isn’t Mexican. It just seems that way.
And that is understandable. Located in one of California’s many agricultural regions, Gilroy is home to many seasonal and permanent farm workers who are overwhelmingly of Hispanic background.
But what if you aren’t in the mood for Mexican food? You take to the internet and investigate alternatives. And that brings us to Station 55 Bar & Grill which is located at 55 5th Street in downtown Gilroy.
Really, nothing much remains of the building’s days as a fire house. The two front “garage” doors that provided exit and entrance for the fire trucks have been replaced with large windows. The original brick walls are intact and serve as a backdrop for sepia photos of fire equipment from days gone by.
“Whatever you are serving” I answered.
“Both” was the reply.
Breakfast it was.
The breakfast menu is brief but has a “create your own” omelet item along with an eggs/potatoes/meat combo, French toast, pancakes, and waffles. I chose the Firehouse Special—chorizo scrambled with eggs and served with corn or flour tortillas and your choice of country potatoes (i.e., home fries) or hash browns. I took the hash browns, and although I forgot to ask for “crisp”, crisp is the way they came.
The chorizo was nicely spicy without being overwhelming. And accompanying the dish was a cup of house-made roasted tomato salsa that was so good that you wanted to take a bath in it.
We are still looking for good biscuits and gravy, so Chuck was interested when he saw this listed as a combo (with eggs, potatoes, and a choice of meat) on the menu. But before ordering he questioned our server about the gravy’s preparation. In particular, he wanted to know if the sausage was added to the white sauce just prior to serving. There is nothing worse than morsels of meat surrounded by a bland and pasty white sauce. After being assured that the sausage goes in when the white sauce is prepared in the morning, he went ahead and ordered. The gravy was pretty good, but in my opinion, could have used more sausage. But the shortcoming was the biscuits which were very heavy.
Too bad about those biscuits.
I know that this restaurant has just recently come under new ownership, so it may need some time to get things right. For now, it only merits 3.5 Addies.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.
We had parked in front of the Gilroy Museum, which was housed in the historic 1910 Carnegie Library Building. The library was built with a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie.