Bay Area brunching

In case you missed it, here’s a peek at one of my favorite spots to eat in San Francisco–Cole Valley’s Zazie–that appeared in Go! section of the Monterey Herald. I’ll be reposting my reviews and stories from my weekly column for the Herald here on my blog along with extra photos that didn’t appear in print.

When I missed out on tickets to Coachella this year, I opted for a DIY Coachella, checking out my favorite bands during tour stops in the Bay Area. Back-to-back shows gave me the perfect excuse for an overnight stay in the city — and a visit to Zazie, my favorite brunch spot in the city.

Zazie’s menu includes savory and sweet breakfast options, like the Tahiti French toast with bananas.

San Franciscans take their brunch very seriously — there’s almost always a wait at Zazie. And rightly so, with a menu that boasts many delicious dishes, like gingerbread pancakes or Challah French toast.

Zazie includes about a half-dozen menu additions each week, like the eggs en fonte, served over polenta.

I ordered eggs en fonte — grilled polenta cake topped with spinach, wild mushrooms, spicy tomato sauce and eggs baked in a cast-iron skillet ($10.95).

The colors were so vibrant–the pop of a yellow yolk against the tomato sauce.

One cut with my fork broke open the over-easy eggs. The rusty red tomato sauce and green leaves of spinach were smothered in a pop of yellow yolk — an edible Pollock on my plate.

Any time I’m in the city in the morning, I try to sneak in a relaxing brunch in the sun on Zazie’s back patio before heading out in the hustle and bustle of the city.

Zazie is at 941 Cole St. in San Francisco’s Cole Valley neighborhood. 415-564-5332. www.zaziesf.com.

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