It’s time to add some extra-deliciousness to your weekend brunch lineup. Serving brunch both Sat-Sun is PRAIRIE, with chef-owner Anthony Strong cookin’ up some truly creative dishes that speak to me, like a grilled pork blade chop with a Calabrian XO fried egg. You can also get that egg on a Carolina Gold rice waffle with salted maple butter, uh huh. Pressed omelet sandwich. Bellwether sheep’s milk yogurt danish with slow-roasted strawberries. So much goodness.
And they have all their awesome cocktails featuring fresh juices. Brunch is serrrrrved. Plus: reservations! Sat-Sun 11am-2:30pm. 3431 19th St. at San Carlos.
Also in the Mission, TRUE LAUREL has kicked off weekend brunch service from chef David Barzelay and chef de cuisine Geoff Davis, with dishes like lamb carnitas and spring greens, asparagus, peas, and a cast-iron sizzled egg; heirloom cornmeal pancakes with sweet corn butter and smoked maple syrup; and soft-scrambled eggs with chicken confit, housemade fermented hot sauce, chives, and lots of butter. You can also get that sick patty melt they do so well, and top it with a beef fat-fried egg. Lawdy.
Some new brunch cocktails from their talented bar (led by Nicolas Torres) will also in the house, like the True Brew (Grand cold brew, Caffè Amaro, PX Sherry, cold crème), and the bar will stay open after brunch service into dinner service. That stylish room is also going to look great during the day. Sat-Sun 11am-2pm. No reservations. 753 Alabama St. at 19th St.
Over at MESTIZA TAQUERIA in SoMa, brunch is in effect, now we just need the weather to warm up so we can take full advantage of their awesome, tropical patio. They’re also bringing in live DJs, plus hosting a mini-mercado with locally made crafts.
Start with some malasadas, move toward some chilaquiles verdes (with lemongrass chicken) or a choose-your-own silog bowl, like with Filipino pork adobo. And then there are Carlos’s cochinita pibil tacos, along with some low-ABV brunch cocktails and a killer-sounding and spiced coffee drink, the Mokkapino. Sign me up! Brunch is served Sat-Sun 10:30am-2:30pm. 595 Bryant St. at 4th St.
I have already mentioned all the wondrous things happening over at DANDELION CHOCOLATE’s new factory, café, and retail shop in the Mission, and now they have launched their breakfast service and afternoon chocolate experiences at Bloom Chocolate Salon, such as chocolate and ice cream tastings.
Executive pastry chef Lisa Vega has put together a breakfast menu that includes cake for breakfast, a chocolate chip pancake cake with vanilla cream and chocolate maple sauce, along with other delish picks that will make you want to schedule your next morning meeting in this chic space. Afternoon service will offer signature experiences, including Afternoon Chocolate with classic French pastries and hot chocolate, served in the traditional style of afternoon tea. Bloom is open Tue-Sun 9am-6pm, with breakfast until 11:30am. 2600 16th St. at Alabama.
The Calabrian XO-fried egg on a grilled pork blade chop at Prairie’s new brunch. Photo courtesy of Prairie.