Sunday, May 5, 2013

Chestnut st Diner

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo! Καλό Πάσχα! and Happy Lonesome Losers Day!

(It's not often that three major holidays fall on the same day. For an explanation on the last, lesser-known holiday please see 'blog-entry from Sunday, May 8th, 2011. I have determined that this holiday shall fall on the first Sunday in May so as not to be confused with that other completely made-up holiday that falls on the second Sunday in May.)

I ventured to another place that I had never eaten breakfast at yet: Chestnut ST Diner. Coincidentally enough, they are located on Chestnut Street (at Van Ness Avenue); this is basically in the same neighborhood as yesterday's breakfast, but just a block away and in a much less traveled area than on Lombard Street. They have five diner booths that seat four each, 12-14 diner counter stools, and two tables for two. They open daily at 7:00am, which is always a plus.

Chestnut ST Diner has a standard diner-ish breakfast menu and they also offer several different omelettes (just no "omellettes"). To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, I went with the El Magnificao! (sic) omelette ~ tomatoes, avocado, green onions, mild fire-roasted California green chilies, fresh salsa, Monterey Jack, and sour cream; served with a choice of either hash brown (noted as singular and two words) or country potato (also in the singular, and they really didn't specify which country), and a choice of toast (I just assumed that this is both singular and plural; I chose sourdough this morning). I also had a large glass of "fresh squeezed" orange juice (which actually came from a plastic gallon jug, though).

While this wasn’t exactly "magnifico" (or "magnificao", even), it was still very good (or gaood). I liked all of the ingredients that were in it. I really liked that they offer two different types of breakfast potatoes, and the hashbrowns (there was more than one, I was pleased to see) were very good and extra crispy.

For condimentary supplements, Chestnut ST Diner only had Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (the standard red). I used some of my own Mama Africa's Zulu Sauce Chilli Mint (Thanks, Kerry!) on the potatoes and some El Yucateco® XXXtra Hot Sauce Salsa Kutbil-ik® de Chile Habanero (Thanks, Brian!) on the omelette.

I skipped a cuppa coffee at the diner, but I did see that they offer Peerless Coffee®, which is a pretty decent brand. Instead, right now I am enjoying a cuppa Peet's® Café Domingo®[1] ("Smooth, Balanced, Medium Bodied.") while I type this out. This was a freebie that Peet's® was giving out yesterday to advertise that they now offer several of their roasts/blends to be used in the single-cup Keurig-style machines. (Hint: You know, even if you don't own one of those fancy-shmancy coffee machines, these single-cups work pretty much the same in a filter and drip-cup manner. It's almost like real coffee.)

And I was very happy to see that I didn't need "a reservation" to have breakfast at this establishment this morning.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: El Magnificao! ~ 6.4 (No points are ever taken off for misspellings.); Peet's Café Domingo ~ 6.8

1. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer del día:

Just because it is "Sunday", I will tell you that is what "Domingo" means in Spanish.

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