San Francisco There are really only two ways to spend this Memorial Day weekend: 1) remembering the courageous men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces, or 2) doing that while eating a SHLOAD of brunch. So here're five brand-new ones to fill your weekend with.
5 brand-new SF brunches (lobster knuckle frittatas are involved)
Rice Paper Scissors: With its pop-up anchor set at Brick and Mortar, RPS is now doing a regular Saturday/Sunday brunch from 11am-2pm that includes specials like coconut French toast or this banh mi op la (fried eggs with Vietnamese ham, house-made mayo, chicken liver paté, daikon pickles, cilantro, and jalapeños). We dare you to ask them to "hook mi op!"
Verbena: This fancy, more vegetable-focused restaurant just launched a weekend brunch with items like a fried egg and beef sandwich (with smoked jalapeño aioli, grilled onion, and wild arugula), or the poached eggs with braised pancetta, English peas, kale, and fried bread. Also, for hair-of-the-dogging needs: get the Thymes Cure w/ vodka, burnt thyme grapefruit tonic, Sherry, and lemon.
Campton Place: Because you're always down to boldly go where no brunch-er has gone before (even if it's a shmancy FiDi hotel), check out CP's Sunday jazz brunch, which's got live music and items like a lobster knuckle frittata with roasted mushrooms, arugula, and goat cheese, or this malted waffle served with butter-roasted stone fruit and Devo-approved whipped vanilla cream.
Outerlands: The beautifully revamped Outerlands just reintroduced brunch, which means it's time you reintroduce yourself to it... assuming you like Dutch pancakes baked in an iron pan or an asparagus, mushroom, garlic, and bacon-combining Eggs In Jail.
Papito West: If you're gonna open a restaurant in Hayes Valley, take a cue from newly minted Papito West, and do it with an immediate brunch launching... especially if yours also features Mexican must-haves like chorizo potato omelettes, duck confit tacos, or green enchiladas.
Located in the Mission District, B & M is a popular live music venue, and they aren't too bad at serving up cold drinks either.
Verbena is the first SF restaurant from the same people who brought to you Gather over in Berkeley and they are excited to be serving up some great eats and certified delicious cocktails at this Russian Hill hotspot.
The two Michelin star Campton Place, located in lower Nob Hill for more than two decades, has been reinvigorated with California-Indian cuisine under the helm of Chef Srijith Gopinathan. French classical cooking techniques, seasonal ingredients and flavors from South Asia are integrated into on several different prix fixe menus. Entrees such as Guinea hen with chestnut kitchdi and Mt. Lassen trout with edamame and grapefruit are fantastically presented. The separate Bar and Bistro has its own Cal-Indian menu that features curries and tandoori, as well as a handful of desserts.
An offshoot of the original Papito, this Hayes Valley location brings all the same goodness as the original location, including awesome Mexican brunch options like chorizo potato omelettes, duck confit tacos, and green enchiladas.
Outerlands may be famous for its brunch (those Dutch pancakes are baked in a cast iron skillet and are so perfectly fluffy that you may never have another pancake again), but the food is pretty phenomenal at all meals — and the wait isn’t quite so insane later in the day. We’re obsessed with the cast-iron grilled cheese at lunch, the smoked chicken at dinner, and every single baked thing made in-house. Plus, it’s so pretty inside.