Dottie's True Blue Cafe | San Francisco, CA

Saturday, August 11th, 2012 | click here to comment

{This is an excerpt from a larger post. To read my entire post on San Francisco, click here.}

After waiting for 20 minutes, I gave up and figured out that we could order take out and cut our wait time in half. The food was good, but I'm not sure it was worth the wait. The gluten-free pancakes had raspberries inside which made for a tart bite, but overall the dish felt very heavy and of course there is the huge disclaimer (mine, not theirs) that the gluten-free dishes are prepared in the same tiny kitchen and prep space as the other food, so beware. If you are extremely sensitive, avoid Dottie's.

Besides, you can get a gluten-free breakfast sandwich at Mariposa Bakery and a divine cappuccino from Blue Bottle Coffee in the Ferry Building Marketplace. Oh, and waiting in line at Dottie's is a little cray. There is quite a robust homeless population in that particular area (the Tenderloin) and they are quite aggressive. Even my Native New Yorker self was a little intimidated when a mentally unstable man came up to me and my little one babbling something and then wandered off 

to harass two girls across the street. 

If you're hell bent on going to Dottie's, here's my reco: arrive for the first opening, about a half hour early. Otherwise, just walk in and place your order to go and enjoy a coffee at the bar. It definitely beats waiting outside on chilly days, or being harassed by weirdos.


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