I’m home in San Diego now. I was just up North with Lindsay and her bro John.
Lindsay had gotten resies at Chez Panisse a month ago, so I booked a flight. She had read Alice Waters’s book about the organic revolution in the 1970s and all that. I was only aware of the place because I’d once had to get reservations for my editor-in-chief back in the day. I forget what she was doing in Berkeley, though!
Linds and I had read that C.P. doesn’t live up to the hype and that it had lost its one Michelin star, and then we ate chili cheese fries and nachos on the way over (since we’d skipped lunch and were dying), and then stopped at a friend’s house for mango martinis. But still we didn’t lose team morale.
Here is my non-foodie opinion of the food (for real opinions by real people, check Yelp!):
- The artisanal bread with yummy organic butter was one of my favorite parts.
- First course was a pretty good salad with some crazy stuff in it (can’t remember).
- Second course was a stew with some rigatoni. We had to laugh because pasta costs like five cents, and the stew was good, but John said very loudly to Lindsay, “This tastes like Mom’s stew.” Meaning, not worth going out and paying (prix fixe) for it.
- Third course was a dessert (I also forget), and then I had Moscato, some kinda aperitif. Very chilled and bubbly.
- The wine was a Wind Gap Syrah. I don’t remember the year.
Sorry my memory is so poor! I’d had maybe 4 drinks before dinner, but spread out over time.
They let you tour the kitchen. About 25% of customers ask to do so. Here it is around 10:45 p.m. on a Monday…we kinda missed the action.
Are you a foodie? Tomorrow at Thanksgiving, my family will eat pretty plain stuff. But the wine will be good because my dad steps up as family sommelier.