While it’s true you can never go wrong with SF’s go-to brunch spots like Zazie, Nopa, and Foreign Cinema, it’s also true that you’ve waited in line to eat at those spots a million times and that you’re probably in the market for a new place or five just so you can mix it up once in a while.
Lucky for you, we did our due diligence and found our five favorite new brunches, all of which offer a take on the portmanteau of breakfast and lunch that you won’t find anywhere else. In other words: if you’re looking for your standard Eggs Benny… these maybe aren’t the brunch eateries for you. But if you’re looking for twists on egg dishes you’ve never tried before, then definitely keep reading, ‘cause we’re about to make your weekend so much better.
Hours: Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
We’re pretty obsessed with everything Rooh. From the sexy décor to the chef’s tasting menu to the distinct (and delicious) cocktails, this urban Indian-inspired restaurant is probably the place we’ve most consistently recommended to friends in 2017.
So, yeah, it goes without saying we were psyched when Rooh started serving Sunday brunch. The menu is still about using traditional Indian flavors and fresh, local ingredients to put an innovative twist on your favorite brunch dishes. Think: a Masala Omelette with tomato, onion, chili, cilantro, and buttered pao. Or a Goan Chorizo Scotch Egg. There are also a selection of Kulchas (get the one with duck, apricot, and bacon), small plates to share, and some heartier fare that’s perfect to share, like Tandoori Cornish Hen, or Chicken Musallam Curry.
Not drinking? While we can’t say we understand, we can say that you’ll be happy to hear Rooh has a selection of tempting mocktails. If you are drinking, check out their takes on the traditional Bloody Mary and mimosa.
Hours: Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
We love hanging out at this lively Polk Street bar and restaurant at night, so we are thrilled that now we can head back there on Sunday mornings to “saca la cruda” (cure the hangover) we inflicted on ourselves by ordering too many mezcal cocktails the night before.
Much like the dinner menu, the brunch dishes all have an Oaxacan influence, and include tasty favorites like Horchata French Toast with oaxacan chocolate, berry compote, and veracruz vanilla cream; and a Baked Farm Egg Cazuela with saffron sofrito and English peas. There’s also a lobster roll with fried pickles, which is as amazing as it sounds, and if you’re a fan of the popular Gouda Burger, you’ll be stoked to hear it’s also available.
The brunch cocktails are also deliciously dangerous… in that you’re probably just going to end up creating another hangover—but who cares when you’re sipping on a Tequila Pimm’s Cup, Bloody Maria (with tequila or mezcal), or bottomless mimosas for just $20.
Hours: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Some of SF’s best food comes from counter service restaurants, but we like our brunches to be leisurely and with multiple drinks, which is why we majorly appreciate that Corridor is full service restaurant at brunch. (A fact that’s especially important for anyone who orders the $18 bottomless mimosas. Which are something everyone should order.)
Other things everyone who’s anyone should order include the Monkey Bread (this pull-apart bread with cheddar cheese and chive oil is available at lunch and dinner, but it’s one of those things you order any time you can), Butter Fried Pancake, Corridor Slam (buttermilk biscuit, mushroom gravy, fried eggs, bacon), and, of course, the Neapolitan-Style Doughnut (to share… or not).
If you’re in the mood for a legit lunch, Corridor also has you covered. Our faves are the Maine-Style Shrimp Roll and the Fried Chicken Sandwich, but it’s hard to pick either of those (even though they’re so good) over the breakfast options.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you live in or near Cow Hollow, then consider yourself very lucky, because this Italian restaurant and wine bar is the kind of spot that every neighborhood needs and deserves. The staff is friendly, the pizza and pasta are soooo good, and there’s a back patio for those days when you’re in the mood to dine al fresco.
Which is probably exactly what you’re in the mood for when it comes to brunch. Contrada’s brunch menu is actually just their lunch menu (which is available Wednesday through Sunday) with some awesome additional items, like a breakfast sandwich on focaccia with a fried farm egg, pancetta, arugula, and aioli; a short rib hash; and a brioche French toast. And while yeesssssss, give us all of that, also please give us pizza with scrambled egg and caviar (!!!), and all of the low ABV cocktails (the Contrada Spritz is our fave), so we can day drink without needing a nap while the sun’s still up.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Flores is doing a innovative take on the traditional “desayuno” that stays way closer to upscale Mexican fare than you might expect from a restaurant catering to the Union Street crowd. Plus, the space is big, so the wait is usually minimal. (We’re huge fans of sitting in the bar area, but when it comes to brunch, the key is usually just to sit down as fast as possible before the hanger kicks in and anyway, all of the dining rooms at Flores are fun to sit in.)
Menu highlights include a Pancake de Elote (corn pancake, maple crema, powdered sugar), Huevos Poblanos (chicken mole, mini quesadilla, pickled onion, oregano), Chilaquiles (tortilla chips, tomato sauce, queso fresco, braised beef, sunny eggs, guacamole), and Churros with Mexican chocolate. There are also a couple of lunch-focused items (the Ceviche de Pescado is unreal, so order it regardless of time of day), and though we don’t want to tell you what to do, we have to say we think a pitcher of margaritas is good no matter the time of day. Maybe even better if it’s before noon.