I sense that a large portion of the population is wondering what’s going on in the world of American Cheese these days. Well no worries, I got yo back! Three, count ’em, 3 important updates to share!


1)  So last weekend was the Bourdain & Ripert event that I mentioned I would attend. I didn’t quite know what to expect heading in, I just hoped that it would be entertaining. Boy was it ever!  A recap of what I learned:

  • John McEnroe is the only person banned from dining at Le Bernardin. Perhaps it had something to do with this, but Ripert indicated that it goes beyond the rough appearance on Letterman.
  • The Situation, of all people, has had a private tour of the Le Bernardin kitchen. Bourdain made it a point to give Ripert shit for this.
  • Bourdain doesn’t dislike Guy Fieri. He would feel bad for anyone “who has to wake up every morning, throw on a flame suit, and eat denver omelets at a bunch of diners, drive-ins, and meth labs.”
  • Bourdain and Ripert dislike Paula Deen and her portrayal of “southern cookin”.
  • Bourdain describes the worst tasting dish he ever sampled on Top Chef as what he imagines felching would taste like. I won’t provide a link for that one.

2)  Tomorrow night, Ratty and I are heading to Incanto for dinner.  I hear they do some funky things with their meat (TWSS).  Chris Cosentino seems like he knows his stuff, so my expectations are pretty high! By the way, I strongly believe that the meat cone at Boccalone for $3.50 is one of the best deals in the city.

Boccalone meat cone!

3)  Right now I’m eating Trader Joe’s beef bolognese ravioli. They’re disgusting edible.

The Fremont Diner

I did it! I finally found the best lunch spot in the bay area!!!

On the way back from a shmeh filled weekend in Yountville, Ratty and I stopped at The Fremont Diner, which we had eyed on the way out there.  There was quite a line of people outside, and luckily, we decided to wait it out.

I know what you’re thinking… “If it’s so good, how come Guy Fieri hasn’t been there yet?”

Ummm probably because he’s not welcome inside. I wouldn’t let that oversized porcupine run his mouth in my hidden gem either.

Take a look at the menu and tell me it doesn’t sound amazing.

“Ohhh David I’ve had a lot of good lunches in the bay area. How’s ya know this is THE best?”

Seriously negative fucking nancy, knock it off. Just take my word for it…

My gal and I had the pimento cheese plate, reuben sandwich, and whole hog (pork sandwich). Everything was, for lack of a better phrase, out of bounds. I haven’t brushed my teeth since devouring this meal. The taste is mostly gone now, but hopefully I’ll find a good chunk of leftovers when I go to floss in a few weeks.

The Fremont Diner could give me a completely mediocre meal the next time I go, and I would still consider it the best lunch spot in the bay.  Go. Rent a car if you have to. Take a taxi, I’ll reimburse you. Just go.

Pimento Goodness