In this week's Sunday column, Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson takes a look at two places where you can feel good while you fill up.
Plates Cafe (as well as the new Plates2Go in midtown), an employment training program for formerly homeless mothers, and Casa Garden, the longstanding restaurant at the Sacramento Children’s Home, both do amazing work to raise money, build spirits and make a difference. If you’re looking for a feel-good dining experience – and a respite from some of the holiday bustle – I highly recommend you check both of them out soon...
Plates2Go is a new and exciting offshoot of the cafe, and it has plenty of visibility and walk-by traffic. And they make it very easy. You can order there and take the food back to work (or to a bench in the park), or you can order online and pick up when it’s ready...
Casa Garden functions much differently than Plates. With the exception of the chef and four other paid positions, the restaurant is filled with volunteer servers – often retirees who were successes in their fields and now want to give back. They are very professional and clearly take pride in what they do. I have encountered excellent timing, engaging banter and detailed knowledge of the food when I have dined there.
Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.
First Impressions: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit fires up midtown’s BBQ wars - Well, at least it’s better than the McRib. But the temperature control issues and lack of smoky character in the meat made for barbecue that tasted mediocre at best. Chris Macias in the Sac Bee.
Future of Sammy's still uncertain - The fate of Sammy's Rockin' Island Bar & Grill in downtown Roseville may be uncertain for a while longer, with the head of the Roseville Community Development Corp. saying Wednesday nothing may change there until after the new year. RCDC head Chris Robles said there was also no change in the status of $1.5 million loan that RCDC made last year to the restaurant’s operators. It's now two months in default. Ben van der Meer in Sac Biz Journal.