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The 18 Best Weekday Breakfasts in San Francisco

Waffles, chilaquiles, and pastries to save you from that work-at-home bowl of cold cereal

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As the pandemic continues, and Bay Area work patterns skew more and more toward the stay-at-home variety, it’s time to get serious about weekday breakfast. Given the bounty of morning meal takeout options from restaurants across the city, there’s no reason to shovel boxed cereal into your mouth as you stare at your screen — there are benedicts, breakfast burritos, and more available for takeout and delivery. These are 18 of the best restaurants for weekday breakfast in San Francisco, all poised to ensure you start the day off right.

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1. Mama's on Washington Square

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1701 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 362-6421
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Bring cash (or a debit card) to Mama’s, a family-owned spot that opened its doors 50 years ago and has had lines out the door ever since. The food justifies the wait for your takeout order (which may be a little shorter if you get there right when it opens), especially the old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes and all of the Benedicts.

2. Rose's Cafe

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2298 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 775-2200
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Rose’s, the home of an always-reliable weekday brunch, takeout only these days, so dishes like their breakfast pizza with ham, fontina, and eggs makes for a solid to-go choice, as is the French toast bread pudding with caramelized apples and whipped cream.

3. Jane

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2123 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 931-5263
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Neighborhood shoppers and Pac Heights locals line up daily at Jane's cheery cafe on Fillmore. The business, which opened in 2011 and has since cloned itself on Larkin and added a dedicated bakery off Geary, is a hub for beautiful baked goods, tasty soups and salads, green smoothies, and good coffee. It does get busy, but lines move fast and takeout is served up quickly.

4. Farm : Table

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754 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 300-5652
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Farm : Table, a tiny Tenderloin breakfast spot that describes itself as a “micro cafe,” remains open for takeout with a menu of espresso, pastries, savory tarts, toasts, and breakfast cereals. Every dish falls within SF’s ethos of local, sustainable, etc.

5. Sweet Maple

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2101 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 655-9169
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Reasons to love Sweet Maple's breakfast include their millionaire's bacon (bacon baked in brown sugar with cayenne and red and black pepper) and their four different breakfast pizzas, both of which remain available for takeout. There's also a huge selection of Benedicts and scrambles, eight different "morning sandwiches," and even a few healthy choices.

6. Brenda's French Soul Food

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652 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 345-8100
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Brenda’s breakfast is no joke. The egg dishes all come with potato hash or grits and toast or a biscuit (pick the biscuit), and there’s a beignet flight so you don’t have to choose between the four on the menu. You can’t go wrong with the Hangtown Fry (crispy oyster, bacon, and scallion scramble) or the brioche French toast with butter-pecan sauce.

7. Derm Restaurant

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3226 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118
415-379-4549​
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Passing Derm, which is tucked into an unassuming storefront on Geary Boulevard, you might assume that it’s just another of the many slickly decorated, good-to-middling Thai restaurants in the city. But this place churns out a mean breakfast of quality ingredients, vast proportions, and unexpected twists. There’s excellent execution on items like benedicts and french toasts, but the must-try item is the Bangkok scramble, which marries tom yum sauce, eggs, cheese, and shrimp into an unforgettable savory-and-sour package.

8. Dottie's True Blue Cafe

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28 6th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 885-2767
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For more than 20 years, Dottie’s has been serving hearty plates of pancakes, omelets, and home fries, along with freshly baked muffins and cornbread. When sit-down dining was allowed, its line would stretch down the block, but in these takeout times that’s no longer an issue.

9. Devil’s Teeth Baking Company

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3619 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121
(626) 280-1974
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The original Devil’s Teeth Baking Company is at 3876 Noriega Street in the Outer Sunset, but its Outer Richmond spot is the location that’s best suited for a weekday meal. The sourdough bread they use in all their concoctions is baked daily, and the biscuits they use in their special breakfast and breakfast sandwiches are also made in-house.

10. Manitas Cafe

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2078 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94117

Manitas’ owners promise recipes “stolen from Grandma” — that is, if your Grandma made blisteringly spicy chilaquiles and breakfast tacos with chorizo, egg, and bacon. Best of all, breakfast is served all day long.

11. That’s My Jam

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324 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

That’s My Jam, a semi-hidden gem at Divis and Oak, might be just as notable for its flower-filled interior as it is for its breakfast treats, which include housemade pastries, sweet and savory breakfast sandwiches, and cold-pressed juice.

