Ah, New Year's Day: A brave new morning full of hope, resolutions, fresh starts -- and, unless you were very, very good the night before, a pounding head, dry mouth, and sore joints from New Year's Eve revelry. Don't let a hangover get in the way of the "new you" that you're definitely going to be this year. These beloved bruncheries open on New Year's Day will get your 2014 off to a great start.
At their new permanent location, the ladies of Vietnamese pop-up Rice Paper Scissors will be serving breakfast banh mi sandwiches, Hanoi-style beef pho, vegetarian yellow coconut curry, and deep-fried mochi dumplings alongside a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 1710 Mission.
The perennially popular Tenderloin spot serves stick-to-your-ribs New Orleans cooking, like shrimp and grits, crispy fried chicken, beignets in many flavors, and ethereal, buttery biscuits, along with standard breakfast fare like omelets and pancakes. For drinks, there are mimosas made with sparkling rose, and a Creole bloody Mary garnished with pickled okra. 652 Polk, 345-8100.
Matzo ball soup is good for everything that ails you, including the over-indulgences of the night before. But this hip Mission deli also serves all-day breakfasts like pastrami and eggs, matzo brei, and challah French toast, along with all manner of meaty, salty sandwiches made from meat cured in-house. 3150 24th St., 787-3354.
Spend a restorative moment in the quiet calm of the Presidio's eucalyptus trees and Golden Gate views, then head to this airy, military-barracks-turned-restaurant in the park. On the menu for New Year's brunch: chilaquiles with pork belly, brioche French toast, rib eye hash, and beignets. Plus there's a full bar if you need something stronger. 563 Ruger, 885-1888.
Sure, this cafe at 14th and Guerrero is always crowded at brunchtime, but on a holiday you might have a chance at getting to that truffle-mushroom Benedict and wine-glass-sized mimosa in less than two hours. Other reasons to wait: lavender French toast, hanger steak and eggs, and Dungeness crab Benedict. 198 Guerrero, 861-0198.
Bonus Brunch: SoMa StrEat Food Park
S.F.'s permanent food truck hub is throwing a huge brunch shindig on Wednesday, featuring 12 trucks, $12 bottomless mimosas, and live salsa music. Offerings include Bacon Bacon's superlative breakfast burrito (which contains both pulled pork and pork belly), an egg-and-lobster brioche sandwich from Sam's Chowder Mobile, steak and eggs from Little Green Cyclo, catfish noodle breakfast soup from Lil Burma, a breakfast sushi wrap (with Spam!) from Manna Sushi, breakfast sliders and French toast from Me So Hungry, and an assortment of dishes like fried "chicken" and waffles from Hella Vegan Eats. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 428 11th St.