Dottie’s True Blue Cafe

  Posted by - September 2, 2014 - $ (0-20), Daytime, Restaurants, San Francisco

I’m having a moment.

I think I just ate at one of the best breakfast spots in SF.

But before I get into that…

Let’s get real and talk about the wait time at Dottie’s True Blue Café.

–> Why does every amazing breakfast spot MUST have crazy 1+ hr wait times? (<– don’t answer that)

BUT. The crazy wait time isn’t what’s actually crazy.

The neighborhood, which according to the map… is in SoMA. Except when I got there, it feels more like the Tenderloin.

It’s a place where you should avoid eye contact with the crazies at all costs (esp if you’re a scrawny 5’3 Asian girl like me).

Because. They will start yelling and giving you life lessons that make sense only to them. A guy standing in front of me kept getting yelled at by two homeless people. The guy behind me was always bothered for change.

Meanwhile, there’s gangsta ass music blaring in the background.

At this point, I’m thinking “Could I BE anymore out of place?”

Maybe…If I stop taking pictures, I’ll look less like a tourist. I mean, I might as well be wearing an “I LOVE SF” sweatshirt while I’m at it.

No big deal.

Okay, now THAT’S off my chest, let’s get to the food.

Because it better be worth it.

And it was.

Thank God.

Their regular menu has an impressive list of egg options and baked goods.

In fact, you can pretty much customize your omelets or scrambled any way you like (2 eggs or 3 eggs). They also have a huge variety of meat, cheese, and side options (smoked chicken, apple sausage, chorizo, peppers, mushrooms, cheese, pesto, fresh basil, etc). All egg entrees come with potatoes and your choice of Eng muffin, house-made buttermilk biscuit, or whole wheat toast.

Along with their normal menu, they also have daily specials written on a chalkboard, hoisted up high… which has a lot of intriguing dishes.

My BF ordered the special biscuit sandwich with fried egg, prosciutto, avocado and provolone cheese. (Except instead of the biscuit, he sub’d it for whole wheat bread). It also came with a side of homefries and fruit.

Overall, it was a well-balanced, fried egg sandwich. The melted cheese on top of the prosciutto tasted like heaven. I especially liked the toasted wheat bread because it added a crispy texture to the rest of the sandwich.

+ + Bonus points: It wasn’t a sloppy sandwich, there was no grease, and it was well put together.

Next, we had the zucchini cakes topped with poached eggs, and covered in a spicy marinara sauce. The plate also came with fresh fruits and potatoes.

I’ve never tasted anything like this, so kudos to Dottie’s for being so innovative!  The zucchini cakes had a crispy edge, but I wish it was slightly crispier throughout. The poached eggs were delicious, but the yolk wasn’t as runny as I’m used to.

Side: Suddenly I had the bright idea to take my BF’s whole wheat bread… throw some zucchini cake, eggs, and sauce on it. Best idea that ever happened. The toasted bread added a nice crunchy texture to eat bite. YUM!

Next, we ordered their famous French Toast ($9.95) with a side of bacon.

The French toast is made with whole wheat, buttermilk, and spiced with ginger & cinnamon. Served with pure maple syrup.

This was one of the best French toast I’ve ever had in SF. It was more dense and richer than your traditional french toast & was sweet enough to eat without any syrup.

 And here is our side of bacon. The crisp bacon was oven baked perfectly I must say.

By the end of our meal, I was completely stuffed,  could barely move, and was a happy camper.

Except now, I had to brave the outdoors again and walk all the way to my car.

But it was all worth it. And. I’d do it again.

So. I recommend coming here with another person to enjoy what Dottie’s has to offer.

Just not alone.

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6 Comments

  • Rhonda September 30, 2014 - 6:06 pm Reply

    One of my favorite places for breakfast! But yeah, the lines are crazy so I don’t go as often as I would like. Their pastries are also amazing!

  • Peter September 6, 2014 - 5:56 am Reply

    I feel like every time I ask a local about a breakfast restaurant, Dotties is usually on the list. I finally tried it out a couple weeks ago on a Tuesday afternoon and the line was just as long. But you’re right, the food was pretty delicious and the French toast was amazing.

  • Darlene R. September 3, 2014 - 6:08 pm Reply

    The lines are so ridiculous here! Every time I pass by Dotties on the way to work, theres a line already around the corner. My co-workers have been here and they all tell me it’s pretty good.

  • Christie September 3, 2014 - 11:13 am Reply

    I love this place! The 45+ minute wait is so worth it. You HAVE to try the grilled cornbread with jalapeno jelly. It’s the best.

    • CynEats September 6, 2014 - 5:47 am Reply

      Thanks! I’ll keep that in mind for next time :)

  • Sam September 3, 2014 - 12:11 am Reply

    I hate reading your blog, I get so hungry every time afterwards. Now I’m craving breakfast food!

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