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Nini's Coffee Shop San Mateo review

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Nini's Coffee Shop San Mateo review

K K | Jun 27, 2006 12:53 AM

Spent some time at Nini's one morning a few weeks ago, after reading many online and alternate site posts, that it was THE place to get a good decent ol' fashioned American breakfast.

It appears to be the only business in the area where it is purely residential otherwise, so parking can be scarce.

Looks almost like the good ol' 50s diner, with a wide selection of breakfast items. I unfortunately had rather high expectations after vacationing in Carmel Valley not too long ago (and ate at one of the local breakfast joints, The Wheel Wagon, which was a superb experience, maybe it was the feeling I was on vacation coupled with the restaurant's use of freshest local ingredients), so that jilted my standard. So my experience wasn't mindblowing at all for this visit.

I had the eggs benedict with a bright yellow sauce, which also had canadian bacon, and Nini's signature home fries (salted grilled potatoes), and a cup of coffee.

The benedict was cooked well, but the sauce and bacon didn't go that well together (rather on the salty side). The home fries had a decent texture, and apparently their receipe had not changed since when they opened in the 50s. I guess I'm more used to home fries being seasoned more with just the bare bones basics (like salt). I would say that Burlingame's Alana's Cafe has better home fries (for lack of better word, but basically grilled seasoned potatoes).

Internet and other reports do say that Nini's has really really good coffee, and despite me being a coffee amateur, I did agree that it was top notch. They gladly refilled it when my cup was 1/3 full.

So I'm sure I should give them another chance, but the benedict I guess I had high hopes for, wasn't quite what I was expecting.

What do other loyalists recommend here for breakfast? I doubt I will come for lunch.

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