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Sacramento Suggestions?

by Gary Barlettano » Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:31 pm

I'll be walking the California League of Food Processors show next week and thus spending a couple of days in Sacramento. I've been to Sacto numerous times, but have always eaten in dives. Anybody have any suggestions to raise my standard of living there? (Let's not go overboard, though. :) )
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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Mark Willstatter » Sat Jan 27, 2007 9:56 pm

What would constitute "overboard"?
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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Gary Barlettano » Sun Jan 28, 2007 4:40 am

Mark Willstatter wrote:What would constitute "overboard"?


Uhhhhh, company policy says I can spend $25.00 on dinner unless I'm wining and dining. I wonder how many sliders I can get for that? :)
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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Randy Buckner » Sun Jan 28, 2007 4:41 am

Mark Willstatter wrote:What would constitute "overboard"?


Let's see, for Gary that would be a buck 95. :twisted:

Check out Waterboy -- a decent place at a moderate price.
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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Gary Barlettano » Sun Jan 28, 2007 5:26 am

Randy Buckner wrote:
Mark Willstatter wrote:What would constitute "overboard"?


Let's see, for Gary that would be a buck 95. :twisted:

Check out Waterboy -- a decent place at a moderate price.


You know me well. But what can you expect for someone striving to be the sommelier at Grocery Outlet?
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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Mark Willstatter » Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:58 pm

Gary Barlettano wrote:
Mark Willstatter wrote:What would constitute "overboard"?


Uhhhhh, company policy says I can spend $25.00 on dinner unless I'm wining and dining. I wonder how many sliders I can get for that? :)


I would definitely second the Waterboy recommendation - good value and some would say the best food in town regardless of price. Waterboy is the clear favorite destination in Sacramento for those in the wine business in the Sierra Foothills, a crowd that knows its food and wine. You also can't go wrong at Biba if you're looking for Italian.

The thing is, although Waterboy does indeed offer good value, with entrees between $20 and $25, you would have a tough time dining there on a $25 budget. A less pricey upgrade from your "dives" might be Jack's Urban Eats, a short block away from Waterboy. Sort of a modern update on the Hofbrau fast food model, but interesting fast food. I've been absent from the Sacramento area for a couple of years, so maybe others will chime in with more suggestions. You can check out menus for both Waterboy and Jack's Urban Eats online with some simple Googling.
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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Dale Williams » Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:28 pm

I guess your company won't pay on an averaging basis, huh? I'm no Sacramento expert but my one meal at Biba's was one of the top 5 Italian in a Restaurant meals of my life.

55 Degrees is also expensive, some very good dishes but some sloppiness (overcooked meats). But nice list.

Thanks for starting thread, the Waterboy is now at top of my list for next time we visit in-laws. I'll also check Jacks.
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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Gary Barlettano » Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:37 am

We went to the Waterboy tonight. I had the cassoulet and my colleague had the mixed grill (lamb, sweatbreads, pancetta with polenta). Both dishes were really excellent. He drank B&B; I had a Sasquatch Scotch Ale. He indulged in the little dessert, the chocolate bread pudding. Outstanding ambiance and I even got a parking space their lot!

Great recommendation. This is definitely an "impress-your-date" and "still-eat-well" place.

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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Randy Buckner » Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:14 pm

Great recommendation. This is definitely an "impress-your-date" and "still-eat-well" place.


Now when have I ever led you astray? Uh, er, wait a minute, don't answer that....

Glad you enjoyed it. JBL turned me on to the place a few years back.
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by Mark Willstatter » Wed Jan 31, 2007 10:49 pm

I'm glad to hear it went well. The veal cheeks are a treat, too - it's pretty hard to go wrong on that menu, actually.
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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Brian K Miller » Fri Feb 02, 2007 3:36 am

Gosh-I can't remember the exact name, but it's something like B&L Trading Company. You can't miss it-it's in an old brick firehouse on 19th street just south of L Street. Outstanding food-and the wine list is amazingly fair (well below 2:1 mark ups.)
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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Kathy Howe » Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:49 pm

I would recommend a wonderful little Japanese restaurant called Zen Toro. It's a family run restaurant and the dad knows how to cook and the prices are reasonable. It's at 15th and I at 900 15th St.

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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Mike Filigenzi » Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:01 pm

Dang it, Gary! I don't check in often on the Travel board so I completely missed this one.

Glad you had a good time at Waterboy.


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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Gary Barlettano » Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:04 pm

Mike Filigenzi (Sacto) wrote:Dang it, Gary! I don't check in often on the Travel board so I completely missed this one.

Glad you had a good time at Waterboy.

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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Randy Buckner » Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:26 pm

I wondered where the heck you were hiding.


His wife only lets him out of the cage once a day.... give the poor guy a break. 8)
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Re: Sacramento Suggestions?

by Mike Filigenzi » Mon Feb 19, 2007 7:39 pm

Randy Buckner wrote:
I wondered where the heck you were hiding.


His wife only lets him out of the cage once a day.... give the poor guy a break. 8)


Hey! It's twice a day on Saturdays and holidays.


Now excuse me. I have some feet to rub.....


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