Family Weekend Brunch Favorites

A Little Yumminess - San Francisco Bay Area
October 8, 2013

Brunch is a favorite meal for many families over the weekend, as it takes care of two meals in one and is a chance to mix up the everyday routine.  At the really popular spots below, where lines start forming at the typical brunch hour, one can head out relatively early with the kids (since the children are awake anyway and sleeping in a thing of the past) and enjoy having the restaurant to yourselves. Below are some top-notch brunch places all over San Francisco that offer a taste of the rich diversity of our city by the Bay.

Out the Door 

Once you try Out the Door you will be returning regularly for steaming, satisfying bowls of Vietnamese pho and chicken porridge. The chicken bun (bao) and daikon radish cakes served for weekend brunch are not to be missed and will a huge hit with the little ones. There are two locations in the city—one in Pacific Heights and the other at the Ferry Building.

Yank Sing 

Yank Sing is the "grand-daddy" of all dim-sum places in San Francisco, and on the weekends both downtown San Francisco locations are overflowing with families. It's like a trip to the giant dim sum places in Hong Kong, right in our backyard. Yank Sing runs like a well-oiled machine and is bustling and loud, making it perfect for families.

Children will enjoy picking what they like from the carts that roll by. In addition, this dim sum restaurant has some fun variations on regular dim sum choices, like goldfish shaped dumplings.  For a sweet treat, the delicious egg custard tarts are delightful, and you must pull a few off a cart.  After your dim sum brunch, you can waddle over to the Ferry Building Marketplace to enjoy either the Saturday Farmer's Market or the many ferry boats plying the Bay.

Mission Bowling Club 

Bowling and brunch is a match made in heaven for families. The Mission Bowling Club feeds you well and allows you to have some fun as well at the same time. Bowling alley food is usually never the main draw, but at this spot, the menu is a large part of the appeal. Think loco-moco, biscuits and gravy, and fried chicken and waffles—all very tasty and quite gourmet. Throw in some bowling, and you have the perfect family outing.

Brenda's French Soul Food 

Life is always a little better with some New Orleans' food in your life. Brenda's specializes in the yumminess of Creole food, and their beignets are out-of-this-world good. The beignets come plain or in three other flavors: chocolate, Granny Smith apple and crawfish. If indecision sets in, get the "beignet flight," which as the name suggests is a sampling of each type. The other options will not disappoint either, but the beignets are a must if you have kids in tow. Brenda's gets busy in a hurry, so head there early to avoid the long waiting times.

San Jalisco

Mexican food is ubiquitous to the San Francisco dining scene and brunch from South of the Border is a nice twist on the usual brunch options. While other brunch spots are swarming with people, one can get in quite easily to San Jalisco for a rather satisfying and tasty breakfast. The prices are inexpensive, and everyone will love the huevos rancheros, chilaquiles, and omelets with Mexican ingredients.


To really mix it up and enjoy an Indian brunch, head to one of the two locations of Dosa, a South Indian restaurant. Omelets and other egg dishes are given an Indian twist with the addition of spices, tomatoes, cilantro and onion. Have the adventurous kids try a dosa, which is savory crepe that is served plain or stuffed with vegetables. They also serve fun Indian sandwiches called "Frankies". Dosa is the place to check out for a family brunch adventure if you want to try something new and expose your children to a whole new cuisine.


If you are looking for a traditional brunch option, Plow in Potrero Hill truly stands out. There is nothing ordinary about this uber-delicious brunch and lunch spot. They specialize in breakfast and brunch food, and they do it incredibly well. Their lemon ricotta pancakes will turn even the most ardent pancake-hater into a huge fan. Their philosophy of preparing seasonal, simple and super tasty food sourced from local farms really shines through. This is a genuine San Francisco gem, just get there early or the wait will be ridiculously long!




Stacie Dong and Simran Singh are San Francisco moms with a passion for cooking, eating and exploring the world through food. On their blog, A Little Yumminess, they share recipes from around the world, favorite foodie destinations and ideas for bringing up adventurous eaters. In addition they teach kids' classes and camps throughout the year and are also available for private workshops and events. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.



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