Kate's Kitchen

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Kate's Kitchen 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... San Francisco United States 37.772099 -122.429886
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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

  • Metro:

    MUNI J, N Lines: Duboce Avenue & Church Street

  • Phone:

    415-626-3984

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  • Hours:

    M 9:30am–2:45pm, Tu–Su 8am–2:45pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot

Party Earth Kate's Kitchen Review

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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...

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.

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Tip from Emma:

‘The Mindy’ literally cures a hangover from the first bite. Crispy bacon bits smothered in cheddar cheese and nestled between mountains of golden fried hash browns – what could be better than that? Oh, and ask for the homemade apricot jam for the toast!

  • Crowd

    Mix of young Haight Street grunge kids, post-college hipsters, middle-aged hippies, hungover students, budget-conscious diners, families, and tourists. All ages.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Distant sounds of varying music emanate from the kitchen.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Breakfast and lunch menus featuring egg dishes, French toast, sandwiches, and gluten-free options. Cash only.

  • Prices

    Soups and salads $3–$7, sandwiches $6–$8, entrées $5.50–$9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, ripped jeans, flip-flops, university sweatshirts, whatever the patron fell asleep in the night before.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Weekend mornings before 11:30am for the biggest crowd, or early in the week for a relaxed breakfast or brunch.

  • Close By

    Squat & Gobble (237 Fillmore) serves savory crêpes for breakfast at prices not much higher than Kate’s.

Kate's Kitchen User Reviews

Average rating:
Delicious, high quality cuisine for both health nuts and hearty eaters.
Caroline K. Feb 22, 2013
Upon entering Kate's Kitchen, the customer is immediately greeted by a welcoming, friendly server and seated in the cozy little nook on Haight Street. Behind the counter is an almost overwhelming array of specials, from the ample vegetarian scramble (which varies depending upon seasonality of the produce) to pumpkin french toast. Fresh juices, like strawberry-blueberry-apple or an all green blend are easily customizable, as the accommodating servers will add or substitute fruits and veggies to satisfy the individual tastes of the diner. If you're watching your figure, there are plenty of healthy choices like the California Oatmeal, with fruit, nuts, and a bit of syrup or the Fruit Orgy. If you're not at all concerned with calories, then by all means go for a more traditional eggs and bacon type of meal. Though breakfast is served all day, a fantastic find for those of us who love the meal but hate to be out of bed before noon, the lunch options are also to die for. The spicy chicken sammy with a side of cole slaw is perfection, and whether or not you're a meat lover you'll have little to complain about after trying the slow roasted vegan soup (which comes with a delicious cheddar biscuit). Don't miss out on the strawberry banana lemon curd, a tangy dessert-like spread perfect for splitting with a friend as a sweet end to any meal. Though the check will seem small, your belly will feel full long into the day. Though it's easy to become distracted by the plethora of dining options popping up on Haight Street, the price tag and large portions make Kate's Kitchen an excellent choice for groups of friends seeking to suit an array of taste preferences and budgets. The sunny interior and quick meal delivery are also pros, though large crowds can make meals feel a bit hurried during brunch hours on the weekend. For a more relaxed and lengthy meal, try it on a weekday.
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