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Brunch Madness: (3) Mama's on Washington Square Vs. (6) Sweet Maple

Theodore Gioia | March 20, 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 two seed Nopa beat number seven seed Dottie's True Blue Cafe.

Winner: Mama's on Washington Square 55%. Runner-Up: Sweet Maple 45%.

Today's match-up:

(3) Mama's on Washington Square
Address: 1701 Stockton St. (at Filbert St.)
Signature Dish: "Our Famous" Monte Cristo
Vibe: Old-fashioned hospitality—so old-fashioned they don't take credit cards
Representative Patron: Tourists and locals with a few hours to kill by waiting in line
Weakness: If they haven't discovered the credit card yet can they really win a Internet poll?

(6) Sweet Maple
Address: 2101 Sutter St. (at Steiner St.)
Signature Dish: Millionaire's Bacon (baked with brown sugar, sprinkled with red and black pepper)
Vibe: Small-town friendly
Representative Patron: The eater who's not down to wait in the line for Mama's
Weakness: Does brown sugar and two types of pepper really make bacon worthy of a millionaire?

Can the four-year-old Pac Heights upstart beat the half-century North-Beach institution. Do you prefer your French toast deep fried or house baked? Can the Bacon Millionaire beat Mama? Vote here to let us know your pick. 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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