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Jan 2, 2013 02:26 PM

Supercalifragilisticexpialodocious new cafe on Monterey [SF]

Big Joe's #2 has been completely transformed by new owners. New interior, but that's the least of the good news:

Best restaurant coffee we've ever encountered.
Fresh lettuce salad perfectly dressed.
NEW MENU: example: Egg Tart = organic eggs, braised leeks, caramalized yellow onions, oven-dried cherry tomatoes, bacon, fontina cheese. Also Veggie Hash and Eggs. Brioch French Toast with brandied pears, pecans, and vanilla and mascarpone cream. Triple Grill Cheese with sandwich with Tillamook cheddar, port salute, and fontina on really good sourdough, pastrami sandwich with fig chutney, basil, tomatoes, parmesan, and aiole on really good ciabatta. Highest price item on menu is $10.00. The new owners are obviously foodies, and new to the restaurant business. Peter, who runs the front, his brother-in-law, and his wife are co-owners. We met Peter, who is enthusiastically over-the-top about perfecting the dishes on the menu with customer input. The area is not a food destination site. If you can, please dine there and keep this treasure in our neighborhood.

Big Joe's #2, soon to be PAL's Good Time Place,
717 Monterey Blvd
(between Gennessee St & Ridgewood Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94127
Neighborhoods: Sunnyside, Outer Mission

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  1. Went here over the weekend and I can confirm: the coffee is excellent (yes, even the decaf is outstanding). And their food is healthy and tasty.

    I had the veggie hash and I regret not taking my phone with me to take a picture for you. The veggie hash breakfast consisted of: sauteed chopped Brussels sprouts, onions, peppers and butternut squash with two poached eggs, potatoes on the side (I had a choice between "fresh greens" which, I believe would have been a salad, and home fries or fried potatoes) and really excellent toast. They also gave us some homemade strawberry jam for our toasts and it was awesome.

    My husband ordered the two eggs with bacon and toast. While I normally find his breakfast choices 'uninspired' his bacon slices were huge and tasty and his sourdough toast was (in his words) really really really good. Perhaps it was the strawberry jam talking?

    We enjoyed our breakfast and we will be back. I'm torn between hoping that everyone in the neighborhood enjoys a meal here and... hoping that we never have to wait too long for a table! From the exterior, it looks sort of nondescript. But they've redone the inside -- it's spotless and inviting.

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    1. re: Shibi

      Just wanted to thank you for posting and add a link to your other post about the impending liquor license. Hope that you and others in the neighborhood will let us know when that happens and about the name change.