Plow delivers breakfast like no other


Kathryn Stratz

Plow is located at 1299 18th St in San Francisco and is open weekdays 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.

Kathryn Stratz, Staff Writer

Many Bay Area teens are in search of the perfect hipster breakfast place, as IHOP generally doesn’t make the cut. Plow is the perfect brunch place in San Francisco for all.

They are focused on supporting local businesses and keep the farm-to-table mantra going, using all fresh ingredients.

Plow is located at 1299 18th St., in the restaurant-filled San Francisco district of Portreo Hill. A slight inconvenience is its position at the bottom of a very steep, and I mean steep, hill.

That being said, the fact that it’s open seven days a week is a huge plus.

The first thing one would notice when walking towards the restaurant is the line, which is pretty much always somewhere between 10 to 40 or even 50 people deep, as they don’t take reservations.

Why would anyone wait in that line? Because it’s worth it.

In addition, because it’s a brunch destination, the tables turn faster than at many dinner restaurants. The most recent time I went to this restaurant, I arrived at about 8 a.m. (right when it opens on Sundays) and ended up waiting for about 40 minutes, as we were too far back in the line to make the first seating.

Annoying, yes, but the hostess conveniently directed us towards a coffee shop just down the street to keep warm and occupied while we waited.

Once one is seated, it is easy to notice the comfortable seating arrangement and simplistic vibe, an atmosphere perfect for hipsters, teens, seniors, 20-somethings, pretty much anyone.

The weekend menu includes everything from the average (although Plow’s dish is far above average) eggs, potatoes, pancakes, and sausage breakfast, to Vietnamese style pork chop, to buttermilk biscuits. The daily menu is slightly more extended, adding items like smoked salmon toast and fancy grilled cheese. The breakfast stop also offers a children’s menu, nicknamed “Little Plowers.”

My family ordered an array of food, and I ordered the fried egg sandwich, which came with two fried eggs, cheddar, aioli, and frisee, with “plow” potatoes on the side.

Our waitress, donning Doc Marten’s and vintage Levi’s swiftly brought out our food and drinks.

The display of food we had was nice to look at and to eat. The sandwich was full of flavor and was hugged by a toasty brioche bun. The potatoes are a contender for the best potatoes ever, with their deep-fried outer layer and rosemary-hinted flavor.

My favorite part of the meal had to be the house-made biscuit, in all of its buttery gloriousness.

Both of my parents found their meals more than satisfactory as well and intend to go back as soon as possible.

Overall, Plow’s location and long wait could be considered too much of an inconvenience for some, but the food is most definitely worth it by my standards.