BOON FLY CAFE , CARNEROS —Went up here last weekend to escape the San Francisco summer fog. Quant, rustic, modern, delicious.
A friend had this breakfast cocktail while we waited. Too spicy for my liking, but love the idea!
We started the meal with a bucket of thier signature hot donuts. You can tell them how many you want. We did one a piece.
Possible inspired by the bacon bloody mary, I had the Bacon, Egg, Lettuce, Tomato, Avocado Sandwich.
Just a block from the hustle and bustle of Fillmore street, Sweet Maple makes an excellent addition to your Saturday/Sunday brunch rotation. The free coffee in the foyer helps temper the long wait ahead of you, and once seated, the service is friendly and efficient. The menu is extensive, offering gigantic pancakes, hearty scrambles, and deep fried french toast. But the main attraction here is the millionaire bacon—which is more like thinly sliced pork chops glazed in brown sugar. It takes bacon to a new dimension—the z-axis, to be exact. The wait can be a bit tedious for sure—but when the colorful plate of bacon-chops, potatoes, and fluffy scrambled eggs arrived, it made it all worthwhile.
• Sweet Maple 2101 Sutter St (between Steiner St & Pierce St) (415) 655-9169 •
I really don't know where to begin with this one. What do you get when you cross a Cuban diner with Pee-Wee's Playhouse? Why, it must be The Red Door Cafe. And like a playhouse, it comes with its own rules: No waiting in line with corporate/chain coffees, no attitude, no whining. Ahmed, the colorful proprietor, will enforce these rules by bouncing you out of there. Your long wait in line could very well be expedited by the rule-breakers in front of you. Once inside this tiny curiosity, you'll be treated to some interesting takes on Cuban fare. The Red Door Cafe 1608 Bush St
Bourbon Street. French Quarter. The Big Easy. Or possibly New Orleans Square, Disneyland. The Elite Cafe is all of these and a great brunch, too. I had the Alabama Scramble (eggs, bacon, biscuits, potatoes, and gravy.) The bar is the place to sit, you can swivel in the oldy-time wooden chairs and chat with the pleasant staff while they prepare delightful looking bloody marys for the morning crowd.
American named. Chinese owned. Barely decorated. Well, unless you count the stack of phonebooks behind the counter supporting an old unplugged TV. This must be Joe's Coffee Shop. Residing in the Richmond District for 20 years, Joe's serves up a no frills but quality breakfast. The service is all business, so don't expect a lot of pleasantries, but the food is ready fast and coffee is refilled often. It's a busy place, but you won't have to wait too long for a seat. The old Chinese patriarch slaving away over the burners is a sight to behold. 6134 Geary Boulevard (between 25th Ave & 26th Ave.)
Plow is a very cool brunch spot up on Potrero Hill. I ate like the animal under this sign.
Be prepared to wait. I got there at 8:30 and was able to draw this while waiting. (I colored it after eating.)
More waiting. But this time, for the food. I ordered a biscuit and a fried egg sandwich.
Hey! I ordered a biscuit, not a schnitzel!
Fried egg sandwich with potatoes. Yum.