Breakfast In America – Part One
As a 15 year old growing up in Northern Ireland, one of Nigel’s favourite records was Supertramps Breakfast In America, some of our more mature followers will no doubt remember it! Fast forward about four or five years, well okay thirty four or thirty five years, and we embarked on our first US road trip starting off in San Francisco. Our first breakfast in America was actually in a Johnny Rockets diner near to Fisherman’s Wharf but although we had no complaints about it Johnny Rockets isn’t the breakfast experience which I want to tell you about…
The Blue Front Cafe SF in the weird and wonderful Haight Ashbury district has become our top breakfast joint in the City by the Bay! We first sampled it in 2013 and it was so good that when we returned on honeymoon in June 2015 there was only one place we were going for our first breakfast! It’s Greek Orthodox owners born and raised in Jerusalem bring a taste of the Middle East to San Francisco whilst also serving more traditional American favourites too. Their menu is vast and I have just included a small sample of it here. Both times we have been has been after a long walk through Golden Gate Park and it’s been more of a brunch than a breakfast and we were more than hungry so opted for the American style all day breakfast with three eggs any way you want them, bacon, country style potatoes, toast and home made hot sauce….sometimes your body just needs carbs folks (see photos below)! They also do the best freshly squeezed orange juice we have ever tasted. A claim to fame of the Blue Front Cafe is that the band Train of Hey Soul Sister fame and many more great records played their first live gigs there and there is a signed photo from the band near the counter. The area around the cafe is colourful lets say and you will see things and indeed people there that you won’t see anywhere else as it was the centre of flower power back in the 60s and there are people there who think that flower power has never died….long live tie dyed tops!
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