Berkeleyside: Chez Panisse to open a ‘welcoming bar’ in Berkeley, closing tapas spot Cesar in the process.
A lot of us, i am sure, have very fond feelings for Cesar. I remember one epic evening that was apps at cesar, dinner downstairs at CP, then nightcap and final desert back at cesar. They also had that manhattan which put me on the path to drinking Manhattans, and i certainly had padrone peppers there for the first time (around my house, ‘some are hot, some are not’ is a still repeated meme, straight from their menu). And both padrones and shisitos are on the menu everywhere one looks.