When our kids were still living at home, we had a birthday ritual which consisted of them getting to name their birthday meal. Whatever they wanted, we’d make it for them on their birthdays. We never knew what Lucas would order: tuna casserole, chicken ala king, Saturday night sandwich, it could be almost anything. But we always knew what Cody would order: fried chicken and artichokes. I don’t even know where she first had an artichoke and I definitely don’t know what made them appeal to her. They hardly seem like kid food. But, fried chicken and artichokes it always was. I suspect she’d still order that today if we were in Oregon on her birthday.
Today we headed toward the coast from Stockton. We stuck to the back roads as planned. About mid-afternoon we decide to stop for lunch and look through our RV guide to find a good place to stop for the night. It just so happened that our stop was in Castroville, the Artichoke Heart of the World. The first restaurant we saw as we pulled off the highway was The Giant Artichoke. Obviously we had to stop.
Looking through their menu, the only thing we could possibly order was the Giant Artichoke Sampler.
Check it out: 1 steamed artichoke, 1 fire-roasted artichoke, 1 Castroville roll, 8 deep-fried artichoke hearts, steamed artichoke hearts, artichoke nachos, artichoke bread, artichoke-spinach dip, artichoke-jalapeño dip, and for dessert, an artichoke cupcake.
Here’s from a different angle:
It was all pretty good but we decided that our favorite thing was the deep-fried artichoke hearts and our least favorite was the fire-roasted artichoke.
So there you have it Cody. Eat your (artichoke) heart out!