The Best Brunch Dates in San Franciscoby Jess Lander on May 31, 2013
One of the most important things to know about someone you’re dating: how they take their coffee and eggs. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to learn those details as you wait in long lines with other San Francisco locals for some bomb brunch and bottomless mimosas. It’s truly impossible to shortlist the city’s top brunch spots, but these take the bacon when it comes to bringing a date.
198 Guerrero St
Perhaps improperly named, Mission Beach Cafe isn’t a traditionally informal cafe at all, but instead a classy, modernized dining establishment with high-backed chairs—just perfect for a date. Drink high-quality Blue Bottle Coffee or sip a “Giant Mimosa” while you inhale eggs poached to perfection in dishes like the Wild Mushroom Benedict, a locals favorite.
Just like you can’t argue with mom’s home cooking, you can’t argue with a place that’s been serving up tasty plates for more than 50 years. Two things are guaranteed during a Mama’s visit: You’ll wait in line and it will be worth it. Take a hike up Coit Tower afterwards to walk off your food coma and to keep the date going well into the afternoon.
601 Eddy St.
Giant light bulbs spell out “Be Amazing” at this swanky lounge, and the venue doesn’t disappoint. The ambiance is reason enough for a visit with chic leather couches, rock n’ roll decor and the best part: the city’s only poolside patio. The exotic menu featuring both sweet and savory dishes is just the cherry on top of the Chambers experience.
2101 Sutter St
Nothing will win over your date more than the sweet and spicy combo of Sweet Maple’s famous Millionaire Bacon, baked in brown sugar and sprinkled with red and black pepper. The menu also features pure maple syrup and creative, locally grown variations of omelettes, scrambles, benedicts, etc.
1299 18th St
This clean and intimate breakfast nook features large, sunshine-inviting windows and limited indoor and outdoor seating (so there’s usually a wait). Serving local-only ingredients, the fluffy, lemon ricotta pancakes are a heavenly must, and for a sampler of their brunch menu get The Plow, pancakes included.
428 11th Street
Already a great dinner date spot, the Soma StrEat Food Park opens an hour early on Sunday to serve brunch—and bottomless mimosas for $12—with ample outdoor seating in both the sun and shade. Order something new every time you go as each of the rotating food trucks offers their own signature brunch specials.
652 Polk St.
A sweet spot in the not-so-sweet Tenderloin, Brenda’s has managed to turn grits into a fine delicacy by adding in shrimp and topping them with a spicy tomato-bacon gravy. Their savory beignets are like taking a bite out of the Big Easy, and the Watermelon Ice Tea is divinely refreshing on a summer day.
694 Valencia St
Cheers to Luna Park, where Happy Hour seems to start at 10 a.m. In addition to bottomless mimosas, they also offer bottomless sangria and two-for-one Bloody Mary’s and Pimm’s Cups through the early afternoon.
561 Valencia St.
You won’t find classic omelettes, benedicts and scrambles at Bar Tartine. Instead, the dishes are unique creations with Eastern European influences, and the bread assortment is an animal on its own. It’s also easier to snag a table at this hip, self-identified sandwich shop than some of the other heavily-trafficked brunch joints in the city.
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