San Francisco is full of brunch spots, and a lot of them are great, but a lot of them tend to be located in the northern and western parts of the city. So when I heard about Cracked and Battered over in Potrero Hill showing the east side of the city some love, I had to check it out, and I’m super happy I did. What makes them great is the attention to detail and the subtleties you find in each dish. They also do an awesome job of combining all sorts of flavors with traditional brunch foods for unique and mouth watering combinations. Cracked and Battered should definitely be added to your bucket list if you’ve never been. Let me show you why!
Hummus and Pita
To start I ordered the Hummus and Pita, which was one of the best decisions I made all morning. It was blended with tahini and topped with evoo and a little chili sauce for a subtle kick that really added to the overall experience. It tasted incredibly fresh and smooth, so I would recommend this to everyone as a starter!
This was the most traditional brunch item I tried, and it was prepped to perfection. The waffle was ever so slightly crisp on the outside and soft, warm, and fluffy in the middle. The fruit was fresh and vibrant, and was a refreshing addition to the richness and sweetness of the waffle with the syrup. The sprinkle of powdered sugar was a nice, subtle finishing touch, too!
I’ve definitely had matcha pancakes in the past where the matcha flavor was way too overpowering. When that happens you almost forget what you’re actually eating. Cracked and Battered creates a completely different experience with their Matcha Pancakes. You get a hint of matcha with each bite, which is just enough to appreciate while still enjoying the fluffiness of the pancakes themselves. I’m a huge matcha guy, and this one is worth a try, for sure!
The last dish I tried was the Big Country, which comes with two house-made lemon ricotta pancakes, fried eggs, potatoes, and your choice of bacon or sausage. The ricotta pancakes are most def the heroes of this plate. I’ve been getting really into ricotta pancakes over the past year because I really like the denseness they have as apposed to traditional pancakes. For me, the denser the better, and these weren’t the most dense I’ve ever had, but they were still really tasty. The gentle citrus tones were also a pleasant surprise.
We had such a great time at Cracked and Battered! It’s family owned and run, and you can really see their love and dedication in the way they operate and treat their guests. No matter where you are in the city, but especially if you live in Potrero Hill, you need to give this spot a try. Make sure to get there early, though! By 11am the tables were all full, and there was a line of people waiting outside on the day I went, so plan ahead. Till next time, Nomsters!
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