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Friday, June 19, 2009

Queer Food Capital: Four Sweet Brunch Places for Gay Dads and Everyone Else

Posted By on Fri, Jun 19, 2009 at 2:42 PM

What are Daddy and Papa to do? Father's Day is a twofer in households with two dads, which means extra pressure to do it up right. To help, we've rounded up four special but affordable places to have brunch on Sunday with the little ones. Pack the kids in the stroller, grab the Sunday Times or that issue of Out magazine you never got to. Gay, straight, questioning, whatever -- you're doing brunch.

Home 2100 Market (at 14th St.), 503-0333.

Unlike, say, Lime, this Castro stalwart has a -- duh -- homey appeal that blunts the fact that the boys at the next table are still, you know, in the clothes they went out in the night before. If your kids have to see Uncle Derek in stale Diesel tee and with bloodshot eyes, better it should be here, where the Corn Flake-encrusted French toast can distract a little. (And better for Uncle Derek to face your kids with a couple of Home's potent Bloody Marys mingling with whatever's still rattling around his system from Saturday night.) The Niman Ranch beef hash is comfort food defined; so are the eggs Benedict. And as parents, you can feel like you're doing right by the kids, while getting a whiff -- literally -- of the club you didn't go to. --John Birdsall

Savor Restaurant 3913 24th St. (at Sanchez), 282-0344.

Unless you arrive promptly at 8 a.m., expect a wait at this Castro/Noe Valley crepe-omelet-fruit cup-jalapeno cornbread brunch place, a thoroughly kid-friendly spot. One bearishly cute employee with a ready smile has been known to coo and giggle over the wee ones, and even makes balloon animals. Beverages are constantly refreshed, and the New Orleans Benedict is a SFoodie favorite. In short, fresh food, friendly service, and patio dining in back makes Savor a destination, even if you don't live in the neighborhood. --Mary Ladd

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Just For You 732 22nd St. (at Third St.), 647-3033.

Smartass signage at this Dogpatch diner is downright campy (We reserve the right to pour coffee on your cell phone). But while Burners and the bitter might feel right at home here, there's something about the mix of sincere short-order classics and easy-going vibe that feels like family. Breads, including raisin-cinnamon, are baked in house, pancakes are from scratch, and the New Mexico-style huevos rancheros have a fierce green-chile bolt that'll jimmy your senses awake, even in light of that 3-a.m. potty-and-water wakeup call from your little angel. Only keep her stroller outside on the sidewalk. Maybe the biggest sign in the front window reads Your baby is so cute! And your stroller is so big. Okay, okay -- if there's one thing the gays get, its sarcasm. --John Birdsall

Thorough Bread and Pastry 248 Church (at Market), 558-0690.

This Castro café has a heavy focus on baked goods (get your huevos elsewhere, guys), though you can score espresso drinks, sandwiches, and soups. The staff are either interns or graduates of the San Francisco Baking Institute, which heavily promotes artisan breads by, in the Institute's words, "advancing the baking and pastry arts." A recent sampling of almond croissant certainly left us smiling about the pastry arts. Need a last-minute gift? You can buy Dad a jar of house-made jelly. And feel free to fawn over the bread display in the window, but please: Don't eat it! -Mary Ladd

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