Saturday, February 20, 2016

"Lefty" O'Doul's Restautant & Cocktail Lounge

Breakfast on Geary (redux), Part 14B

Place: "Lefty" O'Doul's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge
Location: 333 Geary Street (between Powell and Mason Streets)
Hours: Breakfast Everyday [ sic ][1] 7:00am to 11:00am; "the best deal on the square"
Meal: Veggie Omelet[2] ~ mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, green onions, Cheddar & Jack cheese, with homestyle (restaurant & cocktail lounge-style, whatever) potatoes and toast; and a large glassa fresh squeezed orange juice

With Spring Training starting this week (Woo-HOO! Baseball!!!), I thought it very fitting to head back to "Lefty" O'Doul's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge (see last 'blog-entry from May 13th, 2012) for breakfast this morning.

As I have pointed out in the past, Francis Joseph "Lefty" O'Doul is a local Baseball Legend in San Francisco. He was born and died in San Francisco (and pre-dated some tall, skinny Italian kid from Martinez by many years). He played for and later managed the local Pacific Coast League team the San Francisco Seals. He also played Major League Baseball for both the (then) New York Giants and Boston Red Sox (as well as the Philadelphia Phillies... and two other teams from New York that shall remain nameless).

The walls of the restaurant (& cocktail lounge) are covered with photos of Baseball players from all eras. On the wall above my booth this morning were photos of:

Johnny Evers

Mordecai Brown

Harry Heilmann (also born in San Francisco)

Hughie Jennings

Jesse Burkett

Charlie Gehringer

(Of note, all six of these players have been elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. There is a good argument that "Lefty" O'Doul should probably be enshrined there, too. ["Lefty" is a member of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame, though.])

"Lefty" O'Doul's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge offers a pretty basic breakfastary fare for the most part. There is one interesting item (for those of you who partake of the dead, decaying [and possibly green] porky flesh): Green Eggs & Ham ~ two eggs scrambled with green chiles & ham topped with fresh green tomatillo salsa, Jack cheese & sour cream. They also have listed on the on-line menu a Greek Omelet ~ fresh spinach, chopped onion, tomatoes, oregano, Kalamata olives, & Feta cheese; however, this item was not listed on the printed menu, if it had been, this would definitely have been my choice this morning.

While this was no Hall of Fame omelette, it was decent enough. It was made with lots of fresh (baby?) spinachwhich is always a plus. I went with sourdough as my choice of toast.

"Lefty" O'Doul's Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge offers for condimentary supplementation Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (both Original Red Sauce and Green Jalapeño Pepper Sauce) and Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce. I used some of my own Pope'sWhiskey River Hot Sauce (Thanks, Amy and Chef Joe!) on the restaurant & cocktail lounge-style potatoes and some Hot Licks® Serrano Hot Sauce (Thanks, Brian!) on the omelette.

"It's a beautiful day for breakfast... Let's eat two!" 
~ Ernie Banks

Glen Bacon Scale Rating: Veggie Omelet ~ 6.2; 
New York/San Francisco Giants ~ 8.2; Boston Red Sox ~ 8.4; ۝ Baseball ~ 8.5


1. While I am sure this may be acceptable, I am pretty sure that they meant: "Breakfast Every Day...".

2. I find it interesting that their printed menu has the category "Egg & Omelet", but the on-line menu states "Egg & Omelette".

Qu'est-ce que c'est, Gaucher?

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