We know there’s no better start to the weekend than sitting down to a hearty brunch with friends (and maybe a bloody mary or two).
But loaded French toast? Please. In San Francisco, we know how to do brunch right — the healthy way. Because who needs to spend the rest of their weekend regretting that double cheeseburger when you could be filling and fueling up with the good stuff?
We’ve put together a list of our favorite healthy brunch spots that even your dad could jive with. So, treat yourself to that $15 avocado toast — after yoga or not (we’re not judging).
Are your parents in town or are you trying for a fancy brunch for that special person in your life? Greens is the way to go. (And who can’t love a place called Greens?) This Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant at Fort Mason offers up delicious seasonal specials like Potato Masa Harina Griddle Cakes. And Greens overlooks the San Francisco Marina, so here, you’ll be noshing on mouth-watering eats as you enjoy spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands.
Three words: vegan Mexican brunch. Yeah, we thought it wasn’t possible either. Treat yourself to Potato and (tempeh) Chorizo Hash, Biscuits with Mushroom Gravy, or Plantain French Toast at this plant-based Mission fave. And forget about a bloody mary, here, you can order up a bloody maria (featuring vegan worcestershire) to go with your brunch! Don’t worry, they’ve got mimosas, too.
Headed to a Giants day game? Pop into Cafe Reveille for brunch before you head to the stadium (which is walking distance from this Mission Bay spot). Start off with a breakfast salad full of kale and topped with bacon and a poached egg, or go traditional with an egg sando or pancakes made with oat flour and topped with toasted coconut. It’s the weekend, so order a mimosa too!
If you’re craving a plant-based brunch, look no further than Nourish Cafe in the Richmond District. It’s within walking distance of Yoga Tree, so grab your buds for a yoga + brunch date this weekend. Brace yourself: their almond butter and nutella is in-house. They even have gluten-free bread, if that’s your thing. Looking for something more savory? Go for the Nourish Bowl filled to the brim with veggies and topped with a healthy serving of homemade hummus and sliced avocado.
If you’re craving a bit more of a hearty brunch, look no further than Plow in Potrero Hill. This farm-to-table minimalist restaurant takes the idea of shopping local seriously. How seriously? They source all of their ingredients and materials from the Bay Area. And if you’re able to snag a seat, check out Annie’s almond flour pancakes — they’re to die for.
Farm : Table
This quaint, micro-cafe specializing in local, sustainable, and homemade ingredients is our favorite Lower Nob Hill brunch spot. You’ll want to make sure to order the seasonal toast for the table (topped with a rainbow of fruits for your Instagramming pleasure), and one or two of their gluten-free pastries. Oh, and go ahead and bring your best friend (your dog), Farm : Table is pet friendly!
We’ve waxed poetic about this Australian -transplant before, but it’s just *that* good. You don’t need to wait for the weekend to brunch here — stop by their Union Square or Financial District locations any day of the week and scoop up their avo toast, bowls, and wellness lattes. Both locations are awesome, but small, so on the weekend, we’re partial to their FiDi digs — it gets slightly less foot traffic, so there’s less chance you’ll miss out on your favorite brunch eats.
Make your way to Little Gem for a brunch menu that you’ll still be drooling over come Monday. You won’t find any glutens, dairy, or refined sugar here. Just delicious, allergy-friendly eats. If you’re an omnivore, go for the Wagyu Brisket Hash. And the quinoa and almond flour pancakes are on point, especially when topped with coconut cream. The light and airy space (which means you’ll catch whiffs of your neighbor’s amazing breakfast too) is perfect for the mandatory top-down brunch photo.
Le Marais Bakery
Who would have thought that a bakery would be considered a “healthy” brunch spot? Le Marais has the perfect combination of healthy indulgences. Besides the typical egg-based brunch meal, they also have the option to create your own bowl filled with housemade granola, chia seeds, and fresh fruit to your liking. With their multiple locations around the city, you’re bound to score a seat, even on the weekends.
Jane on Fillmore
Your weekend schedule should read, “Date with Jane” every single weekend. It’s that good. Jane on Fillmore is always packed on the weekends but you can expect a delicious and healthy brunch that’s worth the wait. Their quiche of the day, chia pudding, and avocado toast give us a whole new meaning for life. Bonus: They also serve Stumptown Coffee and blend their own chai (which might be one of the best in the city).
San Francisco’s Ocean Beach might be cold and windy, but you should probably warm up at this vegan and gluten-free spot in the Outer Sunset with a plate full of pancakes topped with maple syrup. Judahlicious has something for almost any brunch day. You’ll find us elbow deep in their acai waffle, topped with banana, strawberries, granola, and honey — perfect for when it’s a little too chilly for an acai bowl.
The Plant Cafe Organic
With five locations within SF city limits alone, we’re positive you’ll be able to find a healthy brunch from The Plant Cafe Organic. There are gluten-free options like huevos rancheros and a power bowl full of brown rice, roasted veggies, and a poached egg or vegan options like a basil pesto tofu scramble and our personal favorite, avocado toast. And if you want to booze, bloody mary’s and mimosas are available.
This tiny, South Beach café has all that you need for a healthy brunch: avo toast, housemade muesli, and kale salad that makes you never want to leave. The spot is pretty small, and has a no-frills vibe about it, but that doesn’t make the food any less worth it.
Brunching and waiting in line go hand-in-hand. So get in line early at Basik Cafe on Polk Street for the best acai bowl in the city. They have seven signature bowls, eight signature smoothies, and a seasonal acai bowl on the menu. If you’re cramming for a long day, go for the Banyan (blended with peanut butter for extra staying power) or indulge in the Drifter (blended with cocoa powder for a happy, healthy soul).