Sears Fine Foods

Californian | Coffee shop | Pancake House
Worth a detour

For decades now, Sears has served one of San Francisco’s defining meals: eighteen ethereal Swedish pancakes with plenty of whipped butter and warm maple syrup and (optional) lingonberries.

The little pancakes are incredibly popular – the kitchen says it makes 11,000 every day – but Sears French toast deserves attention, too. It is made of sourdough bread, soaked in eggs and cream until the texture verges on that of junket, but retains a vague bready chew and the tang of ancient yeast, delectably complemented by Sears’ strawberry preserves.

And there is more: excellent smoked ham or sausage for side dishes and truly fresh fruit cup for hors d’oeuvre. There are pecan waffles; banana nut bread; big baked apples; Swedish coffee cake; and omelets with crisp hash brown potatoes. In addition, there are square-meals lunches and some fine desserts including strawberry shortcake and an autumn-only apple dumpling to die for. But it’s breakfast that has been Sears’ glory since 1938, and the reason people line up on Powell Street every morning well before the place opens at seven.

What to Eat
Sears Fine Foods, Swedish pancakes
Swedish pancakes
The cup of butter comes standard with a plate of pancakes. The ramekin on the right in this picture contains sweet lingonberry relish, which is optional.
Sears Fine Foods, French toast
French toast
Sears sourdough French toast is gentle-textured and gentle-flavored. It comes sprinkled with powdered sugar and is accompanied by a pitcher of syrup.
Sears Fine Foods, Bacon
Sears bacon is thick and crisp and plenty salty – a good companion for just about any breakfast.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 7pm
Monday8am - 7pm
Tuesday8am - 7pm
Wednesday8am - 7pm
Thursday8am - 7pm
Friday8am - 7pm
Saturday8am - 7pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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