Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sears Fine Food

Place: Sears Fine Food ~ World Famous since 1938 
Location: 439 Powell Street (between Post and Sutter Streets)
Hours: open daily 6:30am
Meal: Veggie Omelet ~ asparagus, mushrooms
red bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, Monterey Jack cheese (served with hash brown potatoes and buttered toast and jelly); and a cuppa (and two refillas) of whatever the house Coffee was

(This was one of the top songs for 1938. Here's a little-known Cliff Clavinist fact: the B-side to this record was "Finish the Finuishe"; unfortunately, that one never really became much of a hit for Artie Show, though.)

I finally got back to Sears Fine Food (see previous 'blog-entry from November 21st, 2010) for breakfast again. It has been five years since my first visit. I suppose at this rate, I should probably be revisiting them again in the 2020's. 

There are many other good offerings on their breakfast menu from which to choose for both stupid vegetarians and those that partake of the dead, decaying animal flesh: 

Lee's Eggs Benedict (two poached eggs, English muffin, Canadian bacon, topped with Hollandaise sauce, served with hash browns; now I don't know why "Lee" gets this dish named after him/her, it sounds pretty much like a standard Eggs Benedict dish to me; perhaps "Lee" was Benedict's first name); 

Eggs Florentine (two poached eggs, English muffin, fresh spinach, Hollandaise sauce, hash browns; I don't know why "Lee" didn't claim this as his/her own creation, too);

Al's Special (two eggs, corned beef hash, nine little pancakes and hash browns);

Spinach Omelet (chopped spinach, sautéed onion, cream cheese and fine herbs; I was thinking about getting this one, but I am not a big fan of cream cheese in an omelette; Swiss cheese or goat cheese would go much better with spinach); 


Sears All Meat Omelet (sausage, smoked bacon, diced ham, Cheddar cheese; I think the menu states that this dish even comes with its own EKG afterward, too).

Additionally, their Our World Famous (this is their claim, not mine; however, this urbane legend has never been confirmed by either the Guinness Book of World Records or 18 Swedish Pancakes (especially with the With Lingonberries[1] option) really does need another taste-check. After all, this is supposedly the worldly dish that keeps the touristas from all over the World happy and coming back for more.

Just for the Heck-of-it 1938 Interlude

Best Picture: "You Can't Take It with You"
President of the U.S. of A.: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (serving his second term; his Vice President of the U.S. of A. was John Nance Garner ~ yeah, I didn't know who he was either until I looked it up)
World Series Champions: some American League team from da Bronx

This was a decent enough omelette. It was chock full o' "veggies" and they were all fresh (and, for which, that odious moniker "Veggie" can be overlooked). I wonder where they get fresh asparagus this time of year; probably from South or Central America (Take that the Donald!). I went with sourdough toast and substituted home fries for the hashbrowns (it's always nice when there is another option for a potato breakfastary side).

For condimentary supplementation, Sears Fine Food has just Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce). I went ahead and used some of my own Pope's Whiskey River Hot Sauce (Thanks, Amy and Chef Joe!) on the homefries.

the Wild Parrots of San Francisco Interlude

After breakfast, while walking through Union Square, I saw a medium-sized pandemonium of about ten to twelve Wild Parrots flying overhead.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Veggie Omelet ~ 6.3; 
the Wild Parrots of San Francisco ~ 8.5


1. Stupid, useless cunning linguist/pseudo-botanical pointer of the day:

The name lingonberry originates from the Swedish name "lingon" for the species, and is derived from the Norse "lyngr", or "heather".

And, botanically-speaking, lingonberries are an actual berry, Chuck.

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