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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Starbelly’s Weekday Brunch Menu Has Chilaquiles!

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Lookit them chilaquiles - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Lookit them chilaquiles
For seven years, Starbelly’s back patio has been among the most consistently good outdoor dining options in the Castro (a neighborhood where dining has improved dramatically, but outdoor dining has not). And because a large proportion of the area’s denizens do enjoy a weekday Pimm’s Cup with a slice of cucumber wrapped around the inside of the glass, Starbelly has decided to go seven-days-a-week with a brunch menu that blends California and Mexico in equal proportions.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Salumeria Has a Decadent Brunch (As You'd Expect)

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Fried chicken and egg sandwich - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • Fried chicken and egg sandwich

There’s a pernicious rumor that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s a lie; it’s brunch. Brunch is like the Golden Hydrant that saves you from a hangover that feels like everything is burning down all around you, it provides the foundation for more day-drinking, and it helps you forget that sooner or later, you will have to go back to work.

While Salumeria may not be the flagship of the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group, Thomas McNaughton’s wonderful deli and sandwich spot rolled out a brunch menu a couple weeks ago that makes it the eggier equivalent of those roast beef sandwiches on pretzel rolls. In a word, it’s delicious. And it’s fairly slim: three sweet things, three larger savory dishes, three smaller savory items, and three low-ABV cocktails, including the classic mimosa.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

ABV, Belga, and Calavera: New Brunch Spots as Easy as A, B, C

Posted By on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM

A.K. CARROLL
  • A.K. Carroll
Launching a new restaurant with multiple full menus can prove disastrous at the start, which is why some of our local eateries are adding entrees slowly. After opening the doors to dinner, some have given us weekend brunch to boot. Three spaces in particular are worth a weekend visit: ABV, Belga, and Calavera.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Old School SF: Orphan Andy’s

Posted By on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM

ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman
The Castro may have one of the highest churn rates when it comes to restaurants, but one staple that has stuck around since the seventies is good ol’ Orphan Andy’s.

You can find this diner right on Jane Warner Plaza, once a famous gathering place for nudists, and now just a reliable place to catch the F-Market. On the weekends there’s typically a good-sized crowd waiting for a table inside, but since it’s open 24 hours, you can get your Orphan Andy’s fill any day of the week.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Shegetz: Bringing San Francisco's Bagels Up To Speed

Posted By on Thu, Oct 8, 2015 at 3:01 PM

SHEGTEZ BAGEL
  • Shegtez Bagel

It’s often argued that finding a good bagel in San Francisco is frustrating, impossible, or seemingly both. But as far as arduous tasks go, it’s one that many are willing to delve stomach-first into. Though it’s not impossible to get a bagel around here (SF Weekly has attempted to get to the bottom of the Bay Area bagel debate) there’s something about living in a leading “food city” with so few options that seems downright shameful. If you’re craving a bread binge, look to bigwig local spots like Tartine, Josey Baker, or Acme Bread Company. If you’re hankering a bagel however, do you even have a go-to? It's a sensitive subject that’s close to many San Franciscans hearts and bellies: Why, oh why are there only a few good bagels in this city?

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Mr. Holmes Has a Ton of New Stuff

Posted By on Fri, Oct 2, 2015 at 4:26 PM

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Who doesn't love a pastry shop that makes its own sauerkraut in-house?

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, the Tenderloin bakery that has seize Instagram by the throat, becoming the punching bag for people who mock their fellow San Franciscans' willingness to wait 45 minutes for commonly available foodstuffs, has had a hell of a year. A bizarre burglary and sudden staff departures marred their ascent into the pastry pantheon. Nothing can stop Aaron Caddel, though, and there's a new menu for fall, that includes cookies, doughnuts, cruffins, and danishes. It isn't readily available as a list, however, because not every item can be had all the time. So if you go, you're playing Cruffin Roulette. (Warning: There's a delicious bullet in every chamber.)

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Old School San Francisco: Sears Fine Food

Posted By on Fri, Sep 4, 2015 at 10:00 AM

ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman

The San Francisco restaurant scene is changing faster than you can say “mouthfeel,” but that hasn’t hindered one of the greatest old-school restaurants in this city. Sears Fine Food, a local institution since 1938, sits smack in the heart of San Francisco’s tourist center with a menu unchanged since it came to the market. Let me explain why this Union Square restaurant is a must try for any tourist or townie.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

It Takes A Village: Chowhaus Charms in the Oakland Hills

Posted By on Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Chilaquiles - NATHANIEL WILLIAMS
  • Nathaniel Williams
  • Chilaquiles

Stepping inside the Chowhaus doorway in Oakland’s Montclair Village is disorienting at first. It briefly feels like you’ve walked onto a movie set, albeit one that’s disguised with an enormous amount of charm: The retro-farmhouse chic is comfortable and inviting, and there are skylights and open windows with sunshine pouring in from every direction. If architectural spaces have a spirit, then the one in residence at Chowhaus is benevolent and welcoming. Once you’re seated and soaking in the atmosphere, it’s impossible not to experience the sunniest sense of déjà vu, the certainty that you’ve eaten here before. A leisurely weekday luncheon with a favorite girlfriend; those family dinners celebrating someone’s accomplishment; a romantic first brunch on the late morning after.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A Fond Farewell to The Palace Hotel's Buffet Brunch Service

Posted By on Tue, Sep 1, 2015 at 2:30 PM

ALI WUNDERMAN
  • Ali Wunderman

This weekend I bid goodbye to a San Francisco legacy. On Sunday I walked through the Palace Hotel’s glorious entrance, a handcrafted splendor made of gilded doors and marble floors. I made my way into the sunlit Garden Court, admiring the implausibly high glass ceilings that I recognized from the afternoon teas of my childhood, and more recently from The Game, a classic San Francisco movie that should be required watching material for any resident, new or old.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Eat This: Dutch Pancakes at Lale

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Dutch pancake with caramelized bananas and whip cream from Lale. - BETTY WANG
  • Betty Wang
  • Dutch pancake with caramelized bananas and whip cream from Lale.


It seems as though brunch is the one meal where it's 100 percent socially acceptable, and welcomed, to go to town on the sweets. That's not counting the afternoon snack or dessert (sometimes lovingly referred to as second or third dinner), of course. With that being said: Put Dutch pancakes on your list to try next if you haven't yet already.

Even a cursory search for anyone with Internet access will already yield generous results when it comes to the brunch joints in San Francisco with delicious pastries, french toast, and pancake options. These days, expensive toast has also been generously added to the mix. A personal favorite of mine that I haven't seen as often is the Dutch pancake, also known as the Dutch baby. (Note: Contains no baby. Sorry, had to.)

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