Saturday, January 12, 2013

Cafe Golo

"I went to a restaurant that serves 'Breakfast any time'. So I ordered French toast during the Renaissance."
~ Steven Wright

(No official website.)

1602 Lombard Street (at Gough Street)

Phonicular contact: (415) 673-4656

("Instant Karma[1]", just add "

For another pleasant, attitude-free breakfast I went back to Cafe Golo (see last 'blog-entry from August 26th, 2012). Miss Peebee was not there this morning, but Jay (co-owner and Head Baker) was there to greet diners. This place may be "tiny" in stature, but it is mighty "big" in flavour (kinda like Miss Peebee and Jay ~ she's tiny and he is big). Plus, it meets all of my 2013 prerequisites: it opens before 10:00am (they open at 8:00am every day of the week, except on Saturdays and Sundays when they open at 8:00am); the food is always fresh and tasty; and, most important of all, they didn't kick me out even before letting me in.

My favourite item on their breakfast menu has to be the Tater Scramble, which was one of my "Best New Finds of 2012", but I wanted to try something different and had the Veggie Omelet ~ eggs, tomatoes (which happens to be a real berry), onions, peppers (another real berry), zucchini (which is really a fruit), and mushrooms ~ (cheese optional); served with country potatoes and choice of toast. I also had a cuppa coffee and a warmed-up Blueberry (another real berry) - Mango (a stone fruit, not a berry, of course) Tart[2] to start. Not to be outdone, I also ordered a Sweet Potato Tart to go, which I will enjoy later today while watching the San Francisco 49ers play the Green Bay Packers (I don't want to sound unfaithful here, but I have picked the Limburgerheads to win tonight in my Football Pool; however, I would be very happy if I was actually wrong).

I went with the "cheese optional" choice and had "optional Cheddar". Now it wasn't stated anywhere on the menu, but they added a minimal amount of "the vile weed" in with the other veggies; however, I can overlook this breakfastary sedition as the rest of the ingredients were all fresh and good. I skipped the toast, as I had more than enough to eat with my tart starter (which I probably should have taken a picture of, but as soon as they brought it out to me I started eating it; it really was that good). As stated before, their country potatoes (That would just be another name for "homefries", Mrs. Huneycutt) are very good and made with both regular and sweet potatoes in it. The coffee was good and bottomless (How come is it that St*rbucks never gives you a free refill of bagels or muffins?).

As for condimentary supplementation, this morning I used some of my own Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce ~ the original version (Thanks agains, Amys and Brian!) on the country potatoes and a little Serious Food… Silly Prices Sweet Heat (Thanks, Cindy and Greg ~ both!) on the omelette (had I been aware that there was going to be any of "the vile weed" in the omelette, I might have used a little more still). Cafe Golo offers a pretty decent selection of hot sauces, mine are just better. I even left some of the PAFFPS for Jay to try; he said he'd use it on his potatoes this morning when he had time to eat breakfast, also. I am trying to push this on as many restaurant owners as possible; it really is so much better than most of the standard available bottled hot sauces.

Go 49ers!!! (Even if I didn't pick 'em.)

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Veggie Omelet ~ 6.7; Blueberry-Mango Tart ~ 7.0; Sweet Potato Tart ~ 7.2

1. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day,
नंबर एक:

"Karma" comes from Sanskrit, it is the nominative, accusative singular form of "karman", meaning "action, fate, or deed".

Extra added Cliff Clavinism of the day:

Here's a little known fact, the Volkswagen automobile "Karmann Ghia" actually means "Fateful Clarified Butter" in Sanskrit.*

*(I would never make this stuff up. Please check your own damned facts if you don't believe me.)

2. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer du jour, numéro deux:

"Tart" comes from Middle English "tarte", which comes from Middle French "tart" from Old French "tarte", of uncertain origin; compare to Medieval Latin "tarta".

(Hey, sometimes these word origins aren't Rocket Surgery.)

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