SF's 10 Hottest New Brunches

From fire-cooked eggs and made-to-order donuts to confit and crêpes with shareable cocktails, San Francisco brunches have it all
March 24, 2014
by Tamara Palmer

San Francisco restaurants continue to push the boundaries of what's possible during that lazy meal in between breakfast and lunch: both with the food itself and the overall experience. Click through to learn how the 10 hottest newcomers know no bounds. You can have loco moco on Wednesday at 10 AM, dig into a crab cake Benedict on Saturday night until midnight or even eat breakfast tacos at a normal time like noon on Sunday. 

La Urbana

Why it's hot: A proper Mexican brunch with plenty of booze gives the Divisadero corridor something besides toast and long lines for Nopa's French toast on the weekends.
Must-order: Farro con leche ($9), chilaquiles con carne asada ($15)
Insider tip: Mezcal Bloody Marys and other brunch-forward cocktails are available but you can pick from any of the nighttime tipples as well.
Hit it up: Sunday, 11 AM to 2:30 PM; 661 Divisadero; 415-440-4500

Victory Hall & Parlor

Why it's hot: With service hours worthy of the space's former nightclub tenant, it's impossible to oversleep and miss brunch by the Little Skillet team.
Must-order: Chicken and waffles ($11), crab cake Benedict ($17)
Insider tip: Ask about the current cocktail offerings meant for two people.
Hit it up: Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to midnight; 330 Ritch St.; 415-543-4255 

Little Chihuahua

Why it's hot: All three locations of the popular Mexican restaurant now offer an expanded menu of morning offerings beyond the staple chilaquiles and breakfast burritos.
Must-order: Breakfast tacos ($8.95), Mexican French toast ($9.95)
Insider tip: Order passion fruit mimosas by the carafe ($18).
Hit it up: Saturday and Sunday, 11 AM to 2 PM; 292 Divisadero, 415-255-8225; 4123 24th St., 415-648-4157; 581 Valencia St., 415-355-9144

Namu Gaji

Why it's hot: The popular weekend brunch service was recently extended into the work week.
Must-order: Egg sandwich with kimchi relish on sourdough brioche ($9), bourbon challah French toast ($12)
Insider tip: You can also order the egg sandwich and dishes such as loco moco with kimchi fried rice at the Namu Street Food stand on Saturdays at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
Hit it up: Wednesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 4 PM; 499 Dolores St.; 415-431-6268


Why it's hot: The newly remodeled and expanded cafe is a beacon of American comfort-food offerings in a neighborhood heavy with Asian food.
Must-order: Meatballs in curry and fried egg ($12), Liege waffle plate ($12)
Insider tip: Cassava is also open for breakfast from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Hit it up: Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM to 2:30 PM; 3519 Balboa St.; 415-640-8990

Stones Throw

Why it's hot: Equal attention is paid to the sweet and savory offerings at this Russian Hill newcomer. Not to mention Hyde Street now has a brunch of the caliber that's far easier to find in the Mission and the Castro.
Must-order: Puffed potato and eggs with crispy bacon ($8), asparagus and duck confit hash with poached eggs and buttermilk biscuit ($17), lemon and mascarpone stuffed crêpes ($12)
Insider tip: Cocktails are large format for sharing amongst the table; options include a pitcher of Pimm's ($20) and a customizable mimosa bottle with cardamom-orange juice and black pepper-tarragon grapefruit juice ($25).
Hit it up: Sunday, 11 AM to 2 PM; 1896 Hyde St.; 415-796-2901

Fog City

Why it's hot: Wood-fired savory dishes, made-to-order donuts and an Embarcadero-adjacent location for a scenic post-meal stroll.
Must-order: Hot Brown open face turkey sandwich with bacon ($18), warm old-fashioned donuts ($6)
Insider tip: The restaurant recently extended hours to be open straight through the day.
Hit it up: Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 AM to 3 PM; 1300 Battery St.; 415-982-2000


Why it's hot: The Cole Valley hot spot now offers brunch three days a week so you don't have to wait until sundown for tacos (or wait in the long line for Zazie).
Must-order: Pork belly chilaquiles ($14), polenta-platano pancakes ($12)
Insider tip: There's an extensive selection of brunch-focused cocktails, including the El Dorado (apricot brandy, pineapple shrup, IPA and rye; $9) and the namesake Padrecito (blanco tequila, mezcal, lime and agave; $9).
Hit it up: Friday through Sunday, 11 AM to 2:30 PM; 901 Cole St.; 415-742-5505

The Corner Store

Why it's hot: An otherwise under-served food neighborhood can now have bottomless mimosas nearly any day of the week.
Must-order: Sunnyside egg and bacon breakfast sandwich ($14), Cambridge house-smoked salmon with potato pancake ($14)
Insider tip: Favorites from the brunch menu - including bottomless mimosas ($15) - were recently folded into the daily lunch menu.
Hit it up: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM to 3 PM; 5 Masonic Ave.; 415-359-1800

St. Vincent

Why it's hot: A wide variety of creative, bread-centric dishes made by a Tartine alumni are yours for the brunching in a pretty light-filled Valencia Street dining room.
Must-order: Toasted country bread with white chocolate and hazlenut butter ($5), Lebanese street bread with lamb tartare ($10)
Insider tip: Sunday brunch service is coming soon.
Hit it up: Saturday, 11 AM to 3 PM; 1270 Valencia St.; 415-285-1200

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