20th Century Café

Restaurants Hayes Valley
5 out of 5 stars
20th Century Café
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From the vintage pendant lights and china tea cups to owner/chef Michelle Polzine’s cat-eye glasses and aprons, 20th Century Cafe is a love letter to old Vienna, Prague and Budapest, with a tiny toe in Russia and Poland. Trained as a pastry chef, Polzine crafts pierogi with homemade damson plum preserves, knishes, pogácsa (Hungarian bacon-cheese scones) and drool-inducing layered Russian honey cake that are mini masterpieces. The menu expands at lunch to include soups, salads and sandwiches, from cream of green garlic and borscht to kale sandwiches with Hungarian pepper relish and goat cheese.  Whatever you do, don’t miss the hot butterscotch—a creamy, caramel-y cup of comfort that will make you wonder why no one ever thought of it before. 


Venue name: 20th Century Café
Address: 198 Gough St
San Francisco

Opening hours: Tue 8am–6pm, Wed–Fri 8am–9pm, Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 10am–4pm
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