Yesterday I was running errands in Emeryville and decided (or plotted, rather) to stop into the Gregoire on Piedmont in Oakland. I'd been to the Gregoire in Berkeley a few times, most notably in a quest for their delicious cheesesteak.
For those who are not taking out their meal, the Oakland location is appealing because it offers more seating space. I was there around 1-ish and was able to nab some coveted seats by a sunny window. I (along with my partner in culinary crime) tried parsnip and roasted garlic soup with house croutons, a pulled pork sandwich, and an egg salad sandwich.
The pulled pork sandwich was the clear winner, with the full, smoky taste of pork nicely complemented by bacon and thinly sliced red cabbage on a toasted ciabatta roll. According to the menu, the sandwich also included apple, but I couldn't pick out that flavor. Whenever I put down the sandwich, my boyfriend would steal a few bites, so it was a winner all around. The parsnip and roasted garlic soup was also lovely, but it was so creamy and rich I could not have finished it on my own.The egg salad, served on toasted quarters of white bread, was a bit too creamy for my taste. I prefer more celery flavor in egg salad--both the crunch of actual celery and a bit of celery seed.
This morning I was in Berkeley for work and couldn't resist. I went to Gregoire for lunch, intending to get the pulled pork again, but was persuaded by the friendly staff to try the steak sandwich: flank steak with Saint Andre and truffle on baguette. My love for meat is only equalled by my love of stinky cheese, so this was an ideal combination. The steak, served cold, was perfectly tender and well served by a pairing with the intense fattiness of Saint Andre.
Distilled review: the food is delicious and well executed, the staff is welcoming, and I can't wait to visit again.