They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and we believe it’s especially vital when you’re off to explore our fabulous city. Locals who work in Union Square need a place to grab a quick bite and a good cup of coffee before the long work day, and visitors are often looking for a pleasant breakfast spot or a place to do a full brunch. Luckily, we have all that and more here in Union Square, so read on for our top morning meal picks in the neighborhood.
On the Go Grub
Whether you work in the Square, you’re here on business or you just want a quick bite for breakfast, we have plenty of cute cafes with yummy morning options. Café la Taza on Post St. may be a pint-sized café, but they have some big breakfast options, including a super croissant with ham, eggs and cheese or a De la Casa scramble with feta, spinach, olives and avocado. Plus, they’re a small, locally owned chain that has been around for 15 years. For a quicker option, you can stop by the lovely Café Madeleine on O’Farrell St. There, you can grab a piece of their daily quiche special or a house-made croissant with a variety of fillings like feta and Swiss chard. They also offer a selection of delectable French pastries for those who prefer a sweeter start to the day. For a more wholesome morning meal, stop by Bio and grab some steal cut oatmeal with hemp milk or house-made granola and yogurt.
The Power Breakfast
If you have a little more time to linger, we suggest you enjoy a full breakfast at a diner or full-service restaurant. Luques Restaurant in the Chancellor Hotel offers fun options like create your own omelets, a classic eggs benedict and fluffy French toast. If you’re a fan of nostalgia, you might want to stop by Lori’s Diner for a good dose of memorabilia along with a large menu of traditional favorites like golden Belgian waffles and Lori’s Country Breakfast complete with two eggs, two pancakes, sausage, bacon and hash browns. Now that’s a hearty breakfast! Another one of our favorite spots to start the day is Persimmon Café. This Mediterranean restaurant offers a diverse selection of breakfast dishes from bagels with hummus or cream cheese to salmon benedict. We suggest their Napa omelet with Gouda cheese, apples, roasted walnuts and spinach. For a uniquely California take on breakfast, try Urban Tavern where you can enjoy turkey hash with beets and harissa, buckwheat pancakes or banana, nutella stuffed French toast. Do you like your breakfast super, as in filled with super foods (foods packed with antioxidants and nutrients)? Then, you’ll need to stop by the Oak Room at the Westin St. Francis and get one of the flavorful and healthy options on their Super Food Menu such as berry, apple, granola museli or smoked salmon with silky tofu and avocado.
A Leisurely Brunch
For special occasions or just for the love of a nice long meal with friends (and mimosas) we have a few choice brunch spots to recommend as well. For brunch with a Latin flair, check out Colibri on Geary St. Mexican-inspired breakfast dishes like Chilaquiles (house made corn tortilla chips served with either red or green chile sauce, shredded chicken, fresh cheese and eggs), Torrejas Colibri, which is a special cinnamon French toast with agave syrup and, of course, several variations on huevos rancheros are on the menu. They also offer Bloody Marias (made with Colibri’s featured tequila of the month) and bottomless mimosas. As long as we’re on the topic of internationally-influenced brunch, you might consider ANZU Restaurant with a unique American and Japanese breakfast buffet which includes choices like Japanese fish cakes, natto, chicken okayu and miso soup alongside traditional brunch selections. For a more American version of brunch, you might enjoy the bacony concoctions of Jenn Biesty at Scala’s Bistro. Try her “Biestwich” with crispy bacon, avocado, pickled vegetable aioli, and arugula on ciabatta or her classic corned beef hash. Once you’ve enjoyed one of these egg-filled creations, we’re sure you’ll be ready to take on a day in the city by the bay.