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The Brunch Heatmap: 15 New Brunches to Try NOW

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With Mother's Day just around the corner, we thought it would be a good time to update the brunch heatmap, listing all the spots that have either opened with or added brunch service since the last update in January. As usual, you'll find a mix of cuisines, with everything from breakfast banh mi to Jamaican jerk chicken to pie brunch (nope, not kidding about that last one). Whether you're craving some spicy Mexican-style eggs, a luscious French toast, or a hangover-busting bowl of pasta, these 15 spots (listed in no particular order) have what you need.


Allie Pape co-authored this story.

· The Brunch Heatmap, December 2013 [~ ESF ~]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cafe Claude - Marina

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2120 Greenwich St
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 375-9550
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Cafe Claude Marina's weekend brunch runs from 11 am-2:30 pm, with build-your-own mimosas featuring cans of Sofia bubbly, moules frites, a burger, smoked salmon Benedicts, and three kinds of croques.

2. Verbena

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2323 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 441-2323
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Verbena's newly debuted brunch includes selections like trotter terrine with fried quail eggs, poached eggs and braised duck ragout with peas and their leaves, and sourdough pancakes with maple. And don't forget the Polk St. spot's sidewalk seating options. Here's the menu.

3. Ala Romana

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1098 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 292-3699
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Ala Romana's new brunch offering is a blend of Italian and traditional brunch items, with dishes like fried arancinni, prosciutto benedicts and breakfast pizza. Here's the menu.

4. Campton Place

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340 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 955-5555
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Enjoy Campton Place's Sunday brunch with a side of live jazz stylings from the George Lacson trio. On the menu are selections like malted waffle & butter roasted stone fruit with walnuts and whipped vanilla cream, crab cake benedict with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, and lobster knuckle frittata with roasted mushrooms, arugula and goat cheese. (Here's the menu.)

5. SPQR

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1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 771-7779
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Though it runs from 11 am-2:30 pm, SPQR calls their mid-day weekend menu lunch, not brunch. Regardless of nomenclature, we call it a steal. They're offering the pasta tasting menu from Matt Accarrino for a ridiculously reasonable $34, with wine pairings from Shelley Lindgren for an additional $21. Angle for a sidewalk table on nice days.

6. Chile Pies & Ice Cream

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601 Baker St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 614-9411
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"Pie brunch" is a thing at the NoPa location of Chile Pies. Think pineapple agua fresca mimosas, green chile corn muffins, bacon-crusted maple-syrup walnut pie, egg and bacon pie, and hangover stew. It runs 11 am-2 pm on weekends; here's the menu.

7. The Little Chihuahua

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292 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 255-8225
The Little Chihuahua began offering brunch in March, and they've now got a menu of dishes like Mexican french toast, chilaquiles, enchiladas and breakfast tacos available at all three of their locations. Wash it all down with Sightglass coffee and passionfruit mimosas. (Here's the menu.)

8. Padrecito

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901 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 742-5505
Padrecito is now serving a menu of Mexican-inspired treats like polenta-plantain hotcakes, bacon quesadillas with a fried egg, and a huevos rancheros casserole with Oaxaca cheese and braised kale. At the bar, expect ginger-beer sangria and a chipotle Bloody Mary, plus tacos and enchiladas for those who'd rather skip through to lunch. (Here are the food and drink menus.)

9. Rice Paper Scissors

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1710 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 878-6657
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Last month brought a brunch addition to Rice Paper Scissors' permanent Brick and Mortar pop-up. Look for a variety of dim sum dishes like mushroom pate chaud, dry fried chicken wings and daikon cakes, plus a fried egg banh mi, ma po scramble and goi ga chicken salad. Drinks to wash it all down include sriracha Bloody Marys, Vietnamese coffee and Vietnamese-style smoothies. (Here's the menu.)

10. Loló

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974 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Join the party at colorful Loló, which serves Friday-Sunday, 11:30 am-3 pm. The brunch menu features chilaquiles, croissant French toast, and a Mexican benedict to complement the classics from the evening menu (tacos tropical, tuna tacon, and fried brussels sprouts). And the only solution to a tequila/mezcal hangover is more tequila and mezcal, right?

11. St. Vincent

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1270 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 285-1200
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Bill Niles' kitchen now turns out a Saturday-only brunch with Aperol spritzes, micheladas, and a menu of house-baked breads with all kinds of jams and spreads. Buttery harissa eggs, lavender bread pudding, and "lamb chops for breakfast" are among the menu options. And the wine shop can send you out with a nice bottle of rosé for your Dolores Park sunning.

12. Piccino

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1001 Minnesota St.
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 824-4224
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Piccino's new brunch offering includes an array of seasonally-inspired dishes like kale and chard frittata panino with ricotta salata, and soft scrambled eggs with snap peas, mushrooms and meyer lemon ricotta. They've also got plenty of pizza on hand, like their seasonal primavera (spring onion pesto, spigarello, goat cheese, radish flowers). Here's the brunch menu.

13. Box & Bells

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5912 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618
(510) 923-2000
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James Syhabout's Box and Bells also has a new brunch in Rockridge, with options like a french-fry tortilla Espanola, biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls with cardamom and pearl sugar, plus brunch-appropriate cocktails and oysters on the half shell.

14. Kingston 11

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2270 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 282-8266
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This Jamaican spot is set to launch Sunday brunch service on May 11, with dishes like a signature Jamaican breakfast of saltfish, fried dumplings and plantains, plus pineapple pancakes with rum-infused maple syrup and more.

