The other day I was at The Station House Cafe in Point Reyes Station, a place I dearly love.
I saw Hangtown Fry on the breakfast menu. I'd never had it, but knew it was a flat omelet containing oysters and bacon. Since there are three oyster farms nearby, it looked like a good bet.
It did not look very appetizing when it arrived - a chunky pile of eggs with lumpy-looking objects in it. I went to work on one of the oysters imbedded in the mass and it was way overcooked. They had fried the oysters before hand - couldn't tell if they had been breaded or battered for the first time around. They seemed to have let them sit in the liquid egg mixture until they got all soggy and sticky. The pieces of bacon seemed to have also gotten the egg bath - they were overcooked, limp and tasteless. Anyway, the twice-cooked oysters and bacon were not worth eating.
I told the waitress about this, and she said they'd make me another and whisked it away before I had a chance to tell here to change it to a cheese omelet.
The second time around was not much better.
Is there such a thing as a good hangtown fry? Or is it just an unfortunate concept?
The Station House Cafe
11180 State Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956