The Essential Brunches of San Francisco

These places have the vibes, the food, and the drinks to turn any hangover around

Oh, you’re not that into brunch, you say? Then you must not have lived in San Francisco very long. Indulging in the weekend meal is more or less a sport in the city, something that locals, and the restaurants that cater to them, take as seriously as comparing yoga classes and complaining about Muni.

Neighborhood Hawaiian Goes Modern Tasting Menu

Aina’s chef is diving deeper into his Hawaiian roots

Not all Hawaiian brunch pop-ups can make it to brick-and-mortar status. Not all Hawaiian brunch pop-ups seamlessly add dinner and lunch to the lineup. And not all Hawaiian brunch pop-ups add a tasting menu at the chef’s counter. But ‘aina has proven that its transition to permanent neighborhood restaurant is the natural extension of chef Jordan Keao’s natural ability to educate diners on Hawaiian culture, while deftly delighting them with flavorful, authentic food.

The San Francisco Brunch Heatmap: Where to Brunch NOW, August 2017

1 'āina

A brunch hit that's expanded for dinner but maintained its foothold in the weekend daytime service game, 'āina serves island favorites with a twist: Think kalbi loco moco and spam musubi "ssam style." Low ABV cocktails are fresh and fun additions for daytime drinking, including options such as a take on the uber popular Hawaiian shave ice.

Where to Eat and Drink in the Dogpatch

There's a lot more than sunshine and water views to love about this neighborhood

Once upon a time, the Dogpatch, a working class neighborhood on the eastside of the city, was home to canning factories, shipyards, warehouses, and lots of wild fennel fields. The latter is perhaps where its name comes from, as there were "patches" of dogfennel everywhere, though it may also be because of the wild dogs that used to roam there. Either way, because neighborhoods like Potrero Hill and the Mission started spilling over their boundaries, this one gritty area has transformed in recent years and is now an easily walkable — it's flat! — place full of artists, green spaces, local shops, and new construction, as well as some of the city's oldest houses that survived the 1906 earthquake and stunning water views.

San Francisco's 2017 Michelin Bib Gourmands, Mapped

It's that time of year again, as the Michelin inspectors bestow the city's best restaurants with the sparkling French star rankings. But before any stars are given out, the Bib Gourmands have been announced. The Bibs are awarded to restaurants offering "exceptional good food at moderate prices," which means a much bigger pool of candidates, and a confounding mix of price points that expand upon the definition of "moderate." (Kokkari Estiatorio and Tacos Sinaloa aren't exactly comparable, price-wise.)

‘Āina's Shave-Ice Style Cocktail Is the One to Order

It's like your favorite childhood treat, but with alcohol

Starting today you can get your aloha spirits on—€”literally—by imbibing one of newly opened ‘āina's cocktails. The Hawaii-inspired pop-up-turned-brick-and-mortar just opened its doors in the Dogpatch today, and with it brings slew of playful low-ABV drinks.

Enter 'Āina's Light and Airy World, Where It's Always Hawaiian Island Time

The new Dogpatch spot has Hawaiian brunch five days a week

Yet another pop-up goes permanent with the arrival of 'āina, now open in the Dogpatch with Hawaiian brunch five days a week. From chef Jordan Keao comes a menu full of dishes sure to be quickly popular on Instagram, like taro French toast — with taro bread overnighted from Punalu’u Bakery in Hawaii — and housemade spam musubi. And while the food is beautiful, it’s also very meaningful to the Hawaiian-born Keao.

'āina's Hipster Hawaiian Brunch Menu Will Please You Greatly

All the greats are there: doughnuts, crispy potatoes, French toast, loco moco, hash and more

Hawaiian brunch pop-up 'āina is ready to open its Dogpatch brick-and-mortar to the public this Wednesday, April 27, and it’s peeking its menu now to get people excited. And it’s working, because the menu is dripping with the kind of food that reads like a Hawaiian hipster’s free-association of what brunch can possibly be.