Breakfast & Brunch

It wasn’t until I moved to San Francisco that I truly understood the ritual that is brunch in the city. It takes many forms and often includes “Millionaires Bacon”, bottomless mimosas, and really long waits. I think how you brunch sets the pace for your day, and sometimes your entire weekend.

Below I have listed some of my favorites, and tried to add some detail about what they are known for and what you can expect on a given Saturday/Sunday. A spot designated at breakfast opens before 10:00am and anything else is a brunch.



  • Sweet Maple – Lower Pac
    • absurdly long line
    • go for the Millionaires Bacon, deep fried french toast, their house potato blend, and any of the scrambles
  • Surisan – Fisherman’s Wharf
    • same concept as Sweet Maple but takes reservations, also open for dinner with separate menu
    • Millionaires Bacon, deep fried french toast, KFC Benedict, brussels sprouts hash
  • Mama’s – North Beach
    • another crazy line with no reservations
    • amazing chocolate covered french toast, not really worth the wait on a weekend
  • Plow – Dogpatch
    • worth the wait – any day
    • everything is amazing
  • Devil’s Teeth – Sunset
    • Bakery with amazing Breakfast Sandwiches
    • favorite things – Special Breakfast Sandwich,  the peanut butter chocolate cookie, the cheddar biscuit, and Sunday Beignets
  • Rose’s – Marina
    • outdoor patio for when you have a dog in tow
  • Outerlands – Sunset


  • Don Pistos – North Beach
  • Beretta – Mission
  • El Techo –
  • Foreign Cinema – Mission
  • Nopa – NoPa