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The Hottest Brunch Spots in SF, February 2020

The newest, best places to get weekend brunch in the city

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It's the eternal Saturday morning question: where should we go for brunch? It’s a query that’s particularly important in San Francisco, as that one guy who always texts that he’s in the Uber when he’s actually still at home can cost your group its table at some of the most popular spots (is there a phrase more chilling than “Incomplete parties will not be seated”?).

Of course there are the standbys — Outerlands, Zazie, Plow, and a slew of eternally popular brunch spots to choose from — places that have firmly established themselves as essential to the brunch scene. But this list covers a slightly different category: the absolute hottest places to eat your morning meal right now. They’re either brand new or have just stayed consistently busy, but they all have one thing in common: They’re good enough to make it worthwhile to brave those lines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

U: Dessert Story

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The Mission’s cult-favorite Asian dessert cafe, U: Dessert Story, has expanded to the Marina with Japanese brunch in a beautifully appointed dining space. Order gooey omurice, a runny egg omelet that spills onto rice below, and drinks like matcha lattes and cheese tea.

Wildseed

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The city’s most talked-about new vegan restaurant recently jumped into the plant-based brunch game. Anyone looking to reduce their meat intake should appreciate Wildseed’s options, which include pancakes topped with coconut whip, chilaquiles with soyrizo, and, because of course, a take on avocado toast.

Disclosure: Carolyn Alburger, Cities Director for Eater, is married to chef Blair Warsham. She has recused herself from involvement in any coverage of Warsham’s projects.

Maison Danel

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Open as of Tuesday, February 18, Parisian-inspired patisserie and tea salon Maison Danel promises a very French brunch menu of croques, salads, and dishes like ouef cocotte (eggs baked with cream and cheese) and, of course, their impressive roster of baked goods, including croissants, brioche, and turnovers.

YH Beijing

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This Lower Haight newcomer (in the former Wonderland space) has a whole section of its menu dedicated to “Beijing dim sum,” so that instead of the typical Cantonese classics, diners at YH Bejing can try Beijing-style pan-seared button meat pies, sesame biscuits, and beef pancake rolls — all worthy options for a northern Chinese-style morning meal.

Dandelion’s beautiful new chocolate salon, Bloom, inside their recently opened Mission factory headquarters, serves sit-down breakfasts and afternoon tea focused on (what else?) chocolate. Highlights at breakfast from pastry chef Lisa Vega include a chocolate chip pancake cake, churros with chocolate dipping sauce, and savory fare like quiche served with a side of greens and a cacao pulp vinaigrette.

Sunset Cantina

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This surf-Mexican sports bar in the Outer Sunset just started offering brunch in recent weeks, and it’s just a matter of time before it’s packed beyond belief. Its chilaquiles might be some of the best this side of Van Ness, and its strong coffee is also offered Irish (with whiskey) or Mexican (same, but tequila).

Tacolicious

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Bay Area mini-chain Tacolicious just launched a brunch menu at its Mission District location in January, and now serves the weekend meal at all five of its locations. They’re starting off with six new breakfast tacos that range from fancy-pants concoctions like filet mignon and fried quail egg with salsa macha to a vegan option with roasted sweet potatoes and cashew crema.

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True Laurel

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Nighttime cocktail hotspot True Laurel is also the place to be on weekend mornings, when chef de cuisine Geoff Davis whips up grilled-cheese-and-omelette sandwiches and cornmeal pancakes with smoked maple syrup. For brunch cocktails, partner/bar director Nicolas Torres serves a classic Kir Petillant and pet-nat spritzes.

Los Yaquis

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This smaller Bernal Heights/Precita Park offshoot of the Mission District stalwart features a full slate of Mexican egg dishes — huevos rancheros, divorciados, or scrambled with nopales, all served with a plate of the restaurant’s good handmade tortillas. If it isn’t too early to start day drinking, wash it all down with one of Los Yaquis’ famous mega-sized micheladas.

Dumpling Specialist

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Dumpling Specialist is one of the only Chinese restaurants in the city that routinely serves Northern Chinese breakfast specialties like sticky rice rolls (fan tuan) and salty soy milk (xian dou jiang), served warm and studded with you tiao (savory fried doughnuts) and salt-pickled vegetables. This cash-only spot is tiny, so show up early or be prepared to wait.

