Alice Waters has been fighting a war against American junk food for 40 years. She is credited as one of the founders of the ‘farm-to-table' movement that is now present throughout the country. Believers think that, for your health and for the good of society, both at home and out on the town, you should attempt to eat simple, fresh cuisine made with products grown nearby. Chez Panisse is a tribute not only to the South of France of Marcel Pagnol but also to the meaning of friendship and community.
From the outside, be careful not to miss the restaurant, as it is hidden behind an imposing gate. The upstairs is only open in the evenings and offers a unique menu that changes daily. The spirit is gourmet with a French influence; indeed, the book that is never far out of Waters' reach is La Bonne Cuisine de Madame E. Saint-Ange (originally published in France in 1927 and now available in English).
The downstairs bistro offers a shorter menu, whose refinement you will also appreciate. All meals are served with radishes, because Alice Waters is passionate about these slightly peppery vegetables.
1517 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
+1 510 548 5525
Menu: around 100 USD