Le Grande Orange review
Let me just say that this place was AWESOME! We got totally hooked up by Aaron, one of the main guys.
We walked in at 815-ish and were seated immediately at a great round table for the 4 of us. Our server was very knowledgeable with the menu and wines...I wish I could remember his name.
We were treated to an array of items that Aaron chose himself, so we could all taste everything.
We started with a trio of appetizers. First, a wonderful arugula salad with a goat cheese crostini and grilled figs! This salad was wonderful. It was all tossed in a light vinaigrette. I could have eaten 4 more!
There were the famous baked wings served with Point Reyes blue cheese dressing. FABULOUS! They weren't greasy at all, and they had a little char to them, making them taste like homemeade. I couldn't get enough of that dressing....YUMMY!
We also sampled the ceviche. Yummy! The organic chips that were served with the dish, we crispy and tasty. A perfect blend of lime and jicima made this dish very crisp.
On to the pizza. Aaron sent us 2 pizzas, each with 2 different toppings....so we really had 4 pizzas. I have to say, I don't think I've had pizza this good in a long time.
We had a half a Fallen Angel and half Padre. These 2 pizzas were so good, I'm glad I didn't have to choose between them. The Fallen Angel had fennel, sausage, roasted peppers, and a red sauce. The sausage and fennel mixture were a huge hit and made for a peppery flavor. WONDERFUL!
The second half of that was the Padre with had prosciutto and Pointe Reyes blue cheese, arugula and no sauce. This was an amazing combination of flavors and textures. The salty ham with the cripsy arugula and creamy blue cheese was awesome.
The other pizza was half North Shore and half Avocado. Now I love avocado, but have never thought to put it on pizza. Well I am a changed woman. This was another sauceless pizza that was topped with tomato, basil, lemon juice, lemon zest and avocado. I think this one was my favorite. The lemon juice and zest gave it zing and the avocado was creamy and refreshing.
The second half of that one was the North Shore which is one of may favorite combinations, with a twist. Rosated pineapple, ham, garlic, cheese and jalapeno, covered with tomato sauce was such a great surprise. I love the jalapenos and garlic on this. It made a HUGE difference from your ordinary "Hawaiian" pizza.
I HAD to get gelato afterward for a sweet end to the day.
I opted for the recommendation of Vesuvio and I added a scoop of canteloupe to go along with it. I had a hard time deciding..they all looked so good.
My choices were awesome....the canteloupe was so good, I was looking for the rind and the Vesuvio was rich and crunchy. Such a perfect end to a perfect dinner.
I meant to get some english muffins, but forgot....that just gives me another reason to go back!
Thank you to all that gave me feedback on this gem. I look forward to going again.
Yes the parking was bad, but valet is onlt $3.00.
So glad you enjoyed it. I highly recommend you go during the day for a sandwich or salad. Still fab, but a totally different experience. And, if you like coffee, don't miss the Spanish Latte -- it is magnificent!
Glad you enjoyed it. It's always been more of a daytime destination for me because their brunch/lunch offerings make it one of the standouts in town.
Someone needs to divulge the Vesuvius - what's in it? You coy devils!!
I don;t remember what's in Vesuvius.
It's dark chocolate ice cream with some kind of liquer...can't remember what and nuts, with a cookie in the middle.
The BEST meal we have had so far on Main St. - great food, service and atmosphere on deserted part of Main St.
We are in the hood and appreciate it so much, really loved everything about the place. Plus we parked out front with no problem on a Friday night- just put in a bunch of quarters!