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Uva Enoteca

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Uva Enoteca is on Haight St. in Hayes Valley, and while it bills itself as a wine bar, it also has some excellent small plates and pizzas. The space is small, so make sure you make a reservation, especially if you’ve got a large group. We had a reservation at 1:15 and arrived on time, but because there were a couple of large tables still drinking bellinis, we had to wait about 20 minutes to get seated.

The Bottomless

$15 for 2.5 hours of bottomless bellinis, though I doubt they’d cut you off. Brunch service stops at 3, so we weren’t able to test the limit. Still, they brought us out a carafe at about 3:15, so they hardly seem like sticklers for the rules.

The bellinis come by the carafe, and each carafe is a bottle of champagne and a can of peach juice. A little sweet for my taste, but certainly not bad. At one point we had to wait a few minutes for refills, and the waitress informed us they just needed to chill more champagne. Besides that, though, our glasses never hit the bottom.

The Food

The brunch menu at Uva Enoteca is somewhat limited, but there are still solid breakfast and lunch options. Our table skewed towards lunch, mostly getting pizzas. I went for the kale pizza with no kale, which sounds counterintuitive, except that it’s really a sausage pizza with kale on it. It was excellent – fairly thin and very crisp, and the mozzarella was clearly very fresh.

We also had a boar bolognese lasagna at the table that get rave reviews and a side of biscuits that were freshly baked, flaky and drizzled with honey.

The Service

There were only a couple of people working in the front of the house, but they were nonetheless very attentive. The waitress/hostess sat us at the bar while we waited for our table (and apologized for the delay), and she got our mimosas started plus gave us complimentary biscuits. Thumbs up.

Overall

Uva Enoteca offers a nice, upscale experience in an intimate setting, and the staff is pleasant and attentive. The food is excellent, with ingredients notable for their freshness, and the bellinis come out quickly and are reasonable priced. This is definitely one bottomless brunch to try.

Rating: 🍾🍾🍾🍾

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Corridor

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Blackwood

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You’ll find Blackwood SF deep in the heart of brunch country – the Marina. It’s a small place that shares ownership with Kitchen Story and Sweet Maple, so it’s got quite the brunch pedigree and also, more importantly, their famous Millionaire’s Bacon.

The one really unfortunate thing about Blackwood is that it doesn’t offer reservations for brunch. I don’t really get why a restaurant would cease using a perfectly good reservation system that’s in place for every other meal solely for brunch, but I guess that’s why I’m just a reviewer of brunches. In any case, because I care about you, loyal reader, I got there a bit early, put down my name and waited.

I should add that we had a group of six people, so not exactly an overwhelming number. Still, I got to the restaurant at about 1:40, and by the time we were seated it was 3:05. This was doubly problematic since their bottomless has a two hour limit but ends at 4. So yeah, despite a number of positives, I can’t recommend this place if you have more than four people (and even then be prepared to wait).

The Bottomless

$20 for two hours, assuming you’re seated before 2. Includes raspberry and regular mimosas, with a good champagne/juice ratio for both. No carafes, but they were pretty good about refilling us quickly. Also, the waiter told us that if the whole table got mimosas, he’d bring us some special drinks. Didn’t catch what they were, but at least they were pretty.

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The Food

Blackwood SF calls itself Thai, but it uses that term pretty broadly. The best thing on their menu was the Iron Pot, which is basically just bibimbap (Korean, for those keeping track). They also have a bunch of traditional breakfast dishes like pancakes, benedicts, omelettes and scrambles. Hit the lunch portion of the menu and you’ll find the Thai piece – just your usual pad thais and curries. I went with the Iron Pot, which was excellent – if you’re not familiar, it’s a big hot pot of rice, vegetables and meat with a fried egg on top. Came out piping hot and fresh, and the spicy sauce on the side was just right.

We didn’t have the Millionaire’s bacon, having eaten it at Sweet Maple in the past, but if you’ve never had it and you’re at Blackwood brunch, definitely order a side of it.

The Service

Outside of the very long wait, the service was good – the staff was very attentive and pleasant, and they made sure to bring us refills quickly. They did cut us off promptly at 4 so they could close the restaurant up, so definitely make sure you get there earlier to avoid the same fate.

Overall

If you’re just a couple of people looking for brunch, and you have a willingness to wait, Blackwood offers a good, solid brunch. That said, if your group is any more than four, there’s just no reason to ever choose Blackwood over the dozens of other brunch restaurants that take reservations.

Rating: 🍾🍾🍾

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Chubby Noodle

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Chubby Noodle is the solution to all of your problems, if all of your problems consist of the fact that you can't decide between bottomless
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