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Breakfast at St. Francis Fountain - YUM!!! (long)

tom in sf | Jan 17, 200503:41 PM

Been searching for a breakfast place for my weekly outting to the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market (yes, an alternative, if you can imagine such a thing). My long-time fave is Chava's for chiliquilles. Mexican being major comfort food, para yo.

Speaking of which, I had ventured to La Palma anyway for tamales, a whole roasted chicken and some chipotle in adobo. Happened to walk past St. Francis and noticed how crowded it was around 11 am. Noticed a couple of the plates at the counter, too. Looked really good! Decided to return on Sunday.

I got there at 10 AM and sat at the counter. It was about a third full. Friendly waitresses. Young, spunky, tattoed. Ordered something called the Chef's Mess which turned out to be this yummy, cheesy, savory, chunky something-like-a-cross-between an omelette and a frittata that covered nearly half the plate. Potatoes, bacon, eggs, and two cheeses, with fresh tomatoes and green onions on top of sour cream. A one-inch slab of toasty south-o-the-border corn bread that tasted of cumin and chili, with the density of good pound cake. Low fat? fuggedaboudit.

Happy accident #1: A small metal cup of melting butter for the corn bread (it was leaning against the hot eggs).
Happy accident #2: A big pool of melty yummy cheese and stuff underneath the corn bread.

Coffee was forgettable, though not unpleasant. Served on retro plates (50's chuckwagon?), with retro music playing that might have been old Ruth Brown or Dinah Washington (purists please forgive). Place competely filled up to taking names on a list by 11 AM.

The retro stuff was great. Diner, big breakfast, good old-fashioned cooking, nice waitress, homey, great soulful music...and a pleasant surprise of a Boraxo dispenser in the WC!! Haven't seen that since I was a whole lot younger. Someone's paying attention to details.

Anyhoo...this place is definitely worth checking out. The menu looks really good - including waffles and tons of omelette combos. The corn bread alone is worth the trip. They have 4-top booths, a counter a few 2-tops and one big table in the back. Open everyday from 8 AM until 9 PM.

Not just for fountain stuff anymore, though their fountain stuff and retro candy selection are wonderful!!

I will be back.

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