Savory Breakfast/Brunch in SF

Breakfast is not my favorite meal of the day so it’s no surprise that I like Brunch more and will order the more lunch-y items on the menu. My hubby as you know is not a fan of brunching so I’ve made it my mission to try out some of SF’s hot breakfast and brunch spots with my girlfriends. Some of these places my hubby and I have tried while traveling or when hubby randomly decides he likes brunch though so hey! Sometimes they do come around. Happy eating and brunching! Yes, brunching is a verb.

City Recommendations

Réveille Coffee Co.

Yes, Reveille is a “Coffee Co”, but there is more to it, promise. The breakfast menu, from the chia pudding to the avocado toast to the prosciutto frittata, is way better than you could possible imagine for a just a company and brand name. Here the staff is incredibly nice, and it’s the kind of place you want to stay awhile.

Picnic on Third

Three words: home made granola. It’s incredible (and somewhat healthy), but if you’re feeling more indulgent, the breakfast sandwich and croissants are all stars as well.  Paleo muffins are a must have. Simply scrumptious. Very casual, and great for grabbing a quick bite by yourself or a few others.

Pineapple With Chili

Cappuccino and Almond Croissant

Wise Sons Bagel & Bakery

Wise Sons brings some seriously strong bagel game to San Francisco. Open at 7am on weekdays, the tiny cafe cranks out real bagels and bialys all day long. The smoked salmon and bodega egg & cheese sandwiches are what’s up.

Blue Bottle Coffee

Flee the terrors of Market Street for the Apple-Store-posing-as-a-coffee-shop that is Blue Bottle on Mint Plaza. There will likely be a line, but the coffee is fantastic and the eggs with cauliflower (plus bacon for all my meat eaters out there) are strong, as are the yogurt & granola and breakfast sandwich. Added bonus: this spot is very appropriate for business/investor meetings.

Duboce Park Cafe

Duboce Park Cafe is the place you need to be in the morning. The corner spot across from Duboce Park has tons of outdoor tables, airy open windows, and bar seating. The scrambles and breakfast sandwiches are straightforward and tasty and the prices are what you actually want to pay, not what you have tricked yourself into thinking is normal to pay in San Francisco.

Hubby’s Egg Scramble

Devil’s Teeth Baking Company
The best breakfast sandwich in the city for under $7. It’s on a biscuit, and it’s beautiful. On a nice morning, sitting on the benches or walking out to Ocean Beach to stuff yourself and watch the surfers is actual perfection.

Jane on Fillmore

Both Jane’s – on Larkin and Fillmore – have the same delicious pastries and breakfast delights, it’s just that Fillmore has a different vibe going on than Larkin. Either way, they have possibly the greatest avocado toast around. Choose your adventure.

Tartine Bakery

Be here at 7:30, or 8, or whenever it opens on the day you’ve planned on going and the line will already be ferocious. And you don’t want to miss out on those morning buns, fresh from the oven. Don’t sleep on those almond croissants, either, or the chocolate ones…or the regular ones. Or that exceptional bread. Did I mention the bread pudding?

Bread Pudding

The Mill

The Mill is known for serving fancy, $4 toast with addictive bread and crazy jams and spreads. Fun fact: the dude who runs it is named Josey Baker. But for real the bread is insane. Go here.

House Of Bagels

Right off Park Presidio lies a bagel oasis. We don’t care what the New York Times says, House of Bagel has managed to generate almost East Coast-level bagels. The Everything bagel comes with lox and all the toppings imaginable to make you one happy camper.

Boulette’s Larder

The Ferry Building is a weekday morning treasure trove in and of itself (special mention to nearby Marla Bakery for morning pastries, and Gott’s Roadside for a quick breakfast sandwich), but the best spot for a sit-down breakfast is Boulette’s Larder. Choose from very local produce used in eggs, oatmeal, toasts, and more.

