San Francisco, CA 94110
SF Weekly's Description
There's something very clean about Universal Cafe, located in the part of the Mission where Potrero exerts a gravitational pull. Despite the industrial accents and workmanlike open kitchen, it's a warm clean, a Shaker clean, full of light and space and tradition. Its seasonal, carefully cooked fare is pure California - dishes like grilled flatbreads with bacon and arugula pesto, hand-cut pasta with leeks and ricotta, and grilled hanger steak with Meyer lemon butter. Brunch is even more buzzy than dinner, a long meal starting with coffee and housemade doughnuts (whatever they are, you should probably get them) and segueing into sandwiches and chorizo hash.
Tips from foursquare
You can't order wrong at Universal brunch. Standbys include the fruit plate, flatbread, banana bread, any egg dish...and of course, their seasonal bellini!
Dungeness Crab cakes with poached eggs...are you kidding me!?! So good!
Now these are some good french fries...they're #83 on 7x7's Big Eat SF 2010.
best brunch in the country. try the fruit plate and the soft scrambled eggs.
Everything is delicious, but if I had to single out one item it would be the banana bread.
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