Sunday, August 19, 2007

Universal Cafe

Universal Cafe
Category: New American/Brunch/Organic

Neighborhood: The Mission
Price Range: $$

WOW! This place is Fantastic! Went there for Lunch and boy were my socks knocked off! Not to mention that the service was super friendly, and the moment we walked in were greeted and felt right at home.
And then came the Food...
I mean, I literally had a 'Moment' with my Food and for those that know me, that does not happen very often with me, but when it does, it's huge. I could barely contain myself! My dining companion told me he was getting turned on by my excitement alone... uh huh... yeah, it was just that Good...

So what did we have?
Mind you, I can barely do the Food justice with mere words, you will just have to go and try it....really.
I had a perfectly Grilled Wild King Salmon on Foccacia with Early Girl Heirloom Tomatoes, Arugula and a delicious Basil Aioli, which essentially made the dish for me. Don't know what it was, but that dish just had me at 'Hello'... *sigh*
My companion had the Grilled Flatbread with Summer Squash, Sun Gold Tomatoes, Fresh Oregano and Goat Cheese, which was really delicious.

And then came time for Dessert...
Yes, Dessert is generally not my thang usually, 'cause I'm more a Savory Girl rather than Sweet, but we went all out and had the Heirloom Plum-Apricot Crisp with Vanilla Gelato... Wow!... SO F-in' Good!

Overall, I had a great Food Experience there and I absolutely cannot wait to go back!
People, I think I have a new Favorite...

Update: 6/30/07 the next day...
Couldn't stop thinkin' about how good the Food was at Universal Cafe, so when friends that were heading into the city the following morning, asked me where to go for Brunch, I instantly suggested Universal Cafe. Needless to say, they were extremely impressed.

Overall, all of the Dishes were really great and truly knocked it out of the park...
The two dishes that stood out the most were the Grilled Flatbread with Wild Mushrooms, Spinach, Spicy Pepper Feta and Fresh Oregano (Fantastic!) and the Charcoal-Grilled Niman Ranch Lamb Burger on Brioche with Radicchio, Carmelized Onions, Goat Cheese & Aioli. My friend said that the Lamb Burger was The Best Lamb Burger that he has ever had in his life! Had a taste myself and I had to agree.

Props to the great Staff as well. Cathy & Adam are friendly & very personable. Kudos!
Tip: There can be quite a wait for this place, but trust me, it's well worth it...

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