After a great amount of inner turmoil, I can say with confidence, Outerlands is my favorite breakfast/brunch place in the city. There, I said it. Sorry Lynn. Brenda's is great, but there is just something about this place that speaks to me. The food reminds me of my childhood favorites, and those who know me, know I have a weakness for bread. The ambiance is great as well, wood lined walls with curved ceilings and curved lights protruding out of the walls. Not to mention the abundance of coffee gear lining the shelves that make this place feel like home to me.
First up, we have Levain Toast with spiced apple butter and jam. The toast is thick cut, with a crunchy shell and soft middle. The butter is slightly flavored but the spiced apple jam really stood out. These two spreads make for a deadly combination. Lynn was unable to finish her second piece because it was so rich (more bread for me!). This sort of starter is perfect for a cold winter morning! Pair this with their seasonal lemon ginger apple cider, and you have a warm morning treat!
Next, we split the dutch pancake made in a cast iron skillet. This pastry has the consistency of a croissant on the flaky edges, but the warm gooey texture of an egg tart on the bottom. You can choose one of two toppings, seasonal fruit or bacon. The choice was obvious.
Layered with a thin veil of syrup, this dish has such an incredible range of flavors. It is sweet, savory, salty, flaky, gooey, and crunchy at the same time. Every bite has a different prevailing flavor and texture. I didn't want this dish to end. The combination of syrup and bacon is incredible, but when you add the flaky crust, it is out of this world.
I could talk about this dish till I am blue in the face, but nothing is as good as trying it for yourself! Leave us a comment if you do, we would love another voice in the debate for the greatest brunch place in San Francisco. Until next time, happy eating!