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Breakfast at Bocadillos (fairly long)

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Breakfast at Bocadillos (fairly long)

Anya L | Jun 17, 2005 12:51 PM

I stopped in at Bocadillos this morning for breakfast. It's pretty empty in the morning, which is kind of nice. Most customers appear to get their breakfast items to go. Bocadillos has a short menu of egg dishes, plus pastries from Bay Bread Boulangerie, yogurts, fruit, etc. You order at the counter, then seat yourself.

At first I asked about the frittata; it appeared to be a ham and cheese quiche (probably from Bay Bread). I ended up ordering the baked eggs with spinach and manchego (I was informed that they couldn't prepare it to go, which made sense to me), coffee, and orange juice. (Didn't need to order a pastry since I've had them all 1000 times before and plan to go to Bay Bread tomorrow :) Coffee is Mr. Espresso organic, which is fine but nothing special, and you serve yourself, which I like. OJ was freshly squeezed to order, a pleasant surprise. I had to ask for water; it would be nice if water were also self-serve.

The two baked eggs were served in a small Staub cast iron ramekin, which made for a nice presentation. They were perfectly cooked, with runny yolks and just-set whites. A handful of spinach leaves was baked in with the eggs and a few thin slices of manchego were melted on top. The eggs were nicely seasoned and I didn't need to add salt. They came with several pieces of toasted, diagonally-sliced ficelle. The eggs were delicious and not overly filling (I finished everything, including all the bread). I thought the prices were reasonable given the quality, presentation, and atmosphere ($5.25 for eggs, $2.75 for OJ, $1.65 for coffee), though some might think those prices a tad high considering that you order at the counter. Service was very personable and most of the customers appeared to be regulars. I would go there again - next time I'll try the baked eggs with chorizo.

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