Oh, Mission Beach Cafe, if you were in New York, it’d be really bad news. And by bad news, I mean the best news. Gigantic goblets of Sparkling Wines with fresh squeezed juices, Cinnamon infused Iced Coffee and homemade English Muffins. Mission Beach Cafe’s brunch game is on a completely different level.
On a Friday morning around 10:30am, this San Francisco restaurant was packed. I guess in California people are able to actually brunch during the week with cocktails filling all of the tables and trendy, young twenty-somethings downing ridiculous, locally sourced grub.
You write your name on a list near the front and wait in the warm California sun. People walk up to the coffee bar, grabbing lattes in black matte branded mugs to sip while they wait.
While the crowds never seem to end, the turn over at Mission Beach Cafe is surprisingly fast. In no time, we were led to our table, right near the entrance to the kitchen. We watched the ridiculous looking plates of breakfast treats whiz past.
I tend to be drawn to breakfast hash, and when they make it with duck, my favorite protein, I’m immediately sold. However, my friend, Katie, who recommended Mission Beach raved about the breakfast sandwich. It took very little convincing for Leigh to agree to order their breakfast sandwich served on their homemade English Muffins. When our dishes arrived, I realized Leigh totally won the brunch battle.
This wasn’t your traditional hash since potatoes were replaced with butternut squash, giving a softer texture to the mix hidden beneath the eggs. The aioli was the most interesting component of the dish, with whole mustard seeds adding texture and burst of flavor to the eggs and duck. I wish there was a bit more texture and crunch to the dish to contrast with the heavy nature of the duck.
This breakfast sandwich, though. Holy brunch. This beauty completely puts all other breakfast sandwiches to shame. Bow down.
Put together… it looks like this.
Oh yeah. Planning your trip to San Fran for this? Me too. The homemade English Muffin puts the sandwich on a totally different level, having a light flakiness similar to that of a biscuit. It’s buttery, but firm holding up to the overflowing toppings found between. The aioli adds a creaminess to the eggs, with the sweet caramelized onions held in place by the melted white cheddar cheese. Simply put, this is breakfast sandwich perfection.
So when you are in San Francisco, head to Mission Beach Cafe, don’t even look at a menu. Just order the breakfast sandwich. Add bacon if you are feeling crazy. And you will be so happy. Grab an iced coffee, brewed with cinnamon while you are at it, and a giant goblet of Mimosa made with their fresh squeezed orange juice. I promise, you will not regret this for a second.
Mission Beach Cafe – 198 Guerrero Street – San Francisco, CA
Mission Beach Cafe
Location: San Francisco, CA
Type: American (Traditional)
Perfect For: Chronic Brunch, Casual Meal
Reservations: Not Accepted
Favorite Dishes: Breakfast Sandwich