Hilda and Jesse
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The gist: The beloved Brunch for Dinner pop-up has finally opened in its permanent home in North Beach in the form of Hilda and Jesse. Chef Kristina Liedags Compton, along with co-owner Rachel Sillcocks, have created a bright, exuberant destination for lengthy brunches (and, of course breakfast for dinner on Monday evenings), complete with striking murals and portraits of the duo’s grandparents alongside checkered floors and vintage, red vinyl swivel seats in a sweet nod to ‘50s-style diners.
The food: Classic comfort meets refined finesse with dishes like cured McFarland Springs trout, dry-aged ribeye and eggs, hash browns with fermented green garlic gribiche (and an optional caviar add-on), and Compton’s wildly popular “Pancakes Without Boundaries,” a double stack of souffled pancakes topped with grilled fruit and, if you’d like, white truffle.
The cost: Dishes are $10-$25 (without add-ons), or opt for a three-course brunch tasting menu for $45.