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Martinez: Pegg’s Western Grill & Bakery– the biscuits and gravy crawl, part 3


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Martinez: Pegg’s Western Grill & Bakery– the biscuits and gravy crawl, part 3

rworange | Aug 6, 2008 12:58 PM

After a recent visit to Mr. T’s Coffee Shop where I had amazing biscuits and gravy, I decided to try the same dish at Pegg's around the corner for comparison.

The gravy was white and thick and tasteless. I think there were a few micro pieces of sausage here and there ... maybe. The biscuits were fine but the whole dish was so bland. To add insult, it cost a few more bucks than Mr. T’s.

Since everyone was ordering ice tea, I got that. It was a good version.

Trying to salvage the visit I took home one of the cinnamon buns that are about the size of your head ($2.50). It was fine with lots of cinnamon and a light taste of butter, but the calories didn’t seem worth it.

The breakfast menu is larger at Pegg's and served all day. Most are served with a choice of hash browns, home fries, frijoles, grits or grilled tomatoes or grilled tomato with parmesan cheese and toast.

There are lots of scrambles and omelets. The sandwiches and burgers looked good. There is a white board of specials.

It is a straight-foward American coffee shop menu.

They did have one interesting item ... a Mexican version of the French Dip (which they also have) ... "Carnitas and pepper jack cheese served on a French roll with Au jus sauce". Cinco de Mayo be damned ... the French and Mexicans are reunited in this sandwich.

Mimosas ($4.95) and beer are available. They also have a smoothies menu. The smoothie mix is by Island Oasis.

I read that Pegg's had pie. It wasn’t on the menu. The waitress said they didn’t have pie. The small glass bakery case by the door only had cinnamon buns and apple fritters.

The place looks a little like Sizzler, Denny’s or Carrows circa 1970. It is not at all worn, it just has that look.

There are laminated wooden tables with wooden chairs. The walls are half paneled and half painted in a light lemon yellow. The place has great air conditioning so the ceiling fans seemed like decoration.

There is a nine seat counter with a large screen TV over it. A fish tank with yellow-green tinged water is next to the windows with a prime view of the refinery across the street. There is a basket with crayons and coloring books near the door and a kids menu.

I was disappointed in the Pegg’s, maybe since I expected more … and pie. This was the highest-priced breakfast menu in the area. The same pancake special that was $4.60 at Copper Skillet, is $7.50 at Pegg’s.

Mr. T’s was the clear winner and highly recommended biscuit and gravy-wise if you have a high dive tolerance. Otherwise, Copper Skillet seems the best choice.

No further planned stops … though Victoria Café has me intrigued … but more for its past. It was at one time DiMaggio’s café and bakery where Marilyn Monroe stopped by.

Previous 2004 mention of Pegg's ... maybe the hash browns are the thing to order.

"Anyway, Pegg's, mentioned by the other poster, is the only breakfast place we've tried. Yes, it's in a lousy spot, but it's clean, the breakfast dishes (omlettes and such) are fine, and the hash browns are very good. They taste like they've been cooked in lard or bacon fat, ane I'm sure they're terrible for you, but they are oh-so-tasty. Get your coffee fix elsewhere; their's is undrinkable, IMHO."

Martinez: Mr. T's Coffee Shop – The perfect dive … with respect

More Martinez munching: Copper Skillet Courtyard – the biscuits and gravy crawl, part 2

Pegg's Western Grill & Bakery
3210 Pacheco Blvd, Martinez, CA

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