Oatmeal or whole grain porridge in SF

Any exceptional versions of oatmeal out there? Or whole grain porridges (farro?)?

For oatmeal, I like steel-cut oats and adornments like honey and fresh fruit, not so much nuts.

The Sentinel for oatmeal!

Not in your probable price range but Barbacco has an excellent farotto.

@chocolatetartguy I followed up on your tip from a thread last year about the Sentinel’s oatmeal. Great stuff, lots of fruit and nuts!

@wallyeats I was thinking more for breakfast, but will second your recommendation for that dish!

I have gone there twice at lunchish time just for that dish, but I admit it has been at least a year.

Cafe St. Jorge [SF, Bernal] has a couple of interesting porridges – one chia and one quinoa.

If you find yourself at UCSF Mission Bay, The Pub has really good oatmeal. (In general, there is almost nothing good to eat on campus, a sad daily fact for me.)

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Thanks for a great tip! Voting on Tuesday got me out of the house too quick to make breakfast, so I followed up on your tip.

I’ve been there before for their selection of Portguese treats from Silva Bakery, and was pleased to enjoy the more “natural foods” stuff on my visit. Quinoa doesn’t break down and release starches like a grain would in porridge, but it acted as a healthy foil for lots of fresh fruit (bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) and a giant portion or perfectly toasted walnuts.

They have options of cow, hemp, almond, and rice milk, and I think rice milk would have melded the flavors together even better than the cows milk I got. At $9, it was expensive, but it satisfied me enough to scale down my lunch.

I’ll keep this in mind next time I’m having breakfast with vegan friends, and want something fun like Portuguese baked goods for myself. On that note, they sell jars of Lupini beans, whose waxy, briny beans remind me of Halloumi cheese, but are vegan.

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Not exactly what you were looking for. But for days when you aren’t getting breakfast outside, Bob’s quick cooking steel cut oats at Costco does a good job of retaining the steel cut texture while cooking pretty quick.

I used to use that, and found it great for camping too.

What I’ve been doing recently gets me out of the house even quicker— at night, bring to a boil 4 cups of water, add 1 cup steel cut oats, cook for 1 minute, add 1/4 tsp. kosher salt, cover, turn off heat and let sit on the stove. In the morning, fully stir, cook covered on medium about 10 minutes or so. Makes 4 servings.

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