Little Bird Coffeehouse in the Tenderloin! »
VEGAN BREAKFAST ALERT! One of the hardest things for vegans in this city to find is a suitable breakfast or brunch option. Well, there’s a new sheriff in town and they put a motherfucking bird on it! Little Bird Coffeehouse is a fairly new place in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood that serves up all kinds of vegan breakfast and brunch options, including damn good gluten-free blue corn waffles (covered in fresh fruit, maple syrup, and Earth Balance!), damn good vegan breakfast sandwiches (made with Soyrizo, tofu scramble, vegan cheese and magic), and lots of other damn good vegan stuff like donuts and muffins and other fantastic shiz. Also, various types of non-dairy milk for your coffee and tea beverages! It’s no-frills, with a counter for ordering and some rickety tables and chairs to enjoy your goodies. This place is a little interesting because it’s like stepping through a tear in the fabric of the universe and ending up in the Mission. When I’ve eaten there, its been infested with miner bros* ordering espresso and reading David Foster Wallace. Not a bad scene, just FYI.
I’d bring your friends, wife, LOVAS, kids. And I’d hide your parents unless they’re OK with no table service and enjoy listening to Ani Difranco whine about the 1990s. It’s really nice to have some more options in this area of town and I’d like to see them be the little bird that could so get on down there and eat some some breakfast panini.
Soyrizo breakfast sandwich
Little Bird Coffeehouse is at 835 Geary St. (at Larkin), (415) 440-2165, open every day from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CASH-ONLY, Y’ALL.
*TM Kate Losse. It refers to a specific type of dude who wears plaid shirts and scruffy beards, à la gold miners. I will demonstrate:
Real gold miner
Sightglass Coffee is looking for vegan pastry suggestions! »
Sightglass Coffee could very well be the best place to get coffee in San Francisco. Sightglass, owned by brothers Jerad and Justin Morrison, hasn’t completely opened yet; they’re still serving from a kiosk in the garage of their 7th Street location while they finish construction. But the coffee is excellent (beans by Verve until they start roasting on-site) and poured by skilled baristas. Bonus Yelp stars: they don’t add the 50¢ “vegan tax” if you ask for soy milk.
This is where you, vegan-with-opinions/attitude, come in: they haven’t settled on what pastries and baked goods to serve. They’d like to offer vegan options, but they’re not plugged into the vegan baking universe and are looking for suggestions. So if you have ideas/cravings for the best part of waking up, post them here, and we’ll pass them along. And no, it wouldn’t be crass to pimp your own bakery. They need ideas!
Of the crop of new coffee shops to open in SF (what the truly obsessed are calling “third wave coffee”) only Ritual has made any effort to keep a reliable supply of vegan pastries in stock. Four Barrel serves bacon donuts, Blue Bottle has lard cookies, and neither has shown much interest in catering to vegans (That said: coffee and thai coconuts at Trouble in the Sunset? Best combo ever). If Sightglass served vegan pastries, it would literally double my second breakfast options. Because what the world always needs more of is breakfast.
Sugarlump Coffee Lounge on 24th Street in the Mission is serving organic, vegan tamales. Get some before we EAT THEM ALL!
Thanks, Ed! For the pic & tip! You are very good looking!