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Brunch Madness: (1) Plow Vs. (8) St. Francis Fountain

Theodore Gioia | March 21, 2014 | Story Restaurants

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. Yesterday, number three seed Mama's on Washington Square narrowly edged out number six seed Sweet Maple.

Winner: Plow 84%. Runner-Up: St. Francis Fountain 16%.

Today's match-up:

(1) Plow
Address: 1299 18th St. (at Texas St.)
Signature Dish: The Plow (two eggs, two lemon ricotta pancakes, crispy potatoes, and choice of house-made pork sausage, Nueske bacon, or chicken apple sausage)
Vibe: Clean, crisp, and crowded
Representative Patron: Everyone in San Francisco
Weakness: Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.

(8) St. Francis Fountain
Address: 2801 24th St. (at York St.)
Signature Dish: Chef's Mess
Vibe: Dive diner with a sense of irony—one of their most popular dishes is named the Nebulous Potato Thing
Representative Patron: Hipsters who want their coffee mugs bottomless and their potatoes to be called spuds
Weakness: Their signature dish is literally a mess

Do you prefer your pancakes with lemon ricotta or good old-fashioned Maple syrup? Do you prefer your breakfast potatoes crispy or nebulous? Can the Mission soda fountain upset the city's de facto brunch king? 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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