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15 Brunches You Need to Eat in 2017

Think of this as your brunch bucket list for the year.

By / January 23, 2017

You already know about SF’s classic brunch spots like Zazie, Zuni, Outerlands, Nopa, Foreign Cinema, 1300 on Fillmore, and Plow, so we assume you’ll make an effort to brunch at all of them in 2017, despite the crazy waits.

What we’re here to tell you about are a bunch of other amazing restaurants, all of which you should ALSO brunch at this year. Because even in the darkest times, it’s just a fact that spending a few hours with friends or family drinking mimosas and feasting on breakfast, lunch, and everything in between, will make you forget about the world for a while.

Plus, afterwards, you’re totally allowed to take a nap. And what’s better than a nap? Not much, friends. Not much.

Read on for the 15 spots you need to hit up, when to go, and what to order.

‘āina

DOGPATCH
What to expect: A relatively new brunch spot where people line up out the door to eat tasty modern Hawaiian-inspired cuisine. Reservations not taken on the weekends; you’ve been warned.
When to go: When you want brunch on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, or when you have a hankering for delicious house-made SPAM.
What to order: Malasadas (Portuguese-style donuts filled with guava custard), Spam Musabi, and the Kalbi Loco Moco (slow braised kalbi short rib, smoked honshimeji mushroom jus, short grain rice, sunny side up eggs, hearts of palm pico de gallo, cilantro, pea tendrils).
Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 10 A.M. to 2:30 P.M. and Saturday-Sunday, 9 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Aster

MISSION
What to expect: A Michelin star restaurant that serves up creative California cuisine and has a limited, but nearly flawless, brunch menu.
When to go: When you’re feeling a little fancy and adventurous and want something other than Eggs Benedict for the 1500th time.
What to order: Buttermilk Biscuit with bacon and honey butter, Smoked Black Cod Whole Wheat Pancake, Duck Confit Hash.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Beretta

MISSION
What to expect: You probably know Beretta for its cocktails and pizzas, but it also serves up a killer brunch (breakfast dishes, salads, antipasta, and pizza), as well as brunch cocktails that will ruin your productivity in the best way possible.
When to go: When you want pizza for brunch, slept in super late, or aren’t in the mood to wait in line.
What to order: Carbonara pizza (bacon, two eggs, mozzarella, pecorina, and cracked black pepper).
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Bluestem Brasserie

UNION SQUARE
What to expect: Elevated American fare with sweet and savory options, like a Croque Madame, Crispy Cornmeal Waffle, and a Brunch Burger that is out of this world, plus amazing brunch cocktails.
When to go: Bluestem is perfect for when you have out of town guests staying around Union Square or before you go listen to music at Yerba Buena Gardens (May-Oct).
What to order: Chicken Liver Toast, Semolina Gnocchi & Eggs, and the aforementioned Brunch Burger.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11 A.M. to 3 P.M.

El Techo

MISSION
What to expect: Rooftop dining, Latin American street food, a lively crowd, tasty cocktails, and a very long wait if you don’t make a reservation (but you can make a reservation!).
When to go: When you know the weather is going to be good far enough in advance that you can make a reservation. Also, when you want to plan brunch with a big group.
What to order: Buñuelos (beignets, powder sugar, dulce de leche), Pan de Elote (jalapeno cornbread, pepper jelly), Benedictos (two poached eggs, jalapeno cornbread, chorizo, spinach, chile hollandaise), and a pitcher of margaritas.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Elite Café

LOWER PAC HEIGHTS
What to expect: New Orleans-style food in a chic, newly remodeled space, and hopefully not much of a wait even without a reservation.
When to go: When you’re not counting calories, or after a long bike ride.
What to order: Fried Chicken Biscuits, NOLA Sampler, Bananas Foster French Toast, and at least one Champagne Julep (though good luck stopping with just one).
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Finn Town

CASTRO
What to expect: A stylish gastropub with progressive and oh-so craveable comfort food.
When to go: There’s really no time not to go, and luckily Finn Town is still somewhat new so brunch hasn’t totally blown up yet.
What to order: French Toast Fingers with brown butter cream cheese frosting and Salmon Eggs Benny. The Finn Town Burger is out of this world, but come back and get that at dinner.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

