Kate’s Kitchen in the Lower Haight is not a big place, but the servings are hearty. It’s a cozy neighborhood place with home cooked-style California comfort food with a Southern twist. There could be folks already waiting for a table. The locals would suggest that it’s well worth the wait. The popular breakfast and brunch has been sought after since the family place opened in 1993. And, now Kate’s Kitchen serves dinner, too.
Breakfast and Brunch
There are more than a few reasons why San Franciscans love Kate’s Kitchen. One of them is the famous berry pancake, a fluffy cornmeal buttermilk pancake topped with freshly sliced strawberries, bananas and a tangy lemon curd. Another is the French toast orgy: a breakfast of orange spice French toast topped with fresh fruit, yogurt, granola and honey. And a third is called the Lauren special: two eggs on a kaiser roll with sausage, cheese, tomato, red onion, avocado and chipotle aioli served with home fries. This is one of the best places outside New Orleans to enjoy hush puppies, the deep-fried dumplings of cornmeal that are appreciated for being crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
Lunch, Dinner and Jazz
Talk about comfort food -- lunch and dinner entrées such as meatloaf, fried chicken, pork chops and lamb shoulder are just exactly what they should be.Not to overlook are traditional side dishes, including tried and true favorites such as shrimp and grits, Texas fries, garlic mashed potatoes, hash browns, corned beef hash, home fries, biscuits (including gluten-free) and gravy, BBQ chicken wings, spicy Buffalo wings.
On Friday evenings from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. music embellishes the scene. Son's of the Beach band perform jazz to accompany one of the best deals in town: a $10 fried chicken special with mashed potatoes, gravy and red beans.
Kate’s Kitchen doesn’t quit when it comes to homemade juices. Everything is squeezed fresh despite the extra effort. Homemade lemonade spritzer, homemade ginger ale, fresh squeezed apple, orange, tomato or grapefruit juice are featured on the menu.
Lower Haight is a fairly small residential neighborhood that is sometimes referred to as Haight-Fillmore, located between Hayes Valley, Alamo Square and Haight Ashbury. It’s a convenient walk from the famous Victorian Painted Ladies or from these adjacent neighborhoods.
Note: Bring cash as credit cards are accepted at dinner time only.