Where to Eat: Outer Sunset

We spent the most beautiful Saturday morning wandering around Outer Sunset with friends who live in the area, walking along the beach, checking out the real estate, and brunching. The purpose of this trip was of course, Outerlands. Outerlands is a local, organic, farm to table destination by chefs Yoni Levy and Brooke Mosley. They serve a great weekday breakfast ("until it runs out") and a very popular brunch. Outerlands opens at 9am, and if you don't arrive and write your name on the hanging clipboard by 8:45am, you will find yourself amidst crowds and an hour wait.

 The Brunching Hour. Outerlands is located at 4001 Judah Street @ 45th Ave., San Francisco.  

The Brunching Hour. Outerlands is located at 4001 Judah Street @ 45th Ave., San Francisco.  

I of course couldn't wait to get my hands on the brunch menu, and right away I spotted my choice: Mushroom Hash with roasted vegetables, ginger, sunflower seeds, and sunny-side up eggs. This choice was vegetarian, and free from the common allergies of gluten and dairy. Plus lots of yummy antioxidants and fiber rich vegetables, and the protein from the eggs. Translation: this whole-foods dish will make you feel great! Outerlands also serves a daily pastry list, that seemed to be incredibly popular among regulars. The nutritionist in me would not recommend beginning your day with what can be described as dessert. A spike in blood sugar so early in the morning will result in fatigue, headaches, and unbalanced blood sugar all day. The balance in me says, do what you want. Just understand the consequences, and make good choices the rest of the day. Our table ordered the sticky bun, which

 Vegetable Hash with sunny side up eggs, ginger, sunflower seeds, and black garlic.

Vegetable Hash with sunny side up eggs, ginger, sunflower seeds, and black garlic.


Neighborhood Snapshot.

In the 1930s, Outer Sunset (and Outer Richmond) were considered the Badlands (technically, the "Outside Lands") of San Francisco. Before their residential and commercial development, much of the area was covered in huge sand dunes and largely uninhabitable. It was inaccessible due to to neither roads nor public transportation to the area. In the late 1800s after much litigation against claims of squatters, a park was successfully petitioned by politicians and residents on the western side of the city. This became what is now Golden Gate Park. The Outside Lands were subdivided and squatters were able to donate a portion of their claims in return for clear title over the remainder of their lands.  

Though still far removed, today the Outer Sunset is a much different story. Quiet and quirky, with an relaxed beach town vibe. Our friends have a beautiful apartment with a large deck overlooking the ocean and the huge windmill popping up from the thick greenery of Golden Gate Park. Peeking into the neighboring yards, I saw wetsuits lined up by the droves. The neighborhood of course is a popular choice for the surfing community, and even our friends have about nine surfboards lined up in their living room. If you're ever in the hood, I'd highly recommend stopping into 3 Fish Studios, a dedicated space to create, display, and sell local art. Owned by Eric and Annie, husband and wife artists, the art studio is a place where collaboration is celebrated. They have the coolest backyard with an oversized, asymmetrical picnic table, where they encourage patrons and locals to come hang out. they will probably also offer you a beer...