What are the best places for breakfast in San Francisco?

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Kimberley Lovato

Breakfast is big in San Francisco, especially on weekends, and by big, I mean in size and in popularity.  Nary a diner exists here without an omelette the size of a lifeboat, which you might need after eating one. Depending on your noshing habits, just about anywhere serves up a great "most important meal of the day." 

For fresh pastries, quiche, fritatta and the likes, try one of the many La Boulange bakeries around the city. You can't miss them. They are blue with yellow and white striped awnings. The Pascal Rigo, the chef who oversees the menus, hails from Bordeaux, so expect a taste of France with your morning Joe. I've kind of always liked Ella's for breakfast or weekend Brunch, especially for their coffee cake and corned beef hash, when more is in order. Mama's on Washington Square in North Beach is somewhat of an institution when it comes to breakfast. The line-ups are there to prove it.  They've been there for over 50 years serving fresh baked goods and jam, amazing pancakes, omelettes, and in season---dungeness crab benedict. 

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