Biked out to this spot at 48th and Judah today for brunch with a friend. Can't remember how I heard about it, maybe read about it somewhere. It's by the same folks who own the Java Beach coffeehouse a couple blocks down. The menu looked enticing (chicken and waffles, breakfast scrambles, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, pour-over coffee that they roast themselves--their website says "The kitchen favors simple, family favorites" and that's exactly how I'd describe it, and that's the kind of food I like), plus I'm always looking for breakfast/brunch spots out that way to give me an excuse for a bike ride.
Got there around 11/11:15am, and it was packed, but the line moved at a comfortable pace and tables turned over enough that we had no trouble sitting down. Service was excellent, other than my asking for as BIG a glass for my tea as possible and them bringing out a teacup. (Maybe they just don't have large glasses?) But they earned extra points for giving me a little plastic cup of pepper from the kitchen when no pepper shakers were available for our table.
I got the mushroom and Gruyere breakfast scramble, which came with two of the house hashcakes. The hashcakes needed lots of salt, but I loved the Gruyere in the scramble, which was cooked perfectly to my liking (they call it "medium hard" on their menu). My friend had the sausage and bacon breakfast burrito, and she said it was really good. She also said her coffee was really good--I think she got the Columbian? (She's a professional cook/recipe developer/food writer, so if she says something's good, it's good.) And despite the crowds we got our food pretty quickly.
I grabbed a blueberry scone before we left, and I didn't love it, but only because it was in the less-sweet style and I'm a sugar fiend. But I would go back here in a heartbeat for the welcoming, beach-y vibe (lots of outdoor tables and dogs), plus there are more things on the menu I need to try, like the Smoked Salmon Sunrise breakfast dish or the Tofu Sunset sandwich.
Beachside Coffee Bar and Kitchen
48th and Judah, SF