Saturday, June 18, 2016

Taylor Street Coffee Shop

(No official-type web-site thing.)

Place: Taylor Street Coffee Shop
Location: 375 Taylor Street (between Ellis and O'Farrell Streets); phonicular contact: 415-567-4031
Hours: open daily at 7:00am(-ish)
Meal: Marguerite Scramble ~ cherry tomato, mushroom, basil, Mozzarella (served with hash browns [which they have as two words, but I usually use just the oneword] or sliced tomatoes [Who, other than Greg Kipe, would ever choose sliced tomatoes over hashbrowns?] and toast); and a large glassa orange juice

(Let's all raise our glasses and drink a toast to Sir Paul's health! Happy 74th Birthday! ["When you were 64" seems so long ago now, doesn't it?]

Whether the origin of this song is true or straight outta the land of Apochrypha, this is still a pretty cool story [and this excerpt is straight outta WikipediA (so you know it has to be true)]:

In an interview on British TV channel ITV1 for the program Wings: Band on the Run, to promote the November 2010 2xCD/2xDVD rerelease of the original album, McCartney says he was on vacation in Montego Bay, Jamaica where he "snuck" onto the set of the film Papillon where he met "Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen". After a dinner with Hoffman, with McCartney playing around on guitar, Hoffman did not believe that McCartney could write a song "about anything", so Hoffman pulled out a magazine where they saw the story of the death of Pablo Picasso and his famous last words, "Drink to me, drink to my health. You know I can't drink anymore." McCartney created a demo of the song and lyrics on the spot, prompting Hoffman to exclaim to his wife: "…look, he's doing it…he's doing it!")

I went back to Taylor Street Coffee Shop (see last 'blog-entry from October 24th, 2015) this morning for another truly fine breakfast. I was the first one in line this morning and I had only arrived at 6:55am. They opened up around 7:05am, and, by then, there was about ten to fifteen more people waiting to get in. This place is so small (only about ten-feet wide ["ten-foot wide"?]) that it was soon filled to capacity and there was already a line starting out the door only a few minutes later.

There are still many other great ideas from which to choose on their menu (for both stupid vegetarians and dead, decaying animal-fleshetarians alike). Ferinstance: Florentine (Omelet) (spinach, tomato, drizzled with Hollandaise sauce, no cheese; this was going to be my original choice and I had planned on ordering it all along until I saw the choice with which I finally went); Italian Delight (Omelet) (sundried tomatoes in olive oil, Italian sausage, Mozzarella cheese, sprinkled with basil flakes; which I would have ordered less the grinded-up awful porky offal); or Vegetarian (Omelet) (mushroom, onion, bell pepper, spinach, and zucchini, no cheese).

I really enjoyed this scrambled mess a lot and was glad I went with this choice. It included lots of Mozzarella melted all over the top and fresh, whole basil leaves in it. I had completely forgotten that I hadn't ordered the Florentine Omelet and was wondering at first why-the-heck their Hollandaise sauce was so cheesy and why-the-heck the spinach tasted distinctly like basil. I don't remember seeing this dish listed the last time that I was there; it may be a new addition (because "old additions" don't make any sense in today's Common Core Math World) to their menu.

I had sourdough as my bread/toast side-choice.

Because I knew that I could (and I highly suggest anyone eating there to do exactly the same), I upgraded my hashbrowns with their awesome habanero-infused pickled onions ~ these really are great and worth a return trip all on their ownsome. Don't worry, these really aren't that espicy; they have about as much heat as a standard bottle of gringo-style hot sauce might pack (maybe a little hotter, but they really taste great). Note: these would also be a great addition to any of their scrambles or omelettes. (I am not so sure that even I would add them to any pancake or French toast dishes... Hmmmm?!... Nah!)

For condimentary supplementation, Taylor Street Coffee Shop has Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce and Green Jalapeño Sauce) and Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce. Due to the heat and extreme tastiness of their habanero-infused pickled onions, I did not really feel the need to add any bottled hot sauces to the mess this morning.

I had skipped any Coffee with breakfast this morning, as I was planning on stopping at one of the downtown Philz Coffee locations for a right good cuppa afterward. I went with a small cuppa their Silken Splendor (Medium Blend; aromas: dark cocoa, nuts, butter). I had asked for it with "no cream or sugar" (they will normally add both if you don't specify this), the baristette must have misheard me, as this came with "light cream". I didn't complain and drank it anyway (mainly because I didn't feel like waiting another five minutes for the pour-over show repeat; see, one of the great things about Philz Coffee is that they make every cuppa fresh as a pour-over when you order it). I almost never add cream or sugar to any of my Coffee; heck, I even ask for my Cappuccinos and Lattes "without milk"...

It is good to note that Taylor Street Coffee Shop is definitely Breakfastary Starting Rotation-worthy if ever needed (especially with their awesome hashbrowns with habanero-infused pickled onions).

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Marguerite Scramble ~ 6.7;
hashbrowns with habanero-infused pickled onions ~ 7.5;
Philz Coffee Silken Splendor ~ 6.7 (probably 6.9 without the unnecessary, un-asked-for bovine liquid product added)


  1. NIce..
    I have also started blogging and would love to share such stuff with readers. The LookBook

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