7 Tasty Brunch Spots in San Francisco
Brunch is the new black. Really, take a look at your daily planner and have a listen to your voice mail and you’ll soon see that everyone and their brother wants to do brunch with you on the weekends. Luckily, San Francisco stays on top of the trends and there are plenty of spots in the city where you can go to indulge in the love of brunch. For those people who don’t like to roll out of bed before the sun is about to set on the weekends, the early drinking that accompanies most brunch food in the city should provide that extra bit of motivation to get you up and out the door.
1. Savor, 3913 24th St. (@ Noe St.), Noe Valley 415.282.0344
There are two times in life when you get really odd food cravings. One is when you’re pregnant. The other is when you’ve been out drinking all night and your stomach is saying that your brunch better be something out of the ordinary. That’s when you go to Savor. You want a crepe that’s got Nutella, bananas and whipped cream? Or a soy bean chorizo omelet? Or maybe some pumpkin spice pancakes? Savor hits the spot. The only downside is that this is the place that’s known around the city as being THE brunch spot so there’s always a wait for a table here.
2. Tres Agaves, 130 Townsend St. (@ 2nd St.), SoMa 415.227.0500
Let’s just say that Friday or Saturday night was really rough. You lost your job or you were dumped by a longtime partner. You’ve been wallowing in your misery and your friends are knocking on your door saying that you have to get out of bed even though you don’t want to. Well, you can put your misery at bay for a bit with $3 Margaritas and Tequila Sunrises during weekend brunch at Tres Agaves. They’ve got a changing menu of Jalisco-origin Mexican food with brunch entrees hovering around the $10 mark in case you decide that the job and the date aren’t good enough reason to just drink yourself into oblivion.
3. Triptych, 1155 Folsom St. (@ 7th St.), SoMa 415.703.0557
If it’s just a normal weekend and you don’t need to start out your brunch with tequila, but you do need to get a little bit of alcohol in you to stave off the hangover that’s threatening to explode your head, what you probably want is a place that serves a good mimosa. That place is Triptych which has regular and Raspberry mimosas to satisfy your palette. With a brunch that runs from 9 – 3 on Saturdays and Sundays and includes such treats as beignets with wild strawberry mousse, Triptych is the spot to go to when you and your sweetie have rolled out of bed and want to get a treat before you go right back to the sheets.
4. 2223 Restaurant and Bar, 2223 Market St. (@ Sanchez St.), The Castro 415.431.0692
Whether you’re in the midst of what’s proving to be a really bad weekend or you’re just trying to recover from last night’s fun drinking, what you want when you go to brunch is comfort food. The warm pecan cinnamon roll, the homemade sausage and biscuits and the cinnamon sourdough French toast are just a few of the things on the weekend brunch menu at 2223 that can help warm your heart on a cold day.
5. Lime, 2247 Market St., The Castro, 415.621.5256
If you aren’t quite ready for the party to end for the weekend then head to brunch at Lime, a spot that’s really close to 2223 Restaurant. The main reason that people go here is because it’s got very cheap bottomless mimosas. It’s not for people who are nursing a hangover, though. The loud music and people who are dressed up make you feel like you’re at a weekend club instead of a Sunday brunch. In fact, you’ll need a wristband to get in. Note that there are often long waits here due to the popularity of this as a brunch place.
6. Barracuda Japanese Restaurant, 2251 Market St., The Castro 415.558.8567
I think that this place might have only gotten popular as a brunch spot because of the fact that it’s next door to Lime and the long wait there created a spillover. Barracuda capitalized on this by offering bottomless brunch mimosas of their own. That said, this restaurant is good in its own right. This is a Japanese restaurant so many of the brunch menu items lean that way (with sushi as a top pick). However, they offer other stuff as well such as French toast with vanilla beans and an egg, swiss and ham breakfast sandwich. The only complaint I have about this place (and it may have changed since I was there last year) is that they don’t offer coffee which I consider to be a mandatory brunch item.
7. Circa, 2001 Chestnut St. (@ Fillmore), The Marina, 415.251.0175
I’ve heard that this Marina hot spot is a good brunch place. It’s the Marina’s equivalent to Lime with its bottomless mimosas although I think they cost a few bucks more here than over in The Castro. I’ve also heard it similarly has a line so expect to wait to get your drink on at brunchtime. A rumored favorite is their Benedict samplers. You get to choose two from a list of eight. The list includes fancy options like crisp pancetta and roasted tomato basil sauce or grilled beef tenderloin with tarragon-shallot hollandaise. There are also more lunch-style items like salads and sandwiches.
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