Thursday, October 21, 2010

Food Critic

As I drive throughout the city to my various clients, I'm always on the lookout for good coffee and good food that I can pick up fast. I am amazed at the number of eateries with less than wonderful food... I'm being kind. I thought that since I get around town so much and so often, I would stop at a new place to check the menu and review the food. Here is my latest:
Good Eats. It used to by Andiamo! on Folsom Blvd. It' is now a big, beautifully renovated building with (what I thought was) so much potential, but it turns out, it has very little to offer. When I came upon it I was excited. I had heard something about it before it went in. Now, here it was AND it was lunch time! As I walked through the door I marveled at the space. It reminded me of the Elephant Deli in Portland, Oregon. When I browsed through the counters of available choices, the comparison quickly fell to pieces. In the front of the store is their restaurant where you can sit down and order a salad for $11.99, or you can go by the hot food counter, the fresh salad counter (there were four salads to choose from) or the pastry counter (the cakes are from Freeport Bakery) . There was also a sandwich cooler. The hot food selection had less of a selection than Raley's or Bel Air - complete with Macaroni and Cheese as one of the wonderfully exotic dishes. Pizza was also in the offering. The salad I chose was recommended by the guy behind the counter...the salad was called the 'Chop Chop Salad'. It had an assortment of chopped vegetables along with artichoke hearts and iceberg lettuce, which at the time I ate it, was soggy. I grabbed a sandwich, turkey and jack cheese. It was dry and hum-drum even though it came with a packet of mayo.
Please Google the Elephant Deli in Portland - check out their menu! Their soups are made from scratch, as are their pastries and everything else they offer. They have opened a deli with the intention of creating and serving the best and most unique tasting foods. They even deliver sack lunches. When I see a deli or restaurant I see pure potential. It seems though in Sacramento, people spend fortunes on interiors, only to replicate every other tasteless joint! Did you see Meryl Streep's bakery in the movie 'It's Complicated'? Yes, it was a movie, but that was a real bakery/coffee/restaurant. The tables were loaded with delectable pastries, scones, cakes, etc.
Okay, I'm starting to rant. Suffice it to say that I was not at all impressed with Good Eats.

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