Big disappointment here - anyone tried it lately? I'm wondering if Dottie's True Blue Cafe in SF has gone downhill recently or what.
My first visit was this morning. Like the feel of the place, servers were nice, and had high hopes based on the raves here. But the only thing I'd order again would be the whole wheat buttermilk pancakes - nice and fluffy, crisp on the edges, and a whisper of cinnamon plus served with maple syrup. The streusel coffeecake was too dry and would have had no character but for the icing. Hash browns had good texture and browned edges, but tasted of mildew and dirt - bet they don't spend much time washing the potatoes here. French toast looked beautiful, but was dry and dusty inside. Bacon wasn't crisp nor of good quality. Jam on the table was nothing special, although the butter was decent. Andouille sausage was very average. None of this was worth waiting in line for.
I commented to my chowhoundish companion that other than the pancakes, the food never quite crossed the threshold to deliciousness. He felt it was several steps down from the threshold even.
Why is this place so popular other than the portion size? Did we order the wrong things? Is it coasting on some past reputation and kept in business by foodies who pretend they're slumming in the Tenderloin neighborhood?