Choosing a new brunch spot in SF can be as overwhelming as picking an Essie nail polish color. There’s TONS of options. Everywhere.
So today, we’re talking to real deal SF foodie Instagrammers and asking them for their best brunch recommendations around the city. Where to go… what to order… this brunch guide from the pros will point you in the right direction!
Take it away, foodies!
Where: 20th Century Café
Why: It’s a bloggers dream – a photogenic location with gorgeous dishes and the food tastes amazing!
What to get: The nettle soup and bagel with smoked salmon. Don’t forget the Russian honey cake – it’s super sweet and perfect for sharing.
Pro tip: Bring your strongest arm bling game- the marble tables and pretty vintage dishes make for perfect #onthetable photos
Who: Jake with @foodcomaking Where: Marengo Why: They’ve got a smorgasboard of breakfast sliders. What to get: The chicken and waffle slider is a must try. They only make 49 per brunch and it’s first come first serve. Then they have SEVEN others to try! I like them all, but if I’m going FoodComaKing- I’ll get the hangover with egg, and a Monte Cristo pairs nicely with a C+W. Pro tip: Marengo also has a lovely “patio” area in the back with a retractable roof. Sit there.
Where: The Tradesman
Why: I’m really loving the area where The Tradesman is located- on Alabama and 20th street. Its pretty easy to find parking, the weather tends to be warmer in this part of town, so you’ll always find plenty of sidewalk sitting areas in the restaurants and cafes. There’s also an art gallery and Sightglass coffee next door. Food is delicious and very photogenic, plus they have a great selection of wines.
What to get: Gravlax bagel and a flight of rosé (tasting of 3 wines).
Pro Tip: Get an outdoor spot on a sunny day.
Who: Kevin with @mrlessy Where: Kitchen Story (<– also one of our favorites!!) Why: They have the best Millionaire’s Bacon, as a part of a chain with Sweet Maple and Blackwood. What to get: Make sure to try their Omu Rice, Millionaire’s Benedict and French Toast ? Pro Tip: Their lines get super long, so either go super early or after the crowd dies down. Also, get an extra side of Millionaires bacon. It’s a MUST.
Who: Kristin with @bayareaeats
Where: Zero Zero, SoMa
Why: They’ve got a variety of sweet and savory dishes, they focus on seasonal and local ingredients, the portions are huge, and it’s perfect for family style dining.
What to get: The fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits covered in a soy sauce gravy are an essential order. Also, the Cavatelli Carbonara will make you wonder why you don’t eat pasta for breakfast more often. The poached egg is perfection.
Pro Tip: Sleep in! Zero Zero opens at 11:30, so no need to set the alarm. And they take reservations!
Who: Lily with @eatingthroughsf
Why: Their food is SO unique, fresh, and most importantly delicious. The vibe is really chill since it’s in the Sunset aka the “beach town” area of SF.
What to get: Get the Dutch Pancake – I always go for it when I get the chance! It’s unlike anything I’ve had for brunch anywhere else!
Pro Tip: The lines get super long during the weekends. Put your name down on the wait list and walk a few blocks over to Trouble Coffee to kill time!
Who: Mindy with @oishiimoments
Why: There are so many to choose from including Mission Beach Cafe, Plow, Sweet Maple, The Pink Elephant, Mama’s, etc. But it really comes down to what I’m craving at the time. Today, I am craving a simple Japanese breakfast and house smoked trout so I would have to choose Cassava. It’s great for those who want a healthy Japanese breakfast 🙂
What to get: Imagine this: AMAZING house smoked ocean trout, whipped crème fraiche, harissa, orange, toast and arugula. It’s KILLER! The Japanese breakfast is another tasty option. You get an assorted platter of small dishes: seared albacore, koshihikari rice, miso soup, pickled vegetables, wakame with mushroom, onsen tamago (sous vide soft poached egg) and housemade natto available by request.
Pro Tip: Go for their weekend brunch menu and make reservations ahead of time because they do get packed!
Written by your home girls at The Violet Fog