Brunch is a way of life in San Francisco. Out-of-towners marvel that we'll wait an hour-and-a-half for a stack of pancakes, and the morning cocktail scene is lively -- even if the drinks are made with soju instead of vodka. On Saturday night we may share bottles of Zinfandel and exotic preparations of Brussels sprouts, but come Sunday morning, it's all back to the roots of eating for pleasure. Runny, cheesy eggs. Thick bacon. Crispy hash browns. Warm, creamy grits. The staples we love and crave, but elevated to a whole new level.
This city is home to many flavors of brunch spots, from chichi raw bar restaurants to good old-fashioned American breakfast diners. We have brunches based in almost every cuisine at almost every price level in almost every neighborhood. It's tough to narrow down a meal so close to our hearts and bellies, but SF Weekly has given it our best shot, rounding up our favorite places to gather on foggy weekend mornings with friends. Here are our 10 favorite current spots for brunch: