Last week two different people suggested I try Dottie’s True Blue Cafe in San Francisco. When two people in one week suggest a restaurant it must be good! Since I haven’t had the chance to go yet, I asked my Twitter friend Neil from solidcode.com (who was one of the people who recommended Dottie’s) if he’d be willing to write a guest post about his breakfast experience at Dottie’s. I plan to try Dottie’s soon!
On a recent Sunday morning at 8:15am, I checked-out of my Union-Square-area hotel, and asked the desk clerk where to go to get a great local breakfast. The recommendation: Dottie’s — just a few blocks away. So I headed over that way, and just as I turned the corner, from O’Farrell onto Jones, I see this line of about 20 people waiting. Really?
Ok. So I get in line. A long 60 minutes later, I advance to about 8th in line. This is crazy. But I’m thinking this place must certainly be worth waiting for. Then, out of nowhere, this guy comes out and says, “I’ve got 1 available at the counter.” And I’m the first single in the line.
The moment I walked in I knew this was something special. The layout: 4 stools at the counter (all in front of the busy grill), 4 4-tops, and about 4 2-tops. Small, cozy, and rockin’. There is a chalkboard with the days specials — about 10 or so — as well as a huge menu of incredible breakfast comfort goodness.
Wanting to keep it simple, I ordered some combo that came with juice, coffee, scrambled eggs, toast, and thick-sliced bacon. Never really thought much about toast. This was thick-sliced from a dense homemade loaf, buttered, and toasted. That was probably the BEST toast I’ve ever had! Everything on the plate was fantastic. Simple, but outstanding. The (regular) customer next to me recommended the homemade cinnamon roll. Couldn’t do it. But it looked incredible! I had confidence that ANY item on the menu would have been fantastic.
If you go there on a Sunday morning, go early, or be prepared to wait. I would totally recommend Dottie’s as one of the best breakfast joints I’ve ever been to. – Neil Simon, solidcode.com
Dottie’s True Blue Cafe
522 Jones St. (between Geary St & O’Farrell St)
San Francisco, CA 94102
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