2/22/2013 04:06:00 PM

The New Brunch Bunch: 6 New Spots to Wake Up Your Morning Routine

Tired of your usual brunch routine (Boogaloos again)? You’re in luck. There’s a fresh batch of restaurants offering new and unusual midday meals and a few more in the works. Check ‘em out before the crowds discover them.

Rosa Mexicano: Beginning this weekend, the Downtown San Francisco outpost of this popular Mexican chain will be offering a limited run Desayuno Mexicano (aka Mexican breakfast) menu. Available during Saturday brunch, the special a la carte offerings will include fried eggs and carnitas hash, nopales con huevos and cinnamon-Cascabel chili stuffed French toast with caramelized plantains, along with spiked horchata drinks and pitchers of mezcal Bloody Marias. See the complete menu here (Available Saturdays brunch from 11:30AM-3PM  from February 22 through March 10, 30 Mission St; 415-874-4300). 

Ken Ken Ramen
 This Mission ramen joint is all the rage at night but starting this Sunday, it will be launching a traditional set Japanese brunch menu ($13) comprised of steamed rice, miso soup, grilled fish and various side dishes such as tamago, fried tofu and housemade Japanese pickles. Better still, the restaurant is offering a choice of alcoholic boba drinks from the Boba Guys such as spiked Jasmine and Boogie Beer (sake, beer, guava and boba) plus icy treats courtesy of Frozen Kuhsterd (Sundays, 11 AM-4PM, 3378 18th St; 415-967-2636).

Homeroom: There’s more than mac ‘n cheese at this nostalgia-themed Berkeley haunt now serving American-style weekend brunch. Okay, you can still order their regular cheesy goodness, along with a “breakfast mac” topped with a fried egg and bacon, but other new midday offerings include design-your-own omelets, French toast and sparkling mimosas (Saturday and Sundays, 11 AM- 3 PM, 400 40th St; 510-597-0400).

Prospect: Nancy Oake’s SoMa spot has always been a stealth go-to brunch spot –and one of the few that actually takes reservations – but it recently launched a new slate of hungry-man inspired midday menu items such as short rib and smoked potato hash, a fried chicken sandwich and the restaurant’s signature dish, “The Prospector”-- a true man's man meal featuring pork apple sausage, Vande Rose bacon, two eggs, corn skillet cakes and home fries (better plan on taking a nap afterwards). (Sundays 11 AM- 2:30 PM, 300 Spear St; 415-247-7770).

Coming Soon: 

Curry Up Now: This new Indian street food outpost on Valencia Street is still getting its sea legs but plans to launch weekend brunch service beginning on March 1. Offered all day, the menu will showcase traditional Indian breakfast favorites such as dosa, chana bhatura and pau bhaji, along with more traditional omelets. The new Mission eatery will become an even more enticing brunch destination when it finally gets its beer and wine license (slated for Saturdays and Sundays, 659 Valencia St, no phone as of yet).

Hillside Supperclub: It's not happening just yet, but Tony Ferrari and Jonathan Sutton, the young owners of this Bernal newcomer, tells us that they’ll be rolling out weekend brunch service starting on March 9. The hours and menu are still being finalized but the duo are psyched to introduce San Franciscans to some of their favorite hometown regional delicacies such as goetta, a German-style breakfast sausage that’s popular in Ferrari’s native Cincinnati, and eggs with coji berry sauce, a specialty found on Sutton’s hometown Lopez Island that’s made with cocoa nibs, coji berries and vinegar. In addition, the duo is toying with adding dishes such as rabbit hash and interesting pancake or waffle dishes to the half-page brunch menu (slated for Saturdays and Sundays, 300 Precita Ave; 415-285-6005).

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