3499 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Your brunch-loving dog wants to be treated to some Millionaire’s Bacon this weekend—thick and candied to every pork lover’s liking, only found at the Castro favorite, Kitchen Story. You know it’s good when it’s one of San Francisco’s most Instagrammed restaurants, with shots capturing the revelry that comes with their bottomless mimosas alongside impressive plates.
Any time from 8 AM to 3 PM, you can sit down to brunch and feel like you’re at grandma’s house…if your grandma was super chic. The space tucks in tons of books (hence the name), wooden tables, antiques, and the smell of their (almost) famous bacon. The patio, where you and the four-legged one will be dining, is no different; you’ll be served massive portions among an intimate atmosphere. Its snug space is ideal for you, Fido, and a few friends—and cozy even if it’s a foggy Bay Area kind of day, with overhead heaters, and a nice amount of shade for the pup’s belly if it’s on the warmer side.
The weekends are always packed, as you might’ve inferred, but there’s always the option to have a drink from the bar while you wait (the Bloody Mary has a bacon garnish, of course). Or, pop in on a weekday to avoid to hustle.
When you finally sit down, go nonsensible with one of the right-amount-of-rich benedicts, hotcakes, or scrambles. Many have a touch of Asian influence with fried rice-bedded omelettes or pork belly offerings, which are even more apparent in their lunch and dinner fare. When you don’t want to fight the brunch crowds, stop in for a robust menu featuring pad thai, kobe, noodle soups, curries, and tofu. It’s equally Instagram worthy.
But really, you want to come by for the brunch grub. The rainbow roasted potatoes and bacon are up for grabs from the paws down under. Check this brunch experience off the list because…well, candied bacon. Enough said.
Best for: bacon beggars, brunch snobs, mimosa sippers, Castro canines