10 New & Delicious Brunch Dishes That Will Change Your Life

San Franciscans live for brunch: We line up for it. We plan it days in advance. We Instagram our egg dishes. We have brunch envy. We party at brunch. We recover at brunch. We know its regular players well. But, while there's always room for the classic dishes at the table (we will never refuse a plate full of eggs and bacon), we think it's time to add a few new notables to the mix.

Here are 10 dishes (and treats) for you to add to your brunch repertoire. While brunch is typically a weekend thing, we’re also including some breakfast-y baked goods you’ll want to work into your regular rotation. Because, sometimes you want to treat yourself on a Wednesday morning, and we wholeheartedly support that.

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Breakfast Jook at Chubby Noodle Marina
Party too much the night before? If you find yourself at Chubby Noodle’s rowdy $37 all-you-can-eat-and-drink (in 90 minutes) dim sum brunch this weekend, the first dish you’ll want to order off the extensive menu is the breakfast jook. The creamy rice porridge comes topped with smoked bacon (the meaty ends), chile oil, scallions, charred garlic, and an egg. You can mix it all up, or just run your spoon through the goodies, but either way, this bowl is a hangover fixer at its finest. Ditto the "hoang" mimosa, with fragrant notes of Asian pear. Now, you can get back in the game.

Chubby Noodle Marina, 2205 Lombard Street (at Steiner Street); 415-655-3355.
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Calas at Brenda’s Meat and Three
You have probably had beignets and hush puppies and fritters, but now it’s time to up your fry game with calas, a lesser-known Creole dish. These rice and sweet batter fritters are like a love child of rice pudding and a doughnut hole and come dusted with sugar, piping hot from the fryer. The best part? You get to dunk them in the accompanying, almost-haunting molasses butter (the berry compote is no slouch either). You’ll only find the calas on the Brenda’s Meat and Three menu — chef-owner Brenda Buenviaje doesn’t serve them at her crazy-popular Brenda’s French Soul Food on Polk Street. One more thing to note: You can also get them for lunch or dinner. Sweet!

Brenda’s Meat and Three, 919 Divisadero Street (at McAllister Street); 415-926-8657.
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Croissant French Toast at Loló
Sure, French toast is already a magical thing, but let’s talk about next-level croissant French toast, shall we? Chef-owner Jorge Martínez of Loló was inspired by making French toast at home for his son Pascual — he used to make it with regular sourdough but thought there was never enough butter. So, later on, when Jorge was eating a buttery croissant at a coffee shop, croissant–French toast inspiration struck — because, more butter. Now, you can dump some maple syrup all over that golden, eggy, buttery goodness!

Lolo, 974 Valencia Street (at 21st Street); 415-643-5656.
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Adjarian Khachapuri at Anda Piroshki
Even if you never quite figure out how to say it, you will certainly know how to eat this breakfast treat of your cheesy dreams. Owner Anda Tvelova is known for her soulful piroshki, but this Georgian treat is on another level: Imagine a baked canoe of piroshki dough (made to order) filled with feta, mozzarella, and a fresh egg on top. And, you can get bacon with it, too. It’s street food that Anda remembers eating when she was a teen, and lucky for us, she decided to recreate it here in S.F. Her Cortland Marketplace location serves it in the mornings, and while you may not always find it during the week at their Haight Street Second Act Marketplace location, it’s definitely there on the weekends.

Anda Piroshki, 331 Cortland Avenue and 1727 Haight Street; 415-821-9905.
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Smoked Trout and Eggs at Le Marais Bistro & Bakery
Croissant-lovers (hopefully) have this Marina bakery on their short list, and with Le Marais’ expansion into the space next door, there’s now a bistro component with sit-down service and an expanded menu from chef Max Snyder. When the weekend rolls around, you’ll want the silky soft-scrambled eggs with lightly smoked Mt. Lassen red trout flaked in, currently served with fava leaves, asparagus, and a nice hit of fragrant dill, with thinly sliced and crisp potatoes on the side. It’s a perfect springtime brunch dish. And, hopefully someone at your table orders the croissant "toast," topped with bacon, Gruyère, onion jam, and an over-easy egg. Bingo.

