Dottie’s True Blue Cafe and Buena Vista Cafe Review

Interesting Dottie’s True Blue Cafe

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe is an excellent American breakfast/brunch place on 6th street in San Francisco.

We didn’t know about it until our friend Sagar spoke for hours about how legendary it is a day before.  I never knew how popular this place was and after hearing that the lines go out the door and wait times are upward towards an hour on the infamous tenderloin neighborhood in SF. Thanks to our another friend from SF who stood in line for 30 mins while we were reaching there.

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The decor of the place was interesting. It was warm Victorian décor, dark historic paneling, high ceilings, old red brick, and contrasting modern stainless steel kitchen, was welcoming and impressive.  The smells, well, that is what you want to smell when you walk inside a restaurant. Good, fresh, savory, mouth watering. Service here is AWESOME.  Constant refills on coffee, the waitress who served me was always cordial and attentive. I had my favorite Mimosa. Our order came pretty fast.

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The menu was diverse.Our amazing brunch started with a Whiskey Blueberry Crumb Cake – This was my favorite. Perfect texture, served warm with a sweet glaze, cream and great flavor, I will probably order this every time I come here. My next order was the Lamb Merguez Sausage, roasted garlic and tomato, spinach, and goat cheese omelet – Everything inside this omelet pretty much sums up a perfect omelet and the serving size of this dish was impressively large with the omelet taking up half the plate. Ritesh ordered the wild boar sausage and we all loved it. I highly recommend upgrading to the grilled cheddar cornbread with pepper jelly, crisp on the edges and completely addictive, you definitely won’t regret it. We finished our brunch with a pair of Dottie’s Famous Pancakes.

Dotties Cafe San Francisco

Dotties Cafe San Francisco

Dotties Cafe San Francisco

I definitely recommend this place as one of the top brunch spots in the city and would definitely go back. Be prepared to wait in the line though :)

Prices are a little high, but it shows in the ingredients and the quality of the food.

Our next stop for the day was Buena Vista Cafe on Fisherman’s Wharf.

Irish coffee, Irish coffee, Irish coffee, Irish coffee, Irish coffee!!!

A sugar cube, coffee, forty-eight-hour aged cream, and a splash of alcohol… perfect for a cold night!! Cost- $9.

Dotties Cafe San Francisco

The Buena Vista cafe, where history and rumors say that Irish Coffee first reached the US. This place is filled with everyday brilliance: Table is painted with blackboard paint. Chalk has been left out in bowl. Possibly the best Irish Coffee in the US.

This place never changes. Perfect balance of coffee and liquor (and obviously very good coffee to start with) plus an amazing cream that is thick and rich yet floats and remains distinct from the liquid. Great on a cold day, but even on a warm one this an essential stop on any visit to San Francisco.

These little Irish coffee shots are small, tasty, and can get you into trouble cause they taste so good. This is a place you must stop by if you are in the area and for the love of monkeys have an Irish coffee but you have to watch them make it as well. It’s the best part of the experience!

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It was great to see the process of making this drink.  First the bartender warms the glasses with some hot water. After emptying the water he drops some sugar cubes in the glass and pours coffee filling it a little over half way. Then he stirs in the sugar and puts in a generous pour of Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey and then tops it off with frothy cream.  There it is, a Buena Vista Irish Coffee.

I captured this video to document this beautiful process of making an Irish Coffee

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Dotties Cafe San Francisco

Dotties Cafe San Francisco

January 25th is National Irish Coffee Day

Here are  five thing to know about Irish Coffee:

  1. The Irish coffee typically consisted of black coffee, sugar, whipped cream, and Irish whiskey.
  2. Some say it was invented in Ireland and was intended to help travelers keep warm while traveling the Atlantic Ocean.
  3. It is said that Stanton Delaplane brought the drink to the United States and convinced the Buena Vista bar in San Francisco to put it on their drink menu.
  4. Tom Bergin’s Tavern in Los Angeles, also claims to have been the originator and has had a large sign in place reading “House of Irish Coffee” since the early 1950s.
  5. A similar hot Irish drink is called the Hot Irish Monk – cocoa, Frangelica (available kosher in select places) and whiskey.
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