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Friday, November 11, 2011

Crowds Flock to Sweet Maple for Simple Good Eats

Posted By on Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge Fresh-squeeze orange juice
  • Fresh-squeeze orange juice

Good old-fashioned American breakfast is the specialty every day at Sweet Maple, but weekend brunches (served 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) take the fanfare to a new level. The Lower Pac Heights restaurant is only a year old, but you'd never know it from the crowds waiting outside for a table as early as 9:30 -- during the first weekend of winter weather, no less.


click to enlarge Fresh-squeeze orange juice
  • Fresh-squeeze orange juice
click to enlarge Fresh-squeeze orange juice
  • Fresh-squeeze orange juice


click to enlarge Fresh-squeeze orange juice
  • Fresh-squeeze orange juice

click to enlarge Frisco Scramble
  • Frisco Scramble

click to enlarge Potato medley and ciabatta toast
  • Potato medley and ciabatta toast

click to enlarge Marnier French toast meal
  • Marnier French toast meal

If you have a sweet tooth, try the Marnier French toast ($7.95), three wedges of bread dipped in creamy Marnier batter and pan-fried, dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Better yet, make it a meal for a few dollars extra. Then they tack on eggs, prepared however you like, with bacon, ham or your choice of sausage. 

Meat-lovers, it is essential while you are here to try the Millionaire's Bacon: shockingly thick strips of bacon glazed with brown sugar and sprinkled with red and black pepper. Perfectly savory with a spot-on sweet, spicy balance -- be warned, it may ruin bacon for you. A side order is $5.75 and worth every penny. 

Imagine if everything at old-school breakfast chains was as delicious as it sounded on the menu, made with fresh and organic ingredients and legitimately well-prepared. The concept is so simple, but Sweet Maple has it down. 

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