Last week, the Internet rushed to crown its newest viral star, Grand Forks Herald (North Dakota) Columnist Marilyn Hagerty for her earnest review of the new Olive Garden that just opened in her sleepy town. Along with that came a great discussion on what snobs urban food enthusiasts have become and whether Olive Garden's food could actually be decent. So Sac Bee's lunch columnist Allen Pierleoni decided to do a straight forward review of Olive Garden in Folsom
The Olive Garden chain is to Italian cooking what the Mimi's Cafe chain is to French cuisine...
Our plates were heaped high with steaming fettucine Alfredo mixed with strips of moist chicken breast. We added ground black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Filling, yes. Tasty? Again, yes. Genuine? What do you think?
Read his entire review in the Sac Bee.
Meadowood's new $500 chef's table menu -- discuss - Critics and admirers are divided about the new $500 dinner. Certainly, the price is fair game and it's hard for many to stomach in an age of layoffs, foreclosures and budget cuts. As I see it, no one is obligated to order it. The $225 dinner is certainly a stellar food experience. What the chef's table does is give Meadowood an extra dose of prestige and, for better or worse, media coverage. In that sense, it's a great marketing tool whether anyone orders it or not. I would also imagine these huge meals might serve as a creative laboratory for new dishes and new techniques that just might find their way onto the main menu. Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.
Is it Local If… - Is it local if you have no other choice? Does having a nearby monopoly somewhat lessen the effect of local-ness? After all, no matter how much endive we elites shove down our craws, the single endive grower in America will still ship his product all over the world. It’s like eating artichokes in Castroville. They aren’t really grown anywhere else. It’s not like we have a choice. On the Sac Rag.
Paesanos - Paesanos is a great choice if you are looking for something that always satisfies and won’t break the bank (our entire meal was under $35). In addition, you can be sure that you will get outstanding service with a smile. Both our waitress and hostess were wonderful. Jake Ferguson in Sac Foodies.
Fabian's Italian Bistro brings back its Sunday brunch - Between monthly wine-tastings on the last Wednesday of each month, and daily specials concocted by chef Tom Patterson (fried spinach, seasoned polenta fries), something's always going on at Fabian's Italian Bistro. Now husband-wife owners Christian and Mercedes Forte are reopening their restaurant's outdoor patio for Sunday brunch (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), beginning this coming Sunday. Allen Pierleoni in the Sac Bee.
Tough day for Juno, the inspiration for Juno's Kitchen & Deli - Juno, a beloved dog known to many in East Sacramento and foodie circles well beyond, might be getting a new notation on her canine report card: Doesn't play well with snakes. Huh? Blair Anthony Robertson in the Sac Bee.