Running errands on Saturday morning, I somehow found myself, hungry, at Westlake Shopping Center in Daly City. Looking about it seemed my choice for a quick snack or meal were a Daphne Greek restaurant, an 88 Rice Bowl, a Starbucks, TJs ready-made section and, my ultimate choice Westlake Coffee Shop.
WCS is a classic 50s place with a counter, booths and middle-aged waitresses in uniform. They have a classic tri-fold diner menu. While it was clean, neat and newly painted, it retained a definite genuine 50s atmosphere (as opposed to a “nuevo-retro” like Johnny Rockets and other places imitating the 50s).
For $10 with tip, I had over-medium eggs with corned beef hash, hash browns, sourdough toast and coffee. It was a basic breakfast that has been fueling America for years. The eggs were perfectly done (small touch but I love it when they use individual pans for eggs, it usually makes the white thicker so you get a good medium yolk without burning the white). The hash browns were nicely crispy, although they needed salt. The corned beef hash didn’t taste canned but was extremely similar – beef was ground pretty much to a paste mixed small skin-on potato chunks, very light on seasonings. Everything was slightly greasy but not in a bad way. This isn’t the type of food I eat regularly anymore but it certainly hit the spot.
(larochelle previously Pssst)