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Brunch Madness: (2) Nopa vs. (7) Dottie's True Blue Cafe

Round Three: A battle between the city's temple to organic eating and the humble downtown diner.

French Toast vs. Black Bean Cakes

Nopa's Custard French Toast vs. Dottie's Black Bean Cakes

Who has the best brunch in the city? Our first ever Brunch Bracket pits sixteen of the city's most popular brunch spots in a single elimination, fight-to-the-death tournament. Our food editor Rebecca Flint Marx seeded the contenders, but it's your votes that decide who wins. Every weekday, you'll have a chance to vote on the day's matchup until we decide our ultimate winner. Yesterday number five seed El Techo de Lolinda upset number four seed Presidio Social Club.

Winner: Nopa 73%. Runner-Up: Dottie's True Blue Cafe 27%.

Today's match-up:

(2) Nopa
Address: 560 Divisadero St. (near Hayes St.)
Signature Dish: Custard French Toast with rosemary, candied citrus, and housemade butter
Vibe: Warm and inviting, but the décor is fifty shades of brown—bright colors are banned
Representative Patron: The morally conscious foodie who likes their vegetables local and their beef grass-fed
Weakness: It's just a little too San Franciscosometimes you don't want to eat somewhere that self-identifies as a "gathering place" rather than a restaurant

(7) Dottie's True Blue Cafe
Address: 28 6th St. (near Market St.)
Signature Dish: Black Bean Cakes and Eggs
Vibe: Fifties diner with chalkboard specials and no-nonsense waitresses who don't have the word hospitality in their vocabulary
Representative Patron: The working-class man on his day off who has never considered taking a picture of his food before eating it
Weakness: Is it a restaurant or a cafeteria?

Do you prefer to spend your Sundays at a neighborhood diner or a community "gathering place"? Do you like your burgers with chili lemon aioli or plain old mayo? Will the working-man's diner pull the upset?The poll will be open for 24 hours, so jump onto Twitter and Facebook to rally your friends!

Follow along with the full bracket here. 

 

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