Saturday, September 26, 2015


Breakfast on Geary (redux, again), Part 24

Place: aveline[1]
Location: 490 Geary Street (at Taylor Street)
Hours: open daily for breakfast at 6:30am; open Saturday and Sunday for "Brunch" at 11:00am 
(hint: I went for breakfast)
Meal: Avocado Toast ~ house bread, sunflower pesto, fresh herbs, over easy egg; a side of house seasoned potatoes; a glassa fresh (that is how they have it on the menu, but it meant "fresh-squeezed") orange juice; and, afterward, a large cuppa Philz Coffee (hot) Ginger Snap

("Avalon"... aveline... close enough for gub'mint work.)

I must have passed aveline about a hundred times recently and hadn't even noticed it was open for (a very early, if wanted) breakfast. It is a medium-sized place, and the house restaurant for the Warwick San Francisco Hotel. It's a relatively new restaurant (only open since June 2014). I liked that they were playing old Motown (the Supremes, the Jackson 5, etc.) and other 60's-70's songs on the house stereo this morning.

There really isn't a lot from which to choose on their breakfast menu (they may or may not offer different items on their "Brunch" menu, but I highly doubt that I will ever find out for myself); it is broken into two sections, "Sweet Tooth" (just four items) and "Savory Tooth" (another six items). Some of the other ideas that I was looking at: (from the "Sweet Tooth" portion) Country Style Griddle Cakes (fresh berries, strawberry syrup, vanilla butter); (from the "Savory Tooth" selections) Daily Omelet (today's daily ingredients were bell pepper, tomato, ham, and Cheddar cheese, with bacon and house seasoned potatoes; of course, I would have ordered this without either of the porky bits junk); or Cast Iron Sautéed Vegetables (seasonal vegetables, eggs your way).

I liked this meal. It was simple, but good. Avocado on toast ~ simple, but good. Over easy egg on top ~ simple, but good. Now the sunflower pesto was simply very interesting and tasty-good. 

I was glad that I had ordered the side of house seasoned potatoes, as this wasn't that large of a meal, otherwise. The potatoes were made with a nice medley of baby/new potatoes ~ red, purple (blue?), white, and yellow.

aveline only had Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce) for condimentary supplementation. I used some of my own Fat Cat Chairman Meow's Revenge (Scorpion Pepper Sauce) (Thanks, Greg & Cindy!) on the potatoes and Marie Sharp's Grapefruit Pulp Habanero Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Mom!) on top of the egg (on top of the Avocado Toast).

I skipped any Coffee with breakfast, so after breakfast, I beat my feet down Market Street and went to the newest Philz Coffee location (on the corner of Market and Battery Streets). They have recently (as in just two weeks ago) started opening on Saturdays at 8:00am. I am not usually a sweet-flavoured Coffee fan, but the Ginger Snap is really pretty tasty(-good); I think they even add crushed up ginger snap cookies in the bottom of the cup. This drink is actually listed on their cold/iced Coffee menu, but I always ask for it hot. It is interesting to note that their paper (cardboard, whatever) Coffee cups are made double-wrapped so that there is never any need for an extra paper (cardboard, whatever) zarf[2].

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Avocado Toast ~ 6.4 (this is figuring in the nice potato medley... the Jackson 5 and Motown medley was nice, too); Philz Coffee (hot) Ginger Snap ~ 7.4


1. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, numéro un:

"(La) aveline" means hazelnut or filbert in French. Why they don't offer anything on their breakfast menu made with hazelnuts, je ne sais pas.

2. Stupid, useless cunning linguist pointer of the day, رقم اثنين:

I have mentioned this Arabic cognate once before (as in "before today", Mr. Brandt) in a previous 'blog-entry. So, you can look it up yerdammself!

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