Brenda’s French Soul Food
Head over to Polk and Eddy for an amazing weekend brunch menu with French-American delicacies like French toast and many styles of eggs. Brenda’s airy beignets might be the best in the city. Try the crawfish beignet and see for yourself. Chef Brenda is a well-acclaimed cook and in the casual atmosphere is where her cooking excels. If you’re tired of brunch dishes, you can always go for some fresh oysters. Expect a wait, but once you get in, you’ll be swayed with the service, food and decor.
Brenda’s French Soul Food, 652 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 345 8100
Moulin Rouge Restaurant
The outside of Moulin Rouge might not look that promising. But, when you step inside, you know you’ve made the right decision for brunch. Feel welcomed by the cute and friendly elderly Korean couple; the husband will graciously take your order, while the wife prepares your brunch. Their menu is affordable and extensive, ranging from turkey maple sausage to three-egg omelets. The true prince of brunch here is the cream cheese-stuffed French toast. The king and queen are obviously the owners.
Moulin Rouge, 887 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 928 0158
Chambers Eat + Drink
One classy brunch coming up – Chambers takes brunch to the next level. There are no pancakes or French toast, but rather spiced French toast and soufflé pancakes. Vinyl music will make your weekend mornings even better, especially when you are recovering from the night before. The atmosphere is cozy, and while the prices might be a little higher than other brunch places, you do get a delicious brunch. Chambers is also perfect for a date night. Look hard for this hidden gem inside the Phoenix Hotel. Brunch has never been so jazzy.
In that gray area between Nob Hill and the Tenderloin sits Jones, conveniently on Jones Street. Don’t bother coming here on Saturday morning, as they only serve brunch on Sunday – it’s one of champions. There is an outdoor patio that is perfect for those sunny Sunday mornings. It’s a spacious establishment but with spectacular city views. They serve Nutella-stuffed French toast, charcuterie and pizza for brunch. Combine that with bottomless mimosas, and it is a winner. At night, it turns into a hip and happening bar.
Jones, 620 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 496 6858
Dottie’s True Blue
A long queue will await you in front of Dottie’s True Blue, on the border of the Tenderloin and SoMa. Wait patiently and you will be engulfed by brunchy goodness. The extensive menu lists everything you can wish for, from gruyere tarts to coconut cream muffins, bacon and Louisiana sausages. The decor brings you to the 1920s with old black-and-white street photography. What’s more – the portions are huge, service is quick and the food is good.
Dottie’s True Blue, 28 6th Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 885 2767
Olympic Flame Cafe
Like many places in the Tenderloin, don’t judge a book by its cover. If you’re looking for a cheap fix, check out this charming hole in the wall. Olympic Flame Cafe might not have classic decor but it has attitude. It’s a family-run breakfast and brunch place where grandpa is grilling your sausages. The service is not always top-notch, but this old-school place should not be overlooked. For all greasy brunch lovers that are trying to save a buck or two, check out Olympic Flame Cafe.
Olympic Flame Cafe, 555 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 885 0984
Have a hipster brunch at Huxley. Maybe the brunch menu is not that extensive, but quality over quantity. The area is small; it can only host 25 people, but it is incredibly cozy. Their Jane’s toast and croissant are just two reasons to head down to Huxley. Don’t come here if you’re starving; their portion sizes are rather small, but they make up for it in presentation and ingredients. Again, it’s about quality over quantity. Their menu changes over time, so you will have to keep coming back for more.
Huxley, 846 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 800 8223
Honey Honey Cafe & Crepery
If you’re looking for crepes, don’t look any further. Honey Honey is the king of crepes. Name it and they will have it. Savory, sweet… Even if you’re not into crepes, they also serve eggs, omelets, Belgian waffles, French toast, sandwiches and bagels. It has something for everyone in your party. Top it off with some freshly squeezed orange juice, and you will be more than satisfied. Their prices are quite reasonable, but expect to wait. It’s a popular place both with locals as well as tourists.
Honey Honey Cafe & Crepery, 599 Post Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 351 2423
Taylor Street Coffee Shop
Tenderloin brunching doesn’t get much better than this small breakfast and lunch place on Taylor Street. It might look like ‘just another’ greasy breakfast parlor, but it is definitely not. The name is poorly chosen since it’s so much more than a coffee shop. It’s brunch paradise. Their hollandaise sauce is top-notch, and the brunch classics are all there in perfect shape. The millionaire bacon is just meaty goodness, and make sure you try the sailor’s hash.
Taylor Street Coffee Shop, 375 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 567 4031
Southern soul food packed up in a brunch – ‘Come and get it brunch’ at Farmerbrown realizes it perfectly. It’s simple but rich. You can either pick and choose from the all-you-can-eat buffet, or eat from the a la carte menu. What is extra cool is the live music playing for your enjoyment. There is perfect mood music with fried chicken, waffles, pecan brownies and bottomless mimosas. It opens up at 10am on Saturday and 9.30am on Sunday. Leave your beds and follow your nose to Farmerbrown.
Farmerbrown, 25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 409 3276