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Saturday Brunching

Sunday brunch: something just seems a bit off lately. Bloody Mary. Yawn. French toast. Snore. But let’s not get crazy and abandon brunch outright. We have a two-word suggestion that may just shake you out of your rut: Saturday brunch. And for added effect: a list of super-busy Sunday spots where Saturday exists on a whole new wavelength.

Foreign Cinema

Foreign Cinema

Foreign Cinema’s homemade huckleberry pop-tarts, oysters and brown-sugar-smoked bacon pack the house every Sunday (two versions of the Bloody Mary help). Saturdays are the same tented courtyard brunch, but with about 100 fewer people.

One More Thing: You can get Foreign Cinema’s brunch next door at Laszlo, too.

A 13-Hour Affair at Cotogna

A 13-Hour Affair at Cotogna

This little Italian joint isn’t even open on Sundays, so stop in early on Saturday (before the market crowds) for Bombolini with limoncello dipping sauce and Duck Hash with Soft-Poached Eggs. Staying beyond daylight isn’t out of the question.

One More Thing: They’re open through dinner, which means drinks and pizzas until midnight.

11am-3pm (bar and Il Forno till midnight), Cotogna, 490 Pacific Ave, 415-775-8508



Somehow you’ve kept this upscale, 20-seat diner near Union Square off the tourist beat. Duck in for Blueberry French Toast and the Chupacabra (think: Mexican pulled-pork scramble). You might want to run this back on Sunday...

One More Thing: They open at 8am—basically a late-night option for you.

8am-2pm, Canteen, 817 Sutter St (at Jones), 415-928-8870



Sundays attract bigger groups, making Saturday the only day when you can walk into this Roman-influenced nook without a wait. (Even better when eggs with crispy pig’s ears and pig ragu with bacon spaghetti are the reward.)

One More Thing: The chef’s counter is closed during brunch, but the bar’s closer to the prosecco anyway.

11am-2:30pm, SPQR, 1911 Fillmore St (at Bush), 415-771-7779



It’s rare to encounter an empty seat here, but since brunch isn’t on everyone’s radar yet, it takes time before the bar fills up. Start there with a Blue Bottle Martini—beats a Blue Bottle non-martini every time.

One More Thing: The bar and communal table are open for your cocktailing pleasure through dinner.

11am-2:30pm (bar till 1am), Nopa, 560 Divisadero St (at Hayes), 415-864-8643



Keep it traditionally South Indian and skip eggs for dosa. But don’t miss the Bloody Mary Curry—while curry leaves and green chilies are authentic, the cocktail isn’t necessarily an Indian staple. Yet.

One More Thing: The Valencia location applied for a full liquor license, but until it’s approved, head to Fillmore for the strong stuff.

11:30am-3pm, Dosa, 1700 Fillmore St, 415-441-3672; 995 Valencia St, 415-642-3672

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