Smoked shrimp ceviche with avocado & jicama on pantofolina
Crispy potato puffs
I can't think of a better way to reemerge myself in blogging after my brief hiatus than sharing one of my favorite sandwich spots in town, Grégoire. Unlike certain trendy Italian eateries in the city, Grégoire lives up to the hype and then some. Based on its location alone―smack dab in the middle of Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto―you know you're in for a treat.
For lunch, Grégoire serves a delicious selection of gourmet sandwiches made with the freshest ingredients, all for under $10. On my most recent visit, I ordered the smoked shrimp ceviche sandwich with creamy avocado and crunchy jicama. I've always left impressed and this sandwich was no different. Of course, no visit is complete without a taste of the crispy potato puffs. While this ball of joy is fried on the outside, it has a soft, almost velvety texture on the inside. As my knowledge of potatoes is limited, it's hard for me to grasp and even succinctly describe how these are made. Here's what I do know: 1) eat 'em fresh, 2) dip 'em in the tangy sauce provided, and 3) share 'em with a friend or two.
Since this is a takeout restaurant, every entrée is served in an adorable cardboard box lined with checkerboard paper. You can either eat at the picnic tables adjacent to the storefront or, if those are taken, have a picnic of your own at Tilden Park, only a few miles away.
Live long and potato puff.
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