- Gracie Linden
San Francisco lays claim to some of the world’s best food, and brunch is no exception. In the heart of the city’s Mission district, there are great restaurants on every block; here at the Culture Trip, we’ve put together a list of 10 outstanding brunch places, ranging in price and cuisine; the best of the best.
Mission Beach Café
On the sunny corner of 14th and Guerrero is Mission Beach Café. Fluffy pancakes served with fruit or heavenly eggs Benedict on a bed of sautéed mushrooms make for decadent breakfast dishes. Pair your meal with an excellent cocktail for the perfect Sunday brunch. Despite its notoriously long wait for weekend brunch, Mission Beach is always worth it. And for those who don’t mind waiting, Four Barrel Coffee is just a block away.
Mission Beach Cafe 198 Guerrero Street San Francisco CA +1 415.861.0198
Chad Robertson may be the world’s best bread baker, and his pastries at Tartine Bakery should not be missed. While lines over the weekend can wrap around the corner, customers are rewarded with buttery croissants, scones and morning buns (never sticky!). While you won’t find many egg dishes here, those in need of something heartier can always order quiche or a croque monsieur, or even a hot-pressed sandwich.
Tartine Bakery 600 Guerrero St San Francisco CA +1.415.487.2600
Co-founded by coffee legend Andrew Barnett and Anthony Myint, one of the guys behind Mission Chinese, Linea Café is the manifestation of both of their talents. Sharing the space with Lt. Waffle, Linea serves up the best of both: in-house roasted coffee and buttery waffles (plus salads and a few daily scones). There’s no seating indoors, but the tables outside are the perfect spot to relax on a sunny Mission Saturday.
Linea Caffe 3417 18th Street San Francisco CA +1 414.590.3011
For diner fare with a twist head to Boogaloos on 22nd and Valencia. This breakfast spot may be no-frills (plastic water glasses and traditional diner mugs) but the food is anything but basic, and the Mexican influence is felt throughout the menu. Plus, Boogaloos caters to the Mission’s vegetarian crowd offering vegan meat substitutions.
Boogaloos 3296 22nd Street, San Francisco CA +1 415.824.4088
While the Mission district is known for its Latino culture and community, on a quiet corner of Folsom, diners can be transported to Germany. At Schdmit’s, expect traditional German plates, heavy on the meat. Particularly beloved are the wurst platter (sausage plate) and Kalbasschnitzel (veal schnitzel) sandwich. You won’t leave hungry.
Schmidt’s 2400 Folsom Street, San Francisco CA +1 415. 401. 0200
For another Mexican-influenced menu, check out Loló. Even for brunch, people wax lyrical about chef Jorge Martinez’ kale salad served with cotija cheese and crisp apples. With a few more conventional brunch options available, diners nevertheless shouldn’t overlook the rest of the menu: perfectly seared tuna tacos, lemony ceviche and a killer guacamole are standout dishes.
Lolo 974 Valencia Street San Francisco CA +1 415.643.5656
While it may lie on the border of the Mission and the Castro neighborhoods, there’s no better spot for bottomless mimosas than Kitchen Story. The menu has numerous offerings including Millionaires bacon, a variety of egg options and fluffy French toast. And for those still hungry after this feast, Ike’s Place and its famous sandwiches lie right next door.
Kitchen Story, 3499 16th Street, San Francisco CA +1 415.525.4905
As expected from Chef Thomas McNaughton (renowned for his first restaurant flour + water), Sunday brunch at Central Kitchen does not disappoint. For those seeking sophisticated but unfussy food, look no further. The food at Central Kitchen is lighter than it sounds and plays with traditional brunch offerings: McNaughton serves a Benedict with fried chicken, and the sticky bun contains bacon!
Central Kitchen, 3000 20th Street San Francisco CA, +1 415.826.7004
When on the hunt for Southern cuisine, head to the outer Mission’s Front Porch, on 29th Street. The chicken and waffles are known throughout the city, though equally delicious are the creamy grits served with eggs or shrimp. The Bloody Mary served with bacon is a killer, and may be the best way to get rid of a Sunday morning hangover.
Front Porch, 65 29th Street San Francisco, CA +1 415.695.7800
While you won’t find anything revolutionary at Radish, the food is always tasty and fresh. Dived into Sweet and Salty, the menu has all the brunch staples: French toast, homemade granola, egg sandwiches and breakfast tacos. Radish has outdoor seating, great for a warm San Francisco weekend, making it a wonderful neighborhood staple.
Radish, 3465 19th Street San Francisco CA +1 415.834.5441