Fiorella

OUTER RICHMOND
What to expect: Friendly service, tasty food, wallpaper that’s begging to be Instagrammed, and a back patio.
When to go: When you want an awesome brunch, but aren’t up for the wait. Or when you’re on your way to or from the beach.
What to order: Banana Bread, Pork Saltimbocca, any of the wood-fired pizzas
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Flores

COW HOLLOW
What to expect: A big, beautiful space (so hopefully no wait), passion fruit mimosas for six, and sweet and savory Mexican brunch dishes. Also: great cocktails.
When to go: When you’re craving Mexican brunch (obvi), or after a long walk at Crissy Field.
What to order: Pancake de Elote (corn pancake, maple crema, powder sugar), Flores Ranchero (chicken tinga, 2 baked eggs, beans, cheese,salsa, avocado), and a Tostiloco (rum, tamarind, cucumber, lemon, chili, soda, and a corn chip rim)
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Huxley

TENDERLOIN
What to expect: An intimate space and a perfect selection of sweet, savory, salads, and raw (oysters and steak tartare), and the ability to make a reservation, so you don’t have to worry about a wait.
When to go: When you want a hamburger for brunch. Huxley’s is that good. You can’t not order it.
What to order: Other than the Hux Deluxe? The Smoked King Salmon Toast and the French Toast made with Jane Challah bread and yes, you’re going to add a scoop of salted butterscotch ice cream because you’re a grownup and you can.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Park Tavern

NORTH BEACH
What to expect: A bustling bistro with lots of seasonally driven dishes and slightly more formal service. Bonus: reservations are almost always available if you plan just slightly ahead.
When to go: Great for when you have guests in town or when you want to spend the afternoon in North Beach.
What to order: Breton Butter Cake, Cast Iron Baked Farm Eggs or the Marlowe Burger because it’s another burger that’s just too good not to order.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Pork Store Café

UPPER HAIGHT
What to expect: A greasy spoon American diner that serves breakfast and lunch and is nothing fancy, in a good way. Grab a seat at the counter if you can so you can watch the line cook work his magic.
When to go: When you’re hungover. Also, on a weekday, if you can, so you avoid the weekend wait. So yes, we’re saying to drink too much on a school night.
What to order: Eggs in a Tasty Nest (two eggs nestled in a bed of hashed browns with bacon, grilled green peppers, fresh tomatoes, onions, & garlic topped with cheddar cheese and served with biscuits) or Chicken Fried Steak (breaded beef cutlet smothered in poultry gravy, served with two eggs any style, potatoes or grits, and biscuits)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Presidio Social Club

PRESIDIO
What to expect: A menu full of comforting American food with a distinct Northern California vibe served in a building that used to be military barracks. Also: a cute outdoor patio for when the sun is shining.
When to go: This is the perfect place to take family visiting from out of town (reservations are accepted) or to go with a group. It’s also the perfect spot to refuel (and drink) after a hike through The Presidio.
What to order: Fresh Baked Scones, PSC Gruyere Cheese Toast (with tomato fondue dip), oysters, Mission-style chilaquiles, Brioch Beignets, and probably some Macaroni and Cheese to share.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Rose’s Cafe

COW HOLLOW
What to expect: An adorable cafe with outdoor seating, Italian food, and probably a bit of a wait.
When to go: Any weekday morning when you need an amazing breakfast fix, or on the weekend when you don’t mind a bit of a wait.
What to order: Soft Scrambled Eggs with Roasted Peppers & Fontina with Toasted House Bread, Breakfast Pizza with Smoked Ham, Fontina & Eggs.
Hours: Monday through Friday starting at 7 A.M.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Salumeria

MISSION
What to expect: Counter-service brunch with indoor and outdoor seating and a small menu of brunch items that will knock your socks off.
When to go: When you don’t mind a bit of a wait and are in the mood for make-your-own mimosas so that you don’t have to keep getting up and ordering more.
What to order: Carafe of mimosa with bitters, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Poached Eggs (short rib, polenta, salsa verde), Avocado Toast (sesame, lime, shaved radish on sourdough), and the aforementioned Apple Cider Donuts.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.

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Daisy Barringer moved to San Francisco when she was six years old and though she considers herself a "local," knows better than to ever call herself "a native." She resides in the Upper Haight/Cole Valley, but spends a lot of time in Tahoe with her 150-pound Saint Bernard, Monkey.

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