San Francisco Oh, shoot! Easter's this Sunday, and in the midst of all your... whatever you do that keeps you so busy, you forgot your parents (and maybe cousins) are in town (you should really start writing stuff down). And even though we literally just told you what SF's best brunches are, we've rounded up some just-this-Sunday Easter ones, so your Mom can totally think you have things together.
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Presidio Social Club: PSC's busting out their usual great brunch, along with some specialty Easter dishes, like locally sourced baby lamb and Virginia ham (which, presumably, isn't as local). Continue Reading
Off the Grid: Picnic at Presidio: It's not exactly Easter-themed, but it's your best shot at seeing a real, live bunny. Get tickets for a picnic at the Presidio that includes a signature Picnic at the Presidio blanket (to keep!!), a dedicated wait-staff to both help set-up your spot and deliver any dishes from the 20+ food vendors, and the choice of one of two cocktail kits (Bloody Marys or mimosas).
Grand Hyatt's 36th Floor: Hit up the panoramic views of the Grand Hyatt on Union Square's 36th floor, with an all-you-can-eat brunch for $79/person (including bottomless mimosas) and comestibles like cider-braised pork belly roulade and grilled asparagus with curried egg. Plus, there'll be a surprise visit from the Easter bunny (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) and live jazz for the... people who like jazz?
Absinthe: Easter brunch hours at this Hayes Valley mainstay are from 11am-3pm, and in addition to their regular brunch menu, they'll be offering a special, Easter-inspired, slow-roasted bone-in leg of lamb (w/ rosemary/black garlic glaze, white bean ragout, peas, carrots, olive oil hollandaise & preserved Meyer lemon) and a special cocktail -- the Egg Flip (rum, egg whites, candy cream syrup, Angostura bitters & shaved chocolate garnish).
A16: Along with their usual brunch, A16's gonna be offering a few special Italian dishes on their Easter menu, including the Ceci fettuccine with braised sugo, fava & Pecorino, and Pastiera Napoletana, a cake made of ricotta cheese that's traditional to Naples. Hop to it.
Hopscotch: Having Easter in Oakland? Hit Hopscotch, which'll be opening up earlier for brunch. Starting at 9am, you can grab donuts with their classic butterscotch cream, plus the unique usuals like soy-braised pork belly Benedict (w/ Jidori eggs & miso hollandaise) and cinnamon twist French toast. Also: make sure you try the thematically appropriate Uptown egg cream (egg cream with rum, orange blossom liqueur, chocolate bitters, and hazelnut powder).
1. Presidio Social ClubBldg 563 Ruger St, San Francisco
2. Grand Hyatt San Francisco345 Stockton Street, San Francisco
3. Brasserie S&P222 Sansome St, San Francisco
4. Presidio Main Post Lawn103 Montgomery St, San Francisco
5. Absinthe Brasserie and Bar398 Hayes St, San Francisco
6. A162355 Chestnut St, San Francisco
7. Hopscotch Restaurant & Bar1915 San Pablo Ave, Oakland
PSC's brunch slings specialty cocktails like the absinth/Champagne "Death in the Afternoon", before fortifying your stomach with action like "GI Jose's Special" (chilequiles w/eggs any style), or the poached-egg-abetted.
The jack of all trades of SF lodging, the Grand Hyatt's a 660-room mega-hotel catering to both the business & recreational set with its cocktail lounge, American bistro, and shloads of amenities.
Located inside FiDi's Lowes Hotel, S&P is a classy hotel restaurant ready to serve you the power breakfast, lunch, and dinner of your networking dreams. The standout of the brasserie-like restaurant is by far the cocktail bar that focuses on gin & tonics.
With ocean views, bike paths, and rolling green hills, you'll want to spend many a SF afternoon hanging out at this laid-back park, which is home to events, concerts, and more.
Since all this totally brr weather makes you want to curl up next to the heater with a drink that's on fire, do just that (minus the heater) at Absinthe, where they're whipping up the Flaming Spanish Drink, a mix of coffee, Kahlua, brandy, and actually-on-fire 151. Executive Chef Adam Keough fuses French seasonal entrées tempered with his Boston simplicity for a sophisticated-yet-relaxed (ie, not stuffy) vibe.
More than any other restaurant, this Campania by way of Marina stalwart helped transform San Francisco into an Italian-crazed city a decade ago. A typical night at A16 starts with burrata, includes a few orders of the Neapolitan-style pizzas and infamous pork meatballs, and ends with a cheese plate. Add Shelley Lindgren's wine program, which wins dozens of awards yearly, and you've got one of the best pizza, pasta, and wine combos in the city by the bay.
An upscale diner serving Japanese-American fusion cuisine, Hopscotch is a standout restaurant in Uptown Oakland. You could order anything and be totally satisfied, but the perfectly crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside buttermilk fried chicken is one of the best dishes on the menu, especially when paired with a sweet & smoke Maple Old Fashioned. Did we mention the delightfully unusual menu includes homemade donuts and custard cream?