12. Zazie

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941 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 564-5332
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The good news is that Zazie serves its famous brunch on weekdays, which means that you can order their Pierre Noir (poached eggs with bacon and tomatoes Provençales) or the miracle pancakes or the croque madame or the eggs Mexico (scrambled eggs with chorizo, white Cheddar, roasted peppers, salsa fresca) for takeout any day you’d like.

13. Plow

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1299 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 821-7569
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Plow’s weekday breakfast menu is just as indulgent as its weekend brunch, with options like lemon-ricotta pancakes, a fried egg breakfast sandwich, and “the plow” (two eggs with choice of pork sausage patties, bacon, or chicken-apple sausage, two lemon-ricotta pancakes, and potatoes). But there are also a few “healthier” options, like chia seed pudding, bone broth, and gluten-free pancakes, for those who like to save their gluttony for the weekend.

14. Just For You Cafe

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732 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 647-3033
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Would you like your eggs with a grilled catfish filet or a pork chop? Or would you prefer a big breakfast burrito smothered in chili con carne? Or perhaps some pancakes or French toast hot off the griddle? And if you don't have work that day, maybe also a pint-sized mimosa. Because Just For You Cafe can provide all that. When you pick up your takeout order, grab a loaf of the cinnamon-raisin bread to enjoy later.

15. St. Francis Fountain

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2801 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-4200
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This restaurant has been slinging diner standards on 24th Street since 1918. In addition to brunch standards like omelets, scrambles and pancakes, it also gives attention to its vegetarian guests, with offerings like a plant-based chorizo hash and eggs. The full menu is available for takeout, just order online here.

16. New Taraval Cafe

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1054 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 731-3816
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With It’s Tops and Art’s Cafe both just a memory, it’s up to New Taraval Cafe to hold up the so-non-hipster-that-it’s-deeply-hipster diner torch. Order takeout by phone from its limited menu of standards like their excellent Denver omelette, or experiment with their mushroom-laden breakfast sandwich. And hit the ATM before you head over, as NTC remains cash only.

17. Auntie April’s Chicken-n-Waffles

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4618 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
415-643-4983

Auntie April’s has chicken and waffles in its name for good reason, as folks travel from across town to dine on this soul food spot’s take on that iconic Southern dish. It also serves, hands down, the best shrimp and grits in town.

18. Lucho’s

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2675 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 347-7416
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Lakeside Yucatán restaurant Lucho’s is open for weekday and weekend brunch, which means you can get their pibil Benedict or buñuelos to go. Call 415-347-7416 for takeout, or order delivery via Postmates.

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1. Mama's on Washington Square

1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133

Bring cash (or a debit card) to Mama’s, a family-owned spot that opened its doors 50 years ago and has had lines out the door ever since. The food justifies the wait for your takeout order (which may be a little shorter if you get there right when it opens), especially the old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes and all of the Benedicts.

1701 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94133

2. Rose's Cafe

2298 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123

Rose’s, the home of an always-reliable weekday brunch, takeout only these days, so dishes like their breakfast pizza with ham, fontina, and eggs makes for a solid to-go choice, as is the French toast bread pudding with caramelized apples and whipped cream.

2298 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

3. Jane

2123 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Neighborhood shoppers and Pac Heights locals line up daily at Jane's cheery cafe on Fillmore. The business, which opened in 2011 and has since cloned itself on Larkin and added a dedicated bakery off Geary, is a hub for beautiful baked goods, tasty soups and salads, green smoothies, and good coffee. It does get busy, but lines move fast and takeout is served up quickly.

2123 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

4. Farm : Table

754 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Farm : Table, a tiny Tenderloin breakfast spot that describes itself as a “micro cafe,” remains open for takeout with a menu of espresso, pastries, savory tarts, toasts, and breakfast cereals. Every dish falls within SF’s ethos of local, sustainable, etc.

754 Post St
San Francisco, CA 94109

5. Sweet Maple

2101 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Reasons to love Sweet Maple's breakfast include their millionaire's bacon (bacon baked in brown sugar with cayenne and red and black pepper) and their four different breakfast pizzas, both of which remain available for takeout. There's also a huge selection of Benedicts and scrambles, eight different "morning sandwiches," and even a few healthy choices.

2101 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94115

6. Brenda's French Soul Food

652 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Brenda’s breakfast is no joke. The egg dishes all come with potato hash or grits and toast or a biscuit (pick the biscuit), and there’s a beignet flight so you don’t have to choose between the four on the menu. You can’t go wrong with the Hangtown Fry (crispy oyster, bacon, and scallion scramble) or the brioche French toast with butter-pecan sauce.

