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Corridor

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Corridor very recently launched their bottomless brunch, so naturally Brunch Club had to go pay them a visit. You’ll find Corridor on Van Ness in the Civic Center, a couple of blocks from City Hall. Downstairs feels like a cafe, with a bar and counter where you can order coffee and pastries. If you’re there for brunch, though, they’ll send you upstairs to the restaurant area, which is a bit dark compared to the light, airy downstairs. It’s relatively small, with about fifteen tables and a small counter space.

The Bottomless

$20 for two hours. No carafes, and unfortunately the refills don’t come especially quickly, since they have to be made at the bar downstairs and brought up. The ratio wasn’t great – definitely OJ heavy. If you look at the mimosa section of their menu, you’ll note that they have a few interesting varieties, but only the standard mimosa is available with bottomless.

The Food

We started off with a plate of a half dozen raw oysters, which were excellent and well presented, and their monkey bread. If you’re unfamiliar, monkey bread is basically bread with cheese and spices baked into it that’s designed to be torn into pieces and eaten. Theirs had good flavor, but it was definitely on the dry side.

For entrees, my companions got the fried chicken sandwich, breakfast sandwich and shrimp roll, all of which received quite positive reviews. I liked the sound of the butter fried pancake (it’s Fourth of July weekend, after all, and as breakfast dishes go a fried pancake sounds pretty American to me). It was, unfortunately, terrible – easily the worst brunch dish I’ve had in San Francisco. It was basically a loaf of bread designed to be slathered in butter and syrup, but even those couldn’t save it. It was dry, thick and generally unpleasant.

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Not good.

The Service

The bartender up front was helpful in checking me in for my reservation and sending me upstairs, and the service after that was fine. There was only one waitress, but it wasn’t especially busy, so she was able to keep tabs on us.

There was, however, one big problem – we finished eating after having been there maybe an hour and a half (and I’ll remind you here that bottomless is offered for two hours), and our waitress dropped off the check. We paid it, because there wasn’t really a reason not to, and when she brought it back, we asked for another round of mimosas. She said no – apparently they won’t continue to serve mimosas once you’re done eating. Our appeals to rationality and good service went unheeded, so we went on our way.

Overall

Corridor has some work to do on their bottomless brunch. They’ve got a nice space and some good dishes, but they need to take the awful fried pancake off the menu and then take a staff trip to Bisou or District to learn how to properly serve bottomless mimosas. Until then, I can’t recommend Corridor brunch.

Rating: 🍾🍾

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Nick’s Crispy Tacos/Rouge

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I’m afraid I must start this one on an unfortunate note – Nick’s Crispy Tacos (which is what I’ll call the combined entity of Nick’s and Rouge from here on out for simplicity’s sake) no longer has bottomless mimosas. The good news is they have carafes that are plenty cheap and tacos at reasonable prices, so you won’t have to break the bank to get in some solid hours of brunch.

For those who are unfamiliar with this legendary San Francisco establishment, Nick’s is on the corner of Broadway and Polk in Nob Hill. It’s dimly lit with big chandeliers and a lot of red velvet – a sort of self-aware kitschy vibe. Rouge is the name of the bar/club where you get your drinks, and Nick’s is a counter inside that makes food. For whatever reason, nobody ever calls it Rouge; it’s just known as Nick’s.

The Bottomless

No bottomless, but for $10 you can get a carafe of mimosas that’ll get you a solid five mimosas. The ratio is great – a bottle of champagne in each with a little OJ on top. There are also a number of other brunch specials on margaritas, micheladas and Bloody Marys if you want to mix it up.

The Food

Nick’s Crispy Tacos are well known because they’re some of the best in SF. Not really authentic, but the texture of the tacos and the quality of the ingredients make for great food. You’ll want to order your tacos Nick’s Way, which means made crispy (a hard shell taco wrapped in a soft shell taco) and with guacamole. I love the fried fish and fried chicken tacos, but they’re all great.

The Service

The folks at Nick’s are always nice, and the bartender was great for brunch. At one point he poured us a carafe, let us try it and asked if it was too light on the champagne – we weren’t going to say no to that, so he poured more into it and gave it back.

Overall

Nick’s Crispy Tacos are as good for brunch as they are for any other meal of the day, and cheap drinks and good service make this a nice place to have brunch. It’s definitely not your usual brunch spot, though, so keep it for a casual brunch with friends – nothing classy here.

Rating: 🍾🍾🍾

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Top of the Mark

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