I recently had lunch at Zuni Cafe after much too long of an absence. Just walking by the window front to reach the tucked away entrance stirred up fond memories and a jolt of excitement!
I arrived a little bit earlier than my tablemates and was shown to the 2nd floor table immediately to the left of the stairs. It was an awkward table, cut and configured specifically for that niche, but would suit us nicely as we only were a party of 3. I took my seat and loved overlooking the bar and the piano and thought that the muted rainy day light coming in from all of the windows was sublime.
My friends opted for the salads and the burgers, and of course an order of those ridiculously crisp, salty, and hot shoestring potatoes. Addictive, those fries…I had the house cured anchovies and the bucatini with nettles and enjoyed them immensely. When I see nettles on a menu, I order whatever dish it’s in because I will never prepare nettles myself and the dish did not disappoint. It was simple and delicious and I love Zuni for that.
A long, long time ago, when the Saturday Farmers’ Market was on Green Street, I saw Judy Rodgers shopping there. Also there that day was Jamie Oliver who was being followed by a camera crew. Everyone was going ga-ga over him and no mind was paid to Judy Rodgers. Lunch at Zuni reminded me of that morning at the market and made me think I need to come back soon.