Sightglass Coffee on 20th Street
Skip the 7th Street flagship store and head to this Sightglass Coffee location for a more relaxed atmosphere. Nothing beats getting a great coffee with a good pastry and listening to an old Rolling Stones LP. Another plus is that they serve pastries from B. Patisserie, Neighbor Bakehouse, and Piccino.
Mission | 3014 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
T: 415.641.1043 | www.sightglasscoffee.com
Pho Tan Hoa
Most chefs don't really go out to brunch unless it's for a social obligation, but there is one thing every chef loves and that's good noodle soup. I love going to Pho Tan Hoa for their amazing pho broth on Saturday or Sunday mornings. I think their pho is one of the best ones I’ve ever tried in the U.S. The owner is great and he alone is worth a visit. You would be surprised how many chefs you see here.
The Tenderloin | 431 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Swan Oyster Depot
Swan Oyster Depot is a lunch hotspot for locals. But plan to arrive when they open at 10:30 a.m. so you can avoid waiting in line for two hours. I recommend the 'Sicilian Sashimi Plate', but ask what the fresh catch of the day is and go from there.
Nob Hill | 1517 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
T: 415.673.2757 | www.sfswanoysterdepot.com
If I ever go out for brunch, I head to Zuni Café. This is rightfully a San Francisco institution and landmark. You’ll have the most amazing produce, great service and ambiance, and, most importantly, they take reservations. I would never wait more than an hour in line for brunch. Come here and you’ll receive great service, and start your day with some oysters and Champagne. Once you try the rabbit with eggs and a cocktail, it's a perfect start a Sunday.
Hayes Valley | 1658 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
T: 415.552.2522 | www.zunicafe.com
Hong Kong Lounge II
Ever since I worked in Hong Kong, I have a love affair with dim sum and this place has the best in San Francisco. Another bonus is the very friendly service. If you don’t manage to get up to be there at 9:30am to avoid the crowds on the weekend, try it during the week. They serve dim sum during the week starting at 10:30am. Also a great place for dinner if you want a traditional Cantonese banquet style dinner.
Laurel Heights | 3300 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94118
T: 415.668.8802 | www.hongkonglounge2.com
They deliver pastries to San Francisco’s best artisanal coffee shops, but only in their brick and mortar location can you get their amazing pastries fresh out of the oven. The bakery’s take on a pain au chocolate whimsically called “Chocolate Claw” with Valrhona chocolate is especially good. It gives you the crispy end of a pain au chocolate six times instead of only twice. So good and well worth getting up early for.
Dogpatch | 2343 3rd Street, #100, San Francisco, CA 94107
T: 415.549.7716 | www.neighborsf.com
Tartine is hands down the best bakery in the entire country. Words can’t describe the quality they are producing. Tartine’s “Croissant au Jambon” with Niman Ranch ham and gruyere is hands down the best croissant I have ever had.
Mission | 600 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
T: 415.487.2600 | www.tartinebakery.com
About Chef Roman Petry
Roman Petry is the executive chef of Roka Akor in San Francisco. Petry’s menu features modern Japanese Robata cuisine and showcases many local farmers and distillers. A native of Munich, Germany, he has worked in many well-known Japanese restaurants, including Zuma in London and Hong Kong and Hachibei in Tokyo.
Roka Akor is a modern Japanese robata and sushi restaurant. The menu features steaks, seafood, and vegetables that are marinated and grilled over charcoal. The restaurant also serves raw fish and tempura dishes.
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