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Dottie's True Blue Cafe

28 6th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-1602
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Ranked #53 of 4,859 restaurants in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Café
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Dessert
Description: Now located in a beautiful 1910 building with brick walls and hardwood floors with an open kitchen and very cozy atmosphere. Roof top seating when the weather permits for coffee and pastries or a glass of wine in the afternoon. We have an additional seating capacity of approximately 24 making for a quicker turnaround.
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Seattle, Washington
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76 reviews 76 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

For out-of-towners, the area is on the rough side (right in the Tenderloin) and you're going to line up outside the restaurant and wait a good 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to get it, but oh my gosh is it ever going to be worth the wait! We had a vegetarian frittata that was out of this world and the... More

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Newton, MA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

I waited 45 minutes to get into this place. The ambiance is really cool, but hard to explain. It was kind of like the 50's meets laid back. The pancakes were amazing. They don't serve half and half, but when I said I wanted some for my coffee they made it for me. When I ordered my bacon the server... More

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159 reviews 159 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Third or fourth visit over say ten years. I reckon it's at it's best in the new location. Much roomier. Service was fantastic. Waiter made up with the long wait by giving us a banana walnut cake. Was amazing but above and beyond. Wife had raspberry pancakes but fortunately asked for half serve. Tasted awesome tried some of it. I... More

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Boulder, CO
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

It wasn't easy getting in, but it was a delicious meal! The service was friendly, but the restaurant was just laid back and no one was moving with any concern for customer's hunger or time constraints. We had an hour for lunch and couldn't get in and out in that time. We'll be back only when we have more time,... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I arrived just before 9 on Thursday, and waited about 20 minutes for a table for 1. I ordered the 1920's Prohibition Whiskey Blueberry Crumb Cake (as advertised on the chalkboard outside), and it was excellent! The whipped cream was fresh (not chemical), and the cake was moist. The atmosphere inside is quiet enough to be able to have a... More

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Merced, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

I've passed this place up many times due to the line for breakfast. I finally went Monday and only had about a 10 min wait. I'm do glad I did. From the blueberry corn meal pancakes, dill sourdough toast to the wild boar sausage) which I am convinced is the best sausage I've ever eaten) You simply can't go wrong... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

My husband found this place online and off we ventured at 8am on a weekday. Even then the queue was out of the door and the wait was around 20-25 mins. But worth the wait! The breakfast portions are huge and tasty. My husband had a 3 egg omelette and I had pancakes. For coffee, tea, an omelette with a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We waited 45 mins for a table for 6 on a Saturday but it was worth it. The food was delicious - freshly prepared and well seasoned. Service was excellent. Try the pancake!

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Concord, MA, USA
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Dottie's is just into the Tenderloin (a sketchy neighborhood) and always has a line on weekends. We went on a weekday, got there early, and had a very short wait. The breakfasts are incredible. Coffee cakes, breads, and other "sweet stuff" are amazing and huge. Pick off the blackboard for wonderful stuff you've never seen before (there's a Speakeasy vibe... More

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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The best pancakes we have ever had. Banana raspberry were awesome. So was the Fritatta. Worth the wait. Line at 9 on Sunday but still worth it. Excellent service as well.

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