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Capriotti’s, Las Vegas NV

While working in Las Vegas years ago, Zach’s cousins introduced him to Capriotti’s and it became his go-to sandwich shop.  Since the chain’s origins in the 1976, the founders had a goal to “capture the hearts of ‘real turkey lovers’,” and in that time it has grown from a family business in Delaware to a franchise represented in thirteen states.  Seeing as we are in Sin City for a lazy weekend getaway, we didn’t want to be fancy for every meal (we are still reeling from the wonderful food over last weekend in San Francisco!), so for lunch today Zach had a hankering for a simple but perfectly done sandwich, and he knew where to go.

We got our keys and prepared to fetch our car, when we thought we’d ask the Concierge which Capriotti’s is the closest – there are over twenty locations in this city alone.  Well, that was fortuitous, because the Concierge offered to call the Capriotti’s that delivers!  It seems to be a popular service because the wait time was a little long, but then again, we’re taking advantage of the convenience of not leaving our hotel, so we can deal with a little wait.

the bobbie

the bobbie

And it was well worth the wait.  Fresh roasted turkey, traditional stuffing, and cranberry sauce with a bit of mayonnaise was Thanksgiving on a roll.  There was both white and dark meat, and it was all moist and succulent.  If your family’s turkey is the stereotypical dry that gets joked about every Thanksgiving, this will show you what real, fresh, juicy turkey is like.  The herb stuffing with garlic, onions, and standard poultry seasonings of thyme and sage was simple but it complemented the sandwich very well.  Cranberry is a no-brainer for a Turkey Day sandwich, adding that tanginess that makes Thanksgiving complete.

cheese steak

cheese steak

On the same soft French roll as the Bobbie, Zach enjoyed a cheese steak sandwich.  The beef was tender and seasoned very well, but not overly greasy considering how heavy the ingredients were.  The onions were cooked perfectly, sweet and caramelized.  With a mild kick from the hot peppers and zing from the peppers’ vinegar marinade, there were many layers of savory in each bite.  White American cheese was deliciously gooey and melted all the ingredients together.

We know the pictures aren’t the most amazing, but consider that they were sped over to us in a white Nissan Sentra along with who knows how many other sandwiches en route to their hungry recipients.  We may not have been the first delivery, even, but the sandwiches were still fresh, at the right temperature, and just as Zach had remembered them to taste.  We strongly recommend that anyone coming to Las Vegas should have one of their meals at Capriotti’s since there are so many here, but you see a Capriotti’s during any of your travels, please stop in.

Fuddruckers, Concord CA

We had such amazing food at the Cloverdale Citrus Festival today, we needed a simple and cost-effective dinner.  But, we still wanted to find something to share with you.  Fuddruckers is known for amazing hamburgers and sandwiches, for which you can choose one of several meats: buffalo burger, ostrich burger, veggie burger (ok, not a meat), salmon filet, turkey burger, California turkey burger, elk burger, kobe beef burger, grilled or crispy chicken, ribeye, and crispy fish.  We’ve tried many of these before, but we’ve never considered the other options.  Tonight we challenged ourselves not to get our favorites, but something totally opposite from what’s expected from this restaurant.

jumbo hot dog

jumbo hot dog

As we did not get any corn dogs or hot dogs at the Citrus Fair, Zach tried Fuddruckers’ tonight, adding chili and cheese.  He also poured over it their famous cheese sauce with jalapeños.  The bread is made fresh daily and barely fits the 1/4 lb. hot dog with liberal amounts of chili and cheese.  The condiment bar has regular cheese sauce along with the jalapeño cheese sauce and a number of other items, so you could dress this up Chicago-style if you wanted.

napa valley salad

napa valley salad

August was bummed that she couldn’t finish her meal, it was that big and good.  The Napa Valley salad comes with romaine lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, apples, dried cranberries, almonds, and an Italian vinaigrette (unless you request a different dressing).  You also get your choice of grilled or crispy chicken; she went for grilled.  The apples were crispy, the blue cheese crumbles huge and plentiful, the chicken moist, and the piece of bread fresh and flat-top grilled for a crispier crust.  This was definitely a refreshing dinner to be had at a burger place.

