Odd it wasn't on their website. I had lunch around the corner 12/2 at Flora. Flora was quite nice: the sunchoke soup was like an entire bowl of gravy, but better, and the pulled pork was an excellent take. I ordered the pulled pork a few times at 900 Grayson, this was much better. The room is a little more formal, a little "ladies who lunch", but nice and quiet and good for an informal business meeting.
900 Grayson St, Berkeley, CA 94710
Had lunch on Sunday. Per the menu Rico Rivera's still the chef,
"Classic" shrimp cocktail ($12 for five good-sized shrimp) was indeed classic. I'm picky about shrimp, usually don't like them, these were first-rate.
Bass brandade fritters ($7) were great, served with sort of Thai-ish green beans with basil.
The fried chicken ($15) was a boned-out leg and thigh, just like at Pizzaiolo, good though I'd have preferred on the bone. Came with a celery root and apple slaw that really made the dish.
Pork shoulder and black bean stew ($14) with butternut squash, brussels sprouts, scrambled eggs, and a cheddar biscuit was delicious, a really brilliant combination of ingredients.
Short but very interesting list of wines by the glass, much improved. Carter Beats the Devil cocktail was as great as I remembered.
re: Robert Lauriston
I finally made it to Pizzaiolo, partially because I won't be going to Plum much, and -- wow. I know you talked it up a lot before it started, but everything is great. Vibe, cocktails, friendly service ("I messed up your order and didn't put it in so here's some soup while you're waiting" - and the soup was _great_) guys aren't afraid of a bit of char on their pizza, and a reasonable price. What's not to love?
This is somewhat what Vesta is going for in RWC, but Pizzaiolo is better.
good to know, since I really do the like the items-other-than-pizza at Pizzaiola. I've never been that impressed with the food at Flora. The cocktails, otoh, are outstanding. I was there with Windy when she enjoyed the Montega Bay cocktail at Flora:
the bar snacks we also had weren't memorable, obviously, since it was only a few weeks ago and the cocktails are all I can remember. But yeah, I think the Montega Bay would make my top ten list also. I'd like to go back to Flora when I'm not facing a two plus hour drive home afterwards....