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Dottie's True Blue Cafe

Breakfast Spot, American Restaurant, and Comfort Food Restaurant$$$$
SoMa, San Francisco
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  • Juliana A.
    "whatever you get, the grilled cornbread with pepper jelly is a must."(51 Tips)
    Stephanie W.
    "The blueberry pancakes are amazing!"(10 Tips)
    Kristina S.
    "Smoked salmon scramble and red muffin are the best"(5 Tips)
    "Get the blueberry coffee cake with mascarpone!"(10 Tips)
338 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • cornbread
  • pancakes
  • brunch food
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  • SFGate
    SFGateNovember 25, 2014
    This local love is certainly worth the wait! Traditional brunch food cooked to perfection and a warm and fuzzy atmosphere. Go for the grilled cheddar corn bread if you haven’t tried it! Read more
  • Carina N.
    Carina NgaiApril 11, 2016
    Whiskey funnel sausage, spinach, mushroom scramble. +$1 for their famous toasted corn bread + pepper jelly; +$1 to opt for fruits instead of home fries
  • Jenna S.
    Jenna SauberMay 24, 2013
    Start with the chili-cheddar cornbread with jalepeno jelly. Then order off the blackboard: banana walnut French toast and the corn/fontina/avocado frittata. Delicious. Cute spot.
    Upvoted Jan 18
  • Cameron B.
    Cameron BlackwellJuly 2, 2016
    The area is a bit iffy because there is a homeless shelter of some sorts right out side of the cafe. The food is well worth the 30 min. wait. I would recommend the 3 egg omelets.
  • Luke B.
    Luke BornheimerAugust 10, 2016
    Always crowded, with a line out the door (and around the corner), Dottie's has lines every day of the week—regulars order from the specials board. Put your name down and grab coffee at Blue Bottle.
  • Adam F.
    Adam FJune 21, 2014
    While the line is out of control the food makes it worth it. I would say get there early but it doesn't make a difference. Go straight to the specials and make sure to get the corn bread!
  • Sam B.
    Sam BrownDecember 30, 2015
    Come for the pancakes, get at least two, and drown them in the delicious maple syrup... I mean, when they give you that much maple syrup in a little milk jug, you just need to over indulge!
  • Sophie F.
    Sophie FullardJanuary 8, 2017
    #govegan not hungry! What an amazing, retro little gem! American classic with a tasty twist! Loads of vegan options that could be customized off menu but do be sure to ask the waitress for her tip! 🌱
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    Guy thought that the cornbread and jalapeno jelly made a perfect combo and he appreciated the flavorful buttermilk dill bread. The veggie chili was appreciated for its complex flavors. Read more
  • Joel C.
    Joel CorpusJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I JUST DIED! This place is amazing...seriously the best breakfast in San Francisco. Skip the regular menu and go for the specials on the board. The grilled corn bread is a must! Try a huge pastry too
  • SFGate
    SFGateJanuary 6, 2015
    This 6th street spot has lines out the door for it's grilled cheddar corn bread. If you're up for a bit of a wait it will certainly be well worth your while. Read more
  • Lamia
    LamiaDecember 21, 2014
    After a one hour waiting, I had the blueberry cornmeal pancakes and latte as a drink. Both were good and worth the waiting. The scrambled eggs were good too. Nice staff and I loved their mason jars!
  • Leah G.
    Leah GFebruary 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Lamb merguez omelette and whiskey fennel scramble are my favourites. Be sure to get the jalapeno jelly with cornbread. Check the specials on the board before you are seated, they won't be on the menu.
  • Chris M.
    Chris MessinaSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Split a roll, crumble, or bread pudding with one huge dish from the board with your favorite lover. 💏
  • Travis M.
    Travis MurokiJanuary 10, 2014
    You HAVE to get the Cinnamon Coffee Cake! So good and well worth the wait! Everything is so good, especially their home made pastries and sausages!
  • Ashok L.
    Ashok LalwaniApril 16, 2015
    Great place for Sunday Brunch but be prepared to wait for an hour or more. Definitely worth it. Corn bread with Jalopeno jelly and Banana Raspberry Rice Flour Maple pancake were my favorites.
  • JulienF
    JulienFOctober 31, 2012
    Very good breakfast ! They open at 7.30 am, make sure you arrive here before 7.45/8am because you might wait a good 30/45 minutes in line, no kidding. Nice decoration, delicious food, good service !
  • Dustin R.
    Dustin RyenMarch 30, 2014
    Might be the best breakfast in SF. Whiskey fennel sausage scramble was AMAZING. So was black bean Fritters. Try the jalapeno jelly woth the cornbread that comes with either of those two dishes.
  • Joel C.
    Joel CorpusSeptember 18, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is delicious here! My faves are the Biscuit Sandwich, French Toast, Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich and any of the specials on the chalk board. The baked goods are a must!!!
  • Nicole A.
    Nicole AFebruary 1, 2014
    The popular item seem to be scrambled eggs with smoked whiskey-fennel sausage. The cornbread was the highlight but you need to order the jalapeño jelly ($1) to go with it. Best blueberry pancake!
  • nina m.
    nina muflehFebruary 16, 2013
    this is the best breakfast on the west coast. try to get there by 7:00AM to avoid a long wait but even if you have to wait an hour it is worth it! daily specials are amazing!
  • Diedra F.
    Diedra FahrnerDecember 1, 2013
    First of all I would have waited 2 hours to eat this food! This place is food heaven! The Whiskey Blueberry Crumble Cake, Blackberry French Toast, and Jalapeño chili cheddar corn bread = amazing!!!!!!
