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Nov 12, 2018 | Business, Lifestyle, News | 1 comment

By Veronica Singh, Taste Illustrated


Allegedly, it’s the most important meal of the day.

And isn’t coffee & donuts still the breakfast of champions?

I actually checked with SFPD. It is.

Whether you leave home at the crack of dawn, scarfing down a protein bar out the door, or routinely relax over the morning paper in your breakfast nook nursing a bowl of Cheerios, how you greet the day can be any way and anything you want.

But, what about going out for breakfast? I’m not talking about running into your corner bodega for an egg sandwich on the way to work. I mean, the whole thing, with loved ones, probably from out of town, and a full sit-down commitment.  

In this fairest city of San Francisco, going out for breakfast means really one thing; Mama’s on Washington Square.

You’ve seen the line out front. Everyone has. It’s long; it’s daunting; it’s unbelievable.  

It’s long.

How long? On weekends, if you don’t arrive by 8:00 AM, it’s a minimum 2 hour wait.


And the people do wait. Hungry folks that clearly appreciate the first meal of the day bring a newspaper, a latte from a local cafe…and they wait.

Seemingly happily, even.  

If waiting 2 plus hours does not give you the warm fuzzies, the only hope you have is showing up on a weekday. Preferably, on a Tuesday or a Wednesday.

What started as an ice cream fountain became a labor of love for husband Michael Sanchez Sr. and his wife, Frances. This location on Washington Square was just the beginning.  Eventually, Mama’s was peppered all over the city; the Cellar at Macy’s, Grammercy Tower, the corner of Geary and Mason.

Today, this is the only one left.

The insider 411?  LeBron James. Carlos Santana is a regular. I’ve seen Kirk Douglas here.  Francis Ford Coppola.  Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore.  Diane Keaton.  The SF Giants, The Golden State Warriors, Joe Montana;
all love this place.  

Mrs. Joe Montana, Jennifer, left the sweetest thank you note of appreciation on a napkin that was on display for a couple of years.

Once you make it here, you should know what to order. The Monte Cristo; The Dungeness Crab Omelette; Banana Pancakes; Prosciutto Benedict.  

Actually, any Benedict. Blackstone, Norwegian (smoked salmon), or classic.

The creme de la creme is the French Toast Sampler. Three different house-made breads; cranberry orange walnut, banana nut, and lemon berry. The owner comes in at 3:00AM… just to bake these breads.  

Mama’s Chocolate Cinnamon French Toast

Mama’s Monte Cristo

You can actually taste the love.

The question that begs to be asked… is it worth the wait? 

It absolutely is.

Mama’s has a cult following. Since the 60’s. There is a reason for it.

This is the real San Francisco treat.

Mama’s On Washington Square 
1701 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 8:00AM to 3:00PM

No Reservations