Thursday, February 27, 2014

Doing Some Work at Spaghetti Factory


The Old Spaghetti Factory
110 East Santa Fe Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

We all have one of those friends. A friend that is the pickiest eater that you know, and you wonder how they ever find anything good to eat. For me, my friend that is the most finicky eater I know is my friend Jamie. I have known her for close to 25 years, and to my dismay, she still eats like a three year old. No meat, nothing that really has any flavor, and she could basically just live off of macaroni and cheese and french onion soup for the rest of her life. When February rolls around, I am always cringing to see what restaurant she picks for her birthday meal. This time she surprised us by having us meet her, and her family at The Old Spaghetti Factory.

I have not been to Spaghetti Factory in years. In fact, it might be that I have not been here in close to fifteen years. Not that I have had any overly horrendous trips to Spaghetti Factory, but there are lots of Italian joints out there, and I'm not really close to either of our OC locations, (Newport Beach, or this one in Fullerton). I can recall coming to Spaghetti Factory as a kid for a wedding reception for a long forgotten second or third cousin, and I can also admit that back in my teen years, this would be the restaurant that I would take a lot of my dates to. Maybe I should have changed it up, since I never really got too many second dates after eating here, but that probably had more to do with me, than the food.

Spaghetti Factory has been in business since 1969, so this year marks their 45th year in business, which is an eternity in the restaurant game. Almost all locations are housed in historic buildings, with antiques, stained glass windows, and refurbished trolley cars inside of them. Spaghetti Factory is home of the all inclusive meal. When you get an entree, it also includes a salad or soup, bread, dessert, and a drink. Let's see how everything turned out for us on this trip to Spaghetti Factory.


My best friend Chris hates cotton candy. He once got cotton candy as a Christmas gift, and threw it across the room. He has often called cotton candy, "the candy of the devil". This might be an over exaggeration on his part, but he truly hates cotton candy, and will not allow it in his house Anyways, he was running late as usual, so when we saw Cotton Candy Limeade ($2.49) on the menu, we had to order it for him. He was not amused. This signature drink is made up of cotton candy syrup, Sprite, and lime juice, then garnished with a big piece of cotton candy. After watching his disgust at this drink being placed in front of him, I got a chance to try this drink. It was way over the top sweet. This was so sweet that Willy Wonka probably would have passed on drinking this. The lime was not very prominent, which might have helped cut the sweetness here. Well worth the money to watch Chris's reaction. I would say this prank will stop him from being late to everything, but it won't.


Even though bread is included in the meals here, our party still ordered the Sicilian Garlic Cheese Bread ($6.25). The bread is topped with a blend of garlic and three cheeses, and served with a side of marinara. This cheese bread was okay. I did not get a lot of garlic flavor from this, and the cheeses were pretty mellow. The marinara added some flavor, but not enough to make this anything more than average cheese bread.


After the garlic bread, the bread that comes with our meal came out. This was a warm loaf of sourdough, served with softened butter. I seem to remember that they had a garlic butter that they used to serve with this, but we did not get it on this trip.


The birthday girl's brother, Jake did not want to get an entree, instead he just had a couple pieces of the cheese bread and this cup of Minestrone Soup ($3.00). Guess crazy eating habits really run in their family. He told me, "I don't like eating much." It was almost like he was speaking a foreign language when he told me this. As a food lover, I was wondering how anyone could say that, but I guess different strokes for different folks. Overall he seemed pretty pleased with this soup, as he ate it rather quickly.


While Jake slurped on his soup, the rest of us had the salads that came with our meals. This is your basic dinner salad using iceberg lettuce, minimal amounts of red cabbage and shredded carrots, tiny croutons, and the dressing of your choice. This was an average salad. The blue cheese that I got was very mellow, and could have been ranch for all I know. A very generic salad.


Katie will start off the entree portion of this post with her selection, the Breast of Chicken Fettuccine ($11.99). Fettuccine noodles are topped with chicken strips, broccoli, mushrooms, Alfredo sauce, and shredded Romano cheese. Katie thought this was okay, but the kitchen must have forgotten the chicken on this one, because it was not anywhere to be found on the plate. Not wanting to make a fuss, Katie ate this anyways. Jamie, our picky birthday girl also ordered this, but without of course the absent chicken, the broccoli, and mushrooms. So yes, she just had Fettuccine Alfredo ($10.50). Good job on eating like a big girl Jamie. Very proud of ya.


