Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair Anthony Robertson has been busy trying a trio of new restaurants in town. Here are snippets of his first impressions:
Yellowbill Cafe Bakery: We found that same cookie during a recent visit to Yellowbill, along with plenty of other baked goods, including a lemon tart with intense citrus flavor, appealing tartness and an excellent buttery crust; a chocolate tart; peanut butter sandwich cookie; a rich brownie; and a wonderful, extra-large chocolate chip cookie that stood out for its wealth of dark, pleasingly bitter chocolate chunks. We also admired the espresso machine – a big, bold, yellow one, and spied a cute yellow tamp for compacting the coffee before a shot is pulled. The coffee is supplied by Chocolate Fish, the coffee wizards at the corner of Third and Q streets.
Mangia: We were impressed by the sandwiches, all under $10, made with high-quality breads and meats, and with a variety of tasty sauces or aiolis. They were of good size, too. The bagels with eggs were decent, though supply was limited during one of my visits, and I wound up with – and survived – a jalapeño- and-cheddar bagel.
Burgess Brothers' Burgers: Burgess Brothers' isn't trying to do gourmet, Wagyu or high-end. But this new place has found a nice quality-price balance, with burger options ranging from $2.95 for sliders to $7.95 for a loaded "Hero" burger – a beef patty covered with smoked pulled pork, cheese and grilled onions. The standard burger is $4.95. All of burgers come with fries. The tri-tip is cooked low and slow in a smoker. The various sauces, including a hot one, are made in-house.
Sounds like all three places are on the right track. I'll have to stop by soon to give them a try.
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