Those of you who have slogged your way through my ramblings about our eating escapades in San Francisco will know that we have had a very soft spot for Café de la presse (Bush and Grant) ever since we “discovered” it in 2003. We have to go back each time and we’ve never been disappointed. The café Colombe au lait is always hot and frothy, the eggs benedict exactly how I like them (well almost – see below) and the SO’s oeufs au meurette savoury and sublime each time. I suppose you could say we have developed our own San Francisco tradition in going there the day of our departure each trip, despite the admittedly higher prices and the risk of Gallic indifference – I actually enjoy a little of that at times.
Another breakfast spot we enjoyed last trip in April is Canteen (817 Sutter) which we’ve also tried for dinner twice now, but we were less impressed with the breakfast this time. Arriving at 9 am we were whisked into a booth and ordered an OJ ($3.50) and two cappuccinos (2X$2.50), all good so far. The SO had a crescenza (yup, had to ask what that was, a soft-ripened cheese made from the milk of tired cows or “stracchino”), onion and chanterelle omelette which he pronounced good but not mind-blowing. My eggs benedict were just too runny with a bit of uncooked white (ack) and the hollandaise was far too lemony and profuse, all complaints I had last time but not as strongly. Combined with the lemony taste of the home fries, my plate was kinda citrus central. The one thing that Canteen does really well is the English muffin which they drizzle in butter and I’m guessing pan fry to the perfect crispness. I would consider returning but I fear that my days of ordering eggs benny there are over. Maybe the chupacabra?
See also the following links for all our other food-centric ramblings this trip if you're interested:
Tadich Grill http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573854
Blue Bottle http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573858
Lime Tree http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573860
Canteen dinner http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573864
Farmers Markets http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573868
Bar Tartine http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573872
Bodega Bistro http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573874
La Ciccia http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573876
BonBon Patisserie http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573877
Anchor Steam SFO http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/573878