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Wise Sons Bagel & Bakery

Only 3 weeks into its opening, Wise Sons Bagel & Bakery, a derivative of the Wise Sons Deli in the Mission, has accrued a large social media gathering and become an Instagram hot spot, attracting customers from all over the city. With its NY style bagels and drool-worthy Lox photos, its no wonder there was a large line outside of the building this weekend.


Of course, I ordered the Lox Bagel, open faced, on Sesame. Lox bagels are already my go-to for a breakfast splurge, and the photos I had seen only made it that much easier to decide what to eat.

The selection of bagels may seem limiting, only because they don’t have sweet options like Blueberry or Chocolate, but they do have the classic bagel staples, which go with any of the numerous shmears they have. The different toppings make up for the lack of bagel choices, ranging from regular cream cheese to almond butter, fruit, avocado, and smoked salmon shmears. For a bigger breakfast, they make sandwiches, such as the Egg & Cheese Breakfast sandwich, Veggie Sandwiches, and the Smoked Salmon sandwich.

They also serve Intelligentsia Coffee, a popular coffee company in NYC, Chicago, and LA.

For someone who is obsessed with Lox sandwiches, I was easily won over by the thick amount of salmon and the perfect amount of cream cheese, capers, and the sprinkle of dill. However, I felt like the bagel itself was a bit hard, and didn’t have the same fluffiness that bagels usually have. It could be that I’m not used to this style of bagels, but overall the sandwich was very tasty and worth waiting in line for!

I would definitely go here again, and it is gaining a lot of popularity – it’s been open for less than a month but is already on the list for many foodies in the city, and they’ve run out of bagels by 2PM most days!

1520 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
    

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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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Kaffe 1668

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Pushcart Coffee

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Ninth Street Espresso

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Jacob’s Pickles

Jacob’s Pickles was one of my favorite spots on my NY trip. While they advertise “beer, biscuits, pickles, jams, and meats,” there are many unique southern dishes for any time of day. I went for brunch/lunch, and ordered southern style biscuits with eggs, while my… Read More

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MILK Bar

Momofuku MILK Bar was one of the highlights of my trip to New York. MILK bar was recommended to me by everyone who had previously been to NY before – it has many locations throughout the city, and has a variety of treats that are… Read More