Dottie’s True Blue Cafe

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe is a diner in San Francisco serving up classic American diner style food and lots of freshly baked goodies. The inside of the restaurant looks neat and it has a much cooler ambiance than your typical diner.

They were featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and there is often a line up to get in. My Mom and I came about five minutes before they opened on a week day and there were already a few people in line, but we got seated right away.

Side rant: I saw a lot of reviews online talking about how the neighbourhood this restaurant is in is super sketchy and ghetto. The building is a bit old and yeah there are a few homeless people around, but it is far from dangerous, so that shouldn’t deter someone from going. Besides, diners don’t really belong in upscale neighbourhoods.

The True Blue Plate

My Mom had the true blue plate ($10.95), which comes with freshly squeezed juice, two eggs done anyway, your choice of sausage, bacon, or ham, and toast. The toast is made with their home-made buttermilk dill bread. My Mom said it was very good.

This combo is a pretty good deal considering it also comes with fresh juice. The portion is also large and is definitely enough to fill you up.

Prosciutto, Basil, Balsamic Roasted Tomato, and Red Pepper Flake Scramble

I had the prosciutto, basil, balsamic roasted tomato, and red pepper flake scramble ($11.95) with home fries on the side.

These eggs were fantastic. They were so moist and flavourful and there was the perfect amount of fillings mixed in them so you got a piece of everything in each bite. The prosciutto added a salty richness and the balsamic roasted tomatoes had tons of flavour. The pops of fresh basil was a nice touch and accentuated all of the flavours.

Grilled Chili Cheddar Cornbread with Jalapeno Jelly

I upgraded my toast to their special grilled chili cheddar cornbread with jalapeno jelly for $1. This is one of their signature items and it is so good. The bread is flakey, crumbly, and buttery and it has a savoury cheesy flavour. The jalapeno jelly was great and it was actually very sweet with a kick of spice.

The food from Dottie’s impressed me and it definitely lived up to the hype. I like the fact that they take the time to bake all of their own breads/muffins and you can really taste the difference. The food is also good value because the portions are massive and reasonably priced. Two people could easily split a meal.


Yes, for an excellent and massive breakfast.

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Categories: $$ ($10-$15), Bakery, California, Diner, San Francisco


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