Little has changed in the last few decades at this family-owned Sunset staple, where hearty American grub is served with a smile..
If you can't tell by the old-school SF photos that clutter the walls or the waitresses calling you "honey" or the traditional greasy-spoon diner fare, this place has been around awhile. The money can't be great--food is cheap here, and most of the clientele that aren't regulars are hungover 20-somethings with shallow pockets--but it's clear the people who work here show up because they actually enjoy it. Most of the aforementioned hangovers are cured with heaping plates of eggs and oily breakfast meats served with bottomless cups of coffee, and regulars show up for beefy burgers and other American standards in the evening. If you're looking for a bit lighter meal, there's a few 1950s-style classics, like the diet plate with a hamburger patty and fruit salad.
Tasty Breakfast Potatoes.
This place is a great dive. It's a small cafe, but the potatoes are really good. Everything is reasonablly priced and pretty good. I got the avocado and cheese scramble and it was good. I have been served by the same women every time I've been there and she's great. The atmosphere needs a little freshening but whatever, at least the food is good.
Good old time "diner" type comfort food.
I have always loved Howard's and it's been there forever. It's a smallish local independent business offfering humble "American" food without a lot of glitz and glamor. Comfort food like meatloaf with mashed potatoes, soup and salad/sandwich, and even their specials make recall a simplier life. Their front window sometimes gets steamed up on rainy cold days/evenings (which to me is always a sign that I want to be inside of that place, not standing outside). It is often crowded, especially at peak meal times. Prices are pretty good for this type of fare. Parking is probably a problem but I always just walk there so I wouldn't know. I hope Howard's never closes and never changes the way it does food.
Decent basic breakfast.
Howard's has been a mainstay in the neighborhood for over 40 years. I think that when the original owner was still around, the food was much better but they still serve up a decent breakfast. The coffee is so so but I saw several people with their own coffee from the coffee house across the street as the other poster suggested. Breakfast is typical eggs with homefrys and toast, pancakes and french toast is also available. I had an omlette and coffee and the bill came to $9 w/ coffee. The service was fast and friendly.
Good basic breakfast.
There are some amazing brunch places in SF, but sometimes, you just want a basic breakfast, and this is a great place for it. The coffee is typical diner-esque brown water, but friendly waitresses don't mind if you bring in the good stuff from the Roastery or Starbucks across the street. Eggs are fluffy, potatoes are crispy and the price is right.