Have you gotten off your high horse to spend $4+ on fancy toast and delicious Four Barrel coffee yet at The Mill? Highly recommend.
Welcome to b. patisserie, a charming, modern French pastry spot in lower Pac Heights churning out tasty treats: croissants of all kinds, quiche, kouign-amann, tartines, you name it. Throw in Four Barrel coffee and lots of seating and you can’t go wrong.
Owner Belinda Leong — previously a pastry chef at Gary Danko in San Francisco — had been doing the pop-up thing for awhile before finally opening up her own brick and mortar. Her story is worth reading.
b. patisserie // 2821 California St., San Francisco
Though you might have to brave a wait on weekend mornings, Universal Cafe is off the beaten bath a bit – at the edge of Portrero and the Mission on 19th and Bryant – which is nice. Oh, and it’s serving up incredibly delicious food.
The soft scrambled eggs with melted leeks, heirloom tomatoes and a generous scoop of some amazing arugula-almond pesto on top was to die for. Plus some lettuces (great salad dressing, perfect brunchy side taste) and a giant piece of toast, perfectly buttered, and you have a pretty excellent breakfast plate. I sat at the bar and watched servers make mimosas with generous amounts of champagne (always a plus) and great looking bloody mary’s with lots of toppings. Order the banana bread and you get a hunk of the stuff, toasted and served with whipped cream cheese on the side (see below). Universal Cafe for the win.
Universal Cafe // 2814 19th St., San Francisco
If you haven’t to The Corner Store, you’re missing out. The brunch was impeccable, they serve $15 bottomless mimosas, there’s great outdoor seating and you’re off the beaten path in Laurel Heights. What more could you ask for? Must orders: the pancake double the size of your face, any of the to-die-for-buttery biscuits and the burger. Essentially everything we tried. Can’t wait to return and try more of what Corner Store has to offer.
The Corner Store // 5 Masonic Ave., San Francisco
Market & Rye has been on my radar ever since I saw it featured on Josh Leskar’s (of the blog Nosh with Josh) Top 10 Best Breakfast Sandwiches in San Francisco. Though Friday night’s Outside Lands activities made consuming essentially a giant, towering gourmet McBiscuit plus potatoes and an Italian scramble a bit difficult, it was really delicious and a cute place. Low key vibe, no crazy lines or hipsters anywhere to be found. A nice respite for breakfast on any morning.
Market & Rye // 300 De Haro St., San Francisco