Salty soy milk with Chinese doughnuts at Dumpling Specialist Luke Tsai

Super Star Restaurant

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It’s not related to the Bay Area’s Burma Super Star family of restaurants, but Super Star Restaurant, an Excelsior District Filipino spot, shines brightly enough to attract diners from across the city. Its reasonably-priced brunch items include garlic rice and a sweet and savory longaniza dish, and coffee is often included in the price of the meal.

U: Dessert Story

The Mission’s cult-favorite Asian dessert cafe, U: Dessert Story, has expanded to the Marina with Japanese brunch in a beautifully appointed dining space. Order gooey omurice, a runny egg omelet that spills onto rice below, and drinks like matcha lattes and cheese tea.

Wildseed

The city’s most talked-about new vegan restaurant recently jumped into the plant-based brunch game. Anyone looking to reduce their meat intake should appreciate Wildseed’s options, which include pancakes topped with coconut whip, chilaquiles with soyrizo, and, because of course, a take on avocado toast.

Disclosure: Carolyn Alburger, Cities Director for Eater, is married to chef Blair Warsham. She has recused herself from involvement in any coverage of Warsham’s projects.

Maison Danel

Open as of Tuesday, February 18, Parisian-inspired patisserie and tea salon Maison Danel promises a very French brunch menu of croques, salads, and dishes like ouef cocotte (eggs baked with cream and cheese) and, of course, their impressive roster of baked goods, including croissants, brioche, and turnovers.

YH Beijing

This Lower Haight newcomer (in the former Wonderland space) has a whole section of its menu dedicated to “Beijing dim sum,” so that instead of the typical Cantonese classics, diners at YH Bejing can try Beijing-style pan-seared button meat pies, sesame biscuits, and beef pancake rolls — all worthy options for a northern Chinese-style morning meal.

Bloom

Dandelion’s beautiful new chocolate salon, Bloom, inside their recently opened Mission factory headquarters, serves sit-down breakfasts and afternoon tea focused on (what else?) chocolate. Highlights at breakfast from pastry chef Lisa Vega include a chocolate chip pancake cake, churros with chocolate dipping sauce, and savory fare like quiche served with a side of greens and a cacao pulp vinaigrette.

Sunset Cantina

This surf-Mexican sports bar in the Outer Sunset just started offering brunch in recent weeks, and it’s just a matter of time before it’s packed beyond belief. Its chilaquiles might be some of the best this side of Van Ness, and its strong coffee is also offered Irish (with whiskey) or Mexican (same, but tequila).

Tacolicious

Tacolicious

Bay Area mini-chain Tacolicious just launched a brunch menu at its Mission District location in January, and now serves the weekend meal at all five of its locations. They’re starting off with six new breakfast tacos that range from fancy-pants concoctions like filet mignon and fried quail egg with salsa macha to a vegan option with roasted sweet potatoes and cashew crema.

Tacolicious

True Laurel

Nighttime cocktail hotspot True Laurel is also the place to be on weekend mornings, when chef de cuisine Geoff Davis whips up grilled-cheese-and-omelette sandwiches and cornmeal pancakes with smoked maple syrup. For brunch cocktails, partner/bar director Nicolas Torres serves a classic Kir Petillant and pet-nat spritzes.

Los Yaquis

This smaller Bernal Heights/Precita Park offshoot of the Mission District stalwart features a full slate of Mexican egg dishes — huevos rancheros, divorciados, or scrambled with nopales, all served with a plate of the restaurant’s good handmade tortillas. If it isn’t too early to start day drinking, wash it all down with one of Los Yaquis’ famous mega-sized micheladas.

Dumpling Specialist

Salty soy milk with Chinese doughnuts at Dumpling Specialist Luke Tsai

Dumpling Specialist is one of the only Chinese restaurants in the city that routinely serves Northern Chinese breakfast specialties like sticky rice rolls (fan tuan) and salty soy milk (xian dou jiang), served warm and studded with you tiao (savory fried doughnuts) and salt-pickled vegetables. This cash-only spot is tiny, so show up early or be prepared to wait.

Salty soy milk with Chinese doughnuts at Dumpling Specialist Luke Tsai

Super Star Restaurant

It’s not related to the Bay Area’s Burma Super Star family of restaurants, but Super Star Restaurant, an Excelsior District Filipino spot, shines brightly enough to attract diners from across the city. Its reasonably-priced brunch items include garlic rice and a sweet and savory longaniza dish, and coffee is often included in the price of the meal.

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