Neighborhood: San Francisco’s Mission District, 3465 19th St. (between Lexington St. & Valencia St.)
The scoop: I was visiting San Francisco for the first time with a friend for a few days. We initially planned to brunch at Mission Beach Café, but the wait was extremely long, so we walked around the Mission District in search of another brunch spot. Radish was located on the corner and the chalkboard advertising bottomless mimosas seemed welcoming.
There are a couple of tables set up right outside of Radish. I walked into the restaurant to see how long the wait would be and I had to write my name on a clipboard by the door. There weren’t many names before mine so it seemed like the wait wouldn’t be too long. As we looked around the restaurant, we noticed all of the dishes looked well prepared. We were set on eating here. After about 10 minutes, my name was called and we were escorted to the bar area. Personally, I don’t like to eat at the bar, but the hostess said the wait for a table may be long. We decided to sit at the end of the bar.
The bar seating wasn’t too bad since I was just dining with one other person. Radish is a pretty fun place and is a perfect place to brunch with friends. The atmosphere was loud with chatter and there were a couple of fun art paintings on the walls. Pop music from the early 2000s — Backstreet Boys, Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child, etc. — dominated the radio the entire time we were brunching.
To the right side of the bar, there is an open kitchen. The cook was constantly busy and was quickly providing many brunch dishes to the servers. The service was good, we were never rushed, and we did not have to ask for anything. Before leaving, the waitress offered to bring another round of drinks, but we declined since we were pretty full.
Bottomless Mimosas $10
I thought the mimosas tasted pretty good. The orangey flavor was fresh, and there was a decent amount of champagne in the flute. A great thing about Radish is that each group of brunchers are provided with a small carafe so you will never have an empty glass. We probably had three mimosas each and we were satisfied.
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Chocolate Chip, Toasted Walnut Pancakes $9.50 / Real maple syrup and whipped cream
When Marilyn placed her order, the waitress asked her if she was fine with both the chocolate chip and walnuts. I thought that was nice because most of the time the waitstaff never points out things about dishes. As soon as the dish was placed in front of Marilyn, she said the pancakes were huge and to dig in since she wouldn’t be able to finish them all on her own. The pancakes were delicious, fresh and very chocolately. If you aren’t a syrup fan, you are in luck because these pancakes are so flavorful that I felt syrup was not necessary. Our only complaint about this dish was that there weren’t many walnuts in the pancakes.
Biscuit Benny $11.50 / Two poached eggs, ham and hollandaise on a house-made biscuit; served with hash
The eggs Benedict was good, however, I wish it wasn’t served with so much hollandaise sauce because it ended up overpowering the dish. The eggs were perfect and the ham tasted good on top of the buttery biscuit, but it was a challenge to enjoy considering the overwhelming amount of hollandaise sauce. I asked for a salad instead of hash and was provided with a decent amount of arugula, but it only came with a small shaving of radish and two cherry tomatoes. I’m not complaining, but I wish my salad had more tomatoes or something else. Being a person who likes variety, I was glad that they served fresh strawberries on the side because I like washing my food down with something sweet.
The final bite: Radish is a great place to have a casual and fun brunch with friends. The brunch menu has something for everyone, and you can’t ask for more with flowing drinks, fresh food and a comfortable atmosphere.
Reviewed by: Victoria