b Happy Sumo Food Journal: October 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006

Ettore's European Bakery
2376 Fair Oaks Blvd Sacramento, CA 95825-4741 View Map 916-482-0708

Ok, just to start off, this is one of my favorite restaurants in Sacramento. I mean their desserts are just divine. We always get birthday cakes from here. Their fruit basket is delicious! Their napoleans are good too but not like Andre's in Denver. Andre's has THE best napoleans I have EVER tasted. I'll have to try some in France sometime to see if they are any better there.

So back to Ettore's. This is a great place if you want a lighter lunch. They have a great salad sampler there and they bake bread fresh daily. The day we went, my wife and I had lunch so we sampled a little bit of soup and some salad. This day I had the chicken corn chowder. It was good, just a little too soupy and not thick enough.

Youngsun had the salad sampler with a curry chicken salad, pasta salad and a fruit salad. They always serve at least 1 chicken salad every day. The chicken curry salad was a little unusual, but flavorful (if you like curry). The curry wasn't overpowering so you don't have to stay away from this one. The fruit salad was fresh and sweet. The pasta salad was a little bland, but overall it was a good balance.

You know me I like hearty meals, but this is a nice change from the usual. Plus it gives you an excuse to have one of their desserts. I'm telling you, if you're in town, you HAVE to try their desserts.

Overall rating: 3.5 out of 4 sumos for the food.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Crawdad's River Cantina
1375 Garden Hwy (Cross Street: Gateway Oaks Drive)
Sacramento, CA 95833View Map
(916) 929-2268

I took my wife and daughter to Crawdad's a couple of weeks ago since we haven't gone out to a nice restaurant in a while. This restaurant is a great place to enjoy a view of the river here in Sac. It's right on the water on a dock that will rise in the event of a flood. So no damage to the facilities. During last year's torrential rain, the restaurant just floated up along with the rest of the dock. So don't worry about any mold from flooding.

On to the food. Well I forgot to take pix of the food before we started eating. I decided to have the steak sandwich. The nice thing about this sandwich was that it was big chunks of steak not strips of steak.

Youngsun had the Jambalaya (crawdad tails, cajun sausage, vegetables and creole rice). It was a little too spicy for me though. She said it was really good though.

The food was a little pricey though. For 2 of us it was about $35. So although the food was good, we thought the food was a little too overpriced. I'm more of a $5-10/meal/person kind of guy. Youngsun's a cheapo too! =)

Overall rating: 3 sumos