Sunday, February 16, 2014

Market & Rye

"Compare the times they say they are open and actually are. Simples!"[1]

Place: Market & Rye
Location: 68 West Portal (between Ulloa and Vicente Streets)
Hours: "Brunch" is served on weekends starting at 8:00am
Meal: Huevos Verde[2] ~ stewed eggs, black beans, Roma tomato, salsa roja, guacamole, sour cream, queso fresco, crispy tortilla, cilantro; and a cuppa mighty fine Palio Brand Gourmet Coffee

(Okay, today's EweToobular video selections don't really have any sort of correlation with "Market" &/or "Rye", and it would seem to fly in the face of nature and really can not be emplaced by normative fiat[3]. I just like the group and their songs. 

You can completely ignore the fact that these are basically "Christian" Rock-and/or-Roll-ish songs; just listen to the sounds and music. Besides, it is Sunday, and if you can't share a little love and understanding and obtain a little religiosity on this day… you can all go straight to Hell

Yeah, so, today I decided on going with four songs, too. Just shut up and deal with it, ya buncha heathens! 


Isn't it nice when a place says that they are open at 8:00am and then they are actually open for business at 8:00am? (This is compared to yesterday's double late openings debacle, of course.) Well, that was precisely the case this morning when I ate at Market & Rye (the one on West Portal; see last 'blog-entry from January 20th, 2013 at their Potrero Hill location on). Both locations have probably been open for a little over two years now, but the West Portal store has only recently (within the past few months or so) started serving "Brunch" (and I can always forgive that snooty breakfastary moniker as they open up nice and early... and, more importantly, when they are supposed to open). 

One really cool thing about this place is that they have lots of toys and games for kids to play with (and I would also like to point out that they have several games for adults, too ~ dominoes, Yahtzee®[4], or even Candy Land). I saw one family with a couple of ankle-biters head straight for the corner area with all the toys as soon as they came in. (No one told me ahead of time that there were toys to play with. If I had known that, I would have beaten the little bastages to them first.)

It is interesting to note that the "Brunch" menus at the two locations differ in a few items. But they both offer a very decent array of choices, and I know that there are a couple that I would like to get back and try: Scrambled Egg Sandwich (soft scrambled egg, Cheddar, roasted tomato, aioli, greens, on a house-made English muffin, served with potatoes & salad); M&R Breakfast Burrito (chorizo, eggs, black beans, fried potatoes, Poblano aioli, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, queso fresco, served with Breakfast Potatoes and mixed greens ~ I am not quite sure what the "M&R" refers to, though); or Scramble of the Day (served with Breakfast Potatoes and mixed greens ~ I only asked after I had already finished my meal what today's scramble included and was told "Brussels sprouts and Parmesan", which sounded like a great combination to me).

This was served in a deep bowl and there were either two or three (or possibly four) poached/stewed eggs in a very nice salsa verde with a good amount of black beans, too. There are several crispy corn tortilla strips piled on top of the mess for a bit of texture. My only minor complaint (un quibblito) would be that they didn't provide any fresh tortillas (either corn or flour) with which to sop up the remaining tasty salsa verde.

The counter-guy (he wasn't being a contrarian jerk or anything, he was just the guy that was working the cash register at the counter) told me that they serve Mr. Espresso® Coffee at their other location on Potrero Hill; however, looking back at the 'blog-entry from that other visit, I showed that they also serve Palio Brand Gourmet Coffee. Either way, I think both are very good, local roasteries.

Market & Rye really excel with their condimentary supplements; they offer two entire shelves full of different hot sauces. They even have an extended version of the San Francisco Triumvirate of Hot Sauces: Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (three types: the standard red, Garlic, and Chipotle), Tapatío® (just the one type), and Cholula® Hot Sauce (also three types: Original, Chili Garlic, and Chili Lime). And as many different types (there had to have been twenty to thirty different kinds from which to choose) they have at their West Portal location, there are probably two to three times that amount at the Potrero Hill restaurant. 

Unfortunately, there was really nothing in my meal that needed extra flavour or spicing up as the salsa verde that the eggs were swimming in was pretty tasty on its own. I couldn't leave there without sampling some, so I did try a couple drops of a few different hot sauces on some of the corn tortilla strips: Shiloh's Caribbean Hot Sauce, Jufran® Banana Sauce ~ Hot, and some of the Cholula® Chili Lime. The Shiloh's was very good, made with habanero chillies and pineapple; it is worth looking for if you like a "sweet heat" kind of hot sauce.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Huevos Verde ~ 6.8; Palio Brand Gourmet Coffee ~ 6.9; awesome collection of hot sauces ~ 8.0 

1. Only a few (well, probably just one) faithful readers in North Yorkshire might get that stupid reference.

2. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, número uno:

I hate to get picky with them, but I think the correct term should be "Huevos Verdes" in the plural. Whatever the case may be, I didn't notice any jamón verde on the menu, Señor Geisel.

3. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, dualitis:

"Fiat" ~ despite what some anti-Italiano pundits may think, this does not mean "Fix it again, Tony!" ~ comes from Latin, meaning "let it be done", and is the 3rd singular present subjunctive form of the verb "fieri" ("to become").

4. Okay, in addition to Billy-boy and his Spell-check Nazis not knowing many standard food terms or famous place names, it appears they never played many games when they were children as they do not recognise this as a valid word.

Just in case you also aren't familiar with this long-standing 'merican dice game either:

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