Chris had recovered enough from the cotton candy incident to order the Gourmet Jumbo Crab Ravioli ($13.50). The pasta is stuffed with crab meat and ricotta cheese, and then topped with a pesto Alfredo sauce. I believe he ordered this to keep his wife Adrienne, and seafood loather from picking at his plate. Chris really enjoyed these, but wished that the crab meat was a little more prominent.



Since this restaurant is called Spaghetti Factory, it's fitting that someone actually try the spaghetti here. Adrienne went with the Sicilian Meatballs and Spaghetti ($11.95). The meatballs were about the same size as a billiard ball, and joined on the plate with the spaghetti and marinara sauce. With some help from Chris she finished off this plate with no problem.


Both Richard and I got the same thing, which helps cut down on the length of this post, (so everyone thanks you Richard). When I was looking at the menu, the item that stood out to me the most was the Meat Lovers Treat ($13.25). Kind of like an Italian combo plate, you get to try a little bit of everything here. Two Sicilian meatballs, Italian sausage, and spaghetti with meat sauce. I was not too thrilled with the sloppy plating here, but the meal was good sized and adequate in flavor. Nothing really popped for me, but it was not too bad either.


As with many, I'm sure that Spaghetti Factory is the first place many of us have had Spumoni. This Italian ice cream staple is served in the same metallic cups that I remember from when I was a kid. This version of spumoni does not have any nuts or fruit included in it, like traditional spumoni does. It does have a nice consistency to it, and the different ribbons were nicely distributed, so you had a different flavor in each bite.

Spaghetti Factory is the same as I remember as a kid. I thought it was good back then, but as you grow up your palette changes (except for Jamie), and you learn that there is so much better in the world. Spaghetti Factory is kind of like an Italian version of Denny's. The food is passable, but nothing is going to blow you away here. Spaghetti Factory is a good place to feed a lot of people, for a little bit of money. I mean nothing on their menu is over $14, and that's for three courses. Not a place you would eat everyday, every week, or once a month, this is more of a special occasion restaurant for people that don't want to pay for great food. The service we had here was pretty good. Our waitress was really on top of things during our stay. Glad we could be part of Jamie's birthday celebration. Wish I could have given her better taste in food, but that gift card was the best I could do.

Out of five roses, (because this restaurant was started in Portland, and one of that city's nicknames is the Rose City), five being best to zero being worst, The Old Spaghetti Factory gets 2 roses.

For more information about the Old Spaghetti Factory, go to their website here: http://www.osf.com/

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Swinging By Northridge for a Great Sandwich


Brent's Delicatessen and Restaurant
19565 Parthenia St.
Northridge, CA 91324

I know I have written it before on these pages, but Katie has a big extended family. Most of her family lives in Burbank, and as is the case with most big families, there is always some event going on where they all get together. We almost could make weekly trips up the 5 Freeway if we were going to attend every recital, birthday, anniversary, wedding, engagement, or shower. So we have to pick and choose when we want to head up. Katie always bribes me by telling me we can eat at a restaurant on the way up north. Don't tell her, but I actually enjoy seeing her family. They are all really cool, and they seems to like me enough, so going to a restaurant in LA is just an added bonus.

This time we were going to a family party in Valencia, which is almost to San Francisco, or at least it felt like it as we traveled up the 405 on a recent Saturday afternoon. Luckily, there was no traffic going north, so we made it to Northridge in just over and hour and a half. What were we doing in Northridge you ask? Well, after checking out one of my favorite websites, TV Food Maps, I found a restaurant that has been featured on TV, that was in our general area we were heading. I was very excited to finally try Brent's Delicatessen and Restaurant.

Brent's has been seen on, "The Best Thing I Ever Ate" on the Food Network. In this particular episode they were talking about the best things they have ever eaten in a deli. Brent's was Marc Summers pick, for their corned beef sandwich. I remember watching that episode, and knowing that I would one day make it to Brent's to try their traditional deli sandwiches. Lucky for me, that day was today.

