How to start your day in San Francisco
Nowhere does breakfast quite like America. From towering stacks of buttermilk pancakes to eggs benedict and bagels smothered in cream cheese and lox, the morning menu is generally a sumptuous affair on the other side of the Atlantic. The city of San Francisco is certainly no exception to this rule, being home to some of the best breakfast and brunch spots in the whole of the USA. Here’s a shortlist of our top five breakfast spots in The Golden City, where you’re guaranteed a delicious start to your day.
1 - Sweet Maple
Home of the famous Millionaire’s Bacon, Sweet Maple has been brightening up the mornings of many San Franciscans for the last decade. This laidback eatery serves up an array of homemade breakfast delights, including crab benedict, morning tacos and eggs cooked every way you could imagine. Their Millionaire’s Bacon is what you really need to try though. Slow-cooked to perfection with brown sugar and spicy peppers, these delectable rashers are just the right amount of sweet, spicy and chewy. An indulgent pick-me-up after a night spent exploring the city’s vibrant nightlife.
2 - Comstock Saloon
If you’re in the mood for the avant-garde, then Comstock Saloon is the place to go. While the decor may be traditional (the saloon itself has been in operation since 1907), the menu definitely isn’t. Featuring delights such as garlic miso tater-tots, herbed falafel toast and a fried chicken & waffle sandwich, the dishes are as diverse and unique as the city itself. Wash it down with a Bloody Mary or an Irish coffee, and you’ll be set up for the day.
3 - Greens
Enjoy incredible floor-to-ceiling views over the marina and delicious vegetarian fare at this iconic restaurant in the Bay Area. Headed up by acclaimed chef and author Annie Somerville, Greens has been wowing critics, tourists and locals alike since 1979. Head there on a sunny morning for a spot of brunch and you’ll soon see what all the fuss is about. The menu features an array of creative dishes, bursting with innovation and incredible flavours. We especially love the ‘Pinnacles Scramble’ and the ciabatta french toast. What’s more, the kitchen uses fresh, local and organic ingredients, sourced from Green’s very own Green Gulch Farm in Marin County.
4 - Foreign Cinema
If you’re looking for a more upscale brunch spot, then Foreign Cinema is just the ticket. Pairing screenings of indie films and rotating art exhibitions with a mouth-watering Californian-Mediterranean menu, this is a unique spot indeed. The organic fruit ‘Pop-Tarts’, lavender baked goats cheese and champagne French rolled omelette elevate the mid-morning menu to a thing of dreams. What’s more, you can actually make a brunch reservation here, which is a rarity for San Francisco and means not wasting your Sunday morning standing around in queues.
5 - Plow
Located in the sun-blessed Potrero Hill neighbourhood, this farm-to-table breakfast spot may be small, but it certainly packs one hell of a punch. Run by experienced restauranteur couple, Joel Bleskacek and Maxine Siu, they describe their carefully-crafted restaurant as ‘Midwest country boy meets San Francisco China girl’. And indeed, with custard french toast and lemon ricotta pancakes featuring on the menu, Plow is definitely a love story we can get behind. Speaking of getting behind, make sure you turn up early at the weekend to avoid lengthy queues of hungry locals.