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Apr 27, 2014 11:42 AM

Weekday brunch - cool spot and neighbourhood [San Francisco]

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. 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

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

      1. re: Cancuk

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

    2. 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

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

      2. Hey Cancuk, long time! We had a lovely weekday brunch in April at The Corner Store 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.

        1. 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. 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.