Be honest. You love eating at restaurants, and there is arguably no better meal to enjoy out than brunch. Fortunately, there are plenty of top options to choose from in San Francisco’s. Next time you find yourself in the hip Haight Street area, be sure to stop to brunch at one of these excellent spots.
If your idea of brunch is more about drinking than eating, The Alembic is a must. To be clear, it’s definitely a bar first and a kitchen second, but that in no way diminishes the quality of either. Sit down with the gin-based Southern Exposure or a classic Corpse Reviver #2 and order yourself some food, because you’ll need it to survive the strong drinks. On the menu is jerk-spiced duck hearts for adventurous eaters, or the rye-based bao for more substantial fare.
The Alembic, 1725 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, +1(415)666-0822
Zazie is a place that does your quintessential brunch. If it seems expensive, it is because they pay their employees a living wage and there is actually a no-tipping policy. Whether you like sweet or savory, Zazie has something for you. You can choose from a variety of different eggs Benedict twists, a popular favorite being the La Mer with dungeness crab. Choose between challah bread French toast and fruit-topped pancakes. Feeling even more decadent? Get the croque madame. Don’t feel guilty, just wash it down with one of their eight specialty mimosas.
Zazie, 941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117, +1(415)564-5332
Padrecito, offers up Mexican twists on standard brunch fare. Pancakes may seem like a typical menu item, but the combination of plantain and polenta in the batter creates a special and worthwhile dish. Otherwise make sure to try the sopes, you’ll never think of eggs Benedict in the same way again.
Padrecito, 901 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117, +1(415)742-5505
Magnolia is an exquisite and creative English gastropub that features nontraditional breakfast foods. For instance, the pub and brewery properly serve Scotch quail eggs with beer-mustard aioli. Looking for something more veggie-oriented? Order a plate of quinoa hash, it won’t disappoint.
Magnolia, 1398 Haight St, San Francisco, CA, 94117, +1(415)864-7468
What is there to say about Bacon Bacon that hasn’t already been said by countless others? It’s everyone’s favorite food truck in San Francisco, and there is even a brick and mortar shop now for all your porky fixes. For food truck lovers looking to expand their repertoire, check out Off The Grid‘s extensive vendor options, from Vietnamese tacos to Peruvian sandwiches and much more.
Bacon Bacon, 205 Frederick St, San Francisco, CA 94117, +1(415) 218-4347
Pork Store Café
You cannot always judge a restaurant by its name, though sometimes it can tell a story. While Pork Store Café is not nearly as pork-centric as Bacon Bacon, its name was inherited from the original Pork Store, a sausage shop and butcher founded in 1916 by Czechoslovakian immigrants. The Pork Store Café features classically-delicious hangover food ready and waiting, from pork chops and eggs to chicken-fried steak smothered in gravy. Vegetarians need not worry, as they offer plenty of meatless options, as well.
Pork Store Café,1451 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117, +1(415)864-6981