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Thursday, January 28, 2010

SFoodie's 92: Emperor's Pancake from Suppenküche

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 8:30 AM

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As a daily windup to the Weekly's Best of S.F. 2010 on May 19, we've teased out 92 of our favorite local dishes that taste like here. All the tasty details after the jump.

No. 78: Emperor's Pancake from Suppenküche

For more than 15 years, this Hayes Valley German restaurant has been offering diners a different kind of Sunday brunch: Eggs, sausage, and potatoes make up much of the menu, but it also includes sauerkraut, smoked pork, pretzels, cucumber salad -- and beer. Diners crowd around the bar, waiting for a spot at the communal tables by nursing foot-high half-liter glasses, which may be why the mood is always so animated.

Listed alongside the Nürnberger bratwurst and farmer's omelets is Suppenküche's glorious Emperor's pancake (Kaiserschmarrn), an Austrian specialty that dates back to the days when the Viennese were the world's best pastry chefs.

The craggy, fluffy mass begins as a normal-looking eggy pancake -- practically a half-inch soufflé -- studded with brandied raisins. (These days you can also get an Emperor's pancake with Nutella and bananas.) It's cooked quickly until the edges are rimmed with brown, then chopped up and covered in whitecaps of powdered sugar. While the pancake itself is a pleasure to eat, when it's dredged through the puddles of applesauce and rich, prune-y compote on the side, it becomes a marvel of breakfast confectionery.

Suppenküche 525 Laguna (at Gough), 252-9289; Sunday brunch served 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 92: Cracked Half Dungeness from Swan Oyster Depot

No. 91: Pastrami Sandwich from Orson

No. 90: Coconut Bun from Out the Door on Bush

No. 89: Brown Sugar-Black Pepper Biscuits from Little Skillet

No. 87: Indian Pizza from Zante

No. 86: Tamales from All-Star

No. 85: Chilaquiles from Nopalito

No. 84: Poc Chuc from Poc-Chuc

No. 83: Chocolate Beignet from Arlequin Cafe

No. 82: Scallop Crêpe from Ti Couz
No. 81: Gin and Tonic from Pizzaiolo/Boot and Shoe Service
No. 80: Quesadilla from Rico Pan
No. 79: Turkey Kati Rolls from Kasa

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