Brunch Madness: (4) Zuni Cafe Vs. (5) Mission Beach Cafe

Theodore Gioia | March 24, 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. Last Friday, number one seed Plow beat number eight seed St. Francis Fountain.

Winner: Zuni Café 51%. Runner-Up: Mission Beach Cafe 49%.

Today's match-up:

(4) Zuni Café
Address: 1658 Market St.
Signature Dish: The Zuni Burger with house-ground beef, grilled rosemary focaccia, and Zuni pickles
Vibe: Open, airy, and expensive
Representative Patron: Anyone in search of what is arguably the city's greatest Bloody Mary
Weakness: The legendary roasted chicken isn't really brunch food

(5) Mission Beach Cafe
Address: 198 Guerrero St. (at 14th St.)
Signature Dish: Wild mushroom eggs benedict with spinach, caramelized onions, and truffle Mornay sauce
Vibe: Casual candle-light chic
Representative Patron: The sophisticated Missionite with money who like their French toast with lavender and their syrup bourbon rather than maple
Weakness: What's wrong with maple syrup?

Do you prefer to brunch on Market or Mission? Do you prefer top brunch at a cafe or a café? 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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