Saturday, October 8, 2016

Cafe Mason

Place: Cafe Mason
Location: 320 Mason Street (between Geary and O'Farrell Streets)
Hours: open 24 hours(???) every day of the week(???) 
(I really have no idea; their "official" web-site does not indicate what their actual hours of operation are anywhere on it) for what they feel necessary to call "Brunch" (no matter what the early hour of the morning might be)
Meal: Portobella[1] Benedict ~ poached eggs and portobella mushroom topped with Hollandaise sauce - with choice of home fries, fresh fruit, roasted tomato with basil and herbs, or fresh slices of tomato; and a cuppa (and one refilla) whatever the house Coffee is (one of these days I really should ask them what brand and roast they serve)

(Mainly because I couldn't find any songs written and sung by a guy named "Dave Cafe".)

I visited Cafe Mason again (see last 'blog-entry from Saturday, May 7th, 2016) for another tasty breakfastary repast. I even scored the cool 2-seat mini-booth once again!

There are several other good ideas still yet to try off their "Brunch" menu (and I will be going back again one of these days): Spinach Crépes [ sic ] (homemade cream spinach soué [ sic ] topped with cheese and Mornay sauce - served with fruit); Blintzes (cheese blintzes on top of your choice of homemade apple or blueberry sauce); California Omelette (Deluxe [with avocado]) (tomato, Jack cheese, cilantro & fresh herbs); Vegetable Omelette (Deluxe [with avocado]) (zucchini, mushroom, tomato, onion, bell pepper, and a touch of Parmesan cheese; and, thankfully, unlike their Vegetable Frittata, this does not include any of "the vile weed"); or even Croque Vegetali (diced and grilled portobella mushroom, zucchini, sundried tomato, and Feta cheese with homemade cilantro pesto on egg battered nine grain French toast - served with a choice of French fries or mixed greens [tossed with homemade vinaigrette]).

This was a nice version of ol' Benny's eggs. There were two entire portobello mushroom caps ~ sliced and fanned-out between the poached eggs and the English muffin base. I only found out after I had ordered that "Hollandaise sauce can be substituted with Marinara sauce if you prefer"; I would definitely have ordered it that way had I known.

One of these days I really should try their roasted tomato (Sorry, Greg!) side dish, but their homefries are truly exemplary and just too good to pass-up ("up with to pass"?!?) ~ these are some of the best homefries in town.

For condimentary supplementation, Cafe Mason offers both Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce) and Cholula® Hot Sauce (Original). Once again, I simply used some of my own hot sauces. I went with some Hot Licks® Serrano Hot Sauce (Thanks, Brian!) all over the potatoes and some Dancing Dragon Cayenne Pepper Sauce (Thanks, Mom!) on top of both of the poached eggs.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Portobella Benedict ~ 6.5;
side o' homefries ~ 7.4;


1. I have stated this before. This particular cultivar of mushroom can be spelled as either "portobella", "portabello", "portabella", or "portobello" (the last of which I generally prefer); this is alternately known as "that d*mn over-sized toadstool" by the fungi-faint of heart.

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