After a fifteen day business trip in Northern California that ended with a grand, and grandly priced, dinner at Martini House in St. Helena, followed by a wondrous pre flight dinner at The Waterboy Restaurant in Sacramento; it was comforting, indeed, to return to the neighborhood and discover the newly offered pleasures of Nook Bistro in W.L.A.
Mussels were plump and generous for $9 with a flavorful broth accented with spicy sausage. A Caesar salad had fresh crunch and the bite of whole grain mustard for $6 and was the perfect prelude to a great burger with Gruyere, carmelized onions, arugula and tasty fries for $10. Others had homey pot roast with fresh vegetables for $15 and a crispy half chicken for $18. A small but nice wine selection was available with a Lodi Syrah a nice alternative for $10 a glass. The chocolate banana bread pudding was a finale that satisfied everyone for $5 and the three of us ate well for $105.
Like Violet, Nook, is a new, smart and, perhaps, even defining restaurant with its emphasis on simplicity, quality, value and honest sophistication. Jeff, Brian, and James are the owners, management, maitre'd and chef respectively. Service was professional and friendly. We've already made plans to go back next Wednesday for dinner but lunch looks attractive as well.