One of San Francisco’s most popular brunch purveyors, Sweet Maple, will take its place at SFO alongside spinoff locations of local classics like Buena Vista Cafe and Koi Palace. The restaurant, best known as the home of Millionaire’s Bacon, will open its airport outpost in March, offering a last (or first) taste of San Francisco to travelers in Terminal 2 (after security).
Sweet Maple’s original location opened in Pac Heights back in 2010. If you’ve had Millionaire’s bacon elsewhere — a thick-cut, brown sugar and cayenne glazed bacon dish — it’s been at another restaurants operated by owners Steven and Jiyeon Choi. They’ve even registered a trademark for the Millionaire’s Bacon name. The Chois first restaurant was Taylor Street Coffee Shop, and from there, they opened Fred’s Place in Sausalito, then Sweet Maple and more spinoffs like Kitchen Story in the Castro.
Choi cites his education in molecular and cell biology for the quality of the Millionaire’s Bacon creation, but the name (and that trademark) can’t hurt, either. And Sweet Maple isn’t short on other “classic American plates with a touch of Asian influence.” Other favorites include the “big hip,” a deep-fried French toast dish, and breakfast sandwiches and scrambles.
SFO’s dining options continue to grow apace with Sweet Maple and other recent optiosn like Farmerbrown. But travelers are still waiting on a promised Manufactory Food Hall, a Tartine spinoff with star chefs Gabriela Cámara of Cala and Pim Techamuanvivitof Kin Khao plus Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of Tartine.