FEAST: 10 kick-ass brunches - Page 3

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Imagine a John Waters time warp with rickety counter chairs, a napkin art gallery, and a suggestive painting of female softball players with a giant bat, and you've just about captured the quirkiness of Mama's Royal Café. The home fries, hollandaise dishes, and rib-sticking omelets are consistently satisfying, but weekly specials also offer seasonal and delicious treats like lemon-ricotta pancakes with blood orange curd. The wait staff often serves on hipster time, which, quite frankly, works out perfectly since Mama's is best enjoyed with friends on a lazy Sunday as you discuss, or help each other remember, last night's misadventures. (Robyn Johnson)

4012 Broadway, Oakland. (510) 547-7600. www.mamasroyalcafeoakland.com



After a recent multihour hike around the Presidio, I found myself ravenous. You know the feeling — fully prepared to combine breakfast, lunch, dinner, a multitude of snacks, and dessert into a single meal. Where better to do that than at Stacks, the San Francisco location of a mini-chain (others are in Menlo Park and Burlingame) that looks like a Denny's that got an upscale makeover, with some of the biggest floral arrangements you'll ever see. Speaking of gigantic, Stacks' portions are robust, and their menu is a monster: over a dozen omelet choices; copious varieties of pancakes, crepes, and waffles; sandwiches and burgers; daily specials; and at least seven different smoothies. (Cheryl Eddy)

501 Hayes, SF. (415) 241-9011. www.stacksrestaurant.com



Being on a tight budget has forced me to get creative, and this underdog taqueria located on a block full of distracting alternatives has become my favorite spot for a weekend breakfast burrito. There are never any lines, the food is as cheap as it comes, and the egg and chorizo burrito with beans, cheese, and rice is guaranteed to soak up a whole weekend of leftover mischief hanging. It's even big enough to share with any co-conspirators still hanging out as well. (Paula Connelly)

3036 16th St., SF. (415) 861-3708. www.taquerialoscoyotes.com



Yes, there'll be a wait — but it's more than worth it at Zazie, a French bistro that is San Francisco's best patio brunch spot. The heart of the menu resides in the poached egg dishes (my favorite is La Mer, with real Dungeness crab, avocado, and green onion), seven to choose from, each with a choice of one, two, or three perfectly poached eggs, wonderfully tangy hollandaise sauce, and a side of potatoes fried up with, get this, roasted garlic cloves. Yum! Everything on the brunch menu is awesome, from challah french toast to scrambled eggs Fontainebleau to the full-on trout du sud. C'est magnifique! (Steven T. Jones)

941 Cole Street, SF. (415) 564-5332, www.zaziesf.com


Weekend celebrations can come with a hangover that often might require specialist food therapy that can easily be satisfied by an array of establishments serving dishes that are long associated with term "brunch."

But surely it would be possible to have your recommendations for brunch presented without the prerequisite bovine lactation, battery egg, sugar, mercury tuna, factory farm, refined flour formula that to many of us feels like an offering of swill from the dark ages.

All these recommendations without as much as a nod to the fossil fuel, global warming and corporate origins of these recipes when there are other venues doing the work to serve food that wont eventually make us all sick to our collective stomachs.

How about letting these "brunch" establishments continue without recommendation and focus on the venues that promote sustainability and an end to corporate destruction of our environment and economy.

The green movement should be more that a source of stories "out there" that can be fed to readers who are looking for a moral ax to grind.

BayGuardian, when it comes to day to day (or three times a day!) activities... how about an approach other than: "ahem, green is a good idea, but dont mess with my stuff."

Posted by Guest on Apr. 27, 2010 @ 9:49 am

Obviously you're itching for a response, so here it is. My criterion as editor for Feast is to direct people to worthy local businesses -- which are much less environmentally destructive than chains, and, yes, more likely to pay attention to where they source ingredients. I first challenge you to please point out what restaurants above, exactly, force upon you "the prerequisite bovine lactation, battery egg, sugar, mercury tuna, factory farm, refined flour formula that to many of us feels like an offering of swill from the dark ages" any more than the already-low average offering to be found anywhere in the city. (In fact, many places like Cafe Du Soleil and Bean Bag utlilize organic sources.)

Secondly, I request that you offer 10 brunch places that fit you rigorous standards, while also helping me not barf when I'm hung.

And third, I ask that you please stop using a computer or farting. You're ruining the earth!

Seriously, though, we go out of our way at all times to promote venues of sustainability -- perhaps you missed the huge article in this issue listing dozens of urban farming resources?


or our list of cocktails that use locally grown vegetables and (mostly) locally brewed, small batch spirits?


I think going on a full-blown attack based on a fun and harmless article that helps sustain and promote local businesses is a little narrow-minded. Worse, it's humorless. And I will not stand for humorlessness before breakfast.

Posted by marke on Apr. 27, 2010 @ 10:21 am