Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 68: Monthly Brunch Group Goes to Dinner

Due to conflicting schedules and lots of travel in June, our Monthly Brunch group couldn't find a weekend date for our usual gathering, so we opted to try something different and meet for dinner instead.  We headed to Jack's Urban Eats in Midtown:

The best part about Jack's is the made-to-order salad option, which has lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese, legumes, and freshly carved meats (tri-tip, turkey, chicken) so that you can totally design your own yummy meal.  Here's a sampling of the salad bar items from which you can choose:

I learned a strategy several years ago to order just "toppings" rather than a typical salad so that I can get more of the good stuff and not just fill up on greens.  This also happens to result in a less expensive total cost, as the "per-topping" charge ends up being less than the regular price for a 1/2-salad.  And a 1/2-salad at Jack's is a very generous portion, almost too much for me when it includes greens as a base!

We used to go to Jack's relatively often, but we lessened our patronage because we often wanted to order food for take-out, and unfortunately, the restaurant continued to use styrofoam containers, which we actively avoid.  At some point, however, Jack's finally switched to food-safe cardboard, so perhaps we'll return more often since there are no other similar options around Sac that offer these types of fresh salads.

Jack's has numerous other locations, and one of the newest is at Terminal B of the Sacramento International Airport, as part of the focus on local food and beverage programming for travelers:


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