San Francisco is home to many other brunchies like myself. So many places, so little time. I stumbled upon Kitchen Story during my much anticipated search of “Breakfast & Brunch near me” on Yelp.
Since the food looked so good and I tend to be very impatient, I made an online reservation through OpenTable. When we arrived the next morning, there was no wait!
Restaurant: Kitchen Story
Location: San Francisco, CA
Sun. – Thurs.
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri. – Sat.
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Overall rating: 4/5
Kitchen Story has a sleek fresh feel filled with dark wooden tables and chairs, glass mason jars on each table, green plants for a lively touch and warm sunshine flooding from the large windows.
Here is the link for their full menu.
What I ordered: KS’s Monte Cristo ($15.75)
“meyer lemon French toast, smoked Ham, swiss, spicy raspberry jam, rainbow potato”
I was being one of those indecisive people still looking at their menu, not capable of making their own decisions because my heart strings were pulling in all different directions – so I decided to entrust my choice to the server’s opinion. He recommended one of the Mom’s Specials – KS’s Monte Cristo.
I am not a huge fan of stuffed french toast, especially if it were ham. But on this day, I did not mind, in fact I enjoyed it.
First off, the presentation of everything was picture-perfect. My french toast was crisp enough for texture, but soft and chewy in all the right ways. The cheesy ham balanced the sweet syrup. Potatoes could have been more cooked through, considering I ordered them well done. The berries added a fresh lightness to the dish.
AND I had to get Millionaire’s bacon, because how could I not try a side of bacon that costs $8.25? It had to be good.
And yes, it did live up to its name and excited nod from the server. Thickly cut bacon strips baked with a sweet and smokey aftertaste. I could eat this all day long.
What Matt ordered: Millionaire’s Benedict ($16.75) & bottomless mimosas ($19)
“Millonaire’s Bacon, asparagus, tomato, Meyer Lemon hollandaise”
Matt’s benedict was good, but not the best. The pairing of the bacon with the asparagus matched well, but didn’t marry all the flavors. The asparagus lost some texture and become soggy underneath the hollandaise sauce.
Location and ambience were definitely a plus – it was comfy, homey and trendy all at once. Foods were beautifully plated and service was quick and efficient. It was a bit on the pricier side, especially since Matt ordered bottomless mimosas. But, when the check came, I was pleasantly surprised because it came in a book — not any old check book, but an actual book. I thought that was pretty charming and tied the name of the restaurant to my experience.
I would come back and yes, I will pay another $8.25 for that bacon.