It’s a classic American breakfast, hearkening back to the days of cowboys and ranch hands. And it’s no wonder. Steak and eggs are hearty and filling: that stick-to-your-ribs goodness that’ll keep you full and energized for long mornings on the range, or, in our case, picnicking in the park or nursing a hangover in bed.We may no longer require those hearty breakfasts, but that doesn’t mean that steak and eggs will ever go out of style. It’s the stuff of diners and 24-hour breakfast joints, and no matter how many farm-to-table restaurants take over San Francisco, it’s a classic that will forever remain just that. No need to “modernize” a good thing like steak and eggs, so we’ve compiled a list of the best and most traditional dishes and where to find them.
The Delancey Street Foundation is the country’s leading residential self-help organization. Surprising then, that their restaurant has received praise equal to the likes of any well-established eatery in San Francisco. Not only does your meal and tips help earn money for the organization, but the thorough and eclectic menu is comprised of foods from the residents’ various ethnic backgrounds. Join them for Sunday brunch to sample their rib eye steak and eggs, served with toast and home fries for a cool $8.95. 600 Embarcadero.
When you’ve had enough of those locally foraged, crab benedict breakfasts, it’s time to turn to a classic. Irving Street Café is just that: greasy, simple diner fare without the exorbitant price tag or hour waits. Mull over a cup of never-ending diner coffee while you wait for your steak and eggs. 716 Irving St (btwn 7th & 8th).
With a simple, to-the-point name like B&J ¼ Lb Burgers, you know what to expect before even walking through the doors: no muss, no fuss. But surprisingly, breakfast is the gem at this hole in the wall. They serve their steak and eggs with cheese and a side of hash browns and grits (complete with a huge slab of butter). 6202 3rd St.
This Marina café and bar has been a staple of San Francisco for 100 years. The bartenders dress to the nines in white coats and black ties, and the interior takes you out of the Marina and into a different era. So it’s no wonder that they still serve the classic Hereford Hangar steak paired with two eggs any style, roasted potatoes, and an English muffin. Enjoy it with their Famous Balboa Mary and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. 3199 Fillmore @ Greenwich.
As far as divey diners go, you can’t beat one that serves both traditional American breakfast and lunch staples and Chinese food. That’s right, at Golden Coffee Shop you can get your French toast with a side of Chow Mein. Slide into a seat at the small bar and enjoy a classic New York steak with two eggs for just $8.95. 901 Sutter @ Hyde.
For a no frills neighborhood spot, Sally’s Restaurant is a go to for many Potrero Hill locals. Order at the counter, choose a seat, and wait for your name to be called. No lines, no pretention, just a reliable, family friendly breakfast. Their steak is topped with a salsa verde and paired with roasted potatoes and two perfectly fried eggs. 300 de Haro @ 16th.