Crowds Flock to Sweet Maple for Simple Good Eats
|Fresh-squeeze orange juice|
Orange and grapefruit juices are fresh-squeezed, beef and sausages are Niman Ranch, and the coffee is local from Marin (and fair-trade). Portions are substantial; most dishes are served with toast, breakfast potatoes and/or fruit cups -- the latter looking positively lush, overflowing with ripe berries and kiwi. Sweet Maple isn't skimping on the good stuff; even expensive ingredients are served in ample amounts.
For example, take the Frisco scramble ($12.50), made with chicken apple sausage, scallion, mushroom, avocado and mild cheddar. That avocado sounded almost like an afterthought, right? Think again. There must have been an entire avocado nestled into the scrambled eggs, in addition to piles of mushrooms and sausage, all topped with a thick layer of cheddar. Though toppings are how we decide on our orders, so often they get lost in a sea of eggs. It's positively refreshing to experience all of the fresh ingredients here.
And these breakfast potatoes are no mushy, lackluster hash browns. Perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, the potato "medley" features purple, red, yellow and sweet potatoes in a delicious mix. They're seasoned not just with salt and pepper, but with a touch of herbs (fresh rosemary?) and what tastes like fennel seed as well. Again, Sweet Maple has elevated everyday breakfast fare.
|Potato medley and ciabatta toast|
The toast clearly didn't come from a package of sandwich bread, either. The thick-crusted ciabatta slices are sweet and hearty -- delicious topped with a dollop of the table's raspberry jam.
|Marnier French toast meal|
If you have a sweet tooth, try the Marnier French toast ($7.95), three wedges of bread dipped in creamy Marnier batter and pan-fried, dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Better yet, make it a meal for a few dollars extra. Then they tack on eggs, prepared however you like, with bacon, ham or your choice of sausage.
Meat-lovers, it is essential while you are here to try the Millionaire's Bacon: shockingly thick strips of bacon glazed with brown sugar and sprinkled with red and black pepper. Perfectly savory with a spot-on sweet, spicy balance -- be warned, it may ruin bacon for you. A side order is $5.75 and worth every penny.
Imagine if everything at old-school breakfast chains was as delicious as it sounded on the menu, made with fresh and organic ingredients and legitimately well-prepared. The concept is so simple, but Sweet Maple has it down.