I thought my breakfast yesterday was disasterous, even more so because Bayless cooked the major part of it - the breakfast torta (poached egg, some chipotle salsa/spread, black bean spread, etc.).
I was the very first customer, the sandwich took about 20-minutes to get to me . . . and it arrived cold. One egg is one egg, but the rest of the ingredients of the sandwich were skimpy
. . . especially so given the $9 price tag. And I was embarassed for the restaurant (and disappointed as a customer) that it was serving a concha
of such poor quality . . . and stale
. . . and charging $2.00 or 2.25 for it. A good, freshly baked that day and twice the size concha
in a neighborhood Mexican bakery in Chicago would cost maybe 75 cents (mostly less, where I buy them) . . . and it would have been a concha
, not a poor immitation. Any respectable Mexican bakery here or in Mexico would probably have thrown that batch of concha
in the trash - the very worst example of of them I've seen/eaten in about 40-years of eating them. My "authentic" chocolate was okay, about what I expected. Given the fact that people spend what they spend on coffee from the various premium coffee shops such as Starbucks, the prices being charged for the chocolate seem reasonable.
I chalked-up my bad and overpriced meal to opening day jitters, but as I thought more about that I recalled that Xoco conducted various tastings and preparation variations with employees of neighboring businesses, favored customers of the adjoining two restaurants, Bayless' own restaurant employees, purveyors' employees, etc. To perform that badly on the first order of the first day made the disasterous order of mine worse than I first thought.
Though I expect to be trying some lunch items, I don't see the possibility of my becoming a regular customer . . . especially not when the Ohio House Restaurant
is so close by.
will love the place, and most of them probably will not understand what it is they're eating or how it should be prepared or served.