Brunch is sacred in San Francisco and there is no shortage of outstanding options. But if you're tired of your usual dishes (and the corresponding wait), these three killer new brunch services are delivering weekend morning goodness a little bit off the beaten path.
The Saratoga celebrated its first birthday with a brand new Sunday brunch service featuring Billionaire’s bacon, mimosa donuts and Jenga tots. You heard right: they serve a Jenga-like tower of tater tots with smoked salmon and cream cheese. For drinks, there's an entire Bloody Mary section on the menu with creations like the Root, a gin-aquavit Bloody laced with carrot, ginger, habanero, pickle brine and soy sauce. For those who like to drink their calories, order the Hail Mary, and your Bloody Mary comes garnished with fried pickles, bacon, quail eggs, jerky, jalapeño poppers, fried chicken and poached shrimp skewers.
Take advantage of the storybook views of San Francisco, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge with brunch at Treasure Island's newest restaurant. Housed in 13 recycled shipping containers, Mersea is its own island complex with a bocce court, a putting green and an array of indoor/outdoor areas to dine and drink. Breakfast includes build-your-own toast options, but we say leave brunch to the experts and order the Elvis peanut butter-banana-yogurt shake with the Jersey Girl Sandwich, a twist on a Jersey Taylor pork roll with fried egg, kimchee, aioli and arugula on an English muffin.
Daily until 11am
Known for its irresistible po'boy sandwiches and Cicerone-led beer program (which includes 20 rotating taps and rare kegs), Old Devil Moon added the Black Magic Brunch to their repertoire last year. For brunch, chef Sarah Duncan cooks up huevos rancheros, loco moco, shrimp with griddled grits and brioche French toast sticks, dipped in honey maple syrup. Pair your choice with beer, a Bloody Maria or a Mai Tai spritz on the back patio.
Saturday & Sunday 11am–3pm