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15 Excellent 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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Spending the workday in a uniform of sweat pants and T-shirt is becoming (somewhat) more uncommon. But the good news is getting a bite to eat for the most important meal of the day remains a legitimate way to stave off that Garfield energy on an otherwise enjoyable Monday. (Though if you’re more of a weekend diner, brunch is back in full force, too.)

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Rose's Cafe

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Rose’s, the home of an always-reliable weekday brunch, has dishes like breakfast pizza with ham, fontina, and eggs or French toast bread pudding with caramelized apples and whipped cream. The cafe has added Oakland-based Mr. Espresso coffee to its offerings, too.

Grande Crêperie

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Are crepes a breakfast food or a dessert? Actually, don’t answer that, let’s just consider ourselves lucky to have Grande Creperie from the Le Marais team serving savory and sweet crepes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. And it’s not just crepes; there’s plenty of bakery options like a twice-baked almond croissant or kouign amann plus a coffee menu to round out the breakfast essentials.

A view of the counter and bakery case at Grande Creperie. Photos courtesy of Grande Creperie

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 grown to include an outpost in Chinatown, is a hub for beautiful baked goods, soups and salads, green smoothies, and good coffee. It does get busy, but lines move fast.

Farm : Table

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

Sweet Maple

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Reasons to love Sweet Maple's breakfast include the Millionaire's Bacon (bacon baked in brown sugar with cayenne and red and black pepper) and four different breakfast pizzas. There's also a huge selection of Benedicts and scrambles, four different "morning sandwiches," and even a few healthy choices.

Derm Restaurant

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Passing Derm, tucked into an unassuming storefront on Geary Boulevard, you might assume 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.

Brenda's Meat & Three

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Brenda’s breakfast is no joke, and the Divisadero outpost is not to be missed, either. Flapjacks and French toast are available everyday until 3 p.m., and shrimp and grits with a spicy tomato-bacon gravy is a decadent choice for a midweek pick-me-up.

Brenda’s Meat & Three

Devil’s Teeth Baking Company

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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 used in all the concoctions is baked daily, and the biscuits used in their special breakfast and breakfast sandwiches are also made in-house.

Manitas Cafe

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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.

Rain Tree Cafe

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The price for the Irish Breakfast at this Inner Sunset shop rises right alongside inflation — about $17 as of publication — but the portions are healthy, and worth the price. Two strips of bacon, two links of Irish sausage, two eggs, homefries, black and white pudding, grilled tomatoes, and toast with a dab of jelly and a pad of butter. Tough to top that.

Art's Cafe

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Things looked grim for the Inner Sunset’s favorite Korean American diner. The restaurant closed in July 2020 after about 30 years in the hashbrowns game, but managed to reopen under new ownership in early February 2021. Now new owners, Chol and Young Lee, are cracking eggs and fermenting kimchi for returned longtime fans and newcomers to the shop alike.

Just For You Cafe

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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. Grab a loaf of the cinnamon-raisin bread to enjoy later, too.

St. Francis Fountain

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This restaurant has been slinging diner standards on 24th Street since 1918. In addition to breakfast standards like omelets, scrambles and pancakes, it also gives attention to its vegetarian guests, with offerings like a plant-based chorizo hash and eggs.

New Taraval Cafe

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New Taraval Cafe, alongside Art’s Cafe, holds up the so-non-hipster-that-it’s-deeply-hipster diner torch in the Sunset. This longtime haunt has a limited menu of standards like the excellent Denver omelette, or experiment with the mushroom-laden breakfast sandwich. And hit the ATM before you head over, as NTC remains cash only.

Lucho’s

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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, order delivery via Postmates, or grab a seat at the restaurant.

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Rose's Cafe

Rose’s, the home of an always-reliable weekday brunch, has dishes like breakfast pizza with ham, fontina, and eggs or French toast bread pudding with caramelized apples and whipped cream. The cafe has added Oakland-based Mr. Espresso coffee to its offerings, too.

Grande Crêperie

Are crepes a breakfast food or a dessert? Actually, don’t answer that, let’s just consider ourselves lucky to have Grande Creperie from the Le Marais team serving savory and sweet crepes from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. And it’s not just crepes; there’s plenty of bakery options like a twice-baked almond croissant or kouign amann plus a coffee menu to round out the breakfast essentials.

A view of the counter and bakery case at Grande Creperie. Photos courtesy of Grande Creperie

Jane

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 grown to include an outpost in Chinatown, is a hub for beautiful baked goods, soups and salads, green smoothies, and good coffee. It does get busy, but lines move fast.

Farm : Table

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

Sweet Maple

Reasons to love Sweet Maple's breakfast include the Millionaire's Bacon (bacon baked in brown sugar with cayenne and red and black pepper) and four different breakfast pizzas. There's also a huge selection of Benedicts and scrambles, four different "morning sandwiches," and even a few healthy choices.

Derm Restaurant

Passing Derm, tucked into an unassuming storefront on Geary Boulevard, you might assume 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.

Brenda's Meat & Three

Brenda’s breakfast is no joke, and the Divisadero outpost is not to be missed, either. Flapjacks and French toast are available everyday until 3 p.m., and shrimp and grits with a spicy tomato-bacon gravy is a decadent choice for a midweek pick-me-up.

Brenda’s Meat & Three

Devil’s Teeth Baking Company

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 used in all the concoctions is baked daily, and the biscuits used in their special breakfast and breakfast sandwiches are also made in-house.

Manitas Cafe

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.

Rain Tree Cafe

The price for the Irish Breakfast at this Inner Sunset shop rises right alongside inflation — about $17 as of publication — but the portions are healthy, and worth the price. Two strips of bacon, two links of Irish sausage, two eggs, homefries, black and white pudding, grilled tomatoes, and toast with a dab of jelly and a pad of butter. Tough to top that.

Art's Cafe

Things looked grim for the Inner Sunset’s favorite Korean American diner. The restaurant closed in July 2020 after about 30 years in the hashbrowns game, but managed to reopen under new ownership in early February 2021. Now new owners, Chol and Young Lee, are cracking eggs and fermenting kimchi for returned longtime fans and newcomers to the shop alike.

Just For You Cafe

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. Grab a loaf of the cinnamon-raisin bread to enjoy later, too.

St. Francis Fountain

This restaurant has been slinging diner standards on 24th Street since 1918. In addition to breakfast standards like omelets, scrambles and pancakes, it also gives attention to its vegetarian guests, with offerings like a plant-based chorizo hash and eggs.

New Taraval Cafe

New Taraval Cafe, alongside Art’s Cafe, holds up the so-non-hipster-that-it’s-deeply-hipster diner torch in the Sunset. This longtime haunt has a limited menu of standards like the excellent Denver omelette, or experiment with the mushroom-laden breakfast sandwich. And hit the ATM before you head over, as NTC remains cash only.

Lucho’s

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, order delivery via Postmates, or grab a seat at the restaurant.

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