652 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94102

7. Derm Restaurant

3226 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

Passing Derm, which is tucked into an unassuming storefront on Geary Boulevard, you might assume that it’s just another of the many slickly decorated, good-to-middling Thai restaurants in the city. But this place churns out a mean breakfast of quality ingredients, vast proportions, and unexpected twists. There’s excellent execution on items like benedicts and french toasts, but the must-try item is the Bangkok scramble, which marries tom yum sauce, eggs, cheese, and shrimp into an unforgettable savory-and-sour package.

3226 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94118

8. Dottie's True Blue Cafe

28 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

For more than 20 years, Dottie’s has been serving hearty plates of pancakes, omelets, and home fries, along with freshly baked muffins and cornbread. When sit-down dining was allowed, its line would stretch down the block, but in these takeout times that’s no longer an issue.

28 6th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

9. Devil’s Teeth Baking Company

3619 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121

The original Devil’s Teeth Baking Company is at 3876 Noriega Street in the Outer Sunset, but its Outer Richmond spot is the location that’s best suited for a weekday meal. The sourdough bread they use in all their concoctions is baked daily, and the biscuits they use in their special breakfast and breakfast sandwiches are also made in-house.

3619 Balboa St
San Francisco, CA 94121

10. Manitas Cafe

2078 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94117

Manitas’ owners promise recipes “stolen from Grandma” — that is, if your Grandma made blisteringly spicy chilaquiles and breakfast tacos with chorizo, egg, and bacon. Best of all, breakfast is served all day long.

2078 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94117

11. That’s My Jam

324 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

That’s My Jam, a semi-hidden gem at Divis and Oak, might be just as notable for its flower-filled interior as it is for its breakfast treats, which include housemade pastries, sweet and savory breakfast sandwiches, and cold-pressed juice.

324 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

12. Zazie

941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117

The good news is that Zazie serves its famous brunch on weekdays, which means that you can order their Pierre Noir (poached eggs with bacon and tomatoes Provençales) or the miracle pancakes or the croque madame or the eggs Mexico (scrambled eggs with chorizo, white Cheddar, roasted peppers, salsa fresca) for takeout any day you’d like.

941 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117

13. Plow

1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Plow’s weekday breakfast menu is just as indulgent as its weekend brunch, with options like lemon-ricotta pancakes, a fried egg breakfast sandwich, and “the plow” (two eggs with choice of pork sausage patties, bacon, or chicken-apple sausage, two lemon-ricotta pancakes, and potatoes). But there are also a few “healthier” options, like chia seed pudding, bone broth, and gluten-free pancakes, for those who like to save their gluttony for the weekend.

1299 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94107

14. Just For You Cafe

732 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Would you like your eggs with a grilled catfish filet or a pork chop? Or would you prefer a big breakfast burrito smothered in chili con carne? Or perhaps some pancakes or French toast hot off the griddle? And if you don't have work that day, maybe also a pint-sized mimosa. Because Just For You Cafe can provide all that. When you pick up your takeout order, grab a loaf of the cinnamon-raisin bread to enjoy later.

732 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94107

15. St. Francis Fountain

2801 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

This restaurant has been slinging diner standards on 24th Street since 1918. In addition to brunch standards like omelets, scrambles and pancakes, it also gives attention to its vegetarian guests, with offerings like a plant-based chorizo hash and eggs. The full menu is available for takeout, just order online here.

2801 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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16. New Taraval Cafe

1054 Taraval St, San Francisco, CA 94116

With It’s Tops and Art’s Cafe both just a memory, it’s up to New Taraval Cafe to hold up the so-non-hipster-that-it’s-deeply-hipster diner torch. Order takeout by phone from its limited menu of standards like their excellent Denver omelette, or experiment with their mushroom-laden breakfast sandwich. And hit the ATM before you head over, as NTC remains cash only.

1054 Taraval St
San Francisco, CA 94116

17. Auntie April’s Chicken-n-Waffles

4618 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94124

Auntie April’s has chicken and waffles in its name for good reason, as folks travel from across town to dine on this soul food spot’s take on that iconic Southern dish. It also serves, hands down, the best shrimp and grits in town.

4618 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124

18. Lucho’s

2675 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132

Lakeside Yucatán restaurant Lucho’s is open for weekday and weekend brunch, which means you can get their pibil Benedict or buñuelos to go. Call 415-347-7416 for takeout, or order delivery via Postmates.

2675 Ocean Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

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