Part of any great holiday is the treat of going for brunch (after a long sleep-in, of course). And where better to check out the brunch scene than San Francisco? Laurie Armstrong, who has handled the PR for The City by the Bay for almost 20 years, gave us some mouth-watering suggestions.
Tip: Unless the resto takes reservations, be ready for a looooong wait on weekends: brunch in SFO is as popular with the locals as with the visitors.
1) Stacks The name says it all. As well as your classic eggs & bacon and other farmhouse fare, Stacks serves up eight different styles of pancake plus Belgian waffles.
2) Lori’s Diner This blast-from-the-past could be a set for a TV show set in a ‘50s diner. As well as your breakfast classics, Lori’s is known for its corned beef hash. Great location right on Union Square.
3) The Cliff House Save this one for a special occasion: at US$55 it may not be the cheapest but the Terrace Room offers stunning ocean views. Included is free-flowing champagne and live harp music (best not wear your jammies). Huge menu selection.
4) Brenda’s French Soul Food New Orleans meets Frisco in this casual brunch spot located in the Tenderloin district. A must-try are the beignets (a Louisiana-style donut), with several types to choose from. Or go full Southern and order the shrimp and grits. Yes, you are allowed to practise your Southern accent, y’all.
5) Mama’s on Washington Square The locals swear it’s worth the wait here: from traditional favourites to a long list of omelettes (and seven styles of eggs benedict), this is the place to enjoy over 50 years of brunching munchies. The good news: breakfast is served all day.