TABLEHOPPING Even more places open for brunch and lunch, plus Passover and Easter options!
Just when you think the brunch at Slow Club (2501 Mariposa, SF. www.slowclub.com ) couldn't possibly rock any more than it already does, the perennial hotspot makes the move to offer it all week long. Really? For reals! You can have a fried egg sandwich for lunch, and you don't have to wait until the weekend for bourbon French toast. Available Mon–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, and of course Sat–Sun 10am–2:30pm.
A nice addition to the lunch scene: the lunch at A16 (2355 Chestnut, SF. www.a16sf.com ) in the Marina. You can now come by Wed–Sun 11:30am–2:30pm and feast on delicious pizzas, pastas, and small plates. It's also worth checking out the $20 tasting menu, perfect for a leisurely lunch. Because leisurely lunches are the best.
Downtown workers no longer have to wait until the end of the day to check out recent fave-rave Trou Normand (140 New Montgomery, SF. www.trounormandsf.com ), which has now added lunch service during the week, Mon–Fri 11am–2:30pm. You'll find sandwiches, an awesome charcuterie plate, and more (like, uh, cocktails!).
And just in case the prices at downtown's Hakkasan (One Kearny Place, SF. www.hakkasan.com/sanfrancisco ) have always been a bit out of reach (or just too much, period), it's added a menu of affordable lunch dishes for $5.50 each. We're talking stir-fry roasted duck with chile in Szechuan sauce, pork and shrimp dumplings, and Teochew John Dory congee — eight dishes in all. And it's hard to beat the location, it's so beautiful.
Local restaurants and businesses are rolling out special Passover menus and more. (Passover goes through Tuesday, April 22.)
Guest chef Joyce Goldstein will be in the house (working alongside chef Staffan Terje) at Perbacco (230 California, SF. www.perbaccosf.com ) for its annual Italian Passover dinner — the sixth — although this year the menu is featured for two days: Wednesday, April 16, and Thursday, April 17. There will be a four-course menu (with so many choices!) for $52 per person, with dishes like fegato di anatra alle uova sode (that would be chopped duck liver, Italian style) and stufato d'agnello (lamb stew with green garlic).
Delfina (3621 18th St., SF. www.delfinasf.com ) is known for its matzoh balls with a walnut inside, which you'll find on the menu along with other Passover-inspired items, like an edible Seder plate, salt cod croquettes, brisket, and more (through April 21). Kosher wine (the good kind!) and beer from He'Brew will keep you in good spirits.
Lastly, you can order some Passover goodies (and Easter treats too!) at Marla Bakery Kitchen Communal (613 York, SF. www.marlabakery.com ). TCHO chocolate–dipped housemade matzoh, yes please! Pre-order on its site.
THANK YOU EASTER BUNNY, BWOK BWOK
Easter Sunday is coming April 20 — here are some hopping places to brunch.
For some wine-soaked fun, check out the BITE ME Easter brunch 11am–3pm (by Sean Lackey) at vino destination Tank 18 (1345 Howard, SF. www.tank18.com ). It's one of the best deals in town: for $29, you get Four Barrel coffee, popovers and honey butter, shaved melon and tarragon foam, frisée and asparagus salad with poached egg and uni vinaigrette, spicy pickled fennel and cauliflower, slow-roasted lamb with couscous, and a seasonal dessert. Whooosh! For another $20, you can add on wine pairings (hic). And no, with those prices, gratuity is not included. Get tickets at www.tinyurl.com/easterbiteme .
Cotogna (490 Pacific, SF. www.cotognasf.com ) will be hosting a special Easter brunch 11:30am–2pm, serving some traditional Italian dishes (or you can come for Easter supper, served in the evening for $65).
Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission, SF. www.foreigncinema.com ) is a classic spot for a swell brunch, and Easter will ramp things up with a $65 prix-fixe menu — three courses — and a children's menu for $20. Something for the kids!