Okay, I cant remember the name of the place in Berkeley on College North of Acote, on the other side of the street on the corner about 3 blocks up to the North... But if anyone can I would be more than happy to tell you about the hostess who tried to kick me out after the owner and I had a few drinks together, he bought me a nice appitizer and he left... and the story behind it. And the bill....
But for now, lets talk about The Globe.
San Francisco. Over-rated. I was almost forced to go there (I always have a bad feeling when people are tooooo insistant, who have suspect taste, and say things like "all the chefs in the city come here to eat after they get off work...").
So I went, I ate, they conquered.
The so-called "signature" dish, a cherry-glazed pork chop was almost initable (spelling). It was fatty, tough, fatty and tough. For 17$ or so, it had about 5 bites of meat on it, a huge hunk of bone, and a TON of gristle and 2" or so of fat around it, I have had better almost anywhere. The Cherry Glaze was non-apparent, no glaze there, nada.
The Cippinio (seafood soup, again spelling not my strong point) was better, but not anything to rave about. 2 little shrimps, a 1" piece of crab, and a few musscles in a waterly broth (not a red sacue, this was made clear by the waiter, so no problem there) was better than the pork chop, but this is like saying a baseball bat to the head is better than one to the kneecap (hurts less).
If the Globe had not been so built up perhaps it would have been okay. On the plus side, the bread was nice...
I have to say, if you have a trendy food friend wanting to go for a 'amazing meal' at 11PM and you suspect their taste in chow, and the next words out of their mouth are "the Globe" then ABORT, ABORT!
Hate to say it but it was true for me, may not be for you.
Once I drive over to the place on College to get the name (I think in terms of location not names) I will report a real mugging, and save you 70$ each.