Ambiance: Simple Diner
Address: 118 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
Web Site: no site, click here for the yelp page
Must Taste (Breakfast):
- Banana Pancakes - regular diner-style pancakes with a handful of banana pieces - sometimes simple, is better.
Best For: family or friends
What to Wear: casual
Fave Points: standard American breakfast options - pancakes, eggs, omelets, bacon
My Occasion: breakfast with a friend
My Fave Dish: Banana Pancakes - sometimes you want a fancy crepe breakfast, sometimes you just want a tried and true pancake. Bananas help switch up this diner standard.
Menu pricing and availability subject to change.
I was visiting my friend in San Francisco from the East Coast and my friend really wanted to take me to a local creperie. We hit up the Sunset area and headed to the creperie only to get stuck in a huge line. We had plans to head out to wine country later that day, so we decided to skip the crepes (and the wait) and stop somewhere else. We happened to pass Cafe Rain Tree and decided a traditional eggs + pancakes kind of breakfast sounded pretty good.
The interior of Cafe Rain Tree reminded me a lot of your standard diner-style restaurant - no frills.
It was pretty chilly inside the restaurant - we used our coffee mugs to keep our hands warm.
I got my fave breakfast combo - pancakes, eggs, and bacon. I got 2 fried eggs over medium and jazzed up my pancake order by adding bananas. The breakfast for me. Although I didn’t think there was anything particularly special or unique about the breakfast, it was certainly satisfying.
My friend got an omelet, which was served with whole wheat toast and, I believe, potatoes.
The restaurant wasn’t fancy and didn’t seem to have any over-the-top unique offerings, but it was good for what it was - nice, simple food, fresh off the griddle. Our waitress was pretty friendly, too, and everything came out quite promptly. Breakfast hit the spot and filled us up nicely for our trip to wine-country.