It seems that no matter how many new (to me) places I eat at in San Francisco, I still haven't scratched the surface. Every week I'll read about a place, or someone will mention a spot that I haven't tried, and then I go home and add it to my "Eat Here" Google doc. Universal Cafe (like Bar Tartine) is one of those places that I somehow had never managed to try, even though people frequently mention how great it is. And so this past weekend, I headed there with the girls for breakfast.
This place is clearly popular, as we arrived there at 9:30 and even though it was raining out, there was a thirty minute wait.
We started with the beignets in a raspberry sauce (or were they doughnuts?). They were good, but not my favorites - a little too cakey for me, I wanted them to be lighter. The raspberry sauce also seemed a little thin.
Heather and I both ordered the soft scrambled eggs with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella.
The eggs were cooked the perfectly and the tomatoes gave it a nice sweetness. The salad was good too - fresh and crisp and perfectly dressed. The coffee was also really good, and surprisingly, not from Blue Bottle, Ritual or Four Barrel, where it seems most of the rest of the city gets their coffee (they serve Equator Coffee, if you're wondering).
Sarah ordered the veggie burger which I think she liked. I liked that it had a giant slice of heirloom tomato on top and lots of avocado
It was a solid brunch overall and I'd go back - though I don't know that I'd wait 30 minutes in the rain.
2814 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110