The people at Crush 29 are doing it right! It just might be the most exciting restaurant in the Sacramento area!! Everything is amazing....the service, the atmosphere, the wine, and especially the food! When my husband and I go out to dinner, just the two of us; we have high expectations and want the evening to be perfect. Last night at Crush 29....that's exactly what we got! The minute you step up to Crush 29 you feel like you've been transported to a hot downtown San Francisco restaurant, with Napa Valley comfort and style. You step into a young, trendy crowd that looks as "hot" as the restaurant. You could stay outside and get caught up on all the hottest looks in shoes and clothes or go inside to sample the extensive Crush 29 wine list. Although our table was ready, we headed for the wine tasting room and found the perfect Cabernet for our meal. The bar was slightly crowded and the music was pumping and there was a celebratory feel in the air just perfect for my birthday dinner! This was my first time at Crush 29, and based on past experiences with other restaurants, was a little apprehensive about portion sizes…with that we ordered two appetizers, the Panko Encrusted Calamari on a crispy asian slaw and a spicy sambal aioli and the Dungeness Crab Rangoons, crab wrapped in a wonton with delicious pineapple chili dipping sauce. Both were incredible and the portion sizes were very ample much to our surprise. We boxed up a good amount of the Calamari to take home. The meal continued in the amazing realm, when Lisa our server brought out my Crush Salad. It was so sweet and delicious with candied pecans, cranberries, on a bed of spring mix with an amazing poppy seed dressing and banana chutney. OMG….that is a salad to die for and that’s really good coming from normally a “take or leave it” salad gal. For our main course my husband had (a hard time making up his mind what he was going to have) the Boneless Short Ribs on a bed of polenta with baby carrots. The server brought him a steak knife, but he didn’t need it. It was so tender…it was literally like butter. The best part was the incredibly rich red wine-espresso reduction…mouth watering. I had the Grilled Filet Mignon with a porcini cream sauce on Crush smashed potatoes and crispy onion strings. Again it was incredibly tender….but the sauce was what separated my steak from any other I have ever had. When I exclaimed to Lisa; “OMG how’d they do this?” she brought over the executive Sous Chef (the assistant of the executive chef) who told us what went into the planning that resulted in this incredible experience. Then as if we weren’t totally impressed he bought us dessert. Dessert truly was the culmination of a great meal. Although we were pleasantly stuffed we managed the Chocolate Bomb….which was “the bomb.” I can not wait to get back to Crush 29…the portions were just perfect, the prices were reasonable, the crowd was “hot” and food was amazing. It was an incredible night!
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We tried Ginger's for the first time and found the service to be efficient, i.e. I didn't have to ask for a refill on my coffee; the servings to be generous; the food delicious; and the location easily accessible. My only complaint is that none of their breakfast dishes came with toast. The biscuit was very good, but I like a slice of toast under over-easy eggs. I did not ask if they would substitute toast for the biscuit, but I will next time. I ordered the Hawaiian omelet, which had ham, pineapple chunks, and jack cheese. I wasn't sure that I would like the pineapple in the eggs, but it was surprisingly good. The hash browns were nicely browned and the biscuit flaky. My husband ordered a turkey melt, which looked delicious and was quickly devoured. He even liked their potato salad, which is not usually the case--he likes my homemade potato salad better, but Ginger's was still better than most restaurant ones. They also have a full bar, but since we only had coffee and iced tea, we can't comment on their drinks. I did notice the optional fruit selection at another table, and it looked much better than the fruit cup offered at many restaurants. An added bonus is that Ginger's frequently has coupons in the area mailers and also has an email club where you can score additional ones.
This is not a 5-star restaurant. You are not coming here for high-quality cuisine. What you go to D&B for is a good time! They have a sports bar with tons of TVs, a private room (that I am dying to know more about), a good-sized restaurant, and a giant arcade with games aimed at a post-Chuck E Cheese aged crowd. Most locations are 21 and over only after a certain hour, but this location is not. It is all ages, all the time. I have been here a number of times and have the same experience each time. The food is really not great; I think it is mostly offered as a landing pad for all the drinks you'll pour down your gullet. And there will be many drinks! They have them in so many shapes and sizes, it's crazy. I had a jello shot once out of a giant syringe because some girl came by our table, hawking them for $4 apiece. It was awesome. I'd love to tell you how much the games cost but, by the time I get over there, attention to detail isn't really a priority. Just be warned that there will be toddlers in the house, even at midnight on a Saturday. It can be sobering to see a 3 year old standing on a skee ball lane, but that's usually my cue that it's time to go home.