15. Michel

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3343 Lakeshore Ave
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 836-8737
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Brunch French-style at this new Grand Lake bistro, which offers a menu of classics like strawberry pain perdu, asparagus benedict, a goat cheese-mushroom omelet, and mimosas and bloody Marys. Aspiring Parisians can get coffee, juice, and a croissant for $10.

1. Cafe Claude - Marina

2120 Greenwich St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Cafe Claude Marina's weekend brunch runs from 11 am-2:30 pm, with build-your-own mimosas featuring cans of Sofia bubbly, moules frites, a burger, smoked salmon Benedicts, and three kinds of croques.
2120 Greenwich St
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Verbena

2323 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Verbena's newly debuted brunch includes selections like trotter terrine with fried quail eggs, poached eggs and braised duck ragout with peas and their leaves, and sourdough pancakes with maple. And don't forget the Polk St. spot's sidewalk seating options. Here's the menu.
2323 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

3. Ala Romana

1098 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Ala Romana's new brunch offering is a blend of Italian and traditional brunch items, with dishes like fried arancinni, prosciutto benedicts and breakfast pizza. Here's the menu.
1098 Jackson St
San Francisco, CA 94108

4. Campton Place

340 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94108
Enjoy Campton Place's Sunday brunch with a side of live jazz stylings from the George Lacson trio. On the menu are selections like malted waffle & butter roasted stone fruit with walnuts and whipped vanilla cream, crab cake benedict with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, and lobster knuckle frittata with roasted mushrooms, arugula and goat cheese. (Here's the menu.)
340 Stockton St
San Francisco, CA 94108

5. SPQR

1911 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
Though it runs from 11 am-2:30 pm, SPQR calls their mid-day weekend menu lunch, not brunch. Regardless of nomenclature, we call it a steal. They're offering the pasta tasting menu from Matt Accarrino for a ridiculously reasonable $34, with wine pairings from Shelley Lindgren for an additional $21. Angle for a sidewalk table on nice days.
1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

6. Chile Pies & Ice Cream

601 Baker St, San Francisco, CA 94117
"Pie brunch" is a thing at the NoPa location of Chile Pies. Think pineapple agua fresca mimosas, green chile corn muffins, bacon-crusted maple-syrup walnut pie, egg and bacon pie, and hangover stew. It runs 11 am-2 pm on weekends; here's the menu.
601 Baker St
San Francisco, CA 94117

7. The Little Chihuahua

292 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117
The Little Chihuahua began offering brunch in March, and they've now got a menu of dishes like Mexican french toast, chilaquiles, enchiladas and breakfast tacos available at all three of their locations. Wash it all down with Sightglass coffee and passionfruit mimosas. (Here's the menu.)
292 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

8. Padrecito

901 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Padrecito is now serving a menu of Mexican-inspired treats like polenta-plantain hotcakes, bacon quesadillas with a fried egg, and a huevos rancheros casserole with Oaxaca cheese and braised kale. At the bar, expect ginger-beer sangria and a chipotle Bloody Mary, plus tacos and enchiladas for those who'd rather skip through to lunch. (Here are the food and drink menus.)
901 Cole St
San Francisco, CA 94117

9. Rice Paper Scissors

1710 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Last month brought a brunch addition to Rice Paper Scissors' permanent Brick and Mortar pop-up. Look for a variety of dim sum dishes like mushroom pate chaud, dry fried chicken wings and daikon cakes, plus a fried egg banh mi, ma po scramble and goi ga chicken salad. Drinks to wash it all down include sriracha Bloody Marys, Vietnamese coffee and Vietnamese-style smoothies. (Here's the menu.)
1710 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103

10. Loló

974 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Join the party at colorful Loló, which serves Friday-Sunday, 11:30 am-3 pm. The brunch menu features chilaquiles, croissant French toast, and a Mexican benedict to complement the classics from the evening menu (tacos tropical, tuna tacon, and fried brussels sprouts). And the only solution to a tequila/mezcal hangover is more tequila and mezcal, right?
974 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

11. St. Vincent

1270 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Bill Niles' kitchen now turns out a Saturday-only brunch with Aperol spritzes, micheladas, and a menu of house-baked breads with all kinds of jams and spreads. Buttery harissa eggs, lavender bread pudding, and "lamb chops for breakfast" are among the menu options. And the wine shop can send you out with a nice bottle of rosé for your Dolores Park sunning.
1270 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

12. Piccino

1001 Minnesota St., San Francisco, CA 94107
Piccino's new brunch offering includes an array of seasonally-inspired dishes like kale and chard frittata panino with ricotta salata, and soft scrambled eggs with snap peas, mushrooms and meyer lemon ricotta. They've also got plenty of pizza on hand, like their seasonal primavera (spring onion pesto, spigarello, goat cheese, radish flowers). Here's the brunch menu.
1001 Minnesota St.
San Francisco, CA 94107

13. Box & Bells

5912 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
James Syhabout's Box and Bells also has a new brunch in Rockridge, with options like a french-fry tortilla Espanola, biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls with cardamom and pearl sugar, plus brunch-appropriate cocktails and oysters on the half shell.
5912 College Ave
Oakland, CA 94618

14. Kingston 11

2270 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
This Jamaican spot is set to launch Sunday brunch service on May 11, with dishes like a signature Jamaican breakfast of saltfish, fried dumplings and plantains, plus pineapple pancakes with rum-infused maple syrup and more.
2270 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA 94612

15. Michel

3343 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA 94610
Brunch French-style at this new Grand Lake bistro, which offers a menu of classics like strawberry pain perdu, asparagus benedict, a goat cheese-mushroom omelet, and mimosas and bloody Marys. Aspiring Parisians can get coffee, juice, and a croissant for $10.
3343 Lakeshore Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

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