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Bestie Eats - Your fave brunch, dinner, desserts and more

by Jim Gladstone .
Wednesday Apr 3, 2019

"We are everywhere!" may be a queer community rallying cry, but once again, Bestie voters don't seem to eat anywhere but the Castro and the Mission.

Sadly, even in the gayborhood, the pink dollar isn't enough to keep some of our past winners up and running. This year saw the closing of former Bestie champs Chow and Firewood Café.

Past runner-up dessert shop Tout Sweet, gay Top Chef winner Yigit Pura's outpost at Macy's, also shuttered this year. The landmark Flore (nee Café Flore) seems to have fallen out of favor with voters. A previous winner in coffee shop, patio dining and brunch categories, it entirely slipped off the gaydar this year.

Here are this year's winners, along with a few nudges and recommendations to expand your palates.

Best Breakfast: Orphan Andy's (3991 17th St.)
Runners-up: Stacks (501 Hayes St.), Kate's Kitchen (471 Haight St.)

Our raggedy perennial winner is one of precious few 24-hour spots in the city. Swing by with your guy after the bars close to eat fresh eggs before your cock crows.

Try this: Wooden Spoon (2172 Market) complements traditional bacon and eggs with California curveballs like a morning bowl with quinoa, kabocha and chard.

Best Brunch: Hamburger Mary's (531 Castro St.)
Runners-up: Squat & Gobble ( 3600 16th St. ), Dottie's (28 6th St.)

Surprise, surprise; a girl leaves town for 17 years and is immediately popular again on her return. Reservations suggested for Drag Brunch.

Try this: Corridor (100 Van Ness) has a Saturday-brunch. Don't miss the homemade tots and cheese and chive monkey bread.

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