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2223 Restaurant Update - Mother's Day brunch

nja | May 14, 200408:17 PM

Had another pleasant brunch at 2223 Restaurant in the Castro District.

Our party of six was seated right on time for our 12:30 reservation. The restaurant and bar section were packed and rather (but not overly) noisy. The doors were thrown open to allow the breeze in from the street.

Coffee was poured as soon as we sat down. It took a little long for our server to come and take our order, but our drinks arrived immediately and food just minutes later.

I wasn't won over by my corned beef hash and poached eggs. The large pile of lean shredded meat and potatoes wasn't bad but just wasn't anything special. Mind you, I was raised on stinky, mushy, canned Hormel corned beef hash and have yet to find a "fresh" CBH that I've really enjoyed. Brioche toast was good.

I split my dish half-and-half for the sausage, biscuits, and eggs. This I liked a lot more, as did the counterparty in the trade. A slice of what wasn't really a biscuit but more of a chewy scone/sourdough bread combo was topped with poached egg, fresh wilted spinach, and decent pan gravy. Side of fennel sausage was very good and sausagey this time, unlike the somewhat more meatbally thing I had last time.

Also well enjoyed at the table was a smoked salmon benedict minus the hollandaise sauce that came with a mixed greens salad: a much lighter meal than the other dishes which was exactly what its orderer was seeking. I didn't try the chorizo scramble thingy but was told it was good. A side of home fries were excellent: 1/4" thick disks of potatoes well done and crispy. Coffee, Pacific Echo Brut, and fresh squeezed orange juice were all good. Zany host took a few pictures of himself before finally turning our digital camera on our party.



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