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An Open Letter to California Pizza Kitchen

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Dear CPK,

What the fuck? Wait…let’s try that again. Okay.

Let me start by saying I’ve been a big fan over the years, and have visited your flagship Beverly Hills location too many times to count. You guys used to have this killer menu with great, creative, original dishes that could be described as nouveau comfort food. Take for example, your Potato Leek Soup, Garlic Shrimp Pizza or my all time fav—the Tandoori Chicken Pizza (a spicy, curry flavored pizza topped with zucchini, summer squash, cilantro, mango chutney, and of course tandoori chicken). These dishes were classics. Full of flavor. Absolute beauties.

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Then you guys started to get all “corporate restaurant” on me—you know, changing up the menu every month with new, exciting, “craveable” items. At first I didn’t notice that bit by bit your original was menu disappearing—instead I focused on the new dishes brought to the table. And I’ll admit some were genius—i.e. Portobello Mushroom Ravioli in garlic cream sauce, or Jambalaya Pasta. But then something caught my attention—a warning sign—the Garlic Shrimp Pizza was subtly transformed into the Shrimp Scampi Pizza. And though I couldn’t quite put my finger on what the difference was, I knew that this Shrimp Scampi Pizza was definitely a downgrade.

Continue reading about CPK's failings after the jump!