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The Pub at Ghiradelli Square

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The Pub is the rare example of some decent barbecue in San Francisco (and don’t get me wrong Southerners, I know nothing on this coast begins to compare to real BBQ, but when you live out here long enough you learn to settle). That may seem like a strange kind of cuisine to serve with bottomless mimosas, but I’m a humble believer that mimosas go with all delicious foods.
You can find the Pub at Ghiradelli Square (obviously) right on the water at Beach and Larkin. It’s directly across from the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park (a.k.a. Aquatic Cove a.k.a that one small beach a couple of blocks from Fisherman’s Wharf). Try to get a table on the patio, so you can eat facing the water, and when you’re done go lie on the grass or the sand and digest.
The Bottomless
$15 with an entree (and you’re going to want an entree anyway). Just regular mimosas – no carafes, but the champagne/OJ ratio is good and refills were fast and furious.
The Food
The Pub has both traditional brunch fare and BBQ, but I urge you in the strongest terms to skip the brunch foods and get BBQ. Their breakfast burrito is adequate but nothing special. If you must do a brunch dish, get the chicken and biscuits and throw a fried egg on there.
I asked the waiter for a recommendation on their best BBQ, and he pointed me to the brisket – I’m not usually a brisket guy, but he was right. Incredibly tender with great flavor. Beyond that, we got a bunch of combo plates that covered just about every BBQ dish. All great, but highlights were definitely the ribs and the pulled pork. Also, everything comes with their cornbread, which was nicely moist and buttery.
The Service
Great! Our waiter was really friendly and helpful, and any time someone wandered across the street briefly to get some sun, their mimosa was topped off upon return. 
Overall
If you’re craving BBQ with your brunch, this is the only place to go. It’s also a wonderful choice for a sunny day, since you can enjoy the scenery and go dip your toes in the water post-brunch. Highly recommended.
Rating: 🍾🍾🍾🍾
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Sweet Maple

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Sweet Maple is in Lower Pac Heights on Sutter and Steiner. It's best know for its Millionaire's Bacon, which is
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Stock in Trade

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Stock in Trade is quite possibly the broiest brunch in San Francisco, as you might guess from the tagline printed on their menus – “Embrace your inner Marina!” However you may feel about bros, though, they do know a thing or two about day drinking, and the end result is that Stock in Trade is a ton of fun.
It’s also a great place to come for brunch if there’s a sporting event you want to watch over mimosas – there are TVs all over the place. They also have an indoor lawn games setup with bocce ball and cornhole.

 

The Bottomless
stock in trade sf breakfast shots$19 for bottomless mimosas with OJ, peach and pomegranate. No time limit, and not only do they come out in carafes, but the wait staff doesn’t make you deal with pesky things like choosing what flavor you want – as soon as we said bottomless, our waitress immediately brought out one of each, and the refills kept coming.

 

While not technically bottomless, one other standout aspect of their brunch drink menu is the breakfast shots. You read that right – they do in fact have a section of the menu dedicated to breakfast shots. The best of these, in this author’s humble opinion, is the Cinnamon Toast Crunch, which is a mix of Fireball and Bailey’s. Depending on how much you like Fireball, you were probably either intrigued or disgusted by that description. If Fireball’s not your thing, they also have one with Patron’s coffee liqueur and Bailey’s and another with Sailor Jerry and butterscotch schnapps. 

 

The Food
Nothing exciting, but good, solid fare here. I had the steak and egg sandwich, which was big and hearty with the steak done correctly (medium rare). It also came with some great thin, crispy fries. Definitely the kind of meal you want inside you before you you start taking shots at noon.

 

A friend had the nachos, which I picked at quite a bit – they’re good-sized and come served in a skillet, and the chef didn’t skimp on the toppings. The breakfast burrito also got a solid thumbs up from another bruncher.

 

The Service
One mildly strange thing happened, which was that they couldn’t give us a noon reservation (we ended up getting one at 11:30), but the place was only about half full for the entire time we were there. Not a big deal, and otherwise the service was great. 

 

Our waitress wasn’t checking in on us too regularly, but with mimosas coming out by the carafe, that wasn’t really necessary. Anyone we flagged down, including the bus boy, was happy to take an order for another round of shots or grab us fresh carafes. 

 

Note that a 20% tip is included if your group is big enough.

 

Overall
This place is as Marina as it gets – we were there the weekend of Coachella and saw a table of girls in flower headbands having brunch amidst all the bros. Still, don’t let that deter you. It’s a great brunch with good food and an entertaining environment, and I heartily recommend it.

 

Rating: 🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾
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1300 On Fillmore

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1300 on Fillmore is best known for its gospel brunch, which also happens to offer bottomless bellinis. You'll find it
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District

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District has a slightly different (but top-notch) take on brunch. It is, thus far, the only brunch I've been to
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