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Brunch Madness Elite Eight: (2) Nopa Vs. (3) Mama's on Washington Square
Theodore Gioia | Photo: Courtesy Nopa and Mama's | March 31, 2014
Round Ten: A generational battle between old-city cooking and new-century cuisine.
Who has the best brunch in the city? Our first ever Brunch Bracket pits sixteen of the city's most popular brunch spots in a single elimination, fight-to-the-death tournament. Our food editor Rebecca Flint Marx seeded the contenders, but it's your votes that decide who wins. Every weekday, you'll have a chance to vote on the day's matchup until we decide our ultimate winner. Last Friday, number five seed Zuni Cafe upset number one seed Plow (knocking out the tournament's last remaining one seed).
Winner: Mama's on Washington Square 56%. Runner-Up: Nopa 44%.
Address: 560 Divisadero St. (near Hayes St.)
Signature Dish: Custard French Toast with rosemary, candied citrus, and housemade butter
Vibe: A neighborhood "gathering place"—if, that is, you can get past the wait to do some gathering
Representative Patron: Democrats who wear a suit and tie to work, and secretly want a burger when they go out with vegetarian friends
Weakness: Sometimes you don't want to eat at the communal table
(3) Mama's on Washington Square
Address: 1701 Stockton St. (at Filbert St.)
Signature Dish: "Our Famous" Monte Cristo
Vibe: The dependable comfort of a restaurant that decides to name itself after Mama—mom is never a molecular gastronomist
Representative Patron: Somebody pre-gaming for a sunny afternoon in Washington Square Park.
Weakness: Is it comfort food or frozen-in-time food?
Do you flavor your French Toast with cinnamon or rosemary? Do you like your eggs butter basted or just like mom used to make? Can the current king of California cuisine defeat the queen of classic cooking? Vote here to let us know your pick. The poll will be open for 24 hours, so jump onto Twitter and Facebook to rally your friends!