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Weekday brunch - cool spot and neighbourhood [San Francisco]

Cancuk Apr 27, 2014 11:42 AM

Dear CH's,

I'd appreciate some advice on a great brunch/lunch spot for a Thursday in Mid-may. Looking for both great food and a cool neighbourhood that we can stroll around in after our meal and do some shopping. Since there is such an abundance of good restaurants, I thought it would make more sense to narrow it down to a neighbourhood then decide from there... .

For the neighbourhood, we like independent (dare I say "hipster") boutique clothing shops, cafes, etc.. I hope that helps and I appreciate your advice.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: Cancuk Apr 27, 2014 12:21 PM

    Are you looking for breakfast/brunch-type dishes? That's not too common on weekdays.

    Valencia St. is probably the best fit for shopping.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      Cancuk RE: Robert Lauriston Apr 27, 2014 12:27 PM

      Doesn't have to be "egg" based but we'd like a good meal. Lunch dishes are fine.

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        Robert Lauriston RE: Cancuk Apr 27, 2014 12:39 PM

        Wise Sons, Namu Gaji, Gajalee, Mission Cheese, Bar Tartine (counter-service sandwich shop mode on weekdays)

    2. farmersdaughter RE: Cancuk Apr 27, 2014 01:23 PM

      I'd consider the Hayes Valley neighborhood as well. There is a plethora of interesting, independent clothing boutiques there, many of which to me are more interesting than those on Valencia Street.

      For food, I love Samovar Tea Lounge, or you could go to Lers Ros for terrific Thai food.

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      1. re: farmersdaughter
        Robert Lauriston RE: farmersdaughter Apr 28, 2014 09:04 AM

        More or less around there, Zuni, Absinthe, Alta CA, and Hayes Street Grill are open for lunch.

      2. grayelf RE: Cancuk May 2, 2014 11:14 PM

        Hey Cancuk, long time! We had a lovely weekday brunch in April at The Corner Store http://www.thecornerstore-sf.com/ They have outdoor/ patio and indoor seating, the room is funky and feels neighbourhoody. Divisadero is a cool street to stroll on, independent boutiques and quirky shops, though you might want to avoid walking up Geary to get there.

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          tjinsf RE: Cancuk May 3, 2014 12:41 AM

          Kitchen Story on Sanchez and 16th it's on the border of Castro and Mission both full of hip stores especially the Mission on Valencia. walk from KS down 16th to the Mission or head up Market and over on Octavio to Hayes Valley, a little less hipster and more preppy in the shops but lots of hand crafted clothing and shoes.

          Going from the other direction have lunch at Salumeria at 20th and Alabama, stopping after for ice cream at HP or Bi-rite, walking on 20th to Valencia then Valencia to Market and on over to Hayes Valley.

          1. BernalKC RE: Cancuk May 5, 2014 07:56 AM

            Plow has an excellent breakfast menu on weekdays. Probably my favorite place for brunch/breakfast. Going on a weekday is best because you skip the long waits and crowds found on the weekends.

            Shopping options are a fewer than some other neighborhoods, but there are a few interesting shops, and most are within a few blocks of the restaurant.

            1. Cancuk RE: Cancuk May 16, 2014 07:34 AM

              Thanks you for all of the suggestions guys. We had a lovely lunch at Absinthe and walked around Hayes Valley.

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