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.

Nov 05

Ohana Hawaiian BBQ – Davis

825 Russell Blvd

Davis, CA 95616

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Located right on Russell Boulevard in the heart of University Mall, Ohana Hawaiian BBQ serves up of Hawaiian BBQ dishes similar to that of L&L Hawaiian BBQ. Prices seemed fairly competitive to that of L&L, and considering that there is no L&L in Davis, Ohana ends up being the place to go for Hawaiian BBQ.

Today, I ordered the BBQ chicken plate. The meal came in a large styrofoam takeout container. There was plenty of BBQ chicken over a bed of fresh cabbage. There were two small scoops of rice, which I thought was a bit stingy, as well as a scoop of macaroni salad. Unlike L&L, Ohana actually removes the skin from the chicken. I like this because I did not like the skin anyways, but some people may like the skin. The chicken was marinated well and was quite flavorful.

Overall, Ohana does serve as a decent substitute to L&L, but I still feel L&L is a better value and has better quality product with more rice. However, Ohana’s food does taste good and the wait wasn’t too bad. If you are in Davis and craving for a nice plate lunch, then Ohana would be a good choice.

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