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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 indeed worth the hype. It also tends to be quite crowded at typical brunch hours, and because there’s no reservations, you’re just going to have to wait to get in. If you can, have someone get there early and put down a name, but make sure everyone’s there by the time you get called or risk losing your spot.
The Bottomless
$20 for two hours. They have three varieties (regular, grapefruit, raspberry lemonade), and while in practice they’re only supposed to let you have one of the three for your bottomless, our waiter wasn’t picky about filling us back up with whatever we asked for. They don’t have carafes, but they did come around frequently to refill us.
Unfortunately while they have bottomless mimosas, they lack the bottomless spirit. The best explanation I can give you is a quote from their menu: “We kindly ask our bottomless customers, in order to make Sweet Maple brunch enjoyable for all guests, Please keep your laughters and voices lower and limit your seating time to two hours.” Preemptive warnings against loud laughter are never a great sign.
The Food
All excellent. The Millionaire’s Bacon lived up to the hype – it’s extremely thick, baked in brown sugar, cayenne and pepper, and is sweet with just a bit of spice to it. I got the Millionaire’s Melt, which is a breakfast sandwich with egg and cheese, and I highly recommend it as a way to get your bacon fix and a hearty meal.
Beyond that, they’ve mostly got the usual brunch fare as well as burgers and sandwiches. We all went for breakfast foods, which were definitely solid. 
The Service
As the aforementioned laughter warning presaged, the manager was not a fan of us and our enjoyment of brunch. At one point he came over to chastise someone at our table for sneezing (and just to be clear the sneeze was not directed at other patrons or food). The waiter, on the other hand, was quick and always made sure our glasses got filled up, so points for him. At two hours we were promptly cut off.
Overall
Good food with a unique dish and solid mimosas, but a strict time limit on bottomless and an anti-fun policy really put a damper on brunch.
Rating: 🍾🍾🍾
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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
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Mission Rock Resort

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​​​​​​​ If you wake up and discover that it's one of those ever-elusive warm, sunny San Francisco Saturdays, get in
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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 in Western Addition on the corner of Fillmore (obviously) and Eddy. The decor is exceedingly bland – the place feels like a large hotel conference room that happened to have some tables and chairs set up in it.

Bottomless brunch is available Saturday and Sunday, but the gospel singer is only there on Sundays. I’ve been both days, and while it’s really crowded on Sunday, it’s basically empty Saturday. Note that it’s just one singer, so don’t come expecting a full gospel choir. Still, he was great, and it’s a unique taste of a Southern tradition that you can find in San Francisco, so it’s certainly worth going once.

The Bottomless

This one’s technically just a bottomless bellini brunch – no orange juice here. $15 (and on Sunday there’s also a $6 live music charge whether you’re drinking or not). They’re pretty good on the ratio of champagne to peach. They don’t come in carafes, but you’ll find yourself wishing they did.

Unfortunately of the two times I’ve been here, during one of them, they ran out of bellinis. More specifically, they ran out of peach schnapps. The waiter should’ve offered to bring me straight champagne, but he didn’t. I was on a date and had already had three or four, so I felt like I probably shouldn’t argue the point too aggressively – still, awful form by the restaurant.

The Food

Get the beignets. Definitely the best one’s I’ve had in SF. The menu is Southern, and while it’s not the actual South, it’s some of the closest food you’ll find out here.

The 1300 on Fillmore is a simple scrambled egg and grits dish, but there’s a reason they put their name on it. The chicken and waffles were adequate but not extraordinary, but the french toast was fantastic if you want something sweet to start your day.

The Service

Slow. If you see the waiter coming, down your bellini and get a refill, because you never know when he’s going to be back. Even on Saturday when it’s wasn’t especially crowded, the service wasn’t particularly quick and after a couple of hours the waiter just stopped coming to refill our bellinis.

Overall

There’s really nothing that stands out here except the gospel brunch. You should try that once, but since this is an otherwise unremarkable brunch spot that actually ran out of bellinis during a bottomless bellini brunch, I can’t in good conscience recommend it otherwise.

Rating: 🍾🍾

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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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Dobbs Ferry

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Dobbs Ferry is the worst. Their staff was unpleasant and clearly unhappy that people had actually come in to drink
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Ti Piacera

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Ti Piacera is an Italian restaurant with a nice interior and elegant decor - not the sort of place one
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The Sycamore

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The Sycamore SF brunch can be found in the Mission on Mission, and, naturally Sycamore. It just looks like a neighborhood dive bar
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