Saturday, March 1, 2014

Mission Rock Resort

Pay It Forward Weekend… or bugger off! 
~ Part IV[1]

Place: Mission Rock Resort
Location: 817 Terry Francois Boulevard (Between Illinois and 16th Streets)
Hours: open for "Brunch" Saturday & Sunday 10:00am
Meal: Eggs Florentine[2] ~ spinach & tomato, served with Hollandaise sauce & crispy breakfast potatoes (well, crispy "Brunch" potatoes); and a cuppa (and a coupla refillas) Mr. Espresso® Coffee 

(Okay, so I couldn't really figure in any good "Pay", "Forward", or "Bugger Off" EweToob juxtaselections[3].)

I had breakfast (well, they call it "Brunch" ~ "you say 'crispy breakfast potatoes', I say 'crispy Brunch potahtoes'…") this morning at Mission Rock Resort. It is located right along the "scenic" San Francisco Bay, which came in very handy this morning as there was a respite in this week's rains and the Sun was actually out. Mission Rock Resort isn't really a "resort", it's just a restaurant/bar & grill. It is now a part of Golden Bear Restaurant Group (which also includes MoMo's, Pedro's Cantina, and Pete's Tavern; all of these other three restaurants are directly across the street from AT&T Park ~ Home of Your San Francisco Giants).

There was plenty of street parking early in the morning, and, for some reason, it is all free on the opposite side of the street (where I parked), but there is metered parking on the same side as the restaurant. Mission Rock Resort is a two-story building, with the bar area downstairs and the main restaurant seating upstairs. I actually sat outside on the upper, open-air pier deck (I was the only idiot out there for most of my meal; I was joined by two other hardy idiots about half-way through) as the weather actually turned out to be very nice (it had rained most of the early morning); however, I still kept my jacket on, anyway. It is a very large deck area with about twenty to twenty-four unfinished wooden tables that seat four people each (or, in my case, one idiot each). 

♪ "On a clear day, you can see… Oakland forever…" 

There is a pretty minimalistic "Brunch" menu. The only other breakfastary ideas that sounded somewhat interesting to me were: Huevos Rancheros or Breakfast Biscuit Sandwich (Cheddar biscuit, scrambled eggs, sausage patty ~ which I would have foregone, Cheddar cheese; also served with crispy breakfast potatoes ~ well, crispy "Brunch" potatoes). 

This was a decent enough rendition of Eggs Florentine (and much better than I would ever be able to make ~ there is no way I am ever going to attempt a Hollandaise sauce, let alone poach any eggs). I also liked that this had both tomato slices and lots of spinach in it. There was this very interesting (and tasty) green pesto-stuff on top of the crispy breakfast potatoes (well, crispy "Brunch" potatoes). The cuppa(s) Mr. Espresso® was (were) prepared excellently. The server-waitress-lady, Meghan (or Megan… or maybe even Meggan, this is San Francisco, after all), told me that sometimes when they make the Coffee it can be either a bit too weak or too strong (no such thing), but she knew her stuff and it was perfect this morning.

For condimentary supplementation, Mission Rock Resort only offers: Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (both the standard red and green jalapeño) and Tapatío®. As normal, I had come prepared with some of my own and used a good amount of Born to Hula presents Devon Allman's All Natural Hot Sauce Chipotle Blues (Thanks, Kerry!) on the crispy breakfast potatoes (crispy "Brunch" potatoes, whatever) and some Serious Food… Silly Prices Chunky Habanero Hot Sauce (Thanks, Cindy & Greg!) on top of the eggs, mixed in with the Hollandaise sauce. I was glad to see that Meghan (or Megan, or Meggan) seemed to know her hot sauces, too, as she asked me about both of my bottles.

"Today you, tamales me…"

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Eggs Florentine ~ 6.3

1. In case you are wondering just what the heck this whole "Pay It Forward Weekend" is all about, please read the following article:

And if you would like even more explanations, see previous 'blog-entries from March 2nd, 2013; March 3rd, 2012; and March 5th, 2011.

Now this doesn't necessarily have to be only strangers that you are nice to this weekend. You can actually surprise your friends and family and  be nice to them for a change, too. 

So, pay it forward, before it's too late… it's never too late to "Bugger off!", though.

2. Have you ever wondered just what the history of Eggs Benedict was? Well, even if you haven't, the friendly people at Wikipedia have this explanation:

3. Okay, so this is just another made up portmanteau (as opposed to those actual existing portmanteaus), where I have combined "juxtaposition" with "selection". Deal with it, Mr. Dodgson.

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