New Brunch Patrol with Locanda (!), Tacolicious, Mina Test Kitchen, and More

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Eggs in purgatory at Locanda. Photo courtesy of Locanda.

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Chilaquiles at Tacolicious. Photo courtesy of Tacolicious.

Brunch options continue to abound, starting with this exciting piece of news: ~LOCANDA~ is officially opening for weekend brunch, and their first day will be Easter Sunday (March 27th). (However, if you want to swing by for a trial run, the soft opening is this weekend, March 19th-20th.) Some dishes include Delta asparagus and poached egg, eggs in purgatory, eggs Benedict “carbonara” (ay yi yi), cornmeal “corzetti” pancakes, and some unexpected dishes like an L.E.S. bagel plate, Eli’s latke-style hash browns, house-cured hickory-pepper bacon, and for those of you looking for the Italian answer to menudo, trippa alla romana. They’ll also have some excellent and fun cocktails. Brunch will be served 11:30am-2pm every Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are accepted, but there’s plenty of room for walk-ins too.

Just down the street, there’s a new ~TACOLICIOUS~ brunch, starting with the Lone Star taco, made with scrambled eggs, bacon, potato, roasted poblano, and salsa macha (an oil-based salsa with fried chiles and garlic), all wrapped up in a La Palma flour tortilla. You’ll also find huevos divorciados (refritos, Telmo’s orange sauce, salsa verde, cotija cheese)—either of these dishes are just $9.95. Chilaquiles made with La Palma tortilla chips, chile de arbol and tomato salsa, Oaxaca cheese, avocado, radish, and two eggs are $10.95. And you know there are some great daytime boozing options, like their Bloody Maria. Available starting at 11:30am Sat-Sun at all locations.

The ~MINA TEST KITCHEN~ in Cow Hollow scored a liquor license, so they are fired up to launch Sunday brunch, starting Sunday March 27th for Easter. Diane’s Bloody Mary Brunch, named in honor of Michael Mina’s wife and her famous Bloody Mary Bar (featuring hand-milled heirloom garden tomatoes blended with a light dashi broth, then infused with herbaceous lovage), will be available with a variety of other brunch classic cocktails, paired with chef Adam Sobel’s brunch menu.

Options include bagel breakfast sandwiches (like the Sobel Bros. pastrami, fried egg, hash brown, on an onion bagel), strawberry challah French toast, jelly doughnuts, local asparagus scramble with black truffle Camembert and polenta croutons, and the “MTK” double cheeseburger with caramelized onions, pickle, and mustard-griddled bun. Brunch will run Sun 10:30am-3pm, and Saturdays are in the future. Reservations and walk-ins accepted. 2120 Greenwich St. at Fillmore, 415-310-8371.

Folks near the waterfront can check out the new weekend brunch at the spacious ~CAPUTO~ from executive chef and partner Sam Ramadan and chef de cuisine Carrie Anne Lopez. Menu items include Farmers Pizza with melted leeks, potato, pancetta, burrata, and an organic egg; a breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, basil pesto, and honey-glazed thick-cut pancetta on a ciabata roll; sausage hash with housemade marinara, Yukon potatoes, fior di latte, Calabrian chile, and sunny-side up eggs; and Meyer lemon ricotta pancakes. They have a full bar too. Sat-Sun 10am-2:30pm. 100 Brannan St. at the Embarcadero, 415-543-9720.