Last weekend we had a reservation at Canon, a newer “farm to fork” restaurant that has made a splash. We went with some good friends, which is what I was looking forward to most. I was a little nervous that the hype would exceed the reality. We tried to go there a few time previously without a reservation (rookie mistake and a long story about misplacing a gift card to Frank Fat’s…) and they said it would be a two hour wait! Magpie had a seat for us though. Lesson learned… get a reservation.
Canon, as in a collection (not the thing that shoots out balls of iron or lead), specializes in small plates and fresh, seasonal foods. With a now fashionable, open kitchen canon has a simple and modern feel, located in a neighborhood in need of some more life. In fact, people ask me, “Now where is it?” I reply, “You know where the feed store is between Stockton and Folsom Blvd?” Yeah, that’s where it is!
The ladies started off with cocktails (Negroni and top shelf Gin and tonic), which they seemed to love, as they got seconds later on. Our server gave us a great run-down of what Canon is all about and made some fantastic recommendations. We followed his lead and requested a bunch of small plates to share. A quote form their website, “Meant to be shared and to spark conversation our seasonal menu highlights the best California has to offer. This indeed is what transpired… wonderful conversation, accompanied by tasty and healthful treats. My friend commented half way through, “I love the pace of the meal … I don’t feel rushed at all.” I loved this too, when a restaurant finds a rhythm that suits your occasion. This is harder to accomplish that you think. Maybe our server got lucky, or maybe he was actually paying attention and discerned our tempo. I give the server props for being on point. Plus, he answered all of our questions and my musings on beer and wine. He seemed more energized than annoyed.
Each bite offered something new. There were flavors that we all guessed what they represented. “Is that a pear? Or kimchi? What is that sauce? I think it’s Greek yogurt? Yum!” It goes without saying, this is a place that needs to be experiences. Mere words on a blog do not do the food justice. Needless to say, it lived up to the hype. Oh, and get dessert!
Last weekend was also my mom’s birthday. We thought it’d be fun to take her to Frank Fat’s, one of the older restaurants in Sacramento(since 1939!). Also we knew this would be a place where our boys would enjoy, as well as my parents. When it comes to Chinese food, it’s easy to think that they are all alike – greasy goodness. Fat’s definitely breaks this mold. We were all delighted by the flavors each dish brought. I was stuffed but couldn’t stop eating! Their banana cream is off the charts! The flaky crust makes it unique. And, they hooked up the birthday girl with a free slice.
HOME SPUN (not a restaurant name, rather, our home)
Our valentine’s tradition is to stay home, since we go out to frequently just because, and because we love each other! My wife made some delicious Costco bought clam chowder, Caesar salad with avocado, bread and Champagne (uh, I mean sparkling wine, from our latest adventure in Murphys!).
Our oldest does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Ultimate Fitness. My wife and I dropped him off the other night and dropped in on the pizza place across the street to grab a beer and conversation. Z Pizza tap room, noted for self-serve beer – Interesting concept. I like it and will go back. I hope they rotate their beer selection. Also it seems like they need an update to their software that controls the pours. They were having some trouble, to our advantage… the gal that worked there kept giving us samples on her wrist band /tab, as she was trying to figure out the glitch. Next time we’ll get some pizza. Oh and I dig on these beer bottle lights!
I’m eager to hear about new, or old places you’ve been lately that you like and/or that I should try!
Keith Klassen, Real Estate Broker (Wanna-be chef and food critic) – 916.595.7900
Specializing in Residential Real Estate Sales & Property Management (and eating and drinking)