The Snug has steadily overtaken Pacific Heights since opening its two-level bar on Fillmore last fall. And now that the team has a handle on its often crowded evening service, they’re adding a weekend brunch that could cause a similar frenzy. Partners Brian Shin, Jacob Racusin, Zack Schwab, and Shane Matthews are rolling it out this Sunday, May 13 — moms invited.
Chef Shin’s brunch menu hits old and new classics like eggs benedict, very crispy home fries, and smoked avocado toast (with the avocado a creamy mousse on top of levain). On the lighter end of the menu is granola with Strauss yogurt, and on the heavier side is a “brunch burger” that straddles the line between breakfast sandwich and big, restaurant burger. Shin’s trendiest new innovation is fresh naan with everything spices, trout roe, and cauliflower schmear: The chef kept a tandoor oven from the Snug’s predecessor — [It’s] a pretty rustic and amazing piece of equipment,” he said of it this fall.
To drink, the Snug will pour coffee, wheatgrass shots for the healthy/Soulcycle crowd, and breakfast appropriate beers like Alvarado Street’s “The Best Part of Waking Up” nitro coffee stout. Then, there are Racusin’s brunch cocktails: A thick bloody mary with pickled veggies, a kiwini (a mimosa with kiwi subbed for OJ), and a “banana hammock” (rum, coconut, salted banana, and curry leaf served in a coconut). And look out, Buena Vista Cafe: The Snug is fixing “brown buttered coffee” with bourbon, coffee, chestnut, butter, and amaro cream to rival the original Irish Coffee.
After the first round this Sunday, the Snug will serve brunch every weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Here’s the whole menu.