Eat @ Plow – SF

Plow, a restaurant started by a “Midwest country boy meets San Francisco China girl” is a neighborhood gem hidden in the outskirts of San Francisco. Potrero Hill, with its beautiful views of the San Francisco skyline and close proximity to the inner city, was once a haven for artists; I remember back in the late-90’s when the very first lofts were built in the area and my distant cousin (formerly an “artist” that worked a graveyard shift and whose occupation involved dancing) lived here. Since then, the neighborhood has undergone a gentrification and is now home to upper-middle class families, resulting in an uprise of bookstores, coffee shops and restaurants, like Plow.

Plow was originally a vacant architect studio converted into a cozy restaurant by its new owners, Joel and Maxine. With its big windows, it feels as if you are sitting in friend’s dining room. As for the menu, it is based on ingredients that are sourced from local farms; menu items change seasonally.

Brunch for me always starts with coffee. #butfirstcoffee is more like #butalwayscoffee!

I ordered the restaurant’s namesake breakfast, “The Plow” which included all the staples: lemon ricotta pancakes, crispy potatoes, eggs and bacon. Other popular menu items are the fried egg sandwich (two eggs fried soft, aioli, cheddar and frisee, on a bun), sausage biscuit (tomato, scallions, honey butter on a buttermilk biscuit), soft scrambled eggs (asparagus, stinging nettles, oyster mushrooms, goat cheese, crispy potatoes + toast) and avocado toast (pickled red onions, soft poached egg, aleppo pepper).

A seat at the counter gives you front row access to all action in the kitchen.

The lemon ricotta pancakes are to-die-for; they are light and airy. We placed a side order to share, despite it being included as part of my breakfast too. (Please don’t judge me!) ;-)

And let’s just talk about potatoes for a second… I’m not sure how they do it, but the potatoes come out crispy with the right amount of crunch on each and every potato. Now at most breakfast joints I’ve been to there was an uneven distribution of crispiness amongst the potatoes, but not here. No siree! If they’ve mastered one thing, then that is it, my friends (in addition to the pancakes, eggs and biscuits!)

There are a few more things to keep in mind:

// Due to the restaurant’s modest size, they cannot accomodate parties greater than 6.

// Plow opens Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday) between 8AM to 2PM.

// Plow does not take reservations and everyone must be present in order to be seated.

// When visiting Plow, expect to wait regardless of day and time you visit. On the weekends it can take as long as 2 hours to get a seat, but if you are able to play hooky on a weekday then there is a smaller crowd to compete with.

Plow | 1299 18th Street | San Francisco, CA 94107 | (415) 821-PLOW (7569)

Photos by Rhythm KM


  1. I love these photos! I’m always so skittish about taking pictures in restaurants. I’ve been to Plow a couple of times. You did it justice. Nice post!

  2. Plow sounds amazing! The food looks great, and I love that old school vibe they have going on. No snootiness there!

  3. That sounds like an amazing menu. All the food you pictured looks phenomenal. Sounds like a great place to eat.

  4. Catherine S April 2, 2015

    This sounds like a great place to eat. The food looks really good. You know it has to be good if people are willing to wait two hours.

  5. That Plow dish looks absolutely delicious! I love hearing that they source all their ingredients locally, it seems as if that’s a trend that’s starting to pick up finally! We will definitely be checking out Plow if we ever find ourselves in the SF area.

  6. Jeanine April 2, 2015

    Wow. Those food photos are making me hungry! Looks so good! Sounds like a lovely place to dine!

  7. Kelly Hutchinson April 2, 2015

    I have heard of Plow on television and have always wanted to go. The food and decor look amazing.

  8. Chubskulit Rose April 2, 2015

    The PLOW SOUNDS LIKE A pretty heavy meal. I would love to try the ricotta pancakes, looks and sound delicious!

  9. touristmeetstraveler April 2, 2015

    Lemon ricotta pancakes sound so yummy, that’s something I’d love to try!

  10. Elizabeth O. April 2, 2015

    I love the rustic and homey energy of the place! The food looks delicious too!

  11. That sounds like a really cool place to eat! I visited San Francisco last summer and loved it! I wish I would have known about this restaurant then.

  12. Roselynn April 3, 2015

    I really wish there was one near me, but I highly doubt it since I am on the other side of the country. The sound of the potatoes had my mouth absolutely watering.

  13. R U S S April 3, 2015

    I love the ambiance, so casual yet still chic. I’m totally digging those lemon ricotta pancakes.

  14. Gabriel April 3, 2015

    Looks like a cool place. I love the move towards a more urban living style. It isn’t for me (even my small town of 600 is too many people) but I love seeing all those cool old buildings put to use.

  15. Kori April 3, 2015

    What a great looking restaurant. I haven’t been back to SF in years. A lot of my family is over there.

  16. Erika April 4, 2015

    Great photos! They make me want to go try this place out one day :)

  17. Shannon Gurnee April 4, 2015

    This sounds like a super yummy restaurant! I would love to check it out someday.

  18. Ann Bacciaglia April 5, 2015

    This looks like a great place to eat in San Francisco. The food looks so delicious.

  19. Ashleigh Walls April 6, 2015

    I would love to enjoy a meal here with my boyfriend! The name sounds so interesting, thank you for their background story!

  20. It looks like a nice place to get something to eat. I love cute little places like this. And I am the same way, always coffee first.

  21. This place looks so cool. I love San Fransico but I never can find gems like this.

  22. Tonya C April 7, 2015

    I love San Fransisco! I’ll have to look up this place next time we’re there. The food and atmosphere of the restaurant looks fun.

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