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Good scrambled eggs?

I have a craving.

I like fluffy eggs with a touch of butter and NO visible egg white.

I don't like runny, custardy eggs. An example of this is the eggs at Bette's Oceanview diner. Even when you ask them to cook them beyond 'soft', they just don't come out right.

I'm not a fan of thin, flat scrambled eggs which often have the offending-to-me egg whites showing.

I'm open to mix-ins such as green onion or ... whatever sounds good, but not really looking for a skillet scramble. Just a touch of something is ok.

Long, long ago when Bradley Ogden was overseeing the kitchen at Campton Place, they had great scrambled eggs that were understated, superb simplicity.

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  1. I know you don't cook, but I do, and make it a point to not order anything in a restaurant that I can make myself, so when my pal Leo insisted on ordering scrambled egg and prawn at Yuet Lee I resisted. I was wrong. I can't achieve this perfection at home. Perhaps if you bring a guest,he could eat the prawns and you could eat the eggs. Really good, just prawns (shrimp really) a hint of green onion and perfectly scrambled eggs. Like a Penn and Teller trick, you can see how it's done, but you still can't do it.

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    1. re: little big al

      Sounds good ... I'll eat the prawns. I don't really have a kitchen right now and even if I did, my hit rate on making good scrambled eggs is about 1 in 30 times.

      1. re: rworange

        New Gold Medal also does a pretty good version of that shrimp and egg dish. Not a breakfast thing, but great with a bowl of rice.

        I like the scrambled eggs at La Note, but that's the soft-scrambled, French style that you don't like. Still, I've never found them to be runny or overly custardy.

        I bet Canteen would do a good straightforward plate of scrambled eggs.

        Personally, I think the key is A LOT of butter -- not just "a touch". And when we had good salted butter that we'd smuggled home from Paris...

        817 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

        La Note Restaurant Provencal
        2377 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

        New Gold Medal
        389 8th St, Oakland, CA 94607

    2. Cafe M in the Fourth St. complex does them the way you want. Try some with their corned-beef hash.

      Cafe M
      1799 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

      1. Bingo on breakfast at Campton Place back in the day. The hash was pretty good, too.

        Campton Place
        340 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

        1. big joes makes the best scrambled eggs,chef jesus has been cooking there for the last 20+ years.he mixes the eggs in the milkshake blender,the air mixture from whipping them up,gives the eggs a nice texture,very light and fluffy.

          Big Joe's
          487 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066

          1. I've always loved the scrambled egg sandwich that Olea has for brunch. Great baguette, great bacon, perfectly scrambled eggs (and not too custardy), and a little butter. That's it.

            1494 California Street, San Francisco, CA

            1. Try Fred's in Sausalito. They blast their eggs in a blender, so they cook up fluffy, almost souffle-ish.

              Order them with hash browns (excellent) or pancakes (very good) and/or a bratwurst (wonderful big white sausage with good Rhineland flavor).

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              1. re: Sharuf

                I second Fred's. Their "standard" breakfast sausages are great too . Real "pop" from the casing. I hate sausage "links" that are just sausage meat extruded into tubes. Funny quick story. I had my first California breakfast at Fred's many years ago. How many years? Let's just say that all the way from Madison WI. I was speculating on how on earth I was going to spend the princely sum of $5.00 an hour my new job was going to pay. I had never earned that much in my life. I had a great breakfast at Fred's, but it cost about $5.00. Mother of God! I had never paid that much money for breakfast in my life either. Funny old life. P.S. the pancakes and french toast (with real maple syrup option) are not too shabby either.

                1. re: Sharuf

                  That sounds like what I'd read about the Waffle House egg prep - whirled up in a shake mixer.

                2. A bit out of the way but Katy's Place in Carmel does an outstanding job with scrambled eggs, any way you want them.

                  I like mine soft and cooked in butter -- not that oil many kitchens use -- and their's were spot on.
                  Last (restaurant) that did them this well was the old Tuck Box in Carmel back when it was the plade. First time we went (when I was making about $7 an hour) I asked for my eggs scrambled soft in butter and the waitress looked at my and replied something to the effect, "Of course, you idiot" but more politely.

                  1. This may be one of the more expensive options but I've had the scrambled eggs at NOPA for brunch a few times now and they are always cooked to perfection.

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                      1. re: Sharuf

                        Nopa is a restaurant named after the unfortunate acronym for the neighborhood, NOPA. It's on Divisadero.

                        560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

                    1. "Long, long ago when Bradley Ogden was overseeing the kitchen at Campton Place, they had great scrambled eggs that were understated, superb simplicity."


                      A bit off-topic here, but Bradley Ogden's scrambled eggs reminded me of the one at Bill Granger's Bill's Cafe in Sydney, Australia - that's where I found the best scrambled eggs in the world!


                      1. Have you tried Art's Cafe? It's been a while, but I recall the diner style scramble was pretty classic, yolky and fluffy.