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brunch at Miss Millie's (Noe, with a touch of the Mission thrown in)

susancinsf | Apr 17, 200505:00 PM

After seeing Nick's post on Miss Millie's below, I wanted to try it for brunch, to check out the churros and other Mexican options. However, I can't tolerate long waits on the sidewalk with crowds for brunch, so I was waiting for the right time to check it out...

Today was the day: woke up nice and early, so we figured we could beat any crowds. Got there at 8:50, and discovered they don't open till nine on weekends. We were already the second party; by the time they opened the door a few minutes after nine there was a line waiting to be seated. However, the place is bigger than it looks and all were seated promptly.(I overheard the hostess say that the patio in back is heated. We opted for the front room, but the patio would be an appealing option on a warmer day.) I'd say getting there before 9:30 would be a good idea for the line phobic.

We started with the churros, and as Nick said, they were indeed delicious! Yes, I'd have to agree that these were the best churros I've had in the bay area. There is only one problem: with all of the portions being so generous, churros seem like overkill. We managed anyway.

They do have huevos rancheros on the menu, but since they are described as being served scrambled, and with carnitas and a whole lot of other stuff, I passed. I saw them going to another table and they indeed looked like a casserole. This probably isn't the place to try huevos, unless perhaps you have no expectations as to what they should be. However, the cheese grits I saw going to a neighbor definitely looked to be worth checking out. They are intended as a side dish, but to me would be a full breakfast, perhaps with one of the several sausage sides available.

A lot of the menu appealed in an upscale way, but I wanted to try the chilaquiles that Nick mentioned. The menu says nothing about tomatillo in the red (guajillo and ancho perhaps?) sauce, and I certainly couldn't taste any; I wonder if it has been varied a bit? There was some sour cream, which I ignored, and a bit of queso fresco, as well as quite a bit of juicy shredded chicken. It had a decent bite, and yes, they did get the texture right (chilaquiles are not nachos!). I thought it was a good amount of tasty food for the price, and would order them again, though I would have been happier had there in fact been some tomatillo in the sauce....

Hubby had an egg scramble with dried tomatoes, served with potatoes and excellent sourdough toast. Orange juice was fresh squeezed, coffee was decent and they were very good about keeping refills coming. Indeed, service was excellent.

Total with churros, a generously sized glass of fresh oj, coffee, two very big plates of food, tax and tip: $35. This is Noe Valley, after all...

Still, I'd say the Mexican influence in the kitchen shows, and yes, I will return. Hubby remembers a series of failed coffee shops in the location, and after admiring the attractive decor and appealing jazz playing in the background, summed it up: a nice addition to the neighborhood, even if it took quite a while (several years maybe?) and a nudge from another poster for us to try it...


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