Welcome back to the food blog named mmm-yoso!!! Kirk is (still) on vacation, but not as far away as he had been about a week ago. ed (from Yuma) is in Yuma, on his own vacation. Cathy is here, now. She blogs when the others play.
Hello again. I appear to be eating out a lot. Such is the magic that is blogging. Here is a meal I was particularly happy to enjoy with The Mister. Centifonti's was 'just' a candy store in the Village of La Mesa for about 16 years. Handmade chocolates, fudge, gummy bears, peanut butter filled peanut shaped delights. About six years ago, they moved down the street and opened a bar and restaurant. All while keeping the candies.
Added daily fresh baked pastries. ...and a bar, television sets, serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and wines. It works.
Coffee. $1.75. Good, fresh coffee. It is brought out in the cups *and* you get the small thermal pot on your table. Half and half in the small pitcher. This would be perfect with a slice of fresh pie ($3) or one of the bear claws ($2), a cookie ($1.50) or even one of the chocolate/caramel/nut/Oreo™/Reeses™/M&M™ covered apples ($5).
However, we were here at breakfast time. We had never been here for breakfast, a mistake we shan't make ever again. Excellent. French Toast, one poached egg, skin on breakfast sausage-The French Toast Platter ($8.95).
Each slice of the French Toast is dipped in the egg mix and then sliced almonds before cooking. A delightful surprise. The sausages were very fresh, just a bit burned (which I like) and the poached egg was perfect.
Eggs Benedict Florentine ($9.99). I had wanted spinach. This was fresh spinach, definitely not the frozen stuff...fresh. It got better.
This was a from scratch Hollandaise sauce. (Egg yolk, butter, just a bit of tang from the lemon juice-Wonderful). On top of perfectly poached eggs. On top of Prosciutto. On top of a toasted English muffin. Yes. Prosciutto. Thick sliced, chewy, dry cured Italian ham. The "Centifonti potatoes" were slightly seasoned diced skin on red potatoes, lightly fried with red and green bell peppers. Not the center of attention.
The breakfast here was a great, wonderful, flavorful surprise for us. If you are in La Mesa, this is a place to enjoy.
Centifonti's Bar and Restaurant 8365 La Mesa Blvd. La Mesa 91941 (619)461-4434 Website