|I shamelessly stole this photo of Liquid Bread from
their Facebook page. Hope they don’t mind.
As I’ve said many times, when it comes to culinary insight and criticism, I basically just wing it. So if you’ve come looking for a insightful review of Liquid Bread, Campbell’s new gastropub, you’re going to have to look elsewhere. But I know what I like, and can demonstrably write about things I like, and Friday night my wife and I checked out Liquid Bread for the first time. And we really, really liked it.
So exactly what did we like about it? Well, a smokey grilled kale salad with goat cheese and jicama was a unique, lively way to start a meal. My wife had their monkfish entree, and while everything about it was good, she could have eaten luscious black bean puree on her plate from a bucket like ice cream if they’d let her. I enjoyed something called “38 Chicken” or whatever, which was a playful riff on chicken and waffles comfort food enjoying a minor resurgence. I was too busy enjoying all the different tastes on my plate to take any notes.
Did I mention they serve beer at Liquid Bread? For a newcomer to the Bay Area Beer Scene, they had a pretty impressive tap list, as well as an extensive assortment of bottled brews. I thoroughly enjoyed a Sierra Nevada Scotch on the Rocks, a Scotch Ale brewed with caraway seeds, a project of Sierra Nevada’s prestigious Beer Camp. For “dessert”, we split a smooth sipping Anniversary Barlywine from Uinta Brewing, one of my favorite breweries from the underrated brewing state of Utah.
I suppose part of me really wants a gastropub within walking distance of my home to succeed big time, so maybe I’m guilty of being a rather biased in their favor. But you know what? I don’t care. I’ll be back at Liquid Bread, and hope to see you there.