I'm pleased to see this nomination appear for The Depot. Up to this point in the GNR process, I was back in the shadows, keeping sub rosa
where I sometimes do my most rewarding work, e.g., the first Secret Menu entry at The Depot: Emma's
(chocolate chunk) Pancakes
. I was biding my time, waiting for the nomination to pop up as I was sure it must. Now that it has, I'm very happy to publicly lend my support as endorser.
Chef Robert & AnnaMarie Nava, partner James, their front-of-house staff (Alex, Reed, and Stephanie), grill man Miguel, and back-of-house staff (Shawn, Stanley, and Tiawan), to my repeated experience, collectively exhibit the sense of excellence and high standard of quality typical of a GNR. You can sense it in their attitude as well as in the ingredients, execution, and ambiance. Joie de vittle
, I might be punningly calling it (with a nod to gastro gnome
and his thread Subject), while perched on my stool at the counter, cradling a cup of serious coffee, watching the action, and listening to Janis belt out Piece of my Heart
in the background over the buzz (no Muzak here, just as there's no faux leatherette-synthafood in this Chapel of the Night Hawk, thank-you-very-much!)
The food's already been talked about extensively, so I don't feel the need to go into great detail. I would, however, like to mention another example of this atypical diner's atypical quality, viz.: Mike G
justly touts the homemade pie
, but don't let that completely divert your attention from the creme brulee cheesecake with its top freshly-torched into a brittle shell of carmelized crispness. No, I don't have a photo--when I have a slice of the stuff in front of me, I tend to just ask for another cup of that coffee and get down to the business at hand, forgetting about cameras. I expect you'll understand....
One final note of my enthusiasm for this venue: Here is where I am happily building a string of future reminiscences with my young daughter, of warm times together, sharing headshakingly-good food amid relaxed, friendly surroundings, where she can sit with me, safe and comfortable, yet out in the World, and read her latest book while I banter casually with Robert, AnnaMarie, or any number of others around us. Besides, I usually get The Progeny's leftovers--what's not to love and repeat about *that* arrangement?
? --Fine. Xni-Pec
? --Sure! The Depot
I look forward to reading of The Depot's GNR confirmation and then joining with gastro gnome
(given that Kristen's was the Original Post
), and/or whomever else to be present at the presentation of this well-earned award.