The Best Brunch Spots In South Of Market, San Francisco

Photo of Sangeeta Mishra
9 February 2017

San Francisco has many tasty brunch spots, which can make it difficult to decide where to go. If you’re looking for something new and not your typical go-to haunt, venture into South of Market for a variety of places that will satisfy any craving.

Frittata made with avocados, tomatoes, jalapenos, corn scallion and feta l Courtesy Sangeeta Mishra

Dotties True Blue Café

Cafe, American, Vegetarian, $$$
Inside Les Clos looking out
Inside Les Clos looking out | Courtesy Sangeeta Mishra
Any day of the week, there is a line of eager customers waiting to brunch at Dotties True Blue Café, a local favorite. The large open kitchen inside this brick building could not be a better place to fill your tummy before exploring the city. Located exactly one block south off Market on Sixth Street, you can find plenty of tasty choices here. A large blackboard welcomes you with daily specials and tempting desserts. The choices vary and you will find it hard to choose. Mimosas and Bloody Marys are on offer too. Portions are large, so be ready to feast.

Les Clos

Fresh Italian style pizza
Fresh Italian style pizza | © kennejima/flickr
When walking into Les Clos, one immediately feels as if they have stepped into a wine bar. Decorated in dark wood and low lighting, the ambiance is perfect for indulging in a glass of red or white, just as the name Le Clos (an enclosed vineyard) suggests. However, this is soon becoming a place to grab a cup of coffee or have a late and casual breakfast. A relatively new place in the SoMa neighborhood, Les Clos plays host to grab-n-go coffee as well as a being a casual place to brunch, or wine and dine at night. The brunch menu is small, but elegant. If you simply wants to grab a pastry with their Sightglass coffee, you will find an excellent choice available. Cornmeal waffles with currants and apples along with eggs is a favorite breakfast staple here. They also serve zaalouk, which is eggplant and tomatoes cooked together nicely then served with two cooked eggs on top. It’s hard to find this dish done better outside of Morocco.

Zero Zero

Restaurant, Italian, $$$
Eggs benedict on olive bread
Courtesy of Jennifer Yin
If you have not yet had pizza for brunch, then Zero Zero is the place where you can experience this. They offer about ten types of pizza, many named after streets in San Francisco. We highly recommend coming here with a group so that you can try different types of pizzas. In addition, there are pastas and salads available. Wash the food down with a Zero (Bloody) Mary, root beer float or mimosa.

The Butler & the Chef

Bistro, Restaurant, French, $$$
The Butler & the Chef is a small French bistro located near South Park. Parking is a struggle and you are likely to find a 25 to 40 minute wait on weekends. However, the food makes all these challenges worth it. The eggs Benedict has been hailed as one of the best in San Francisco. The eggs are perfectly done and the bread is light and fluffy. The atmosphere here is quaint and casual, making you want to linger for a while.

Frog Hollow Farm Market and Café

Cafe, American, Vegetarian
Located in the Ferry Building, you will find fresh and simple food at Frog Hollow Farm Market and Café. They have a farm in the Bay Area and strive to serve farm-to-table fare in a fresh and simple manner. Their early morning ‘scuffins’, a scone and muffin combination, meant for ferry commuters, will get you out of bed early to grab one before they are gone. Although slightly higher priced, the food is well worth an occasional trip.

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