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Brunch at Lettus Organic Cafe (Marina District, San Francisco)

Melanie Wong | Apr 10, 2006 03:34 PM

Recent mention of where to find lemon ricotta pancakes made me think once again about trying the version at the new Lettüs Organic in the Marina. However, my own indolence and inertia had a firmer grip and it was easier to stay in my fuzzy robe and sink into the couch watching PBS cooking shows.

Then the phone rang and my friend said, "I was headed to A16 for a pizza, but it's closed. The Marina is foreign territory and I'm lost for where to eat." I took this as a sign that I really was supposed to have lemon ricotta pancakes this weekend and agreed to join him. He headed off to secure a table and order pancakes for me, while I hauled myself over there.

A lovely Mimosa cocktail was waiting for me. Coffee was good and strong too, rich but mellow enough for me to drink black. I liked the substantial coffee cups.

His omelet was browner and crispier than I would prefer, but I liked the filling especially the luscious goat cheese. Home fries scented with rosemary could have used a little more time on the griddle to be less firm. The ketchup and hot sauce helped out.

My order turned out to be the day's special, strawberry pancakes. Doughy and bland heavy pancakes studded with lots of underripe, hard strawberries. More sugar, more butter, more eggs, don't know what could have given these some flavor. The side of fruit included thin slices of mushy and flavorless apple, some decent pear, and a piece of juicy pink grapefruit. I found the maple syrup odd with a greenish tinge and much thicker and less sweet than any maple syrup I've had before. Maybe I'm not familiar with organic maple syrup, but this had less maple-y taste and more of a molasses or sorghum syrup character. That aside, my friend had managed to order up some beautiful blue skies and sunshine for the time we had our sidewalk table.

Service was unsteady. There's a chain prototype feeling to the place with not much individual personality in the setting or the food despite the ex-Millenium, ex-Roxanne's, ex-Mecca executive chef, Sascha Weiss.

Still, the woman at the table next to us said her lemon ricotta pancakes were awesome and I might go back for them. What else do 'hounds recommend here?

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 7:30am-11pm
Sat & Sun: 8am-11pm

3352 Steiner Street@ Chestnut
San Francisco, CA 94123
Tel 415 931 2777
Fax 415 931 2719
Email contact@lettusorganic.com

Link: http://www.lettusorganic.com/about_mi...

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