Sunday, February 9, 2014

Delancey Street Restaurant

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." 
~ Charles M. Schulz 

(Okay, so I forgot to take a picture of the restaurant itself. But in my defense, it was raining this morning and I am a wimp and don't like getting wet.)

Place: Delancey Street Restaurant
Location: the Embarcadero at Brannan Street
Hours: open Saturday (?) and Sunday at 10:00am for "Brunch"
Meal: New Mexican Omelette ~ pepper Jack cheese, green onions, & tomatoes, topped with sour cream, salsa, & guacamole (served with home fried potatoes & toast); a side order of (three) Potato Pancakes (with sour cream and applesauce); and a large glass of orange juice

(To continue with the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of their invading America, here are a couple more covers of the Beatles. Interestingly, the first one was actually recorded at a live session at the Abbey Road studio. The second song isn't really as much a "cover" as it is the inimitable Richie Havens taking ownership of the song and making it a classic in its own right.)

Yesterday's breakfast at Town's End Restaurant & Bakery reminded me that I had not eaten at Delancey Street Restaurant (see last 'blog-entry from May 14th, 2011) in quite a while, and it was far overdue for a return visit. Delancey Street Restaurant is located just a block up the Embarcadero from Town's End. On their menus they have the sub-titular "An Ethnic American Bistro" (whatever that might mean). I parked a block away on Delancey Street (this is actually 1st Street, but they have renamed one block near the Delancey Street Foundation and its buildings; it is just a dead-end street ~ kinda like an homage to "the Dead End Kids/the Bowery Boys", too). 

Delancey Street Restaurant has several other good breakfastary choices, of note: Garden Scramble (onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, & tomatoes, served with 5-grain toast and home fried potatoes); French Omelette (Gruyère cheese & forest mushrooms; of course the hardest part about a French Omelette is not burning your tongue on the pan while making it); or Cheese Blintzes (with sour cream & strawberry preserves; which probably would have paired very nicely with the Potato Pancakes; next time perhaps ~ if I can actually remember that in another three years).

They bring out a basket of bread and fresh bagel chips (two kinds, too: made from plain and rye bagels) to start you off before the meal comes out. I tried not to fill up too much on these as I had two kinds of potatoes still to come. But how can you not eat any bagel chips when they are right there in front of you? Besides, they were just "waffer-thin" chips, Mr. Creosote. To make up for all of these extra carbohydrates, I told them to hold my toast (and not in the "Five Easy Pieces" way, Jack).

All in all, this was a pretty good omelette. It wasn't knock-your-socks-off stuff (besides, who likes to dine barefoot in a nice restaurant?), but I can easily recommend it to anyone that ever dines there. There was a very nice guacamole and salsa roja on top, and it had a good amount of pepper Jack cheese inside. I don't know why it is called the "New" Mexican Omelette; maybe the old one got deported. The homefries are made with red and green bell peppers and red onions, and were very good, too.

The Potato Pancakes were very good, too. These were not quite as good as the Latke that I recently had at Saul's Restaurant & Delicatessen (see ‘blog-entry from December 15th, 2013), but this was still a very decent rendition, Mr. Gravas, and definitely worth ordering again (as I did from my first visit there). These Potato Pancakes used to be called Potato Latkes on their menu, but I can only guess that idiot touristas must have questioned what they were too many times and now they have just Americanized and simplified it for the simple 'mericans. It was always listed under the "Pancakes & Waffles" section of the menu, anyway. I wonder if the simple 'mericans now expect a standard pancake with either mashed potatoes on top or French fries in the batter. The only knock (and it is a very minor one) on this dish would be that they use just plain ol' applesauce on the side; a good, chunky German-style Apfelmus would be so much better.

Delancey Street Restaurant only offers Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (the standard red) for condimentary supplements. It really didn't matter, as I had come prepared as usual and I used some of my own Pickapeppa Sauce (Thanks, Amy!) on the potatoes and just a little Florida Gold Premium Habanero Hot Sauce (Thanks, Kerry!) on the omelette to complement the guacamole and salsa roja.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: New Mexican Omelette ~ 6.6; Potato Pancakes ~ 6.7

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