by Tiffany Maleshefski - 25 Reviews - 5 List
Everyone loves a big breakfast, but what's with this waking up in the morning stuff? Not only is it inconvenient, but breakfast at 3pm--or 3am--just tastes better. So whether it's well into the afternoon and you've just rolled out of bed, or it's well into the next morning and you've just stumbled out of a bar, these all-day and all-night breakfast joints in San Francisco are sure to help start you off, or finish you off, just right.
Updated: March 16, 2010
This funky little cafe in Dogpatch is known for its New Orleans and Mexican specialties, but it's legendary for its egg-driven breakfast menu. Order eggs with anything from bacon and sausage to pork chops, crab cakes or even grilled catfish. It's even resurrected San Francisco's famous Hangtown Fry, eggs scrambled with bacon and oysters. Breakfast served until 3pm Sat-Tue and until 9pm Wed-Fri.
Cute and adorable are two words that rarely surface in the Tenderloin, but this cross between a 1950s coffee shop and your crazy Aunt Sue's knickknack-packed apartment is just that. Every day until 3pm, the joint's tiny kitchen churns out heaping portions of breakfast favorites, but don't miss the baked-from-scratch scones, cornbread and muffins.
Lines run out the door and down the block for this cozy brunch spot's giant-sized plates of scrambles, skillets and giant waffles slathered in fruity fixin's or stuffed with diced bacon. Open seven days a week until 2:30 pm (3:30pm on the weekends), and they'll bring you coffee while you wait (which you will on the weekends).
Don't even think about counting your Weight Watchers points at this beloved Lower Haight spot. At Kate's, bigger is better and the staff feels no shame piling its plates high with the house specialties such as corn-beef hash, hush puppies and the famous French toast orgy (orange-spiced toast smothered in yogurt, fruit and granola). Open until 3pm weekdays and 4pm on the weekends.
The crowds gather every weekend outside this cute and small brunch house, waiting as long as 45 minutes to sink their forks into croissant French toast, pancakes three inches thick, the red potato omelet and scrumptious scratch-baked pastries. It's open until 3pm weekdays and 3:30pm on the weekends, but be sure to arrive by 2:30pm to account for the line.
Grubstake is one of the only late-night breakfast spots housed in an actual train (okay, probably the only). Once a rail car that used to run between Berkeley, Oakland and San Francisco, it's now an awesome Polk Gulch greasy spoon open until 4am every day of the week. Morning, noon or night, expect well-executed breakfast basics: Denver omelets, pancakes, French toast and not much more beyond that.
At this greasiest of greasy spoons, glamorously nestled next to a tunnel entrance (though it does have its own parking lot), you can expect eggs, bacon and all the usual breakfast suspects served all day and all night at prices competitive with Denny's.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that pork is the main feature here. Vegetarians, however, can find plenty of filling, tasty options that spare the pig. And unlike its Haight Street cousin, the Valencia Street spot sports late-night dining until 3am Thursdays through Saturdays.
There's nothing like straight-ahead diner fare to take the edge off a buzz bordering on catastrophic all-out drunkenness. Thankfully this 24-hour Castro diner is a mecca for post-partiers with its huge portions of truck-stop style breakfasts which keep the party going for some, and wrap it up for most.
An original soda fountain (rumored to be San Francisco's oldest), this hipster haven's menu has been updated to include plenty of Benedicts, tofu scrambles and menu items influenced by its Mission neighborhood, like breakfast burritos and chorizo hash. Serves breakfast until 10pm (9pm on Sundays).