When researching breakfast spots in San Francisco, no doubt you will see Dottie’s True Blue Cafe pop up time and time again. Located in a not very nice neighborhood in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco, Dotties True Blue Cafe always has a line, and it is always worth the wait. I have been a couple of times, and I will still wait for the famous whiskey fennel sausage and the grilled cornbread with jalapeño jelly. If you are visiting on a weekday, I highly recommend heading over as the wait won’t be as long, here is all the information.
- Cost: $15
- Hours: 7:30 AM – 3 PM, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
- Location: 28 6th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
I would recommend taking public transportation or an Uber / Lyft to get here as there is not too much parking around and it is not a great area to park at. Luckily it is only an 8-10 minute walk from Union Square, so if you are staying at one of the hotels there, then you can easily walk.
There is pretty much no spot to wait inside, so you will see the line wrap around the outside of the building. Luckily it is bigger than it looks, with a room in the back you can’t see. That being said it is usually a longer wait for parties bigger than two.
On the weekdays it usually takes about 30 minutes to wait, but on the weekends it can be an hour to an hour and a half. You can review a menu while you wait, so you know what to order by the time you sit down.
Here is what we got:
Blueberry bourbon crumb cake (daily special) – The cake had tons of flavor with a creamy but light whip cream. You get a good bourbon taste with each bite, and it pairs well with the sweet blueberries.
Black bean cakes – Served with two eggs any style and potatoes, these cakes are great with over easy eggs so you can mix the cakes, eggs, pico de gallo, and sour cream. Excellent nonmeat option since it comes with potatoes and cornbread. The cornbread is especially impressive as it has a nice flavor from the grill and the add-on jalapeño jelly takes it to the next level. The jalapeño jelly is homemade and it has an excellent sweet flavor with the taste of peppers but not the kick. I liked it a lot.
Whisky fennel scramble – The whiskey fennel sausage is one of the most popular items here. The sausage is baked in whiskey, which gives it a nice earthy taste that works well with the spinach and mushrooms. Also the eggs are super fluffy as well. Lastly, the side of potatoes has a nice rosemary, thyme spice to them. It’s above average for breakfast potatoes.
Dotties is one of those places I go back to time and time again in San Francisco, like my other favorite place in the city Brenda’s. If you are looking for a good breakfast spot then look no further. Let me know what you think when you go in the comments.