Restaurant Review: Sears Fine Food in San Francisco

Sometimes, in this crazy busy world, one wants to return to a slower time. Gentle Readers, The Practical Cook indulged in just such a moment by returning to a place she had been years ago, on her very first business trip, Sears Fine Food in San Francisco. Mind you, as a left-handed red-head, the good old days have limited appeal for me. If I look too far back in time, the good old days are more like “burn her at the stake as a witch.”

Make mine decaf: coffee in a proper cup.

Make mine decaf: coffee in a proper cup.

But I digress. In the middle of a modern day business trip, I simply wanted a nice cup of coffee and a quick trip down memory lane. Sears was unchanged since my last visit, and seemingly unchanged in 50 years. As for the food, I’m sure San Francisco natives could easily name a dozen places that go local, modern, better, but on a drizzly morning at the beginning of the second part of a long trip, this was perfection in pancakes.

The Menu at Sear's Fine Dining in San Francisco

The Menu at Sears Fine Dining in San Francisco

Sears is known for their small, Swedish pancakes. I ordered the “one of everything” type breakfast, which included eggs and a very respectable corned beef hash. (I miss NYC a whole lot in that regard: if you have recommendation for good corned beef hash, send ’em along. I’m listening.)

No, really, I'll take one of everything: Swedish pancakes, corned beef hash, hash browns, eggs, and coffee.

No, really, I'll take one of everything: Swedish pancakes, corned beef hash, hash browns, eggs, and coffee.

For those of you who have ever worked a large-scale trade show, you’ll appreciate that this is a “smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em” type situation. Yes, I ate all of that, slowly, sitting at the counter, only tipping my hand to modernity by Tweeting and photographing while I was doing it. Then I headed back into the crush of the Moscone Center, more able to face down the day’s work.

Time stops long enough for a large breakfast at Sear's.

Time stops long enough for a large breakfast at Sears.

There is a reason people used to eat like that, to fortify themselves on occasion before pulling a long shift. And the joy of coffee in a proper cup instead of the faux Italian sizes we’ve all grown accustomed to cannot be overstated. Thank you Sears, it was Fine Food.

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