Theres nothing like an indecisive orderer. In my world youre supposed to know what you want BEFORE you sit down. But restaurant clairvoyance doesnt come easy to most folks so I ease the burden by never insisting that Miss A make a menu decision. Oh Ive tried pleading, begging and beseeching, indeed ENTREATING her to order anything she wants. And it never works.
When were at Bergins Café and Pastry shop, which is often these days, our conversation usually goes something like this:
Me: Whadaya want?
Her: I dunno?
Me: You know the croissants here are the best in town.
Her: That sounds nice
what do YOU want?
Me: I dont care
how about a root vegetable quiche, scramble eggs with matzo and brie, some scones, a piping hot bowl of oatmealpiping hot being what bowls of oatmeal always are-- and a cinnamon roll?
Her: But you always have that
Me: Okay, then you order.
Her: Thats fine
uh..what sounds good to you
And so it goes. I invariably end up ordering for both of us
and as you can tell, at Bergins things can get really bad
but thats only because the food is sooooo good.
The best thing about Berginsbesides the breads, the fruit tarts, the muffins, and the sandwiches, is Mary. Shes a world-class pastry chef and were lucky to have her in our own backyard. Her baked goods are the best Ive tasted this side of the La Brea Bakery in L.A. and her cozy little café gives west-siders a first class breakfast venue
and the only off-strip restaurant in town where everything is baked on premises by the dessert chef that made Spago famous. Ive eaten just about everything on the limited menuat breakfast at leastand theres not a clinker in the bunch.
Lunches arent bad either, with only the boring Portabello sandwich being a dud
but I confess that I find anything made with these giant fungi to be tedious and tasteless. That doesnt mean I dont order it on occasion,
but supping on these non-scrumptuous shrooms is never my idea
or is it??????
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