If you’re looking for a great Boozy Brunch, The Vestry is the place to go! Upon arrival it was very empty, but the tables filled up quickly last Saturday morning as everyone dragged themselves out of bed to ease their hangovers with bottomless mimosas (only $16!).
The Vestry is combined with The Chapel, a venue on Valencia in the Mission. The restaurant portion of The Vestry serves brunch and dinner, as well as offers musical performances, comedy acts, and other late night entertainment. The inside is a simple bar, with very low lighting and dimly lit red lanterns, but the outdoor area has small globe lights and sets a more hipster vibe for brunch and drinks.
While recovering from NYE, we weren’t super in the mood for heavy drinking, so we got a mimosa each and split the Avocado Toast (I had to) and the House Cured Lox Flatbread. The menu also offered items such as a Persimmon Salad, Southern foods like a Po’ Boy and Biscuits & Gravy, and the classics such as Eggs Benedict and Homemade Granola.
Unfortunately, I was not impressed with the Avocado Toast. It was still good to eat, but the bread, which was soft (a plus) was covered in their Pumpkin Seed Spread which was… interesting, to say the least. While the avocado itself was an amazing portion and just the right amount of ripeness, the only flavor it had was the salt and pink peppercorn sprinkled on top, which when combined with the earthy taste of the Pumpkin Seed Spread was rather… bland. My heart will forever lie with Jane’s Avocado Toast, and this one was also overpriced ($10) for what it was.
The House Cured Lox Flatbread, however, was phenomenal. I was a little hesitant because flatbread usually means “thin pizza…” and I was not trying to have Salmon Pizza for breakfast. However, what they brought out was absolutely amazing, and I would come back just for this. The dough was light and crispy, an “everything crust,” which had hints of garlic and onion, and smothered in lemon-dill schmear, which was the perfect flavor pairing with the mounds of salmon (so much!) and the scattering of red onions, capers, and dill. It was a great alternative to a Lox Bagel since it didn’t have the heaviness of the bagel but still had the freshness of the salmon and the tang from the lemon-dill schmear.
The Vestry is a great spot for bottomless mimosas and brunch, and I would’ve loved to try more items from the menu, such as the Pumpkin Spice Waffle or the Toad in the Hole Sandwich – although if I go again, I don’t think I’ll be able to resist the Lox Flatbread!
777 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110