While Grindz isn’t a typical choice for “brunch in the city,” it stands out as one of the most unique brunches I’ve had. Located in the Richmond, Grindz is a small (but constantly packed) Hawaiian restaurant which serves meals all day, complete with a full brunch menu with choices ranging from Spam covered waffles to eggs with Portuguese sausage, to local Hawaiian favorites like the “Loco Moco.”
I ordered the “Silog,” which was two sunny side up eggs, rice, and a choice of meat – I went with the Portuguese sausage. I wouldn’t say I’m too familiar with Hawaiian cuisine, and I’ve definitely never had a Hawaiian breakfast, but the combination of the eggs, sausage, and rice, which I doused in Katsu sauce, was delicious and filling, without being too heavy.
My friend Amber, who suggested checking out Grindz, chose the “Big Island,” which came with eggs, banana-apple pancakes, potatoes, and a meat (the sausage). The banana-apple pancakes, which I tried, were a great contrast to the sausage and eggs, and weren’t too sugary – in fact, the taste reminded me of a green apple Jolly Rancher, but in a pancake!
And of course, we couldn’t have a Hawaiian meal without an order of the Malasadas, which are small, circular donuts covered in cinnamon sugar. I will admit this was the best part of the brunch – the donuts were extremely soft and warm, and the cinnamon sugar provided the perfect amount of spice and sugar at once. These are a must-try when eating at Grindz!
I was very satisfied with my meal and am looking forward to coming here again, this time to try the lunch or dinner menu! The Spam Musubi is calling my name!
832 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118