San Francisco's Best Brunches

San Francisco's Best Brunches

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If there's one thing SF is really, REALLY great at, it's brunches. And if there's one thing we're really, REALLY great at, it's putting together lists of the best brunches in SF. So here they are.

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    Dottie's is one of San Francisco's few diner experiences where you'll actually want to eat the pastries (because they're freshly made and mind-blowing), but in particular, get the house-made cinnamon pecan roll and the pecan French toast.
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    Hit the covered/heated back patio. Hit the Pimm's Cup. And hit their amazing huevos rancheros, because you might as well confuse your hungover brain with a British cocktail and Mexican food.
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    Head on over to the neighborhood we refuse to call NOPA to... go to Nopa... for some obviously-gonna-be-good brunch items like a custard French toast with maple butter and caramelized apples.
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    Sure, there might be a line down the block for this tiny spot, but that's what happens when you make a breakfast pizza (with smoked ham, Fontina, and eggs) as good as they do. It's also what happens when you only have said tiny spot.
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    Get your British brunch on here in the company of taxidermied animals and hand-painted hunting scenes, while housing the perfected simplicity that is their bacon sandwich with fried hen egg, pepper cress, shallot, and mustard dressing.
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    We don't always go to Potrero Hill, but when we do, we go here. And Anchor Brewing Company. But mostly here. And mostly for the eggs Benny (with addable cold-smoked salmon).
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    Either make sure you have a reservation, or take a seat at the bar (at least you'll be closer to the mimosas), and grab any of BR's Louisiana-style comfort food.
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    Ella's has all of your contemporary American brunch needs, like a fried egg sandwich with cheddar cheese, pesto aioli, arugula, and avocado on brioche, or the strawberry ricotta pancakes with Coombs Family Farms' pure maple syrup from Vermont.
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    Despite the fact that you might be waiting for at least an hour in the Tenderloin, it's (sorta) totally worth it, for this Southern-style brunch. Especially if you get the beignets. Get the beignets.
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    The best possible reason to slum it in Lower Pac Heights, this institution serves great Bloodys, unbelievable deviled eggs (yes, for brunch, get over it), and wow-moment biscuits (along with whatever actual brunch entree you choose).
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    You need reservations at this super-popular spot. Like, State Bird Provisions-style need them. You also need bottomless mimosas, and absolutely, unequivocally the chicken and waffles.
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    Get a cocktail (literally anything with the Douglas Fir Eau De Vie), get their avocado toast (seeded whole wheat, chile, lemon, sea salt), then get any of the entrees (and by "any of the entrees".
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