Mama’s on Washington Sq.
The swear-by dish is the crab omelette in Mama’s breakfast bar, but the French toast made with homemade breads such as cinnamon swirl brioche and paired with homemade jams and freshly squeezed juice will knock your socks off, some of the best experiences of eating in San Francisco. Other omelettes arrive perfectly flipped, stuffed with succulent fillings such as Italian bacon, fresh herbs, and roasted tomatoes. And the location, on the corner of Washington Square in North Beach, can make you want to belt out a little Tony Bennett number. What’s the catch? Horrible, long, slow lines; little in the way of atmosphere; and parking, or the distinct and painful lack of it. So, if you are up with the birds and traveling by foot, bus, or taxi, head straight to Mama’s.