Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mo’z Café

"Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." ~ Elbert Hubbard

Place: Mo'z Café
Location: 36 5th Street (on the corner of  Stevenson Street)
Hours:  open at 6:00am(???) every day of the week (the reason for the series of questionable marks after the time is that the actual opening time is not listed anywhere on their web-site, neither is it listed anywhere on the front of the building, nor inside that I could see; I am just going by the times that are listed on some other on-line urban guides)
Meal: Breakfast Burrito ~ two eggs scrambled with green onions, jalapeños, tomatoes, and Jack cheese in a flour tortilla (served with black bean chili and topped with Ranchero sauce, sour cream, and parsley); a side of hashbrowns; and a cuppa Mo'z Blend Coffee

(In continuation of the celebration of the 69th birthday of George Ivan Morrison, I asked another big fan ["Hey, Steve!"] ~ of Van's, not of my stupid li'l 'blog-thing ~ to tell me what his Top Two Favourite Van Morrison Songs of All-Time are. Well, being also an infernal Y*nkees fan, of course he named three songs, not two. I guess it was better than him going into a diatribe about how there really must be twenty-seven championships… er… songs to call it "of All-Time".)

I decided to try a new place (new for me, I am not sure how long they have been in business) and went to Mo'z Café. It is just a half-block down from Market Street and right across the street from the Westfield San Francisco Centre. Actually if you walk one block due west along Stevenson Street (which is really an alley), you end up at Dottie's True blue café. I do like that they open up very early every day (whatever time that may be); I probably arrived around 7:30am this morning (because 7:30pm would be "this evening", of course).

It is a large uncrowded, open space. The seating situation seemed to be: four two-seat tables along the alley window side; six four-seat tables interspersed throughout the joint; two more two-seat tables; and one six-seater. So, it was another decent-sized coffeehouse like yesterday.

The large blackboard-style menu along one wall listed several sections of breakfast dishes in these categories: Breakfast Specials, Benedicts, and South of the Border (and for any of you Canadianlanders, that would be cocina mexicana, not 'merican junk-food). Some other ideas that I was looking at were Huevos Rancheros, Eggs Florentine, or maybe even a crêpe (they offer several savoury or sweet choices).

This was an absolutely HUGE burrito. The real find of the breakfast this morning was the exceptionally tasty salsa ranchera ~ smoky flavour with a bit of heat (possibly made with chipotle chillies; I asked two different people that worked there, but they did not know). I was actually expecting some salsa lama straight out of a jar. This was a very good breakfastary version of the Mexican classic; however, I think it could have been improved just a bit by adding some hashbrowns inside (everything is better with potatoes), fresh diced jalapeños (instead of the pickled/canned type that were used), slices of fresh avocado, and maybe some queso fresco in place of the Jack cheese. I think all of that would really have put it over the top (well, over 7.0 on the GBS, at least). 

The cuppa Coffee was very robust (but more than likely made with Arabica, not Robusta beans) and had a good strong flavour. I have no idea what actual blend/roast it was or who provides the Coffee to them (again, their web-site is lacking in any information there), but they do sell 1-lb bags of it at the front counter, too. And unlike most coffeehouses in the city, they actually offer refillas of Coffee, which is always a plus.

Mo'z Café has Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (the standard red), Tabasco® Brand Green Pepper Sauce (that would be the jalapeño version), and Tapatío® for condimentary supplements. I actually like the Tabasco® jalapeño sauce (well, better than the standard red), but I still used some of my own Fat Cat® Chairman Meow's Revenge (Scorpion Pepper Sauce) (Thanks, Cindy & Greg!) and some Pickapeppa Sauce (Thanks, Amy!) on different halves of the hashbrowns (which I ended up just mixing all together after a bit, anyway).

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Burrito de Desayuno ~ 6.6; Mo'z Blend ~ 6.8

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