Written by and photos by Nadia Ibanez
Brunch is a big deal in San Francisco. Denizens love to wake up early, grab a coffee, and stand in line at any one of the hip brunch spots in the City. But for someone like me who likes to take it easy on Sundays and who refuses to wait more than 20 minutes or so for a meal, brunch can be a bit tricky. I first heard about the Dorian in the Marina a couple months ago and once I got word about their new brunch service, I knew I had to finally pay a visit.
I’m a savory eater when I go out for brunch. While the thought of a stack of fluffy pancakes or waffles topped with syrup and berries sounds appealing for most, I like my morning starches topped with meat, veggies and gooey cheese. Thankfully, the brunch menu at the Dorian caters to both sides of the spectrum.
My girlfriend and I visited the Dorian, which is located in the heart of Chestnut Street, on a busy morning. The restaurant was once inhabited by bottomless-mimosa fueled restaurant and bar, Circa. And while I wasn’t privy to Circa in its heyday, I can safely say that the Dorian is a stunner of a place today. Think Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler designs mingled with a West Hollywood whiskey bar and you’ve got an idea of the space. And apparently there’s a photo booth, which wasn’t operating during my visit. But I’ll definitely be coming back to leave my mark.
We started our meal with some coffees because we both needed to be productive that day. But trust that the Bloody Marys and mimosas were calling my name. The Dorian has a serious whiskey list – we’re talking dozens upon dozens – so make sure you drop by if you’re a bourbon, whiskey or rye aficionado. I definitely recommend ditching the sugar in your coffee and making up for it with an order of Cinnamon Sticky Buns. The sprinkling of banana, hazelnut and bourbon caramel sauce will be a nice jump start to your day.
The dishes at the Dorian are designed to share and that’s exactly what we did. The Shrimp & Crab Cake Sliders were rich and buttery and the Dorian Burger, with bacon jam, white cheddar and caramelized onion, will instantly cure your hangover. Also, go for the Truffle Fries. It appears that I’ve become quite the French fry connoisseur lately and these ones go toe-to-toe with some of my faves in the City.
Other menu items include oysters, a shellfish tower, deviled eggs, salads, scrambles, hashes, souffléd French toast, and so much more. The brunch menu is tight but there’s definitely something on there to satisfy every taste bud.
Brunch and San Francisco goes together like bacon and eggs; waffles and maple syrup, burgers and fries. Do yourself a favor and go indulge at the Dorian. For more information, visit www.doriansf.com.