs.

      Cafe Mason in the Union Square was open 24 hours and there was a positive report on it a few years ago by a reliable LA hound, servorg. However, looking at yelp they may have scaled back their hours. You can always call and check.

      This gets slightly complicated by Thanksgiving. Some early morning joints that would normally be open, might not be. However, all the big hotels usually start serving breakfast at 6 am because guests often have to catch early planes. The problem is a decent hotel breakast.

      I haven't been there in a zillion years, but I always liked it. Seal Rock Inn opens early. Again I'd call to check because of Thanksgiving.

      Murray Circle in Sausalito opens at 7am. It is at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge. If the same pastry chef is there, they have fabulous croissants. They may or may not have a breakfast buffet, but you can ask to have a breakfast made to order. It's a little $$$, but those croissants were always worth it to me.

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      1. re: rworange

        I wanted to check the hours of Cafe Mason for the restaurant record since they didn't have them on the website. I called and they said they are open 24 hours and will be open Thanksgiving.

        Here's the online menu which doesn't list everything but shows that tthey have pumpkin crepes and Swedish pancakes.

        Cafe Mason
        320 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102

        1. re: rworange

          These suggestions looks great, thank you!