Eating Out


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The month was half over. 

For lunch I went to the outdoor snack bar at Costco. This place is dirt cheap. After four minutes in line, I had two big pieces of pizza and a Coke. The total was $4.88.

The menu is bizarre and cheap. Here it is:

lb. Hot Dog $1.50
Pizza $1.99 slice / $9.99 whole
Chicken Caesar Salad $3.79
Berry Smoothie $1.35
Berry Sundae $1.55
Kirkland Frozen Yogurt $1.25
20 oz. Soda 55

The pizza tasted great, but it was a little cool. There were plenty of seats available.

The relish grind-action dispenser had my attention. I love dispensers that are set up in line above a garbage can.  If there is no interceding hot-dog, the relish falls directly into the garbage.

Afternoon Mocha $3.
Dave had been talking up the Esquire Grill's Hamburger at work, so I decided to give it a try that night at dinner. Apparently it had scored five out of five stars in the Sacramento Bee's restaurant review. 

The Esquire Grill is one of the restaurants in the Paragary family of restaurants. It is very close to the Sacramento Convention Center at 14th and K Street. Other Paragary establishments in Sacramento are: 

  1. Paragary's Bar and Oven
  2. Bernardo's
  3. El Centro
  4. The Blue Cue
  5. Monkey Bar
  6. Sammy Chu's
  7. K-Bar

The Esquire Grill was very nice. It was the first place that I had felt underdressed. Once again it was perfect patio weather, so Stacy and I sat in the courtyard. Stacy had a Cobb salad and I had the Burger. It was pretty good. Not spectacular. The atmosphere, on the other hand, was superb.

The only downside at the Esquire grill is that it is on the unpredictable K Street mall. I missed the action, but apparently there was a one-man panhandling strike-force while I was in the men's room. 

The total for my dinner was $19.87

March 16, 2004 
On Tuesday for lunch I had the leftovers from Monday's Costco pizza, combined with a $1.60 Coke. 

I ate at my desk, reading the internet.

Once again I waited to eat dinner until it was very late. 

This time I got a cheeseburger, fries and a Coke from Willie's on Broadway and 16th Streets.

Willies is a nice, small place, that is always a pleasant experience. They have Slammer chili burgers that attempt to replicate Los Angeles' Tommy's experience. 

There are three idiosyncracies at Willie's. One, paper-towel dispensers on every wall. Two, every inch of the kitchen and grill are visible from the dining area. Third, fries and burgers are picked up at separate windows, in separate bags.

The total for dinner was $7.00

My final expenditure on Tuesday was at Old Ironsides, my favorite bar in Sacramento. I had two beers and paid $7 plus a $3 tip.

March 17
Wednesday was St. Patrick's Day!

I love St. Patrick's Day because I'm some fraction Irish, and it is the eve of my birthday.

For lunch, I went all out and got traditional Irish sushi at Sakuribana: The three item lunch box.

Sakuribana is a great, inexpensive little place on 19th near Capital. I waited about 7 minutes for my food, bought a giant Coke at am/pm and headed back to work. 
My three item lunch box included Red Sashimi, Ageashi and a California roll.  I also had rice and miso soup. Lunch was $7.80 and it was fantastic. 

Throughout the month of March, my friends, co-workers and family demanded updates as to how much money I had spent so far by eating out so much. I didn't dare to add it up until the end of the month. If you would like to skip ahead and read the summary, scroll to the bottom of March 28.

My family took me out to Taste of Thai for my birthday. Taste of Thai is on Broadway in Sacramento, right next to another Thai Restaurant. I've taken to calling it the Thai district, or Thainatown.
I ordered Pad Him Ma Pan and a Heinekin. Both were excellent.

I give Taste of Thai seventy-two stars:

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 They are also excellent Ebayers, would buy from again.

The total for my meal, drink, tax & tip was $14.08. I think Jane bought my dinner. Thanks Jane!

 Later that night, Stacy and I walked by the Streets of London Pub for a little St. Patricks Cheer, but there was a line, so we just walked by.

Please continue reading March 18. It is my birthday, after all.


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