I was walking past Ann's Kitchen (Telegraph & Dwight Way in Berkeley) the other day and my eyes focused on the hash browns being consumed by a customer. They were largish irregular chunks of potato with a beautiful golden brown crust. Damn, they looked good!
I couldn't get them out of my head, so I went up there for breakfast this morning. Ordered scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, and OJ.
Where to start? The plate was huge, with a massive serving of the "picture perfect" hash browns and two slices of balloon bread toast.
The OJ was machine squeezed, and along with the juice, included a good dose of the bitter oil from the skin, as usually happens with machine made OJ.
The eggs were dry and flavorless.
The bacon was the worst I have had in a long time and cooked just beyond the char stage. (It appeared it had been cooked under a weight, as it was dead flat.)
And, you ask, what about the hash browns? They must use the cheapest oil in the Western hemisphere. I won't say it was rancid, but the oil permeated the potatoes and left a strange, unpleasant aftertaste.
I ate maybe a third of what I was served and made a quick exit.
It was cheap, but like they say, you get what you pay for.