Dom Perignon taste? Pelligrino budget?
One of our favorite places to dine is Chez Panisse. We usually find ourselves ensconced amongst more mature patrons that definitely don’t look at the prices when they order. We do though, and we’ve found that there are some ways to avoid a tremendous bill with out compromising a delicious night out.
Three tips to eating Cheap at the Chez:
- Make nice with the waiters
This may sound obvious, but we’ve had multiple comp’d experiences just by being engaging and friendly with the servers. A little time for chit chat never hurt anyone.
- Order strictly off of the appetizer menu at the upstairs cafe
We have found that the appetizers from the cafe are quite delicious, filling and superior to most of the main dishes. A pizzeta will run you about 12 bucks and is great for sharing.
- Save getting the champs for after dinner at Cesar next door…
The best way to avoid any bloatin to your bill is to skip on the libations until after dinner at a more reasonably priced venue. Fortunately there are a few wine bars near Chez Panisse that can accomodate, Cesar’s being our favorite.