Ok chowhounds, riddle me this.
Why is stacks (any location) packed every Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, and Il Fornaio never full?
1. Prices are about the same for breakfast items, perhaps even less expensive at Il Fornaio.
2. Breakfast items are much better at Il Fornaio
3. Il Fornaio has drinkable drip coffee and will make espresso drinks. Stacks coffee is horrible (weak *and* poor quality) and (I think) no espresso machine. I may be wrong about the espresso machine - I rarely drink it so I haven't looked.
4. The SF Il Fornaio has the lovely outside patio area.
My theory is:
a) people don't think of Il Fornaio as a breakfast place.
b) Il Fornaio LOOKS expensive: white tablecloths, nice decor, marble floor tiles, etc.
Has anyone else noticed this? Any dissenting opinions?