The Hills Are Alive

April 29, 2011

in restaurant, salads, travel

Today’s my day off – a.k.a. time to see my Bay Area Buddies!

First up was brunch with my college friend Shanti. We walked about a mile to a brunch place I had bookmarked to try.

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Forgot about all these darn hills in San Francisco!  I was definitely huffing and puffing.

Our journey took us into the heart of Chinatown…

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…through Little Italy…

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…to Mama’s on Washington Square, where a giant line had already formed:

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The wait was going to be an hour. Epic fail.

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We stumbled into the nearby Cafe Divine instead

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There were yummy-sounding eggs and waffles on the menu

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…but somehow I had moved on from the idea of breakfast when I let go of Mama’s

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I ordered the Arugula and Roasted Beet salad without goat cheese, but added chicken

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Came with a side of focaccia, which I had one piece of

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Dressing on the side too – though it was pretty thick so I just dunked my fork in between bites

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Shanti gave me a sample of her “Bennies from Heaven”

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Two poached eggs over smoked salmon and spinach, served on a house-baked cheddar scallion biscuit. Smothered with Hollandaise:

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It was awesome. All eggs benedict should be served on biscuits!

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My next date is coming up soon! Gotta go!

Cafe Divine on Urbanspoon

{ 12 comments }

1 Liz @ Tip Top Shape April 29, 2011 at 3:23 pm

I don’t blame you for bailing on Mama’s. An hour is a long time. At least you ended up someplace good!

2 Diane April 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm

If you like asian desserts pastries, you must try Golden Gate Bakery on Grant Ave.

http://www.yelp.com/biz/golden-gate-bakery-san-francisco

Especially their “dan ta” (egg tart)

Have a great time there!!

3 lowandbhold April 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

Sounds like a fun day off! I love focaccia!

4 sophia April 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Whoa, that must have been some place! Look at that line! I think I might have still waited, since I’m stubborn like that. ;p

5 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I highly recommend trying to go to Mama’s again- if you get there early you can avoid the wait. I went there had had some of the best french toast!

6 Ameena April 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I love SF! Despite the crazy lines for brunch. I don’t get it? There are a million amazing restaurants there. Why would people actually wait an hour??

7 George April 29, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I had to do the same thing a few months ago. I also went to Cafe Divine. yes…you must have the Dan Tat at Golden Gate Bakery on Grant Ave.

8 jaclyn@lifeoftodayslady April 30, 2011 at 6:44 am

Wowza! I definitely would not have waited for an hour either!! I want to visit San Fran just for brunch :)

9 Karla April 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Mama’s always has a super long wait, although I remember it being delicious!
Looks like you found a fine replacement though :)

10 joyo May 1, 2011 at 6:51 pm

WHOA. a biscuit??? SOLD.

11 Pure2raw twins May 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm

oh I remember the hills in SF….and that cafe sounds wonderful!!

12 LeQuan May 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Couldn’t help but notice how amazingly blue and beautiful that sky was in your first photo. Glad you had some time to meet up with your friend.

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