Now I like to try new eating experiences as much as the next woman, but I laughed out loud when I read a review of this place once that complained that they didn't offer challa french toast. Dude look in the window, read the reviews, the Golden Coffee Shop is a place to go for a genuine, no-frills, freshly cooked breakfast for a ridiculously tiny price, not fancy brunch food. The brothers who run this old-school diner have been doing so for decades. Whenever I land in San Francisco it's always my first stop - Avocado and Jack Cheese Omeletter served with hash browns (freshly grated not out of a frozen packet). I think the most I've ever paid for breakfast here is $US8 including a 25% tip. The french toast is a huge stack, the pancakes generous. The only thing I steer clear of is the poached eggs, made in a steamer and served in a bowl alongside your plate, and the coffee is not fabulous. Go hungry, sit at the counter, be polite to the lovely man behind the counter, don't be a jerk and try to order something that's not on the menu, like Challah French Toast or a skinny soy moccacino. Leave a generous tip. Repeat.
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