Sunday, December 13, 2015

Royal Ground Coffee

Richmond (District) Coffeehouses
18th and counting

Place: Royal Ground Coffee
Location: 2342 Clement Street (between 24th and 25th Avenues)
Hours: open daily at 6:00am
Meal: Bagel Veggie Special ~ cream cheese, tomato, cucumbers, avocado, green pepper, onion, & sprouts; an apple turnover pastry-thing; and a 
Café Borgia (which is basically an orange-Mocha)

(The first song is an EweToobular juxtaselection for today's extremely wet weather. The second one is just because "Renée" sounds a bit like "rain". I went with the Four Tops cover over the Left Banke original simply because I like this version better.)

Continuing eastward (ho-ho-ho) along Clement Street for the Richmond (District) Coffeehouses series, I went to Royal Ground Coffee, which is a sister coffeehouse to the one on Geary Boulevard (see previous 'blog-entry from August 30th, 2015). I am not sure if this shop has the same owners as the one on Geary; there are twelve coffeehouses in this small local chain, but (as per their web-site): "All stores are individually owned and may have different offerings.".

This one is also within walking distance of my apartment (at only nine blocks away) and I did walk over there during a short break in the rain this morning (and it had just started raining lightly two blocks before I got there). However, while I was sitting there eating at the coffeehouse, the deluge arrived again (I think I even saw Noah across the street working on his new boat), so I decided to just catch the bus back uphill on the way home. There are lots of inside seating at this place; plus, there are two sidewalk tables for two people (of course, it was way too wet to sit outside this morning).

Like most coffeehouses, their food menu isn't really that extensive. I did see a few other ideas that would have worked for me: Bagel Egg & Cheese; Bagel with Cream Cheese, Capers, Tomato, & Onion; or Egg Salad Sandwich (off the non-breakfast sandwich portion of the menu, which I would have ordered with the optional choice of croissant).

I went with a sesame bagel as the basis for the sandwich. Sure, this was "just a bagel sandwich", but it was a verrry good "just a bagel sandwich". It had all very fresh ingredients in it and it was piled extra high. The only thing that I can think of that would have made this even better would be to substitute hummus in place of the cream cheese. Oh, yeah!

I mainly chose another Café Borgia to compare it with the last one that I got at the other Royal Ground Coffee. I felt that this was a much better version (less sweet), but the best version that I have ever had is still the old one that used to be offered at Simple Pleasures Cafe (made with a quarter slice of orange in the bottom).

I really didn't check to see what Royal Ground Coffee had for condimentary supplements; I would suppose they had at least Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce). I used some of my own 
El Yucateco® XXXtra Hot Sauce Salsa Kutbil-il® de Chile Habanero (Thanks, Brian!) on half of the bagel-sandwich. I also had just a little Toad Sweat Chocolate Orange Dessert Hot Sauce™ (Thanks, Sean!) on the apple pastry-thing. No really. It was a nice complement to the Café Borgia.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Bagel Veggie Special ~ 6.4; Café Borgia ~ 6.5; apple pastry-thing ~ 6.3

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