Saturday, July 4, 2015

Seal Rock Inn Restaurant

Happy July 4th!

Place: Seal Rock Inn Restaurant
Location: 545 Point Lobos Avenue (on the corner of 48th Avenue)
Hours: open from 6:00am every day
Meal: Greek Omelette No. 1 ~ Feta cheese, olives, bell peppers[1], onion, and tomatoes[1], all omelettes served with hashbrowns[1] and toast; a small glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice; and a cuppa (but just one refilla) Peerless Coffee® (I have no idea which blend/roast they feature, though)

(Those would be a "Red", a "White", and a "Blue" EweToobular juxtaselections.)

Seal Rock Inn Restaurant (see last 'blog-entry from April 18th, 2014) is much like that old, baggy sweatshirt that you have had for many, many years (you know you all have one; it's threadbare, worn, and just a bit on the smelly side, but you still can't bear to part with it… you may want to think about washing it once in a while, though). It may not be the fanciest thing you have to wear, but it's very reliable, comfy, and great in a pinch. I only mention this because the "new" place (sweatshirt) that I had planned on checking out this morning for breakfast, nourish café, is closed for some kinda special "Holiday" or such (That just seems downright un-'merican to me!) and I needed to come up with a good back-up plan, (Uncle) Sam. Αύριο!

I usually only get to Seal Rock Inn Restaurant once a year or so, but this is a good enough place (and about as "local" as it gets for me; I could walk there if I wanted ~ well, I could walk there, but I still drove there this morning) that I would have no problem adding it to my Breakfastary Starting Rotation if ever needed. I was the only idiot in the joint the entire time I was there. I had arrived just a little after 7:00am; and this is another great thing about Seal Rock Inn Restaurant, they open up daily and bright and early (well, foggy and early this morning) enough for idiots like me. I think one guy did come in and ordered a take-out breakfast while I was eating in the back (which is really in the front) enclosed awning area.

Seal Rock Inn Restaurant is known for their selection of International and Good Ol' 'merican Omelettes. I have had many of the selections in the past and some other ideas that I was looking at today were: Mike's Special Omelette (fresh mushrooms, Spanish sauce, olives, and Swiss cheese; I don't think that I have ever had that one there, or even that particular combination of ingredients before elsewhere); Greek Omelette No. 2 (Feta cheese with fresh spinach; this is a classic and always a good choice); or Sophia's Omelette (Feta cheese, olives, onions, tomatoes, and spinach; this one is another great combination of Hellenic flavours, but I had just had that one during my last visit there).

This omelette is such a nice reminder of a χαρακτηριστική χωριάτικη σαλάτα with its blend of herbs and spices and fresh ingredients. The only things missing are some summer cucumbers (and I really don't think they would be such a great ingredient for the insides of an omelette) and hordes of feral cats wandering around pestering you at the tables while you eat (and would also not be a great ingredient for the insides of an omelette even in China). Of course, I have mentioned this before, this omelette would be so much better with αυθεντικά ελιές Καλαμών in place of the bland, sliced, canned ones. Another major plus is that there is no lacking for the amount of large Feta chunks in it, though ~ none of that cheapo "Feta crumbles" stuff here. Ευχαριστώ!

One of the main reasons that I went with one of their Greek omelettes this morning was the first time that I had ever had a χωριάτικη σαλάτα was on July 4th, 1979, at a ταβέρνα in downtown Γλυφάδα. I had just arrived in Greece earlier that day for my first overseas assignment in the Air Force (that would be the "United States Air Force", not the "Ελληνική Πολεμική Αεροπορία", by the way) and had absolutely no idea what kind of food would be available for ηλίθιο χορτοφάγους. Luckily, the local "peasant salad" turned out to be a great choice, and I probably had it thousands of times again after that (that is not a bit of Hellenic, hyperbolic fluff there, I honestly probably had it at least a thousand times in the three-and-a half years while living in Greece). I ended up spending a few more Fourth of Julys overseas, too (1980 and 1982 while still in Greece, and 1984 and 1985 in Deutschland).

My choice of toast was Sourdough this morning. (No d*mn "English" muffins on this day, Mr. Thomas! Thank you very much. Which I made sure to point out to my Irish waitress/server-lady, too. Of course, she wholeheartedly agreed with me there.)

For condimentary supplementation, Seal Rock Inn Restaurant has both Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce) and Cholula® Hot Sauce (Original). I went with some of my own Palo Alto Firefighters Pepper Sauce (Thanks agains, Amys & Brian!); I like to use this stuff like ketchup (as can be seen from the above photo), it really is that tasty. I also used some of my own Marie Sharp's Grapefruit Pulp Habanero[2] Pepper Sauce on top of the omelette, but just a few drops, as I didn't want to mess with the flavour any.

Remember what the Dormouse said: "Feed your head… with a good Greek breakfast on the Fourth of July!"

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Greek Omelette No. 1 ~ 6.7


1. All of which are 100%  All-American  foodstuffs, of course. (Well, that is, if you also take into consideration both Central and South Americas.)

2. Apparently, the un-American committee of Nazi Spell-checkers at Microsoft have never been to Cuba before, either, and do not recognize this very popular variant of chilli

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