Southern food for brunch or dinner is never the wrong move, unless you’re trying to do a lot of activity afterwards, in which case, maybe think again. This place on the border of the Mission and Bernal makes fantastic chicken and waffles and eggs benedict at brunch and fried chicken and ribs at dinner. If you’ve never had fried okra, now’s your chance.
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Old Devil Moon
Old Devil Moon is a laid-back Bernal Heights bar with excellent cocktails and plenty of beers on tap.
Virgil’s Sea Room
When things start to get rowdy at El Rio, Virgil’s is right next door and serves reasonably-priced cocktails.
Head to Vinorosso, a small Italian wine bar in Bernal Heights, for great wine and small plates.
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Hops & Hominy
Hops & Hominy, near Union Square, has strong Southern food, like shrimp and grits, cornbread, fried chicken, and black-eyed pea fritters.
Brown Sugar Kitchen
You’ll want to take your time eating fried chicken and waffles, beignets, and mimosas at Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland.
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Brenda’s French Soul Food
Brenda’s serves some solid breakfast and brunch food with a New Orleans twist, but it’s never quite as amazing as the menu promises.
This casual Bernal Heights restaurant has a huge patio that’s ideal for brunch or burgers with friends.
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