Surprise find while in San Francisco last week. Dottie’s True Blue Cafe, an upscale diner in a downscale neighborhood. Dottie’s sits across the street from a parking garage in the Tenderloin District. Reviewers on Yelp and Urbanspoon. award it four stars for its eclectic breakfast menu.
Dottie's opens at 7:30 a.m., and from what we were led to believe, the lines start forming around 7 a.m. We got there around 7:15 on a Friday. No trouble getting a table for the first seating, but by 7:45 a.m., all 40 seats were taken and there was a longer line of people waiting on the sidewalk.
It was hard to decide what to order, but we finally settled on a brick-sized slab of warm blueberry-whiskey coffee cake, then a split order of a prosciutto, tomato and basil scramble. Coffee flowed as owner Kurt Abney worked the grill. With tax and tip, our bill was $14 each, not really cheap, but very filling, and very good. Not your average diner!
Love the counter stools with a view of the grill action. Most of the egg dishes are served with an herbed corn bread toast. Really delicious. The Tenderloin is mostly seedy rather than dangerous, so no worries about walking a few blocks out of the main downtown area to get here. Enjoy!