Le Marais Bistro & Bakery,2066 Chestnut Street (at Steiner Street), 415-359-9801
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The Cruffin at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
You've probably seen the long lines stretching out of this TenderNob bakeshop on the weekends, one for cruffins, the other for the remainder of Aussie baker Ry Stephen’s fantastic creations. The cruffins come out at 9 a.m. and are a gloriously flaky and crème-filled creation — a cross between a croissant and muffin — that come twisted into a muffin shape and sprinkled everywhere with sugar. It is not something you want to share. The rotating flavors run from crème caramel honeycomb crunch to fluffernutter to strawberry milk shake to coffee. Did the cruffins run out? Trust, there are plenty of items in the case to make you really happy, like the brills California Croissant (imagine a salmon roll, complete with bright-pink ginger, wasabi, and nori, tucked inside a croissant sprinkled with furikake) as well as savory or sweet danishes.

Mr.Holmes Bakehouse, 1042 Larkin Street (at Sutter Street), 415-829-7700.
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Grilled Paris Ham and Eggs at Monsieur Benjamin
Ham and eggs are a classic brunch pairing, but leave it to this chic Hayes Valley bistro from Benu’s Corey Lee and chef Jason Berthold to elevate this dish. The key is brining the ham (it's the same pig they use for their pork ribs on the nighttime menu), and here's the clincher: It gets charcoal-grilled for a perfect smoky kiss and caramelization. The thick slice of blistered ham is topped with maple glaze (its sweetness melding nicely with the grilled gem lettuce), a custard-y poached egg, and hollandaise on the side. If you order the pain de mie toast, you have yourself a version of a deconstructed eggs Benedict.

Monsieur Benjamin, 451 Gough Street (at Hayes Street), 415-403-2233.
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Upside-Down Hog Cakes at St. Francis Fountain
Don’t you love it when you learn about something new to you at an old haunt? One of S.F.’s gold standards for brunch goodness (served all day, bless their hearts) has something very special hiding under the list of the usual pancake suspects: the hog cakes. These are definitely for savory-breakfast lovers: You get two large pancakes (or you can go for three) with cheddar cheese, green onions, and pieces of bacon inside. What?! Get an over-easy egg to throw on those bad boys, and top it all with a hearty drizzle of maple syrup and butter. It’s where pancakes and okonomiyaki meet. It’s a very happy place.

St. Francis Fountain, 2801 24th Street (at York Street); 415-826-4210.
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Handmade Bagels at Earl’s Bread at All Good Pizza
Everyone likes to complain that there aren't any good bagels in S.F., but if you wade through the cream cheese, you'll see there are quite a few fantastic artisanal options. The latest addition to the handmade-bagel scene is from Earl's Bread — bread man Earl Shaddix makes his with organic, non-GMO flour from Central Milling, and his 24- to 36-hour fermentation of the dough really adds to the texture and flavor. There's poppy seed, plain, sesame, everything, Maldon-salt onion, and now Earl is working on a pumpernickel version, too. You can score them warm out of the oven on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the back of the All Good Pizza truck ($10 for six or $19 for a dozen). Or, starting at 10 a.m., you can order bagels with cream cheese and lox from the All Good Pizza main window and enjoy these chewy numbers in the sun at a picnic table in their beer garden. Yes, it's a Bayview gem. And, yes, the bagels run out.

Earl's Bread At All Good Pizza, 1605 Jerrold Street (at 3rd Street); no phone.
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Everything Croissant at Neighbor Bakehouse
J’adore croissants? Live for everything bagels? Then, here’s your new target: Neighbor’s Everything Croissant, a picture-perfect croissant generously coated with the usual everything-bagel mix (poppy seed, sesame, garlic, onion — you know the drill), with a surprise of cream cheese with green onion inside. How’s that for one handy little breakfast treat? Baker Greg Mindel has been supplying local cafés (like Sightglass, The Mill, Four Barrel) with his masterful baked goods all over town — his croissants are just the tip of the Neighbor iceberg — but you’ll have to venture to his new bakehouse in Dogpatch for this savory beauty.

Neighbor Bakehouse, 2343 3rd Street (at 20th Street); no phone.
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