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Friends with Benedicts

Friends with Benedicts is a brunch pop-up, currently operating out of Mykonos Greek Cuisine on Polk St. Not only is their name incredibly catchy, but they create a special weekly menu with a specific theme with decadent items and hilarious pun filled titles.

The pop-up, which only operates on weekends, has a steady menu along with the themed menu, which features classics like eggs benedicts (obviously), french toast, scrambles, omelettes, pancakes, and of course mimosas and other cocktails. When I visited two weeks ago, the special menu was “Conspiracy Theories.” Here are some of the menu items:

“Moonlanding:” Chocolate Moon Pies Pancakes stuffed with chocolate mousse and marshmallow

I ordered the “Long Live the King,” an Elvis reference, which was a pork belly eggs benedict with spinach, topped with a red curry hollandaise. I felt I had to get a benedict – and I’m glad I did! The eggs were perfectly poached, and the red curry hollandaise was a welcome twist from the classic hollandaise on the rich flavor of the pork belly.

Every weekend is a new special menu, ranging from Star Wars themed to Social Media puns, Hayao Miyazaki movie titles to Superheroes. The themed menus are only available on the weekend, but the regular menu is served during the week. See the past themed menus here.

The french toast below, off the regular menu, is the Grand Marnier French Toast, made into a combo with eggs and sausage. The regular menu still offers a wide selection of sweet and savory meals that would please any brunch go-er.

The food was great, and the concept of a pop-up as well as the witty weekend menus create a silly and fun atmosphere for a casual weekend brunch. Take a break from the San Francisco classics and try Friends with Benedicts pop-up – there’s always something new!

Stay tuned to this post for upcoming visits for more themed brunches!

1433 Polk St
San Francisco, CA 94109

 

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Skool

 What brought me and my friend to Skool, tucked into a section of the Design District of San Francisco, was the Uni Flan and our obsession with seafood. Skool offers ‘Seafood with Japanese flair,’ and offers meals all throughout the day, with Vegetarian and Gluten Free menus as well. Many of the dishes they offer are rich and use fine meats and seafood, such as the Roasted Duck, Kobe Beef burger, and Squid Ink Spaghettina.

We had a late brunch, and of course ordered a boozy brunch drink (Hibiscus Prosecco – which was amazing) and the Uni Flan.

It was definitely worth coming here JUST for the Uni Flan. We hadn’t even gotten our entrees and we were already sold. The Uni Flan was a soft, light Sea Urchin flan topped with Ikura (Salmon Roe) and Fresh Uni, the perfect mixture of salt and cream. While Uni can be a hard sell (you either love it or you hate it), spread onto the small bites of crispy baguette, it was the perfect savory appetizer with the ‘seafood flair.’

For my main course, I ordered the Ton Toro Cassoulet, which was almost like a light chili with Braised Pork Cheek, a Poached Egg, white beans, and pickled jalapeños in a tomato sauce. When ordering it, I wasn’t exactly sure what would come out, but the Braised Pork Cheek was incredibly flavorful and tender with crispy outer edges, the egg was poached to perfection, and the pickled jalapeños gave a slight Mexican flavor to the classy bowl of chili I was consuming. I liked it so much that I tried to recreate it at home, but of course it wasn’t the same!

My friend ordered the Smoked Salmon Benedict with Avocado, and I have never seen such a lavish benedict! The English Muffin was topped with Spinach, Avocado, and bright slabs of Smoked Salmon, covered in a Crimini Cream sauce, a rich and creamy twist from the typical Hollandaise sauce. Don’t let the dark color of the sauce turn you off of this decadent benedict!

We were both definitely very impressed with Skool, with its rich flavors and vibrant colors, and are looking forward to coming back for brunch or trying their dinner menu! With a full bar and great patio seating, Skool will be a hot spot for SF brunching and dining.

 1725 Alameda St
San Francisco, CA 94103

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The Vestry

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

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The Magic Flute

From the outside, The Magic Flute looks like an old fashioned restaurant  where older women would drink tea and nibble on crumpets in the afternoons. The first step inside also triggers memories of your grandparents home, with antique decor and pastel pink walls. The back… Read More

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Plow

One hour waits are no longer a surprise for San Francisco eateries – especially for Sunday brunch. However, upon arrival at Plow in the Dogpatch, we were told the wait time was two hours. Starving and defeated, we put our name on a list for… Read More

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Dobb’s Ferry Restaurant

Dobb’s Ferry Restaurant was the first restaurant I picked from Thrillist’s article “The Best Boozy Brunches in SF.” Being an eggs ben-addict, I went with the Salmon Benedict – and of course, it couldn’t have been better. The benedict was topped with a meaty slab of… Read More