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Five great new brunch menus

Jan Newberry | April 23, 2012 | Food & Drink Story Restaurants Eat and Drink

Nick’s Cove
There’s nothing quite like starting the day with a dozen on the half shell, particularly when your table overlooks Tomales Bay. Brunch here is custom-made for local-seafood lovers, with dishes like Dungeness crab Benedict and champagne-steamed mussels. 23240 Hwy. 1, Marshall, 415-663-1033

Bacon and eggs lose their luster once you get used to a Japanese breakfast of rice, pickles, and fish. Now, Greg Dunmore brings the tradition to his Hayes Valley izakaya with a menu that includes miso-glazed trout, miso soup with maitake mushrooms, and soy carrot pickles. 231 Franklin St., S.F., 415-896-4587

Park Tavern
Anna Weinberg and Jennifer Puccio’s latest see-and-be-seen spot now has the city’s top power brunch. Just don’t get so distracted by the polenta cakes with truffle salsa verde and the Boozy Smoothie that you fail to notice Willie Brown dining at the next table. 1652 Stockton St., S.F., 415-989-7300

State Bird Provisions
Dim sum has always been a popular
brunch, but it’s no longer limited to pork buns and braised chicken feet. At Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski’s new restaurant, caramelized pain perdu and nested egg with green-garlic bread, burrata, and tomato fondue arrive on trays and coffee comes in the form of an ice-cream sandwich. 1529 Fillmore St., S.F., 415-795-1272

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
It wasn’t long ago that pastrami and eggs with rye was as hard to find in San Francisco as a Checker cab on Market Street. But now that Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman have opened their East Coast–style deli, the city is lining up for their classic noshes, like lox and eggs, noodle kugel, and chocolate egg cream. 3150 24th St., S.F., 415-787-3354


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