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Finally, a great restaurant right in the neighborhood.  O Bento Japanese Restaurant, located at the corner of El Camino Ave and Maryal Dr, is just a hop, skip and a jump from my house and it has quickly become a neighborhood hotspot. Sushi rolls are 50 percent off, which is music to my ears!  Tonight I ordered the Pacific Roll and substituted the tuna with spicy tuna. I love that extra kick. I also ordered seaweed salad and a bowl of miso.

O Bento Japanese Restaurant

Everything was delicious.  The seaweed salad was fresh and filling and the Pacific Roll was plain, no sauce, just how I like it.  A lot of their rolls do have tobiko, special sauce, and spicy sauce, which is typical of American style sushi.  If you prefer that, get the Howe Roll (spicy tuna, deep fried shrimp, avocado, lemon and tabiko sauce).  It is fantastic as well.

hot sake

I am so glad they started a Japanese restaurant in Arden-Arcade.  Let’s make sure they are here to stay by giving them business. Once you try their food, write an O Bento review on yelp. They have seven reviews so far; let’s make it 10.

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Swiss Cheese and Mushrooms

Apparently I’m a hamburger fan.  This is at least the fourth review I’ve done for burgers.  I think it’s just such a summer treat- a staple at 4th of July block parties and backyard barbecues.  Today I had Ettore’s Award Winning Hamburger on a Cheddar Scallion Bun with all natural Niman Ranch Hamburger, Sauteed Mushrooms, Swiss Cheese, Tomato, Red Leaf Lettuce, and Herb Mayonnaise.  It was delicious, but very filling.  It was served with the most wonderfully flavorful sweet potato fries that were a bit greasy for my taste, but overall a great meal for $10.95.  The outdoor seating was relaxing and quiet, however there were quite a few flies so I might suggest seating yourself indoors.

Ettore's Hamburger with Sweet Potato Fries

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Unfortunately, I have to write my first bad review today.  I went to Matteo’s Pizza and Bistro with the family and although the food tasted okay, the service was poor. My grandma and aunt were waiting for more than 45 minutes for two burgers because the kitchen printer broke and didn’t get the order.  So even though my mom and I arrived 10 minutes late, we had ordered pizza and finished eating by the time their burgers finally arrived. Our server didn’t tell them what was going on and hardly apologized for the inconvenience.  We should have stuck to Skips, where the staff is friendly, the atmosphere is fun and the burgers are exceptional.

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If I ever move back to Sacramento, Old Fair Oaks is definitely the place to live.  If not for the American River bike trail, schools, and community, then definitely for its proximity to Sunflower Natural Foods restaurant. This is the best vegetarian and vegan lunch spot in Sacramento since 1978.

Today I ordered my usual: Super Avocado with Cheese.  But they also have delicious milkshakes, smoothies, burritos and a killer nutburger.  Everything on the menu comes with fresh garden goodies like sprouts, lettuce and tomato.  They also have a great selection for kids — grilled cheese, quesadillas, and peanut butter and honey sandwiches. Watch out little ones! Mom and dad might not be able to resist sneaking a bite when you aren’t looking.

It takes a long time to get your food here and unless you hover like a vulture you probably won’t get a table or a parking spot, but that is just a testament to how popular this place is.  It has never kept me from coming back.

Rooster at Sunflower Restaurant
 
10344 Fair Oaks Blvd
916-967-4331

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Roxy Bar and GrillI’ve always heard good things about Roxy Restaurant and Bar on Fair Oaks Blvd in Sacramento.  This week I went there for the first time and I would say the food definitely lived up to the hype.  I ordered the slow braised short rib sandwich with goat cheese, pickled fried jalapeños and steak sauce.  What a good combination of flavors!  Top it off with stringy garlic fries and a breezy afternoon in the outdoor patio- perfection.

What I liked most about this restaurant is that the menu is built around what is fresh and in season.  Their meat is sourced from Lucky Dog Ranch in Dixon.  At Lucky Dog Ranch, a natural environment and careful handling ensure that the cattle are exposed to as little stress as possible, which makes for the best tasting meat.

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I love traditions.  It give me something to look forward to and also memories to look back on.  There is a particular tradition that we share with our family friends, the Morrows.  Friendships have been shared among all three generations of our families.  Our histories are partially intertwined.  That’s why it’s important that the two families go out to dinner at Pasquale’s Italian Restaurant every summer.   There is no better place to eat in the Carmichael area.  When we went this past week, we ordered a couple pitchers of beers and two larger than life pizzas:

The Chicken Supreme- extra cheese, marinated chicken, tomatoes and garlic.

Vegetarian- Extra cheese, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes and olives.

The chicken supreme is the better of the two, but both are delicious and filling.  This restaurant has been family owned since 1975 and the service is still great!  Whenever I’m in the mood for Italian, Pasquale’s it is.

Located at 7609 Fair Oaks Boulevard, Carmichael CA

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I can’t work at the California State Fair for eight weeks and not do a post on all that greasy, deep-fried food I’ve been seeing and tasting.

Food I’ve tried:

Chocolate-dipped key lime pie
Chocolate-dipped banana
Fried green beans with chipotle mayo
Deep-fried zucchini
Deep-fried brownie

I don’t exactly have a stomach of steel, so I usually try just one bite. Everything I’ve tried has been tasty, especially the key lime pie. All the buzz this year though has been about the Big Rib- two pounds of marinated meat balanced precariously at the end of a bone which serves as a handle. I see whole families just pass this thing around, bite by bite, devouring the beast.

Beignet With Bananas

It may not be local, healthy, or gourmet, but fair food is tradition. It wouldn’t be the same here without it because sharing a meal with others is how we socialize and celebrate. Memories are created in the presence of food.

Photo Credit: Mikhail Chernyavsky / CBSSacramento.com

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