Everyday bistro food (Chez Simone?)
I got a tip about this restaurant in Oakland. Chez Simone on Piedmont ave. I did not get much info other than that they make Oignon gratinee and Coquilles St Jacques (which I LOVE). Has anyone out there tried this place? Is it any good? I'm most curious about the prices - I would love to find a good bistro where I could eat on a regular weeknight ($9 - $13 entrees etc...)
I have not been to Chez Simone for at least a year, but I have gone there quite a few times. It is in a charming location, set back from the street on a 2nd floor deck. The restaurant is quite small and on nice days has outdoor tables. The main menu is composed of crepes, quiche, and salad. I always thought it was very pleasant, but not a "destination restaurant."
I've been to Chez Simone many times (although not recently) and would love to keep it a secret since it's so very small, but here goes. Lunch is okay, but brunch on the weekend is the best! Her eggs benedict has a hollandaise that is perfect, with not too much lemon, and the clafouti is delicious - the pear is my favorite, but she serves whatever's in season. The dinner menu is excellent, but limited, since everything is prepared fresh. This is French country food, not Parisian. The prices are very reasonable, and Simone is a kick!