The Vestry SF Brunch is in a restaurant inside the Chapel, a large bar and music venue in the Mission on Valencia and 19th. If you’ve been there before, it’s likely been for dinner before a show, but if you go during the brunch hour it feels like a different place. There are big windows in the front that let in plenty of light, and it all feels airy and open. We got there around noon and they seated us right away; it was empty at first but pretty quickly filled up with large groups.
$16 with the purchase of food, no time limit – regular mimosas only, which come by the carafe. They were a little juice heavy but still quite drinkable. They also have Bloody Marys and Micheladas if you’re into that sort of thing, but those are $9 and $8 respectively.
I had been to dinner here before and the food there was excellent, so I had high expectations that were definitely met. I was feeling like something unhealthy, so I got the calzone, which was huge and delicious, with a crisp outer crust and excellent mozzarella in the middle. All of the portions were enormous, so I got to try some of their chicken and waffles and their french toast (which, looking at the menu now, appears to no longer be served) and both were amazing.
I closed with the affogato, which I highly recommend – espresso poured over a scoop of ice cream is a delicious pick me up post-mimosa.
Service was fine – our waitress wasn’t always around, but we had carafes for the bottomless and we were able to wave her down when we needed refills.
The Vestry SF brunch has a cool atmosphere and some great food. If you’re in the Mission, it’s definitely worth a visit.