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Brunch Madness: (1) Foreign Cinema Vs. (8) The Butler and the Chef

Theodore Gioia | March 17, 2014 | Food & Drink Story Eat and Drink

Who has the best brunch in the city? Our first ever Brunch Bracket pits sixteen of the city's most popular brunch spots in a single elimination, fight-to-the-death tournament. Our food editor Rebecca Flint Marx seeded the contenders, but it's your votes that decide who wins. Every weekday, you'll have a chance to vote on the day's matchup until we decide our ultimate winner.

Winner: Foreign Cinema 95%. Runner-Up: The Butler and the Chef 5%.

Today's match-up:

(1) Foreign Cinema
Address: 2534 Mission St. (near 21st St.)
Signature Dish: Balsamic Fried Eggs
Vibe: Self-consciously chic—industrial European meets Modernist hipster
Representative Patron: The city cognoscenti who enjoys name-dropping Bergman but won't sit through his movies
Weakness: Is Oaxacan style calamari and Tunisian mixed grill too much for the Sunday brunch crowd?

(8) The Butler and the Chef
Address: 155 S. Park Ave. (near 3rd St.)
Signature Dish: Niman Ranch ham Eggs Benedict
Vibe: Cute Paris bistro without the Parisians
Representative Patron: The bubbly girlfriend in a long-term relationship who uses emoticons in emails and spells amazing "amaaaaaaaazing"
Weakness: Traditional sometimes equals boring

Do you prefer to start your Sunday mornings with $3.50 oysters or $3.50 croissants? Can the neighborhood bistro pull off the upset against the Mission powerhouse? The poll will be open for 24 hours, so jump onto Twitter and Facebook to rally your friends!

Follow along with the full bracket here.

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