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Just For You breakfast report - 7/24/05

Eugene Park | Jul 25, 200502:44 AM

Decided to finally check out Just For You on 22nd & 3rd in the Dogpatch area of SF. After cruising down 3rd past the ballpark (actually, it was more of a zigzag cruise, due to the extensive road construction that's been taking place on 3rd), I turned right @ 22nd and saw a knot of about 10 people on the sidewalk half a block down. My friend alighted from the car to put our name on the waiting list hanging on next to the door outside, while I found an abundance of street parking a block further.

After a wait of about 5 minutes (which passed quickly while we petted the cute black Pomeranian that trotted around as its owners ate at one of the two tables outside), a table for 2 opened up inside and we were seated. The breakfast menu is extensive, so figuring out what to get took some reading. JFY was cozy and packed, with table seating for about 30(including two tables outside for 2) and counter seating for another 4 or so. Coffee was offered immediately and declined, since neither myself nor my friend are coffee drinkers. "Fresh-squeezed" OJ (tasted like Odwalla) and apple juice (Martinelli's) were ordered, along with the crab benny (Eggs Benedict on top of crab cakes off of the menu) and the Italian frittata special (eggs with penne pasta, prosciutto, red bell peppers and roma tomatoes), with home fries and wheat toast for each order.

While waiting for our food, I noticed someone at the table next to ours digging into an eggs benedict loaded down with prosciutto. I forgot the menu name for it (Italian Benedict??), but made a mental note to try that. From the menu, the components were eggs benedict on top of grilled tomatoes, and topped with prosciutto. Looked scrumptious, and I had some buyer's remorse.

Our dishes arrived, and my friend and I sampled extensively from each. We agreed that the Italian frittata was the better of the two. The ingredients melded well together, but remained fresh and distinct. The crab benny was OK, though the lauded crab cakes didn't particularly standout. The poached eggs were well-prepared IMO, as the yolk was somewhere between runny and partially firm (which is the way I like my yolks). The hollandaise sauce tasted like your typical sauce (meaning a decent canned/jar version), though there wasn't enough of it (I like dip the home fries in it).

Home fries are OK, though long on potatoes (crisp on outside, mealy inside) and short on onions, rosemary and other flavor enhancements. Wheat bread was fine and nicely toasted.

Using a 50% off the second entree coupon I got on the back of my Safeway Potrero Hill receipt, total with tax and tip came to $26 for two breakfasts, OJ ($3.00) and apple juice ($1.50). Most breakfasts were in the $7-$12 range. Portions were solid, overall quality was good. No credit cards, so hit the ATM beforehand.

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