The trend of brunch served with a side of music has been cooking in the Bay Area for a few decades now; old club kids might remember Boogie Buffet, a weekly Sunday party in San Francisco held in the mid-Nineties where food was set to a chic beat. Today, like waffles and syrup, it's still a great combination to begin (or, in some disco-smeared late night cases, end) the day that's being adopted in restaurants large and small. Here's a few that have caught our ears lately:
TRACE Restaurant, in the W Hotel San Francisco, launched its weekend "Remix Brunch" in September. It gets an early start (7 a.m., running until 2 p.m.) for those who are energetic early birds who want to get the most out of their day or for the night owls who might just be finishing up on the dancefloor at the Endup. DJs Adam Larios (Saturdays) and Hector Garza (Sundays) favor the house and disco side of the music spectrum. while chef Paul Piscopo intermingles his food playlist (aka menu) of brunch and lunch classics (omelets, burgers, etc.) with more playful dishes such as bacon cocoa nib waffles and a Bloody Mary pizza. Items can be ordered à la carte or in a brunch pairings special, which includes Zico coconut water, an entree, and cocktail for $26.
Across the Bay, on a more intimate scale, Sound Bites takes place every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oakland's Spice Monkey Cafe. DJ Jerry Ross bumps the soul and funk beats over bottomless mimosas and sangrias, egg and veggie dishes, lamb burgers, and some crazy surprises like a grilled candy apple sandwich and a Jack Kerouac beet salad (ba-dump-bump). Entrees run about $10-17. Drinkers have those bottomless options but there are also some fun non-alcoholic choices such as a lavender Arnold Palmer and a black mango iced tea.
While so many restaurants still need to absolutely get a clue when it comes to soundtracks, it's great to see others having fun with this programming element by leaving it up to the mixmasters.