Berkley Bistro Cafe was featured on an episode of Dining in the D and we were told by a neighbor how great the food was so two nights ago we eagerly decided to make a visit.
Let me preface the review by saying the food was good. I guess maybe we just expected more and were, therefore, a little disappointed. The menu is a bit uninspiried. Learning of Chef Tom's credentials we assumed the food would be intersting and very good. I know we expect a lot, as we both have culinary degrees and owned a restaurant for a number of years, but I think we are always willing to give any restaurant a fair chance. In fact, several of our favorite restaurants are total dives but the food is outstanding!
Back to our meal...My wife ordered the BBC Salad. It was a nice salad with mixed greens, dried cherries, nuts and bleu cheese, but it's a salad that has been done at countless restaurants for almost a decade. I ordered the BBQ chicken. The chicken was moist and flavorful but the sauce was not exceptional. So I cannot say the food was bad...it just lacked that little extra that makes a restaurant excellent! There is absolutely no problem with the service at the BBC. Our server was knowledgable and very attentive.
SO...the long and short of it is that although there was nothing at all wrong with the restaurant we left knowing that we wouldn't be in any big hurry to return. I feel bad saying that because the owner seems like a very nice guy and so does Chef Tom. It really comes down to the fact that there are many new places to try and even more favorites that serve consistently excellent food that BBC just falls into the category of restaurants that serve good food for people that don't really like anything outside the usual box. We learned on our visit tha Chef Tom is the host of Dining in the D..so that may explain some things!
Has anybody else been there? Am I off base?