Kate's is Great!. While making my first visit to SF, I took a suggestion from the SF Timeout guide. I took a detour from Golden Gate Park for a late breakfast -12noon on a Wed. - To Kate's Kitchen. I am glad i did! The hash was great and the coffee delicious! I had such a pleasant experience and a great meal that day, I returned on my last day for morning pancakes!
Long Wait for Watery Eggs. After 40 minutes in the rain, we were expecting a stellar breakfast. To our disappointment, the eggs were watery, the "Lauren Special" was bland and dry and the coffee was bitter. The homefries were yummy, but nothing to make up for the eggs that ended up untouched on my plate. Maybe just an off day for the chef, but certainly not worth the wait.
Even This Big Eater Couldn't Finish His Plate. I had brunch at Kate's Kitchen on Saturday around noon and my party of 4 was seated within 15 minutes of arriving. I ordered the French Toast "Orgie" [$8, I had to mispell "Orgie" because Citysearch won't let me spell the real thing] with a side order of Hush Puppies. There were four or so slices of thick bread with orange spice as a foundation. On the bread was a mix of honey, granola, cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, bananas, and watermelon. There would have been yogurt added to the mix, but I asked for it to be served on the side due to my lactose intolerance [probably more than you wanted to know]. The pile of french toast and deliciousness was so big that I could only finish half of it. The hush puppies were equally delicious since they were served with butter whipped with honey.
Why's The Server/Manager With The Dreads So Angry?. If you've been to Kate's you definitely know what I'm talking about. The black (just a descriptive...settle down) dude (server...possible owner) with dreads has a permanent mean mug, bad aura and needs to take a "Service 101 Class." He's so bad at "serving" that it's almost comic. The sad thing is it costs the restaurant valued customers...god knows how may others feel the same way and will never go back. He's not the only one...bad service at Kate's is an epidemic. The food is VERY average (if they didn't have the word "O-R-G-Y" on their menu, they'd be out of business). Combine that with the horrible service and you have a recipe for failure. Save your $$$ and eat elsewhere, where they know what good food is, you're "served" and actually valued as a customer.
It was excellent, but is not any longer..
I've been going to Kate's Kitchen for nearly 4 years (sometimes several times a month) and over this period it was excellent- until last week. I hadn't been for a couple of months so I ordered my favorite. Unfortunatly, it was poorly prepared and the quality of the food was far below what I'd come to excepct from this resturant. Figuring it was a just a bad day for them, I went back again this week and again ordered my favorite only to be disappointed by the quality of the food again. And although the service has historically been brash (and, somehow, simultaneously kind), this week it was rude and unacceptable (for example: (1) the server dropped half the toast off the plate and onto the grungy plastic table cover and then promptly placed it back onto the plate in front of us- icky... but no great loss as the unfallen toast was stale; (2) our food sat fully prepared in the kitchen for a least 10 min before being brought to the table (I saw it on the counterwhile using the toilet)).
So while this was my favorite breakfast spot in the city, I can no longer recommend it to my friends or patronize it myself. I suppose now it's time to perform a CitySearch to locate my new favorite breakfast spot!
Glad To See It's BACK on the Best Of List, where it belongs.
Kate's Kitchen is one of the best breakfast spots I've ever eaten at. Whenever I am visiting San Francisco, I try to go and eat there, no matter which end of The City I happen to be hoteling at.
My fave meal: I LOVE the cornmeal pancakes, those crispy potatoes, the very well seasoned scrambled eggs, savory sausages and that COFFEE! I believe it is a special blend from either Tilly's or Peet's...ask them about it, because it's really good.
Just GOOD food.... If you are hungry, this is the place to have breakfast. I always order one of the "specials of they day", particularly their egg scrambles. Yummy! Service is great and the staff is friendly. The food is always consistent everytime I go back.
Fabulous breakfast. So long as you can deal with the long wait outside and ignore the annoying hipsters within, Kate's is the perfect brunch spot. Great food at cheap prices -- plus heaping portions. The only downer is that it's always seriously packed, so you can barely squeeze into your seat without bumping into folks.
Real Food. I read about this restaurant before going to San Francisco. For my first time in the city I found Kate's easily. It is located conveniently on the Haight bus route. I enjoyed the food.
Kate's is the Grub Spot!.
Whenever I'm in Beautiful San Francisco, I ALWAYS stop at Kate's Kitchen. I just love it. It's like an old friend that you always visit, and who always welcomes you with open arms, and great breakfast.
I am never disappointed with the quality of their food. My biggest disappointment is product inconsistency... but at Kate's, I am always assured that their breakfasts (especially the cornmeal pancakes) are the same...and the coffee is wonderful!
My only complaint? The place is starting to look shabby. They have GOT to keep it looking nice.
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