Jul 23

Vampire Penguin

6821 Stockton Blvd Ste 110

Sacramento, CA 95828

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Located among a bunch of Asian stores and restaurants, Vampire Penguin does not scream out shaved ice, but they do serve up the fluffy concoction. You won’t find sno cones here as Vampire Penguin takes blocks of flavored ice and puts them through a shaving machine that generates fluffy flavored ice. The store had a great design with lots of art posted on the walls and music playing with plenty of seating available.

Today, we ordered the strawberry cheesecake that consisted of layers of strawberry and cheesecake shaved ice with condensed milk, strawberries, strawberry syrup, and graham cracker crumbs. The towering dessert looks and tastes delicious and the ice was very fluffy and flavorful. The dessert tasted light and was not heavy. However, this shaved ice was not as fluffy as the place I tried in Los Angeles.

Overall, Vampire Penguin brings good tasting shaved ice to Sacramento. The prices are a bit high, but the fluffiness is well worth it. They did miscalculate the tax rate to be 8.5% when I was there and paid with Square, but they say that they have since fixed the problem to 8%. If you are looking to try something different and want to cool off, then head to Vampire Penguin.

Jul 16

Sawasdee Thai Cuisine

1830 J St

Sacramento, CA 95811

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Today, we decided to try Sawasdee Thai Cuisine because we scored a nice Groupon deal. Located in midtown, you are forced to park on the street around this corner restaurant. There was plenty of seating available when we arrived in the evening, but the restaurant soon filled up quickly. I really liked how the water cups were practically mason jars with handles on them. There are plenty of choices on the menu, but we quickly decided on what we felt like eating.

Today, we ordered the Pad Thai, Thai Fried Rice, and Green Curry with pork. The pad Thai arrived presented nicely. There noodles were not greasy and had just the right amount of spice at the medium level. The noodles were cooked well and had a slight crunch. I liked how they did not over-sauce the noodles. The Thai fried rice tasted good and tasted really fresh. The rice had a good amount of beef inside. The green curry with pork was delicious. The spice level at medium tasted just right and the curry went very well smothered all over the white rice. There was a good balance of pork and fresh vegetables in the bowl.

Overall, Sawasdee serves up fresh, delicious Thai food. The portion sizes are a bit small compared to other Thai restaurants, but the service is definitely above average. If you are looking for a good Thai restaurant in midtown, then Sawasdee will be a great choice. However, their hours aren’t that great.

Jul 02

Broderick Burger Company (formerly Wicked Wich)

545 Downtown Plaza #2095

Sacramento, CA 95814

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

While looking for the Wicked Wich restaurant in the food court of Downtown Plaza, we found that the name has changed to the Broderick Burger Company. The owners are the same, and there have only been a few menu changes. Originally known for their creative sandwiches and now also for their burgers, the Broderick Burger Company serves up interesting food concoctions that will satisfy your hunger.

Today, we ordered the Wicked Wich with pastrami, Miss Saigon, and Banh Mi Fries. The Wicked Wich was really tasty and had tender, flavorful pastrami. I was not a big fan of the coleslaw in the sandwich, but the fries inside the sandwich were delicious. The Miss Saigon sandwich looked good, but was overly salty. The sandwich had jalapenos, pickled vegetables, and pulled pork, which resembled traditional Banh Mi sandwiches, but the sauce was just way too salty. Likewise, the Banh Mi Fries was pretty much the Miss Saigon on top of a bed of fries. Unfortunately, the toppings were still way too salty. The fries themselves tasted really good and were sold at a great price when purchased alone.

Overall, the Broderick Burger Company serves up very interesting food, but the food quality seems hit or miss. I would advise against the Miss Saigon and Banh Mi Fries due to the saltiness, but maybe it was just a bad batch. During the lunch rush, the service was extremely slow and the staff seemed to be working as fast as they could. Crowds of people were just waiting for their food. If you want to eat something different for lunch, then Broderick Burger Company could be a good stop, but only if you have enough time to wait for the food.

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