BROWN SUGAR KITCHEN
This East Bay eatery is doing brunch right, thanks to the award-winning chef-owner, Tanya Holland, who primarily uses locally grown, seasonal, and organic ingredients to create comforting, high-quality dishes. While the Brown Sugar Kitchen menu changes with the seasons, don’t skip out on the smoked mashed yams with a crater of brown-sugar butter, if it’s available. Another must-try item is the famous buttermilk fried chicken and cornmeal waffles, served with brown-sugar butter and apple-cider syrup. No joke, it will totally change your life.
For a brunch dish with extra protein, opt for the smoked pork hash topped with two poached eggs. Regardless of what you order, the soul food fare will leave you with a new go-to spot for the best brunch in the Bay Area. With a full belly, you’ll be fueled up to explore Oakland.
Cosecha brings together local, seasonal ingredients in its traditional Mexican dishes. Tucked inside the 100-year-old Swan’s Market in Uptown Oakland, this eatery takes food seriously, crafting everything from scratch every single day—including the tortillas used in everything from the mouthwatering tacos to the innovative quesadillas. Head in for Saturday brunch to savor the chilaquiles adorned with salsa roja, scrambled eggs, avocado, crema, and cotija cheese. Or, indulge in the mushroom quesadilla loaded with sautéed mushrooms and Oaxacan cheese—but do yourself a favor and add on the braised pork.
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Creating a positive impact lies at the heart of everything Gather does. From choosing to work out of the David Brower Center—the most environmentally friendly building in the East Bay—to using only local and sustainable ingredients, the restaurant puts a great deal of thought into its overall philosophy.
Begin your brunch with the unique doughnuts featuring peanut butter–miso caramel, cinnamon, and sugar as you peruse the rest of the menu. The brunch pizza is the perfect next course—the delicate crust is topped with eggs, bacon, caramelized onion, and oregano—though you can't go wrong with the sunny-side-up eggs, braised greens, and pork sausage gravy stacked atop fluffy biscuits, either. Regardless of which entrée you order, finish the morning meal with a macchiato and a warm chocolate chip cookie for a little slice of heaven.
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Marlowe is one of the brunch places in S.F. and among our favorite women-owned businesses in the city. Every inch of the restaurant is intentionally designed with hexagonal white-tiled floors, wooden tables, and curated menus, creating a unique space and ambience.
Spark your curiosity with the warm deviled eggs—topped with aged provolone, spicy pickled jalapeño, and savory bacon—before moving on to the craveable ricotta toast accented with apple compote, a drizzle of honey, and a dash of sea salt. Continue your culinary journey with the perfectly cooked New York steak and over-easy eggs, all balanced by a bright chimichurri sauce and smashed fingerling potatoes. Wash it down with the unique West Bay Sparrow, a refreshing combination of pineapple juice, hibiscus, and lemonade that will leave you dreaming of tropical summer days.
Foreign Cinema is as much a destination as it is an experience. So, settle in and prepare to be transported to another world by the intoxicating flavors you’re about to experience. Begin with an order of the baked lavender goat cheese—a delightfully delicate dish served with radicchio, pear, and toasted bread. These welcoming flavors will ease you in, acting as an aperitif for the forthcoming California oysters. Choose between a half dozen or a full dozen for the table as you get ready for the main course.
If the savory creations are calling during your Sunday brunch in San Francisco, opt for the crispy pork carnitas and fried eggs featuring al pastor, chicharrónes, radish escabeche, and queso cojito. But if you’re craving something sweeter, order the baguette French toast topped with Maui pineapple, toasted coconut, Macadamia nuts, and lime-maple butter; it’s unlike any other French toast you’ve ever had before. No matter which direction you go in, the winning dishes here will bring you back weekend after weekend.
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THE BREAKFAST CLUB AT MIDTOWN
For a fantastic brunch in the South Bay, drive over to The Breakfast Club at Midtown. While the eatery serves up plenty of classics, the signature red-velvet pancakes draw crowds and keep them coming back. Featuring powdered sugar, whipped cream, a cream-cheese drizzle, and chocolate chips, these pancakes are incredibly indulgent. Order the Florentine eggs Benedict for a lighter meal; poached eggs mix with sautéed spinach for a healthy option that feels luxurious.
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