Five Brunch Spots with Regional Flair
No matter which neighborhood you find yourself in on a Saturday in San Francisco – you are never far from an amazing brunch menu. But for those searching for a brunch location that’s a little less been-there-done-that, here are five brunch spots with something unique to offer – a regional specialization.
Brenda’s French Soul Food Kitchen – French Creole
Of the many delicious French-creole inspired dishes you’ll find on Brenda’s brunch menu, our hands-down favorite is the beignet flight. You can order any of Brenda’s beignets in packs of three, but if you can’t decide between flavors, just go with the flight which comes one of each: original, chocolate (with a molten Ghirardelli filling), Granny Smith apple (with cinnamon and honey butter), and the crawfish (with cayenne, onions, and cheddar). If you’re in the mood for something more filling and savory, you can never go wrong with the shrimp and grits here. You’ve never been closer to Nawlins’ in Cali than at Brenda’s weekend brunch.
Sabrosa – Mexican
This newcomer in the Marina district has been killing it with an awesome Mexican brunch that’s way more unique than your typical chorizo scramble (though, they do have one of those), with must-tries like the Huevos Rancheros de Carnitas (pork carnitas, corn masa tortilla, egg, black bean, queso casero, crema, rojo and verde sauce) and the Ibarra Mexican French Toast (brioche, banana, Ibarra chocolate, cinnamon, and nutmeg). With create your own mimosa’s, great patio seating, and an assortment of to-die-for breakfast tacos, nothing hits the spot like Sabrosa when you’re craving Mexican on a sunny Saturday.
Schmidt’s – German
As far as we know, Schmidt’s does the only German brunch in the city, and they do it extremely well. Start out with the German equivalent to fried chicken and waffles: hähnchenschnitzel und waffel (chicken schnitzel served on a waffle with butter, syrup, tabasco and a sunny-side-up egg). On your second trip, try the strammer max (nusschinken, ham and gruyere on bread served with arugula, mustard and a fried egg). On your third trip, when you’re feeling extra bold and confident in this delicious brunch location, go for the fischplatte (fish platter with marinated herring fillets, smoked trout, house-cured gravlax served with bread, onions, capers and a marinated cucumber salad). And on every trip, get a sekt mimosa or a rotes bloody beer.
Grindz – Hawaiian
Spam never sounded so appetizing as it does at Grindz, where their weekend menu incorporates Hawaiian flavors into each brunch dish. Allow us to recommend the Kalua Benedict (toasted Hawaiian bread, Kalua pig, taro leaves, 2 poached eggs, tarragon hollandaise, and plantation potatoes) or the Spam and Cheese Waffles (exactly what you think, and so sooo good).
The Cavalier – English
While we could easily eat any of the main dishes on The Cavalier’s weekend menu, we can never seem to get past the “starter” section. We absolutely love the earl gray and honey scones (complete with elderflower jam and clotted cream), their corned beef scotch egg, and the hen egg hollandaise with ham and cheese soldiers (which are toast sticks wrapped in ham and cheese). Combine these small plate options with one of their brunch cocktail specials they call “elevenses” or an English Bloody Mary and you’ve got yourself quite a smashing brunch.
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