I like having friends who will go with me to places so that I feel like I’m not alone when researching for the blog. Well, that and selfishly, we all really wanted to try this place. Marlowe’s has been on my list since I moved to San Francisco- I literally have a list that Gareth and I share of restaurants that Gareth and I want to go to.
I came up with a plan, let’s go get brunch, just the girls. Then after that, we can do the Etsy tradeshow in Bayview. It sounded like the perfect day and I really needed some time without Braedon. I made our reservation and pretty much drooled over it for a week.
Chloe and Becca were super excited to go, both like food as much as I do, and having a great appreciation of it. Chloe is my photography mentor, I love her photographs and her style. To the point of having her take my family photos soon.
We were all ready, my anxiety was a little high and I was a little shaky, I hadn’t had my medication for a couple of days-that’s a whole different story. I walk the 10 minute walk it takes to get there, really reveling the fact that I was walking by myself, without a baby bag, for god knows how long. I was excited!
I was also a few minutes late, I was worried about getting Braedon all set up and ready with Gareth. Just my normal paranoid, mommy, self. Because I know that he is perfectly fine with his daddy.
I make it to Marlowe’s. The girls are already there sitting down, along with Chloe’s son, Max, and Becca’s boyfriend Sam.
I say hi, look at the menu, and try to figure out if I want to get alcohol or not. I mean, it is brunch. But, since no one else is really doing it, I opt out and get a diet coke.
Our waitress is a tall blonde with a cool apron. She seems a little frazzled, probably because brunch is such a big time for them and we have a baby. A lot of people don’t seem to know what to do when there is a baby around. It’s like they shut down or something.
She asked us what we wanted to drink and if we were ready to order. I know that you want to get your tables out quickly so you make more money, but damn lady, we literally just sat down.
I look around at all of the details of the restaurant, from the impressive bar, to the cow mount, pots and pans hanging off of the ceiling, and incredible bowl lights. This place is so neat looking, very modern, incredibly sunny for San Francisco, 2 communal tables, and then a few scattered small tables.
We are at a small table, looking at the menu, we decide we want everything. Not really, but almost. We ordered almost all of the sharable items and an entree each.
We placed our order and the waitress disappeared.
First round, ½ a dozen oysters with a pickled horseradish sauce and lemon. These look fresh. I love oysters, they made me want to go down to Tomales Bay and get a dozen for myself… and hot sauce. They were so delectable. You can’t really go wrong with fresh oysters.
A man comes by with 4 deviled eggs, sets them down, picks them back up, puts one down, and then leaves.
We ordered 4, why did you take them away from us. We just sat there, confused. We tried to find our waitress, but she was nowhere in sight. In fact, she hadn’t been for a while. I was starting to get frustrated. There weren’t even a ton of people there, at this point, we all needed refills, and the other 3 deviled eggs.
When she finally came back, we told her the problem, she fixed it. But no smile, no courtesy, just plain face, and going.
We get our deviled eggs and oh my god. I don’t know how to describe them to you. They had a little spice, a little candied bacon, a regular deviled egg feel, and cheese to top it off. These might be God’s greatest gift to mankind. (I’ve decided I will replicate them if it’s the last thing that I do.)
Next, we get a thick strip of candied bacon. Gareth doesn’t really like sweet bacon, but I do. We split it four ways, Max getting the most of it I believe. He really liked it.
This bacon was sweet, salty, the perfect crispness. I’m guessing they bake it in the oven instead of on the stovetop. It was perfect.
By this time of the meal, my anxiety is through the roof. I have to go to the bathroom to splash my face with water and breath. By the time that I get back, our entrees are there.
I get a dungeness crab and shrimp crepe topped with a very lemon-y hollandaise sauce and a green salad with lemon vin. Honestly, to much green salad and kind of just thrown on top of it, like an afterthought. I had to move things around so that I could really get a good picture of the crepe. Once I got past the green stuff, I loved the crepe, it was so flavorful, without being overbearing with the seafood taste. I definitely recommend this.
Chloe shared a huge chicken sandwich and fries with Max. And by shared, I mean she tried to get Max to eat, but he was distracted by all the new views. She only ate ½ of the sandwich and took the rest home to eat for breakfast the next day. It was a lot of food.
Becca got their scramble, with a goat cheese and herb sauce, and parmesan. That plate was very flavorful. I could have definitely eaten that one all day, every day. Let’s just say, Marlowe’s knows how to do eggs.
Sam ordered the Marlowe Burger. He said that it was a little overcooked for his liking and had a thin patty, but he ate it fairly quickly, so I’m guessing it was good.
Finally, we shared their raspberry ricotta toast. The toast was a little overcooked, but the toppings more than made up for it. Raspberries, ricotta, honey, and candied walnuts, all on top of a sourdough toast. It was creamy and wonderful and left me in want of more.
My overall impression of Marlowe’s is, really great food, but the service is severely lacking. So if service isn’t something that you care too much about, go!
After that, we went to Bayview to the Etsy craft fair. It was so much fun. I got a small sunburn, we all got ice cream, and just enjoyed our time together. It was much hotter than we expected and I was glad to get home with cold water. But it was one of the best days that I have had in a long time.
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