Mission Beach Cafe open -- any reports?
Very nice-looking cafe opened at 14th and Guerrero two weeks ago. I walked by tonight and got some info (didn't eat anything since I had just finished dinner).
Morning pastries begin at 7 am, followed by a lunch menu of sandwiches and dinners of small plates and modestly priced ($8-15) comfort-ish food. The pastries looked quite good, especially the ginger blueberry muffin. All pastries are made in-house, and the pastry chef (Alan) used to make the pies and other baked goods at Chow.
Pastries are both good and varied. We had a ginger blueberry muffin (not that gingery but nicely springy) and an almond croissant that was very oozy (not a criticism from me). Alan came out a few times beaming.
The name's a little misleading, at least if you're expecting another coffee house. This is a restaurant with attentive table service. Fries were crisp if a bit salty. My fish tacos were okay; I didn't like the flour tortilla. Stick to drip coffee over espresso drinks.
I am so glad to see this place finally open. I went by this morning. Everything in the display case was beautiful.
I bought two canneles. They were perfect. Crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside.
The man behind the counter was very warm and friendly and it wasn't a mob scene. In my book, this makes it much better than Tartine.
Impressive that the pastries are made on site.
I'm looking forward to going back and trying more items.
I stopped in the morning--the space is open and bright, particularly on this sunny day. I agree that locals may find this misleading and expect it to be a coffee house--there were a couple of customers reading papers and drinking coffee at tables, but this is definitely not a Ritual-type Wifi-offering office away from the office.
There were a number of pastry selections, including the canneles and some nice-looking croissants. I opted for the ginger-blueberry muffin, a dark little guy sprinkled with powdered sugar. I liked the blueberries but could have used more ginger throughout--it tastes like there are little chopped bits of candied ginger instead of ginger spice sprinkled throughout. The muffin was not too sweet, which I liked, but was very oily. I got mine to go and the paper bag was soaked through by the time I got to the office.
The clerks were very friendly, the space was nice, and the prices were fair ($2 for my muffin). I would return and probably get a pastry based on croissant dough--those looked superb.
We went for dinner the other night and it was quite good. It was peopled, but not crowded, and the service was ridiculously kind and attentive - they were out of something that we tried to order, and brought us a plate of gnocchi on the house in apology. The dinner menu is a bit misleading - they are not entrees, but large-ish small plates (a 3 oz. burger with a handful of fries, a small dollop of great sweet potato puree with some nicely seared tuna). the value is excellent, but if you're hungry, three dishes for two people is probably a more sound way to go.
I went there for dinner tonight. The desserts are very good. A friend's daughter had the apple cranberry pie and the crust was flaky. My friend and I shared brownie points with a toffee type sauce and fresh whipped cream. Also very good. They had strawberry rhubarb pie which was tempting so might have to make a point to go back.
I had the tuna tartar and the mini-burger. The tuna tartar was good. Tuna was cut bigger than I'm used to, but seasoned well, and it worked. I liked the size of the burger. Perfect. And the meat was high quality, tasty. It came with sauteed onions, and roasted tomatoes, so it's a fancy type mini burger.
Restaurant was mosty full at 7:30.