I don’t know when Plow in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill became popular for brunch, but there’s no denying that it’s white hot right now.
I’ve seen this quaint neighborhood restaurant mentioned often for its brunch, and when I visited this weekend with my friend Craig, we were quoted a wait time of 60 to 90 minutes. And that was at 10 a.m.
Thankfully, several people before us were put off by the long wait and gave up. So we were able to get in a tad under an hour’s wait.
The spot, owned by Joel Bleskacek and Maxine Siu who met working at Oakland’s Oliveto restaurant, has classic brunch offerings like pancakes, French toast, and eggs benedict – but presented in perfect execution and clean presentation. It was like homey, refined brunch.
For example, Craig’s French toast ($13) was a generous slice of bread topped with caramelized apples and marscapone. He said the fluffy but spongey texture was perfect in absorbing the maple syrup.
My dish of cider-brined pork chop with eggs ($16) was a filling plate of the best pork chop I’ve eaten for awhile, with tender meat from the brining. I got my eggs poached, which provided a nice yolk sauce to blend with the pork. But I was equally excited about the side of house potatoes, made by boiling them first, then squashing them almost into florets, and flash-frying them in rice oil. They were perfection.
Despite my huge platter of food, I did order a side of the lemon ricotta pancakes ($5 for one pancake). It wasn’t fluffy but more like cake, and I really enjoyed the subtle flavor of the lemon. Also, the pancake wasn’t overly sweet.
Even though there was a constant flow of people coming and going, and others waiting outside, I never felt rushed, and the service was excellent, always friendly and accommodating.
Plow’s popularity can seem daunting, but if you stick it out the reward comes in the friendly staff and solid dishes. And with brunch, what more can you ask for?
Rating: 3 out of 4 camera snaps
Plow, 1299 18th St., San Francisco. PH: 415.821.PLOW (7569). Open weekdays for breakfast and lunch, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; weekend brunch, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Closed Mondays. Major credit cards accepted. No reservations. www.eatatplow.com
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