Even on famously dreary San Francisco fog-filled days you will still find a line forming out the door of Ella's a classic American-style restaurant. ... More
Even on famously dreary San Francisco fog-filled days you will still find a line forming out the door of Ella's a classic American-style restaurant. Well-heeled patrons flock to Ella's for the freshly baked goods. Everything from the pot-pie crusts to the hamburger buns are kneaded, rolled and baked on the premises. The menu changes weekly but you will always find American favorites such as hearty Burgers and the to-die-for Chicken Pot Pie and Meatloaf plate. You will also find classic drinks such as Gibsons and Manhattans available from the bar. On Saturdays and Sundays the brunch crowd is advised to get an early start, because hungry stomachs start the line half an hour before the restaurant opens its doors.
you may have to wait to get in, but it'll just give you time to try and select from the many exquisite choices (not that you could really go wrong, whatever your selection) on a well rounded menu. vegetarians too will be happy to see more than one choice worth trying. the servers are well informed, and the price is good for S.F.. standard fare is augmented with unusual and exciting elements that make the ordinary seem culinary and the same seem special. ginger, scallions, or green beans (in a scramble - YES?!). a fine choice for that lazy weekend when you want to impress that someone special, or just treat yourself. the bigger venue was inevitable, and well done - the counter is still no step down, and the colors are pleasant.
the locals can be a bit snooty, but just take them with a grain of salt, the food doesn't need any - it's just fine the way it is!
Since Dan ahs sold the restaurant to the new owner it has gone down hill fast. the coffee was cold and old and the waiter was rude. we went to ella's on a regualr basis when you had to stand in line to get in . The bread wasd homemade and the best cinamen rolls ever. now it is horrible . I will never recomend it to anyone . When Dan ran it you were always made to feel welcome and it was warm and inviting . you never minded waiting inline because it was well worth the wait. NOT NOW !!!!!!!!!
If you haven't had the chance to try Ella's in Laurel Heights for breakfast - you're in for a treat. Ella's not only has the nicest proprietor, Danny, but the staff is like an extension of some of your favorite family members. The best kept secret is the food - don't miss an opportunity on the rare weekend when Ella's has Poppy Seed Pancakes on the menu or for a savory fix the potato scramble with feta, spinach and pine nuts fills the hole nicely, too (for my fellow Atkins friends, Ella's will gladly substitute potatoes for eggs!) Crowd control - weekdays are your best bet followed by Saturdays. On Sunday, even though Danny is a friendly chap, the wait can make you a bit cranky. Danny - a word to the wise - serve O.J./Mimosas to those hungry waiting masses on Sunday! We will come back anyway - but the thought would be nice. Don't forget to enjoy the spectacular floral arrangements. Best seat - Right Side Counter, to watch the crew make fresh biscuits, breads and pies behind the counter. (Hard to believe there is that much butter in the universe....) Ella's provides you with a change up to your basic scrambles, a flare for variety, friendly staff, and cozy neighborhood atmosphere. Did I mention the POPPY SEED PANCAKES? Molly-Pacific Heights
Though usually crowded, often a bit loud, and sometimes slower than one needs, the food and the spirit of this place make it a perenial favoirte. A guest is as likely to sit next to moms who lunch as they are to a job interview or a discussion about the next high-technology start-up.
Breads are made locally, and portions are generous. The waitstaff bustles, but can usually honor custom requests such as fruit instead of potatoes, and the menu also offers a number of low-carb options.
ella's serves up some delicious brunch in a cute and cozy atmosphere. there's usually a pretty insane line (about 1/2 an hour on average), but they serve coffee while you're waiting and the food is totally worth it. i like the chicken hash, but they have lots of interesting brunch options that you won't find elsewhere, including blood orange juice.
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