A Review of Plow Restaurant in San Francisco

Updated on February 19, 2020
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Plow's Sign
Plow's Sign

I visited San Francisco as part of what turned out to be a food-based mega-adventure. My first breakfast stop was Plow, a restaurant located at 1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107. The place came recommended by a good friend who is also 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 (this took around 40 minutes), which made me even hungrier. When I got to the restaurant, I was a little taken back by the line outside.

I ate at Plow on a Sunday morning, and their brunch line was quite formidable.
I ate at Plow on a Sunday morning, and their brunch line was quite formidable.

My First Impressions

I walked up 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. (A little side note—since I was traveling on my own, I made sure that all of the restaurants I wanted to hit had bars to sit at. It makes eating alone less uncomfortable for those like me who are not used to it.) I was told that the wait would be 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 while I waited 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.

This the Plow—Plow's signature breakfast dish.
This the Plow—Plow's signature breakfast dish.

The Food

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. They were seasoned with rosemary, salt, and pepper.

My mind was blown, however, by the lemon ricotta pancakes. I want to eat those every single day for the rest of my life. I wish I could bribe someone to get me the recipe for them. I have tried different versions of recipes 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.

The Bottom Line

I am not very sure if you are able to make reservations for this place or not. I believe a 2.5 hour 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 that gets a great view of San Francisco.


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