Nov 26

Chinese Food @ Farmer’s Market

6th and Capitol Mall

Sacramento, CA 95814

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

In search for food on a Thursday Afternoon, we decided to try the Chinese food vendor at the Farmer’s Market on Capitol Mall. Unfortunately, the Farmer’s Market is only there during the warmer season from May to September. Luckily, we got to try the stand before the Farmer’s Market went on hiatus. We also chose this vendor because the line was not long and prices were reasonable.

Today, we decided to order the large sweet and sour chicken with fried rice and chow mein. At $8.00, the combination is priced fairly and competitively with Panda Express. You get a good amount of food on the plate and it all tasted fresh. There was not too much breading on the chicken and the sauce went well with the chicken. There was a decent balance of vegetables in the chow mein, but I would prefer fewer onions.

Overall, the food tasted good and the price was about right. If I needed a filling meal in the summer, then the Chinese Food vendor would be a good choice. If you are out enjoying the market, might as well pick up some food too.

Nov 19

Panera Bread – Part 2

3571 N Freeway Blvd

Sacramento, CA 95834

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

When I heard that you could order online for Panera Bread, I definitely had to give it a try. The online menu system is typical of what you would expect from a popular chain restaurant. You select from all the available menu items including pastries and combos. You actually get to complete the entire order including payment, so when you arrive at Panera Bread, you just need to head to the pick up area and grab your bag without having to ask anybody. I would have worried that someone would just go there and take my food off the shelf, but that did not happen.

Having arrived at the restaurant, I went straight for the pickup area and found my bag of goodies with my name on it. After finding a seat, I dug through the bag and found my order was complete and correct. Today, I ordered the Smokehouse Turkey Panini with Chips, a Bear Claw, Half Tuna Salad Sandwich, Half Asian Sesame Chicken Salad, and a Cinnamon Roll. I was allowed to use my “myPanera” rewards when ordering online. The Panini looked very appetizing, but it did not have a lot of flavor. I tried the tuna sandwich and thought there was not too much mayonnaise and tasted OK. I opted not to try the salad and went for the pastries instead. The Bear Claw and Cinnamon Roll did not taste fresh, but the flavor was good.

Overall, I enjoyed the online ordering experience more than the food itself. If you like Panera Bread and want to walk in and eat, then the online ordering system is just for you. Unfortunately, I probably won’t go back to Panera Bread for a while since the food did not taste that good. I would have preferred eating Subway instead.

Nov 12

Crazy Sushi

7419 Laguna Blvd

Elk Grove, CA 95758

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

50% off rolls, seems more expensive than Arigatos. Flavor OK. Hard to choose roll.

Located in Laguna’s Target shopping center, Crazy Sushi serves up a variety of sushi rolls at 50% off, like many other sushi restaurants in the area. Unlike Arigatos, the selection at Crazy Sushi is a bit more limited and many of the rolls have cream cheese. The prices of the rolls tend to be priced higher than Arigatos across the board. Service was OK, but we did have to flag down the server to make our order.

Today, we decided to order the Korean Beef Roll, Tempura Roll, and the Crazy Spicy. Overall, the rolls tasted OK and had some flavor, but the size of the rolls were either the same or smaller than Arigatos. Of the three rolls, the tempura roll tasted the best. The Korean Beef roll tasted OK, but with more seaweed and the beef a bit chewy, it was not great. The Crazy Spicy felt a bit compressed and the spicy tuna did not taste that good. The tempura shrimp inside does help balance the flavor for the Crazy spicy, but it was not that appetizing.

Overall, Crazy Sushi serves up decent sushi, but is quite overshadowed by Arigatos. Having spent more money here for less food, I felt more ripped off and dissatisfied. If you are in the Elk Grove area and are craving cheap sushi, you are better off eating at Fuji’s for buffet or you should make the drive to Arden for Arigatos.

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