  • Missy B.
    Missy BergenSeptember 4, 2012
    Don't miss this. Arrive at 7:30a or earlier... but worth the wait if you arrive with a line (and expect it). Order off the board; get a muffin or drink while you wait! Staff busy but friendly.
  • Romena G.
    This place started as a tiny hole in the wall in the tenderloin in 2011! The food is incredible but my personal favorite is that the owner cooks in the kitchen every day (has since the beginning).
  • Marvin C.
    Marvin ChowMarch 14, 2014
    Amazing brunch/breakfast place. Get there early (before 8a) and order off the specials board. Egg and prosciutto sandwich is tasty.
  • Jeanne L.
    Jeanne LaddApril 30, 2016
    Blueberry cornmeal pancakes are on point! You can also order a pancake sampler with all of their special pancakes of the day.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LunøeJune 7, 2015
    Pro tip: get a good cup of coffee to wait in line with and save your appetite for the food and the mimosas! Don't get their coffee.
  • Tom C.
    Tom CardenMay 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Worth the wait! Allow a couple of hours if there are more than 10 people waiting outside. Neighborhood improving all the time but still sketchy part of 6th St so be warned if you're the nervous sort!
  • Delena D.
    Delena DayJune 2, 2014
    The service was great, and the good was delicious!!! I was drinking mimosas and left 50.00 on the table after I paid, and the waiter stopped me and told me! I appreciate his honesty!!!!
  • Dirk G.
    Dirk GadsdenJanuary 29, 2015
    Absolutely lives up to the hype. Amazingly quiet and comfortable, and great service as well. Try the blueberry pancakes!
  • J Crowley
    J CrowleyMarch 11, 2016
    Side of sausage (pictured here) is a strong move. If you happen to order too much food (like me) ask for a to go box. Then give to someone in need, likely sitting outside the restaurant.
  • Pablo Jimenez
    Pablo JimenezOctober 24, 2013
    Crackin. Hands down. Better get there early, otherwise youre waiting in line for this place! But waiting in line is well worth it.
  • Carina N.
    Carina NgaiApril 11, 2016
    Whiskey blueberry coffee cake crumples goodness with a blob of sweet cream on top!!
  • Niketa G.
    Niketa GandhiMarch 12, 2015
    The Dottie's famous pancakes are out of this world! Not too sweet and perfectly fluffy!!! And their house-made buttermilk dill toast with jam is delicious!
  • Gyozo N.
    Gyozo NagyMarch 21, 2016
    I was not sure that waiting in the line for 40-45 minutes is worth it but the place and the food is brilliant. I could not eat the whole pulled pork because it was too much for breakfast:)
  • Meg J.
    Meg JarrellApril 10, 2014
    The banana chocolate french toast is BANANAS! And you know you'll have the perfect breakfast when they ask if you want your bacon chewy or crispy!
  • Chris W.
    Chris WrenAugust 11, 2014
    Lamb Merquez Sausage, Roasted Garlic, Tomato, Spinach and Goat Cheese Omelet with house-made buttermilk dill toast
  • Alisha B.
    Alisha BAugust 23, 2012
    Best place ever! This is my second day here, I had to come back cause it was that good. Order the specials from the board in front. Everything's home made and delicious!
  • Mariko T.
    Mariko TamakiNovember 10, 2012
    Almost everything on the menu is enough food for two ppl. Split the frittatas and omlettes. Corn bread w jelly a must try. Friendly service. Worth the wait.
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny SAugust 27, 2012
    Monday before 9am is also a good time to go. Get the feta frittata with toast + potatoes on the chalk board menu. It was the best breakfast ever.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseNovember 13, 2016
    The grilled cornbread with jalapeño jam is a staple for a reason; the other specials were just too much food for one. Get the bread and split an entree
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    y ä m m ¡ eNovember 17, 2011
    Good place good service and definitely good food!!! Dottie's famous pancake is second to none and smoked whiskey-fennel sausage scramble was so amazing!!! Such an awesome place !!
  • Hannah B.
    Hannah BastianMarch 27, 2013
    Always worth the sometimes painful wait. Be sure to get a variety; both savory and sweet. The scones are out of this world. Service is also great.
  • Justine
    JustineAugust 19, 2013
    Best breakfast I've ever had. DO NOT leave the line!!! You must get the cornbread. It would be criminal not to.
  • Pete S.
    Pete SchirmerAugust 15, 2011
    long line, worth the wait, get a whole bunch of entres and go family style. (3 entres for 4 people works great) don't forget to start with some cornbread with jalapeno jelly.
  • Frank K.
    Frank KimJune 14, 2015
    The boar sausage was incredible, and the scramble with whiskey-fennel sausage was cooked perfectly. The jalapeño cornbread is obviously excellent.
  • Anechka M.
    Anechka M.November 2, 2016
    Delicious breakfast, simple combo of runny eggs, fluffy pancakes and crispy bacon but so well prepared!
  • héloïse
    héloïseAugust 1, 2016
    Great service, not sure about the hype for a basic diner. Cornbread is good. Portions are enormous,,feed a homeless person with your leftovers
  • Mark L.
    Mark LeeOctober 3, 2011
    The avocado, tomato, corn, jalepeno, scallion, and feta frittata with toast and potatoes and the grilled chili-cheddar corn bread with jalapeno jelly are two must-haves here.
  • Ayaka N.
    Ayaka NonakaJune 5, 2011
    Come here with a good friend or two and share! You really want to order as many things as possible. The pancake is huge (also delicious) so ordering just one should suffice.
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