frings

frings

We didn’t eat many of these at all since Zach’s dog and August’s salad were so big, but we wanted to give you an idea of the sides.  Frings, aka a basket of french fries and onion rings, could easily feed three to four people to go with their entrees.

over 100 different beverages

over 100 different beverages

For the soda junkies, check out the Coca Cola Freestyle!  If you haven’t seen one of these before, you’ll be impressed with how many different ways you can mix up your soda.

With locations in all but 16 states, and even a few in Canada, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico, Fuddruckers is a growing corporate chain, popular for its variety of meat for burgers and sandwiches.  The location in Concord is franchise, not corporate, so they have a few differences from the standard menu.  The owner of the Concord Fuddruckers also runs four other locations in the Bay Area – Emeryville, Dublin, Union City, and Walnut Creek – so you can expect to find the same quality there that we found in Concord.  Terence, the manager here, was attentive, knowledgeable, and amiable in answering our questions.  Great job, Concord team!

Zachary’s Pizza, Pleasant Hill CA

Finally it’s open!  Zachary’s Pizza is one of those iconic restaurants of the Bay Area, especially for those who attended UC Berkeley.  We’ve been calling the Oakland, Berkeley, and San Ramon locations at least a couple times a week for the last month, and Zachary’s in Pleasant Hill is now ready for business!

We got to speak with Leandra, Zachary’s vice president, who was a joy and loaded with information about the new location and its inspiring interior.  Every two years Zachary’s holds an art contest for community members to create works to decorate the walls.  All of the exposed wood came from The Wooden Duck, featuring planks from the Cal Memorial Stadium bleachers established in 1923.  Despite the huge ceilings, sound did not bounce around too much so the ambiance felt quiet, even though the place was packed.

spring salad

spring salad

We began with a salad, different from the standards.  Called their Spring Salad, it came with mixed spring greens, red grapes, dried cranberries, and Gorgonzola cheese, tossed with shallot vinaigrette and served with bread sticks.  The greens and grapes were fresh, the Gorgonzola wasn’t too overpowering but added a subtle sharpness to the plate, and it balanced well with the fruit.  The shallot vinaigrette added a nice tanginess and bite to pair with the sweetness of the grapes and dried cranberries.  The bread sticks had great flavor – mild with garlic and Parmesan.  They provided a good crunch in place of croutons.  If you’re looking for a salad that’s a little bit different, this is a good choice.

stuffed pizza

stuffed pizza

Now, on to what makes this place famous.  Thin crust, vegan crust, and gluten-free crust are options, but if you want a stuffed (aka deep dish) pizza Chicago-style, the menu says to be patient for 30-40 minutes.  Believe us, it pays off.  What’s nice is the servers keep you updated with the wait time, so you won’t keep checking your phone/watch.  The servers also had great teamwork together.  We ordered our medium with pepperoni, olives, and mushrooms with the toppings on bottom and the sauce on top, as is tradition (well, you can see that olives are on top, to help make the pie prettier).  The cheese is freshly shredded in house, we could tell from the creaminess, and it still has good texture and pull like a mozzarella should.  The toppings are balanced really well, and Zach noted that the pepperoni wasn’t as greasy as you find it at your average pizza joint.  The tomato sauce was delicious and refreshing, and the dough was flaky and crispy.  The pizza was cooked so perfectly, you could have picked it up and it would not have folded – and that’s a feat for a deep dish!  But if you’re nervous how to approach it, the servers will serve you your first slice if you like.

that is deep

that is deep

A medium stuffed pizza was just too big for us, especially after starting with a salad.  We brought over half of it home, but had to do some quick grocery shopping along the way.  After 15 minutes of us getting some items, we came back out to the car smelling like the most wonderful pizzeria!  Can’t wait for leftovers tomorrow, and the next time we go in!