Like the Martini, the Hangtown Fry was born of the largesse of the California Gold Rush.
It originated in 1849, in the northeast California settlement of Hangtown (later re-named Placerville… for obvious reasons), when a newly-rich gold miner walked into a saloon and asked for “the most expensive things you’ve got in the kitchen, ‘cus I can afford it.”
That ended up being eggs, bacon and oysters, which were all delicacies in those parts at the time.
Nowadays, the best place to start your day with a Hangtown fry is in San Francisco, where you can enjoy your very own decadent egg scramble of bacon and breaded oysters.
Brenda’s French Soul Food
Brenda’s is a New Orleans-inspired restaurant that pays homage to California’s culinary heritage by serving up a delicious Hangtown fry with a side of biscuit and grits, every morning.
Metro Rail: Market St & Hyde St (F), plus 5 block walk