Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sparrow Bar and Kitchen

"Don't worry 'bout a t'ing
'Cause every little breakfast ("Brunch", whatever) gonna be alright..."

Place: Sparrow Bar and Kitchen
Location: 1640 Haight Street (between Clayton and Cole Streets)
Hours: open for "Brunch" Saturday & Sunday at 10:00am
Meal: Cheddar Grits ~ grilled br*ccoli rabe[1]/
poached egg/rustic toast; and a cuppa (with 1-1/2 refillas) Capricorn Coffees House Blend

(What's the EweToobular juxtaselection for today's music, you may ask? It's a well-known fact that both Noel Yang and Bob Marley are/were huge fans of the boiled coarse-ground cornmeal product. 

Bob even sang of it in one of his most famous songs 
"All Women Cry" [I have corrected the double-negative of Bob's pidgin English grammar for the title of the song; your welcome]:

"And then Georgie would make the fire lights,
As it was logwood burnin' through the nights,
Then we would cook cornmeal porridge,
Of which I'll share with you...")

I had planned on revisiting Sparrow Bar and Kitchen (see last 'blog-entry from Saturday, November 15th, 2015) two weeks ago, but ended up being waylayed by a different restaurant in the same neighborhood (mainly because it opened an hour earlier than today's destination).  

It had stopped raining earlier this morning (after raining most of the day yesterday, too). However, unfortunately, the backyard patio seating area was still too wet to be able to sit outside. It would have been warm enough (if I kept my jacket on), though. So, I was forced to sit indoors for a change. I was originally going to sit at one of the front-window alcove tables (I was the first person in this morning and the only one there for about ten minutes still, and basically had my choice of seats), but I decided to give it up to anyone that was a couple (the table could have handled up to three, anyway). I should have taken the cool Grizzly bear seat cushion/butt-pillow that was there with me, but still ended up with an okay Chinese dragon kinda thing instead.

There are still a few other good possible ideas for breakfast from which to choose. So I will be making my way back there again one of these days (as long as I don't get sidetracked along the way again).

French Toast ~ hazelnut Chocolate/mixed berries/
whipped cream/pure maple syrup
French Omelet (which they spell in the completely 
non-Frenchified way for some reason) ~ Brie and prosciutto (which I would have quatre-vingt six-ed, bien sûr)/arugula & herbs
Huevos Rancheros ~ salsa verde/Iacopi[2] gigante beans/house hot sauce/red pepper crema/corn salsa (I saw a guy at the next table over ~ the cool front-window alcove table that I had graciously abandoned, by the way ~ order this and it looked pretty good; next time?); 
or possibly even 
Arugula and Beet Salad ~ grilled pear/pistachio/
chevre/aged Balsamic

There were also a couple of decent side dish ideas, too. 
I was thinking of ordering either Kennebec[3] Fries (Parmesan/herbs/aioli) or, from their specials board, Roasted Brussels (Sprouts) & Salsa Verde. They no longer offer the side of Fried Cauliflower (sage/garlic) that I had the last time I ate there; this is a shame, as it was really pretty good.

This was a HUGE bowl o' greets to be sure. Originally, I was not sure if it was going to be enough food and had asked the waiter-server person guy to make sure (I would just like to point out here that the entire wait-staff people are all very friendly and attentive); he did assure me that it was a lot of food. I am glad I listened to him. This was all very good and I have no major complaints; I would just liked to have seen a bit more br*ccoli rabe in the dish. I also really liked whatever the "rustic toast" stuff was; it was grilled, not toasted, which I really enjoyed.

As far as their Coffee selection goes, they no longer offer single-serve French press pots. That is too bad, because they had offered that with Sightglass Coffee. They still have that brand as their Espresso offering, and there is nothing wrong with Capricorn Coffees, anyway.

For condimentary supplementation, Sparrow Bar and Kitchen had Tabasco® Brand Pepper Sauce (Original Red Sauce), Tapatío® Salsa Picante Hot Sauce, and Huy Fong Foods Inc.® Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce. I just used some of my own Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Medium Fire-Roasted Pepper Sauce on top of the poached egg to mix in with the Cheddar greets.

Glen Bacon Scale Rating
Cheddar Grits ~ 6.5;
Capricorn Coffees House Blend ~ 6.8


1. While this tasty green vegetable shares an expletive-deleted name with its odious cousin "the vile weed", it is not vile in any way and is one of my favourite of the cruciferous vegetables.


3. Seriously?! There is a web-site dedicated to a specific varietal of potato? Perhaps Dan Quayle also had a hand in inventing the Intro-Net along with Al Gore.

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