Mama’s on Washington Square, San Francisco
As the old saying goes, “good things come to those who wait.” Or should I say, “good things come to those who wait in line at Mama’s on Washington Square?” One of San Francisco’s most raved-about brunch spots, Mama’s in North Beach is known for its French Toast Sampler, Monte Cristo Sandwich and outrageously long lines. On an average weekend, the wait alone can take upwards of an hour or two.
Luckily, during some staycation time between Christmas and New Year’s, I was able to head over to Mama’s on a weekday and squeeze in after only 45 minutes. Once inside, the ambiance is adorable as can be. With the true warmth of a mother’s kitchen and décor reminiscent of a country cottage, I felt immediately at home.
There’s something about waiting in line for an extended period of time that makes you feel as though you’ve really earned your brunch, so I decided to splurge for the Dungeness Crab Benedict with Fresh Spinach, and my brunch partner-in-crime went for the good old fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes. By the time we ordered it was well past noon, so we even treated ourselves to Mama’s “Spiked” Lemonade (Sauvignon Blanc swirled with Fresh Lemonade and Soda) and a Fresh-Squeezed Mimosa.
So the question is, was it worth it? In a word, yes.
Mama’s truly is all it’s cracked up to be. If you ever find yourself in SF with a few hours to kill, head there for brunch. You won’t be disappointed.
Hint, hint: I’ve heard that Liguria Bakery across the street from Mama’s makes unbelievable focaccia bread and capitalizes on the impatient hunger of Mama’s hopefuls, who often head over for a snack to pass the time before getting in for brunch.
Mama’s on Washington Square
1701 Stockton St.
San Francisco, CA
Open 8am – 3pm