So we’re digging the game and I can’t help but notice that the guy behind us had the cutest baby. He’s feeding him and changing him and being this amazing modern dad (isn’t that just another blog in itself) and we struck up a conversation over the kid fairly quickly. At some point or other — perhaps because I am food obsessed — the subject of our conversation turned to eating out. His name, he said, was Pepe. Pepe also said he didn’t get out to eat much because he worked such long hours. I asked him what he did. Ironically enough, he replied by telling me that he was currently a Cook at Cesar on Piedmont Avenue. Serendipitously, our baby-centric chat morphed pretty rapidly into a delightful food convo. What we like, how to cook certain dishes. Regions of cuisine. Fun times.
It was during that conversation that the BH and I realized it was time to return to Cesar Latino. And return we did.
|Garnish for Pupusa|
The cheese plate or Platito de queso likewise rocked our world. Today’s selections were a Crottin(goat) cheese from California, a Carmody(cow) also from California, a Manchego (sheep), from Spain. All of them were tasty and the overall plate had a nice balance of creamy, aged and firm. Cheese may be a simple fare, but a well done cheese plate is delicious.
We had to stagger our dishes, as the tables are small. Really small. One usually needs to get an additional chair or serving table to manage the small plates. It’s a peeve of mine for tables to be inefficient or too small. In the case of Cesar Latino, the food at this place is so spectacular that I believe I can honestly say it is well worth the hassle.
|Tacos - 5 ways|
|Tres Leches Cake|
Since there were four of us, we ordered also the Cesar Sundae. The one dish that has remained on the menu and consistently perfect since it opened. It is a simple dessert, consisting of a nice serving of their house made chocolat ice cream, two piping-hot house made chorizo cookies lovingly sprinkled with cane sugar and cinnamon. All of that covered in chocolate sauce.
4039 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611-5208
Table size: they are way, way too small
Noise level: okay, but we were outside
Service: today it was excellent. It can be spotty