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Sweet Maple, San Francisco CA

Home of the famous millionaire’s bacon, Sweet Maple is a breakfast and lunch joint you can’t pass up.  Everyone knows that, though, so make reservations when possible, show up early, or be prepared to wait for a table – and it’s worth it.  Nearly everything is fresh, local, and house-made, such as the millionaire’s bacon that requires four hours to cook!

snowed spinach scramble

snowed spinach scramble with herb roasted potato medley and ciabatta au levain toast

August’s stepmother selected the scramble of spinach and white cheddar.  August tried a bite, and can attest to the great texture of the egg and the slightest bit of give in the spinach.  Everyone had their own portion of the potato medley, and we all loved it.  The bold variety of cuts cuts was crispy yet tender in the center, perfectly salted, and accented by a great selection of herbs.

athenian omelette

athenian omelette (+ potatoes + toast)

August went towards the leafy greens as well, with a mushroom, arugula, and mild goat cheese omelette.  This was a delicious and perfectly cooked remix of her typical order; mushrooms are obligatory, but when restaurants don’t have goat cheese she’ll get Swiss, and spinach is the common green.  She likes stronger cheeses, but the mild goat cheese in this was a good level, or else any stronger would have overpowered the vegetables.  Toast isn’t that important to her, but she liked the style of ciabatta and the fact that it was very lightly toasted.

kimchi benedict

kimchi benedict (+ potatoes)

We all oohed and aahed when August’s dad’s kimchi benedict was brought out.  It began with a base of Thomas’ English muffin, then tofu, sauteed kimchi, poached eggs, chipotle hollandaise, and green onion.  He loves the spicier things in life, so this was just the thing for him.

marnier french toast

marnier french toast

Zach was the token sweet tooth at the table today.  He chose the inch-thick pain de mie french toast soaked in Grand Marnier batter, sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar, and served with house-made maple butter and pure maple syrup.  A crispy outside and fluffy tender center was the ideal mouth feel – not soggy, not dry, not overcooked, and not raw.  The mild orange flavor wasn’t overly sweet, and pure maple is always a treat.  Zach added two strips of millionaire’s bacon.  Sweet, smoky, mildly spicy, and fairly lean for being thick cut, the great flavor lives up to its name.  This is a rich bacon, you betcha.  The over-medium eggs he got extra were cooked as per requested, and he got the potatoes extra too since he wanted to try a different kind of breakfast potato he hadn’t before.  He was so inspired, after the Chocolate Salon, he bought the same mix of purple, red, and yellow from the Fort Mason Farmers Market.

Wow.  If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, this may well become one of your favorite restaurants.

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Posted on March 24, 2013, in Restaurants and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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