Review of Plow San Francisco

Updated on January 28, 2019


I visited San Francisco in what turned out to be a food mega-adventure.

My first breakfast stop was Plow (1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107). The place came recommended by a good friend, who also is a foodie, like yours truly. Not being a local, I really did not know what to expect. I woke up hungry and walked from my hotel room to the restaurant (around 40 minutes), which made me even hungrier. Got to the restaurant and got a little taken back by the line outside.

Walked to an amazingly friendly host who greeted me asked me: “For how many?” I mentioned that it’d just be me and I would be more than OK at the bar. (Little side note, since I was traveling on my own, I made sure that the restaurants I wanted to hit all had a bar to sit on. It makes eating alone less uncomfortable for those like me not used to it.) I was told that it would take around 30 minutes for the bar, and I heard the host telling couples that it would take around 2.5 hours for a table. I should note that I was visiting on a Sunday morning around brunch time, hence the crowd. I was offered a cup of joe to wait for my seat at the bar.

Once I was seated, I was recommended the “The Plow” (two eggs with choice of housemade pork sausage patties, Nueske's bacon, or chicken apple sausage, two lemon ricotta pancakes, and plow potatoes). It included a bit of everything they offered.

The homemade sausages were to absolutely die for. They were very well seasoned with fennel seeds and a touch of thyme and nutmeg.

I have no idea how they made their potatoes. They were almost half-skinned and then deep-fried which made the almost-attached skins super crispy. This was seasoned with rosemary, salt, and pepper.

My mind was blown, however by the lemon ricotta pancakes. I want to eat those EVERY DAY for the rest of my life. I wish I could bribe someone to get me the recipe for them. I have tried different version of recipes offered online, but none came close to the ones these guys offered. They just melted in your mouth and did not need any butter or syrup.

I am not very sure if you are able to make reservations for this place or not. I believe 2.5 hours wait time for a table is a little bit extreme, but it needs to be noted that the wait is worthwhile just because of where the restaurant is located. It is on top of a beautiful hill which gets a great view of San Francisco.

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