Check, Please! Bay Area: Episode 4 (#104)

Check, Please! Bay Area’s episode 4 (#104) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:

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1) Viks Chaat Corner: | restaurant information | reviews |

2) Limón: | restaurant information | reviews |

3) Insalata’s Restaurant: | restaurant information | reviews | recipe |

Leslie SbroccoMy name is Leslie Sbrocco and I’m the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. After each episode I’ll serve up a behind-the-scenes look at what went on during filming, including the wine we were sipping…

I hadn’t heard the term “spork” before, but Kathy assured me that was a good thing! She was fiery and fun. I could tell she was being restrained with her criticism of Viks Chaat Corner, but she was effusive in her recommendation of Limón. (I must admit that the deep-fried red snapper with coconut rice was the best fried fish I’ve ever eaten. I recommend getting a racy white wine to pair with it, like a Spanish Albarino.) Peter seemed miffed that Kathy didn’t like his spot, but hey, that’s what this show is about — opinions. He was keenly intelligent and had his argument prepared, though, in his defense of the controversial spot. Roger ate at Viks on a weekday and was less than impressed, but Peter says to go on the weekends for best results. Roger was laid-back and taking it all in, so it was compelling to see the dynamic of these different guys with feisty Kathy. All agreed Limón was a tremendous spot and they also enjoyed Insalata’s, which is Roger’s favorite neighborhood stomping grounds.

Wine of the Week:

2004 Luna Vineyards Pinot Grigio, Napa Valley, California $15
This is not your mother’s Pinot Grigio. Hailing from Napa, not Italy, the ripe fruit aromas practically jump from the glass and smack you in the face. Once you take a sip, there’s a lush richness on the palate that qualifies this as a “sexy” wine. Didn’t take long for the bottle to disappear.

Sponsor Wine of the Week:

2004 Bonterra Viognier, Mendocino County, California $19
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