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Spencer Cotton


American  in  Sunset
Written by
Spencer Cotton

Outerlands is a restaurant that always makes us feel like we’re on vacation. Maybe it’s the weathered wood walls and ceiling, maybe it’s the laidback service, or perhaps it’s location way the eff out in the Sunset. The air is salty, the vibe is beachy, and the food is fantastic.

Everything tastes better on vacation. And this holds true at Outerlands. For the most part, the menu is populated by American standards like grilled cheese and tomato soup, but you’ll also find things like pork belly rice pudding or a sticky bun topped with grapes, peanuts, and rosemary. All of it is good, and none of it is fancy. There are no sauces swiped over ⅙ of the plate for flair and no deconstructed BLTs with bacon impaling a tomato.

Outerlands is great for dinner, but the breakfast, brunch, and lunch menus stand out just as much. There will generally be a wait, but get there a little before brunch opens and you should be fine. The restaurant is also dog-friendly, and the outdoor tables on a sunny day are enough to get you to start looking into the possibility of an Outerlands timeshare deal.

So when you feel like you need a vacation, take a trip to the Sunset for Outerlands. It’s cheaper than going to Cabo.

Food Rundown

Sticky Bun

This sticky bun always comes topped with a seemingly strange assortment of ingredients. Most recently the bun has included grapes, peanuts, and rosemary. We’ve also had cheese, walnuts and apple-y sauce. Generally pretty good, because it’s on top of a sticky bun, but not a must order.

Dutch Pancake

A work of art in a pan. Or a pancake bread bowl that you can fill with berries or bacon and ricotta. Whether you go sweet or savory, ricotta should always be added.


While the fillings change seasonally, the quiche itself is always light and custardy and generally amazing. Last trip we had corn and Jersualem artichokes.

Eggs in Jail

A jail we’d gladly commit crimes for. The bread is great, the egg is baked inside and it also has bacon. They do us the favor of tossing some kale slaw on top so you get your daily greens. Excellent.

Grilled Cheese

This is a mammoth grilled cheese on their house made bread. The bread to cheese ratio is a little off-balance and the sandwich is so big it can be hard for people with normal sized mouths to consume. However, it is still pretty damn good, and ideal for soup dip page.

Tomato Soup

We are not usually soup orderers at restaurants, because we save our spoon-eating for cereal and ice cream, however, this soup is liquid gold. Incredible flavor, a little spicy and perfectly smooth. Don’t skip it.


Not just a truck food. Green falafels with an herby Mediterranean salad and babaganoush, plus fried eggs. We could eat this forever and at every meal. It is so good.

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