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Where do the locals go for a good breakfast

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Where do the locals go for a good breakfast

Coming to SF next month and wondering where the locals go for breakfast. We are staying near Union Sq and I hear that a couple diners there are dives. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Where do the locals go for a good breakfast

Most locals have brunch or a breakfast in their own neighborhood -- not many live in Union Square. You could try Sear's Fine Food and Luques right on Powell just off Union Square or Cafe de la Presse or if you want to stand in line Dottie's is great.

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2. Re: Where do the locals go for a good breakfast

La Boulange-- there's a location on Sutter Street just off of Union Square.

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3. Re: Where do the locals go for a good breakfast

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4. Re: Where do the locals go for a good breakfast

Locals (and visitors) eat at the Pinecrest @ Geary and Mason

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5. Re: Where do the locals go for a good breakfast

I go to Zazie in Cole Valley when I want weekend brunch. If Pinecrest is too busy, try Cafe Mason just a half block away.. it's consistently very nice.

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6. Re: Where do the locals go for a good breakfast

Brenda's French Soul Food in the Tenderloin is supposed to be very good.

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7. Re: Where do the locals go for a good breakfast

You probably wouldn't want to know the places I go for breakfast since they're not generally anywhere near union square. I would suspect on work days most residents eat at home for breakfast, in their own neighborhoods (not usually union square), or pick up quick things to eat near their work (often coffee and pastries).

When I do go someplace out of my neighborhood, it's usually because I'm meeting friends for a weekend brunch, which is a long ritual in its own right (finding a place that is sufficiently trendy for all, traveling there, waiting for a table, long chats over brunch, etc). I doubt you want to spend so much time on breakfast.

The suggestions here are good, yet a lot of locals will have different habits that might not help you get a good, quick breakfast near Union Square if you followed their habits.

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8. Re: Where do the locals go for a good breakfast

A big 2nd for Zazie in Cole valley: http://zaziesf.com

The N Judah stops about 50 feet away so if you don't mind hopping on the train/subway in the morning it's easy to get to.

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9. Re: Where do the locals go for a good breakfast

Pat's Cafe has a wonderful breakfast.

http://patscafe.com/

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10. Re: Where do the locals go for a good breakfast

Brenda's is good, but it often has a long line. In South Beach, Towns End is a relaxed, refined place for breakfast. Nob Hill Grill at Hyde & Pine is pretty good also.