San Francisco, USA

Mama’s on Washington Square

Still run by the Sanchez family, this North Beach restaurant serves delicious, omlettes, waffles, homemade jams and more. It's classic San Francisco, as the line out the door shows.

Mama’s trademark is none other than the line out the door. The breakfast and lunch at this classic San Francisco restaurant is so good, people are willing to wait long and hard for some breakfast pancakes or a lunch m’omlette. And this diner is still run by the very family that started it; the Sanchez family. Indeed the third generation is now helping to fry up scrumptious breakfasts on the griddle.

Though the items on the menu are pretty common, they taste uncommonly good. Try the huevos rancheros, the scrambled florentine, or the smoked salmon scramble. If you like french toast, this is the place to have it – Mama’s offers at least 5 varieties. If you want true San Francisco, have the kind made from sliced sourdough baguette, with apples and lemon butter. The standard cinnamon french toast with berries and powdered sugar is delectable as well. Even better, the chocolate cinnamon! Perhaps the most unique though, is the Kugelhopf. It’s brioche bread with almonds, sweet golden raisins, and dates.

When you’ve finished your meal, head out to visit the Italian shops of the NoBe area: www.sfgate.com/neighborhoods/sf/northbeach