Five Guys – Burgers and Fries

4630 Natomas Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95835

Rating: ★★★★½ 

I will consider Five Guys an actual restaurant instead of food food because the food is made completely fresh. Beef patties are cooked when ordered. Fries come from cut potatoes. Food takes a while to cook.

Their menu ranges from various types of burgers, hot dogs, simple sandwiches, and fries. Five Guys offers a “regular” burger (consisting of 2 patties) or a “little” version (consisting of 1 patty). Today I ordered a regular cheeseburger with lettuce, mayo, ketchup, and mustard. Five guys allows you to customize your burger with as many different toppings as you like! A short list of options includes: grilled onions, mushrooms, pickles, A1 sauce, and more! My burger was delicious, filled with high quality ingredients surrounded by a soft sesame seed bun. An interesting note, the burgers are wrapped in foil for you.

The fries can come standard or Cajun style. Today I opted for the standard fries, just to make a baseline judgement. These fries come hot! Each order of fries is cooked to order as well. Next time, I will opt for the Cajun fries to give them a taste. I find the fries a little thick, but not to the point of potato wedges. I can compare the size of one Five Guys fry to 2 Carl’s Jr fries. The taste of the fries were good, but they tasted more like restaurant fries and not fast food fries. FYI: they serve coke products including Mellow Yellow!

Overall, the food tasted great, and I definitely noticed the quality ingredients and freshness. The only downside is that you are paying $5+ for a “regular” burger. The burger combines with fries and drink will add up. I found the regular sized fries was overly sufficient, even for two people. The large just seems too much. Due to its location, Five Guys Burgers and Fries makes for a good meal before a Kings Game.

Carl’s Jr – Big Carl

5501 Freeport Blvd

Sacramento, CA 95822

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Out of all the fast food companies out there, I found that Carl’s Jr creates a product that is tasty, satisfying, and fulfilling. The Big Carl was a recent invention for Carl’s Jr, made in reference to another “big” burger from McDonald’s. The Big Carl has its own tasty rendition of the “secret” sauce of the Big Mac, but the Big Carl weighs in much larger than the Big Mac. Also consisting of lettuce and 2 patties with cheese, the Big Carl doesn’t use the 3rd bun, but includes large charbroiled beef patties that stand tall to the Big Mac’s puny thin beef patties. Not only is the Big Carl a better value, the sheer size of the burger provides a much needed savory meal that no Big Mac can compare.

I ordered the standard Big Carl Combo, small size, where I also added a $1 off combo coupon that I find in the mail every month. The fries that came with the meal were delicious. The fries are of the “with skin” variety that many fast food joints are now using. I suggest anyone who had not tried the Big Carl, do so. If you can find the sheet of Carl’s Jr coupons in the mail, use them. (Although I think the February coupons came last week) As someone who does not like onions, pickles, or tomatoes in my burgers, the Big Carl required no customization for me. If you are someone who likes those items, I suggest you add them in, but you will not be disappointed with this burger!

Fuji Sushi Buffet

8473 Elk Grove Blvd

Elk Grove, CA 95758

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

I tend not to visit buffets very often. The value is not really there unless you eat more than 2 plates. However, sushi buffets do differ since their plates are so small. This sushi buffet has the sushi boats carrying various types of small rolls. You can also order more exotic rolls directly from the chefs. What’s nice is that you can order as much as you want! Just make sure you can finish what you get so that they don’t get mad at you.

Today we started by grabbing some simple California Rolls from the boats. You really can’t go wrong with them. Afterwards, I quickly placed in some orders for a large plate of Shrimp Tempura and a plate of Grilled Salmon. The grilled salmon tasted fantastic! Shrimp tempura always tastes good, but I think I over ordered this time. Near one corner of the boats, I saw a Dragon Roll laying around, so I couldn’t let that go to waste. Today, I didn’t feel like putting any more orders in, so I ended up checking out the “Chinese Food” section of the buffet. I tend not to like the Chinese food offered at sushi buffets, and this was no exception. The fried rice was good, but everything else was sub-par. Sushi tasted good, but the grilled salmon tasted better.

Service-wise, we were greeted as we entered. Beverages were provided in a timely manner, followed by timed refills. They do charge for drinks other than water! I feel the value is there, but I still don’t feel I will ever eat enough to make Fuji really worth it.

Overall, Fuji will continue to be a location that I visit for a quick sushi fix, but I would still prefer Arigato Sushi instead for a tastier sushi experience.

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Hello to anyone reading this right now!

My name is Jeff Kwong and I have decided to create a food blog. I will mainly critique various dishes offered at restaurants that I visit. I may even revisit restaurants to try different dishes that are suggested. Articles will be short, but visual. I hope to get an article up shortly after I make my next trip out for food.

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