You may not think that the depths of the Outer Sunset, steps away from Ocean Beach, would be a hotspot for weekend brunch -- but Outerlands is full of surprises. The small, cozy restaurant on 45th Avenue and Judah Street is so nondescript a passerby might not notice it -- that is, if it weren't for the crowd of people waiting patiently (even contentedly!) outside.
The smell of baking levain emanates from the kitchen as espresso machines hum, manned by a smiling waitstaff who seem to have tapped into an enviable Pacific calm. The scene is lively but peaceful.
Outerlands doesn't take reservations for brunch, so prepare to wait if you go earlier in the day. If it's cold out, you can order coffee and borrow a blanket while you wait.
"Best grilled cheese...EVER"
"Gotta go with those tartlette-style open faced sandwiches!"
The wide shutter-style windows open up during Sunday brunch at Outerlands, and the inviting smell of bacon wafts out onto the street. Kick back and get cozy with a delicious mug of their hand-ground coffee (served in large carafes). Then choose from the crave-worthy menu that encourages tasting and sharing. Their Dutch pancakes alone — sweet or savory goodness baked to perfection in a cast iron pan — make Outerlands well worth the trip.