Saturday, February 14, 2015


A(nother) breakfastary roadtrip:
Rockaway Beach, Pacifica, CA

Place: Moonraker
Location: 105 Rockaway Beach Avenue, Pacifica
Hours: open for breakfast every day of the week at 7:00am; they also have a more formal "Sunday Brunch" at 10:30am (on Sunday, of course)
Meal: Huevos Montulenos[1] ~ fried eggs/black beans/ham/peas/cheese/ranchero sauce/crispy corn tortillas; and a cuppa (and two more refillas) Caffè[2] Umbria Medium Roast Coffee (they don't specify which exact blend/roast on the menu, and I forgot to ask, but it was probably Gusto Crema Blend)

(Yes, I suppose I could have used the Shirley Bassey theme song from the 1979 James Bond film "Moonraker" as a EweToobular juxtaselection, but it's really one of the lamer Bond theme songs. 

I asked one of the cute waitress-server persons why the restaurant had the name it did and she said that a "moonraker"[3] is a part of a ship. It is actually the top-most sail on certain sailing ships, John B.)

With the weather being absolutely fabulous the past few days (sorry, anyone back on the Northeast Coast), I felt like heading "down the coast" a bit for breakfast this morning and ended up going back to Rockaway Beach, Pacifica for breakfast at Moonraker. The restaurant is attached to the Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel and right across the street from NICK'S (see 'blog entry from August 23rd, 2014). It looked to me that anyone dining there would have Million $$$ views out the large windows overlooking Rockaway Beach and the Pacific Ocean (I only saw a few surfers out there this morning, but the waves looked tasty, bro'). Most everyone has a booth facing the ocean, too; there are probably about 25-30 half-circular booths (with seating for two to four people) all along the beach side of the restaurant. Plus, there are still more levels of booths and tables (for any of the later-rising suckers).

(This was the view from my booth this morning.)

Moonraker does not have a really extensive menu, but a few other good ideas looked like: Mushroom Frittata (peppers/potatoes/smoked bacon/Fontina; they don't actually mention any mushrooms on their menu, but I can only assume there are mushrooms in it; the bacon would have been 86-ed if I got this one, too); Moon Eggs Benedict (duck bacon/toasted olive bread/poached organic eggs/breakfast potatoes/Hollandaise; I would have ordered this without the duck bacon, but that does sound interesting if you a partaker of the dead, decaying foul fowl stuff; "Moon Eggs Benedict"? Sounds like it could be the grandchild of Frank Zappa); or Healthy Poached Organic Eggs (wilted spinach/sliced tomato/Brie cheese; of course, this is not a very healthy option for the poor organic eggs themselves).

I ordered the Huevos Montulenos sin el cerdo muertos y descomposición, naturlamente. The best way to describe this dish would be to call it some kinda versión mexicana de Eggs Benedict. It's a layered egg dish with a bottom layer of crispy corn tortillas, some black beans, the eggs, another layer of crispy corn tortillas, and covered with the ranchero sauce and then the cheese and peas (peas?) are added to the top before the whole thing gets heated up under the salamander to melt the cheese to a nice bubbly consistency. I liked this a lot. I have had similar takes on this dish before that I also liked (some better, some not so better).

The Coffee was pretty decent, too. I am not sure if I have had this particular Coffee company before or not. 

The ranchero sauce that was on top really wasn't overly spicy so I made sure to rectify that with some of my own hot sauce. I used a good amount of The Wiltshire Chilli Farm Winter chilli sauce (Thanks, Cindy & Greg!) all over the pile.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Huevos Montulenos ~ 6.7

1. You can consider this (or not) a stupid, useless cunning linguist/pseudo-culinaristic pointer of the day:

They have this as "Huevos Montulenos" on the menu; however, the correct spelling should be "Huevos Motuleños" (less one "n" and with the tilde over the one "ñ" that is there). The modifier "motuleños" comes from the town of Motul (una pequeña ciudad en el Estado Libre y Soberano de Yucatán de Mexico) where the dish originated.

2. Once again, you can consider this (or not) a stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day:

I would just like to point out here that they have this printed correctly on the menu con l'accento grave. It is usually either left off altogether or more commonly printed incorrectly con l'accento acuto


However, I honestly don't know if a sloop (named "John B" or not) has a moonraker/moonsail or not.

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