Sunday, March 2, 2014

Cable Car Café

A breakfastary mini-roadtrip:
South San Francisco, CA

"It's an odd thing, but anyone who disappears is said to be seen in San Francisco. It must be a delightful city and possess all the attractions of the next world." ~ Oscar Wilde

(No official web-site.)

Place: Cable Car Café 
Location: 423-½ Grand Avenue 
(phonicular contact: 650-952-9533)
Hours: open at 7:00am every day
Meal: Veggie Omelette ~ mushroom, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, & Swiss cheese (all egg dishes are served with hashbrowns or country potatoes and buttered toast); a large glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice; and a small cuppa Peet's Coffee & Tea® Colombia (Deep Roast)

(Finding any specific EweToob-ular juxtaselections for South San Francisco proved to be too difficult, so you will have to settle for these songs about that other city with a similar name.)

I felt like getting "out of the city" this morning for breakfast and headed south to Cable Car Café. It is located on Grand Avenue ("Main Street", South San Francisco) and directly across the street from South San Francisco City Hall (which looks like something straight out of a 1950's movie). Despite its name, the City of South San Francisco is non-contiguous with that other town; both Daly City and Brisbane provide a divisional boundary. 

There are two major plusses about eating at Cable Car Café: 1) they open up very early every day and 2) it is for the meal known as breakfast (believe me, this place has never heard the term "Brunch" before). There is even the requisite diner-counter with six round stools (covered with the prototypical red/burgundy vinyl). Additionally, there are six booths that can fit six people each and two smaller booths for four (all with the prototypical red/burgundy vinyl), and six tables for two (also with the prototypical red/burgundy vinyl seat covers). You even pay at the diner-counter at an old cash register thingy when you are finished.

As their name implies, there is a Cable Car theme throughout the joint.

Cable Car Café has a pretty diverse breakfastary menu, which they have labeled under categories: Eggs 'N Things, Cable Car Specials, Three Egg Omelette (fourteen different types), Egg Benedict (four versions), and Pancakes, French Toast. A couple of other ideas I was debating on for breakfast: Grand Avenue Omelette (Canadian bacon, spinach, & cream cheese, topped with Hollandaise sauce ~ which I would have ordered without the offending, dead, decaying animal flesh, of course) or California Omelette (avocado, mushrooms, bell peppers, & American cheese ~ which I had meant to order, dammit!).

Other than the lamentably pedestrian moniker of "Veggie" Omelette, this was a very decent omelette for a little, no-frills joint. It was an absolutely HUGE omelette, stuffed full with "veggies" and stuff (and, gratefully, none of "the vile weed", Newman!). There was also a good amount of "Swiss cheese" inside the omelette and some melted on top, too. (I write it as thus, as this was really slices of that processed cheese junk. This kind of "cheese" is to Le Monde du Fromage what Yugo was to the World of NASCAR.) I always love it when a place gives you a choice of breakfast side potatoes; I went with hashbrowns and sourdough for my toasty choice. And it really was a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice, with lots of pulp and frothiness on the top (both of which I enjoy).

Cable Car Café has both Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (the standard red) and Tapatío® for condimentary supplements on all the tables. I just went with some of my own Hula Girl Chipotle Habanero (Thanks, Jim Turner!) on the omelette (it helped with the faux-fromage a bit) and some Dave's Gourmet® Ginger Peach Hot Sauce (Thanks, J.T.! ~ Who is no relation to the aforementioned "Jim Turner" by the way.) on the hashbrowns.

Pay It Forward Weekend… or bugger off! ~ Part IV (cont.)

This was really a rather lame effort, but after breakfast I walked the few blocks to the Peet's Coffee & Tea® on the corner of Grand Avenue and Airport Boulevard. I bought myself a small cuppa Peet's® Colombia Coffee (this is a very good Coffee, but it is no Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee; and in keeping with last weeks specific 'blog-entries, the better Colombian Coffees are generally from Coffea aribica plants). I also gave the barista (baristette, whatever) another $5.00 and told her to apply it towards the next one or two customers: one customer if they only ordered a standard Coffee ~ any size ~ and a pastry; two customers with just two any-size standard Coffees; or one customer if they ordered any type of special Latte or Mocha drinks. I also explained to her that if there was anything left over (fat chance) that it was to go to their T.I.P.S. jar, and also to make sure that the cheapo bastages getting the freebies also tip appropriately on whatever they got.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Veggie Omelette ~ 6.0; Peet's Coffee® Columbia ~ 6.8

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