Walter Mencken 9:21 p.m., Oct. 20
Hot Crumpet in PB
She's English, she makes crumpets like no one else...
...and her Mad Dollies are crumbelicious.
Sitting on Emerald Street in PB at the Mad Dogs Café...
...and this lady, Brenda Hollis, is recommending her hazelnut ice cream to a couple of first-time customers.
Mad Dollies? Named after her partner who bakes them. I'm having mine (1.99) with coffee ($1.60). It is wa-ay good.
"Graham crackers, chocolate chip, caramel, walnuts, and coconut," says Brenda when I ask what's in it.
Brenda's a cheery blond lady who hasn't been afraid of adventure. She's lived in Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Barcelona, all over. Three years ago she set up here in PB and called it Mad Dogs Café
Why Mad Dogs?
"Because we have a mad array of hot dogs," she says. "From bangers -- the traditional English sausage -- to bratwurst to chorizo. Ten different kinds."
They range from $3.99 to $4.99.
For $6.99 they also do "extreme" hot dogs such as alligator, ostrich, and duck.
Long-time employee Andrew has tried them all. Likes the "slightly fishy" taste of alligator
The other thing they do here which you don't see a lot of: crumpets...
...Like an English muffin but softer, like a pancake ($1.99 with butter, more with flavorings like ricotta honey and almond).
And a ton of all-day breakfasts ($6.49-$8.49). They also bake their own chips here ($2.49).
She says there's another reason she calls this Mad Dogs.
"It's the line from the Noel Coward song, isn't it?" she says. "'Mad dogs and Englishmen/ Go out in the midday sun...'"
Oh yeah. "Englishmen detest a siesta."
Lord. I just got through this crumpet. Sorry Noel. Time for a siesta.
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