Party Earth Review Located on one of San Francisco’s most recognized streets – in an area stereotypically known for its flower children and free love revolutionists – Kate’s Kitchen is a hopping Haight Street hangout with big breakfasts... ... read full review
471 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
MUNI J, N Lines: Duboce Avenue & Church Street
M 9:30am–2:45pm, Tu–Su 8am–2:45pm
The Haight, San Francisco –
Located on one of San Francisco’s most recognized streets – in an area stereotypically known for its flower children and free love revolutionists – Kate’s Kitchen is a hopping Haight Street hangout with big breakfasts and puny price tags.
Catering to hippies and hungover college kids alike, the small but diverse menu is rich with savory organic pancakes and veggie sandwiches, while at the same time dishing out thick-cut bacon and gravy-covered biscuits for anyone in need of a little grease.
Early risers from young families to old regulars pile into the single-room diner shortly after the doors open, and it isn’t long before the red- and white-checkered tablecloths are covered with stacks of gluten-free pancakes or the Kitchen’s signature French Toast Orgy.
Frequently full but rarely rowdy, the cozy joint is filled with conversation and the clinking of empty plates throughout the day. Lines can get long due to limited seating, but that doesn’t stop bleary-eyed twenty-somethings from suffering the wait in the hopes of coating their stomachs with a meat omelet and a mug of coffee.
A large black chalkboard along the back wall touts the latest meals and deals, with little else decorating the tiny space save for a giant mural of the U.S. frontier.
Early morning or mid-afternoon, Kate’s Kitchen is an essential stop for those in need of a robust meal or the perfect kick-start to a long day.
Mix of young Haight Street grunge kids, post-college hipsters, middle-aged hippies, hungover students, budget-conscious diners, families, and tourists. All ages.
Distant sounds of varying music emanate from the kitchen.
Breakfast and lunch menus featuring egg dishes, French toast, sandwiches, and gluten-free options. Cash only.
Soups and salads $3–$7, sandwiches $6–$8, entrées $5.50–$9.
Casual: t-shirts, ripped jeans, flip-flops, university sweatshirts, whatever the patron fell asleep in the night before.
Weekend mornings before 11:30am for the biggest crowd, or early in the week for a relaxed breakfast or brunch.
Squat & Gobble (237 Fillmore) serves savory crêpes for breakfast at prices not much higher than Kate’s.