Brenda’s French Soul Food

Brenda’s breakfast is no joke. The egg dishes all come with potato hash or grits and toast or a biscuit, and there’s a beignet flight so that you don’t have to choose between the four on the menu. You just can’t go wrong here folks.

Banana Foster French Toast

Mama’s on Washington Square

Bring cash to this family-owned spot that opened its doors 50 years ago and has had lines out the door ever since. The food justifies the wait (which may be a little shorter if you get there right when it opens), especially the old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes and all of the benedicts. Only bummer about eating there Monday through Friday? The Dungeness Crab specials are only offered on the weekend.


PALO ALTO Recommendations


After taking a leisurely stroll down California Avenue’s bustling Farmer’s Market on a Sunday morning, head over brunch at Pastis. Enjoy a fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with perfectly poached eggs benedict.

Tootsies At the Stanford Barn

At Tootsies, all the breakfast items come with oven-roasted pancetta potatoes. Alternatively, try the housemade ricotta pancakes with fresh fruit, some uova alla romana, or poached eggs with brussel sprouts and prosciutto. Inside, the wooden beams and exposed brick give Tootsies a comfortable, rustic feel.

Arugula Salad and Risotto Balls

Cafe Latte and Nutella Bombolini

Palo Alto Creamery

Palo Alto Creamery has been keeping it classic since it opened in 1923: chocolate malt milkshakes, red swivel stools at the counter, homemade jam, red booths, metal coat hangers, and a black-and-white tiled floor. Their Caribbean French toast and hash brown pie are not to be missed.

Falafel Sandwich with a side of Greek Salad

Cafe Brioche

Cafe Brioche is a charming place for a delicious brunch; enjoy a French-inspired brunch menu that features a variety of omelettes, eggs Benedict, and scrambles. They also serve unique dishes like house smoked trout, honey wheat pancakes, oatmeal rolled French toast, and homemade beignets and, of course, brioche.

Bistro Maxine

From its lemon-colored walls to its gilded golden mirrors and small circular bistro tables with weathered wooden chairs, Bistro Maxine has a delightful French feel. While it doesn’t offer a lot of seating, it’s the perfect little spot for a quiet brunch with a few close friends. Their menu boasts authentic sweet and savory French crêpes, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Their French onion soup is especially satisfying on a chilly morning.

The Annex at St. Michael’s Alley

The annex is a popular spot for a weekend brunch. If you’d rather not put your name on a long list, plan to arrive a few minutes before they open at 10 a.m. to avoid the potentially long wait. Inside, the dining area is cozy and brightly lit with white tablecloth tables. They serve a traditional brunch with a lot of great options but the French toast is particularly noteworthy.

Local Union 271

With its industrial filament bulbs that dangle from the high ceilings, metal bistro chairs, and wall planters, Local Union 271 has a hipster interior that matches its name. By eating here you’ll also be supporting local farmers and producers and the menu proudly lists where they source their food. They offer breakfast classics with a bit of flair like their organic chicken omelette and their smoked salmon Benedict and a wide selection of house specials, salads, and soups. It’s the trendy place to be for brunch (felt floppy hat and plaid optional).

Opa! Authentic Greek Cuisine

If you’re a fan of Greek food and also a fan of brunch, you’ll probably want to stop by Opa! this weekend. They serve brunch items with a Greek twist, like baklava waffle made with walnuts, cinnamon, honey, and topped with Greek yogurt, or a breakfast pita which is filled with scrambled eggs, Greek sausage, black olives, and onions.


If you follow the cooking diaries on there then you know that I have been to this place and absolutely loved it. Not only is the food amazing but the atmosphere is so festive and fun. They have a wide variety of food options so there is something to please everyone. Also a great selection of mimosa awaits you here. And hey if you can not decide then get the mimosa flight so you can try them all. Win win!

Veg Jambalaya

Mimosa Trio


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    November 10, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Coming to San Francisco this weekend and can’t wait to visit these places, thanks for the list!

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