Gregoire's on a Saturday afternoon
A few of us stopped over at Gregoire's (Piedmont Avenue) this afternoon.
We'd indulged (over-indulged...?) at Oyster Bliss in the morning and early afternoon with fabulous sausage cooked to perfection (accompanied by fresh greens and a satisfying mustard); oysters, sweet and bright; acme bread and pastries (like pan epi; apple turnovers; sour batard; sour baguette; fantastic cheese (thank you Joan); home-cured olives; house-cured chorizo (thank you. Melanie); home-roasted beets w/ carmelized onions, macaroons (my god!); galettes (ditto) and coffee, champagne and wine
and not to mention the fabulous company there
but the fried chicken sandwich that I had been anticipating over the week (you know how that is: look up the menu on the web; analyze the Chowhound, maybe Yelp postings on your particular restaurant and selected food; dissect the experience in detail with anyone who will listen to you, etc.) fell short, very short. Greasy. My dear friend dabbed and then mopped up the oil from the coating. My other best-buddy opted to "save" it for later (not something we'd ever do, don't you know). The interior was moist, but yikes, the amount of sauce that was doused on the bread made the whole undertaking unpleasant.
The potato puffs were sublime and devoured, though.
I wasn't that crazy about the fried chicken sandwich either. The version at Bakesale Betty is much better.
I think the sandwiches do vary a bit according to who's making it/frying it. The last time they offered it on the menu, it wasn't greasy at all, but I haven't gotten a chance to try it this month. I hope it was an off day... sorry for your bad experience!
I just had one of these and it seems that the chicken itself was not greasy, nor was the coleslaw stuff (not to my tastes) but seemed to be oil or some other fat with hot pepper flavor added to it brushed onto the bread.
Just today at the Berkeley location I had the fried chicken breast w/coleslaw sandwich; it was SUPERB. Not oily, just perfection. I almost got the flank steak w/asparagus sandwich. Had a taste of the delicious cream of cauliflower soup w/truffle oil. Had to get the potato puffs, of course. I love this place (my second visit). If I lived in Berkeley, I'd eat there often.