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Saturday’s Fruit Orgy

Seeing how much I love a good bowl of cereal (A Five-Bowl Meal), you’d think I’d have been to Kate’s Kitchen a bunch of times, but the truth is that I hadn’t eaten at this Lower Haight joint until just last week. And now, I plan on bringing this spot into my regular brunch rotation.


Kate's Fruit Orgy

We ordered family-style and barely had room on our two-top for three heaping plates of breakfast goodness. The fruit orgy (Kate’s Kitchen’s name, not mine)—a heaping bowl overflowing with fresh fruit, yogurt, granola and honey; California oatmeal—warm, nine-grain cereal topped with bananas, strawberries and nuts; and a fluffy omelet packed with veggies disappeared in no time.



Eyeing the nearby tables loaded with Kate’s famous Flanched Farney Gaeney—an egg-and-cheese-and thick-cut-bacon (optional) sandwich on a poppy-seed bun—and the French toast orgy—the aforementioned fruit orgy on top of French toast—I noted that Kate’s Kitchen is the ideal place to go when you want to cheat on your diet.

It’s not all fruit orgies and sunshine though. A weekend visit to Kate’s Kitchen is definitely a test of patience (and I recommend a tiny snack beforehand to ease the inevitable wait). Nobody likes standing outside on the sidewalk in the cold waiting to get a seat in a packed restaurant, but that experience is fleeting and easily forgotten once you’re inside, sitting at one of the red-checkered table-clothed tables cradling a warm mug of coffee.

But, if waiting’s not your thing, Kate’s Kitchen serves breakfast all day (or at least until they close at around 3 p.m.).