Back when the weather was fair and not insanely raining as it is now, a glorious brunch was had. This is a story about that brunch.
Mission Beach Café is tucked away in the not-so-saturated area of the Mission – still walking distance to Dolores Park for a post-meal nap. Its remoteness lends itself to more sidewalk space to wait in line, as we San Franciscans (and Portlandians?) like to do in the name of a good meal.
With regards to brunch, there are times to wait in line and times to not, and this is one of those times. We waited an hour, which is about the standard for MBC without reservations.
Once seated, service was friendly and quick, almost as if they knew how long we waited and how hungry we were. The cuisine – comforting brunch favorites – is extremely well executed and worth the wait.
On the sweet side, French toast is a signature – thick slabs of bread with just the right amount of custard and fresh whipped cream that makes you think you won’t finish it, but then you do. There are also some mean mimosas, including a pomegranate-grapefruit rendition that is potent and fruity all at the same time.
On the savory side, MBC does an amazing version of eggs benedict. The wild mushroom and spinach version was one of the best vegetarian entrees I’ve eaten in a long time, especially when doused with hot sauce. Even if you’re a carnivore, there is no denying this benny.
The egg sandwich can rival that of Plow, which is no small feat, especially since Plow is one of my go-to spots. The English muffin comes toasted and crisp with a perfectly done fried egg and cheddar cheese, all of which also holds up to some hot sauce dousing.
If you can, make reservations in advance to avoid the wait. Otherwise, come hungry, leave overwhelmingly happy.
Brunch done right.
Mission Beach Café
198 Guerrero Street (at 14th)