Dining News: Orphan Improved, but Still 'Second Tier'
December 19, 2013
Sac Bee restaurant critic Blair A. Robertson wrote in 2009 that East Sac's Orphan 'badly needs to adopt the idea of flavor.'
He's revisited the place, and has given it a re-review.
While Orphan has, indeed, grown up into a reliably good restaurant with polished service and consistent cooking, it also faces stiffer competition than it did during those early, awkward days...
For lunch, you can still order breakfast items or go in the sandwich direction. We loved the health-conscious “zen breakfast” featuring grilled tofu, egg whites and steamed spinach, a dish that takes a balanced and simple approach to flavor.
The burrito with chicken was substantial and nicely assembled, including seasoned black beans and an overall eating experience of heft and rich flavor. Orphan makes three dishes featuring scrambled eggs, including an avocado scramble that had large slices of creamy avocado, scallions, tomatoes and melted Monterrey Jack cheese.
Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.
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