restaurant tip california: herringbone
It is not easy to find good food at reasonable prices in California. During two weeks, I had two good meals, one at the herringbone and one at the slanted door (the latter can be found in San Francisco). But here let’s go more into details of the herringbone: The menu and food selection is just different from the sometimes a bit dull cuisine you find in 80% of US restaurants (I exclude New York here as the restaurant offer there is remarkable). The prices are not cheap, but the quality-price ration is really good!
We had the seared albacore tuna and the clam linguine, both dishes were divine and the ingredients well chosen by the chef himself (I believe, otherwise the quality wouldn’t be as it was). Also, we had the crab cake as a starter. A giant crab cake, not as greasy as they usually are, filled with juicy crab meat - simply one of the best crab cakes I (or we, my fiancé was amazed) ever had - nothing to add.
There are three or four herringbones in California: Santa Monica in LA, Vegas and La Jolla in San Diego. I visited the one in La Jolla, where the service was astounding. The ambiance as well is warm and comfortable, with cut-off old olive tree trunks, wooden tables and different styles of chairs and sofas. Also the lighting is well reasoned, the perfect mix to feel good and still be able to read the menu.
If you visit California and look for good food, visit the herringbone, it is worth it!