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Monday, January 13, 2003

The great breakfast quest continues....

You may have thought it dead, but no! This weekend we were introduced to Bucks, and enjoyed an exceptionally scrumptious breakfast. We went to breakfast with Kelly and Rollie. We suggested Hobees, and Rollie countered with Bucks, and we thank him enthusiastically for showing it to us.

Some of best features of Bucks include very large coffee mugs, extending the drain and fill and wait to cool interval. They also make a yummy coffee cake, though it's more expensive than Hobees, and though delicious and different than Hobee's coffeecake, I can't say it's better (or worse for that matter), so the difference in price is a bit off-putting. They also have free access to the internet via a wireless network. Service was friendly, if not always quite as attentive as desired.They need one staff member to be on drink refill duty rather than leaving it to the normal wait staff. Kelly drained her water and Rollie's water before we broke down and asked another waitress for a refill, since ours was MIA. But that was trivial compared with the positives.

The real star of the show was the food. Rick had a yummy breakfast burrito with chicken apple sausage and other good fixens, all topped with a mole' sauce. I had Devine's omelette - bacon, tomatoes, onions, cheese, and sour cream. It was a delightful treat I won't repeat often or risk gaining several excess pounds. For better or worse, the home fries they do are not particularly special, but there was so much food, I was relieved that I wasn't tempted to eat more than a couple of bites of potatoes. Kelly had a yummy plate of Huevos Rancheros, and Rollie had the pancake special - one blueberry buckwheat, one banana buttermilk, and one pumpkin pancake, all topped with blueberries and bananas, with whipped butter and hot syrup on the side. The pumpkin pancake was a surprising treat.

Bucks is a bit out of our way, and slightly more expensive than Hobees, but it's worth the trip.

Now if only I could get Crepevine to open a restaurant on the Peninsula or in the South Bay. That would make my weekend breakfast life complete.

So that brings the list of favorite bay area breakfast joints to six (in no particular order):
Hobees are all over the Peninsula and South Bay
The Original Pancake House in Los Altos and Saratoga/San Jose
Crepevine in Oakland (Rockridge) and San Francisco
Crepe de Marakech (formerly Crepe de Vine) in Shattuck Square
Bucks in Woodside
Sweet Peas in Los Gatos


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