The zoo was on tap for today so we had breakfast at Great Maple. Parking sucks on farmers market day for the restaurant. Since we'd had the maple bacon donuts last time (tasty but heavy), we opted for the powdered beignets with lemon curd, which we like quite a bit. My coffee arrived cold but was quickly replaced after I told a bus boy. Not sure who is providing their coffee, but even hot I wasn't that thrilled with it. Strong but not terribly smooth or mellow.
We had...a decrowned popover that had been filled with brisket and 2poached eggs. It came accompanied with more fingerling potatoes than any sane person could eat. The brisket was tender and the eggs poached well. The popover? Eh...so-so. They also do a hash with the brisket that was well received by the person that ordered it. There are 4 scramble combinations on the menu and the one with bacon and mozz was a hit this morning. The chilaquiles came bathed in a good salsa verde and garnished with avo and sour cream. Portions were generous, tho' not as overwhelming as Hash House. The chilaquiles an the brisket hash are served in large stainless mixing bowls.
But a big, hearty breakfast means you can spend hours walking all over the zoo and not have to worry about eating all day. Water, however, was another story. 1/2 liter bottles of water ranged from $3.19 - $3.99 in the zoo. I can confirm that the drinking fountains scattered around the zoo are in fine working order and that the San Diego city water coming out of them tasted just fine as well.
For dinner we ended up a Fish Public. First let me say I absolutely love the interior make over of the old Ken Grill. It's fresh, airy and relaxed with a beachy/fishing theme that isn't in your face or kitschy. The menu is short as is the wine list and neither is particularly inspired. The escolar severed on top of a carrot puree was very nice, the halibut fish and chips kind of boring and the half a Mary's chicken with arugula pesto...well, not all the pieces were cooked all the way through. Sides of Brussels Sprouts, salad and mashed potatoes were good. We skipped dessert because none of the choices appealed.
We ordered a bottle of tempranillo (from Spain) that proved to be not very good. In fact, we ended up sending it back because while we weren't sure it was corked, it was pretty clear it wasn't really drinkable. The Pinot we replaced it with pretty decent and way more drinkable.
Not sure I'd do Great Maple again. Too much food and a little too heavy but not a bad choice before a day at the zoo. In spite of the so-so food and crappy bottle of wine at Fish Public I am willing to give them at least 1 more shot.