Brent's was taken over by Ron Peskin, and his wife, Patricia, in 1969. At that time the deli was floundering, but with the help of their family, they turned this restaurant around, and have even opened another location in Westlake Village. Brent's reminded me of OC's own Katella Deli in Los Alamitos. We got here between lunch and dinner, and still had a ten minute wait to get a table. We were told the wait can be up to two hours long sometimes, so we hit Brent's at the right time. The wait can give you a chance to peruse their 16 page menu. Yes, unlike Cheesecake Factory's massive menu, this one features no ads, and covers everything you would expect from a deli and more. Our table was finally ready, so we sat down, ordered, and waited for the food to hit the table. This is what came out for us.



In a lot of restaurants they give you a bread basket, at Mexican joints they give you chips and salsa, and at Italian restaurants you sometimes get bread sticks. So it makes sense that at a delicatessen that you get a couple slices of rye bread before your meal. Quite simply, this was some of the best slices of rye I have ever had. Pillowy soft, with that great rye flavor. I knew I had a lot of food coming out for me, but I could not stop eating this bread. I even took the leftovers home, and made a sandwich with it the next day. Make sure to save room for this bread.



Just like ordering chicken fajitas in a Mexican restaurant, you can always count on Katie to order Matzo Ball Soup ($7.75) in a deli. This was a big bowl of soup that definitely epitomizes comfort food. Lots of shredded chicken, a good amount of carrots, and a matzo ball the size of a tennis ball. The matzo ball was made well, the chicken was tender, and this soup was filling. Eating all this soup made Katie so relaxed, she felt like she just had an hour massage.




I did not want to be left out while Katie was eating her soup, so I got myself a Meat Knish (($5.25) to start. This was my first ever knish, so I did not really know what to expect. It's basically a large meatball encased in pastry crust, and served with brown gravy. Even after cutting this in half it kept its shape well. On its own, I felt the ground beef inside kind of tasted like an unseasoned meatloaf. The knish was much better with the gravy that was provided. For my first experience with a knish, I have to say this piqued my interest in this Easter European dumpling. This won't be my last knish.



Katie made the wise decision to have the Brent's Special ($12.95), which is a half a sandwich, her matzo ball soup, (which ended up adding a mere $2 to this special), and her choice of either potato salad or coleslaw. For her sandwich she ordered the Turkey Pastrami that made me wince when she ordered it. I'm not big on having turkey resemble other meats, but Brent's nailed this version. The turkey did have the pastrami vibe going on here. The turkey pastrami was freshly sliced, on the same great rye bread that we had before our meal. More than enough meat for two sandwiches was piled between the bread, which Katie added some deli mustard to for some extra flavor. She was also pretty ecstatic about the potato salad at Brent's as well. Nice mellow flavor, with an excellent crunch to this salad. Katie was completely satisfied with this meal.




When Marc Summers had eaten here, he had the corned beef, but I'm much more of a pastrami guy, so it was a natural that I would go with the Black Pastrami Reuben ($14.95). This traditional Reuben came with everything you would expect on it, melted Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, on grilled rye. Quite simply, one of the best Reuben's I have had. The pastrami was great. sliced perfectly, where it was not too thin or thick, with no fatty pieces, and just a great melt in your mouth style meat. The bread did a great job of keeping everything together, and the cheese and sauerkraut worked well with the pastrami. If I had one critique about this sandwich, it would be that it needed just a little more Russian dressing on it, but that was remedied by asking for a side of it. To be honest, this was served with Coleslaw, but I was in such bliss over this sandwich, that I did not write anything in my notes about it. The coleslaw was good, but could not hold a candle to this sandwich. Weeks after, and I still think fondly back on this sandwich.




No, we did not eat this Four Layer Carrot Cake ($7.25) at Brent's, we got it to go since we still had to go to the family party in Valencia. I am a sucker for carrot cake, and this one was pretty good. For the most part the cake was moist, some of the end pieces were a little dry. I like the cream cheese frosting here. It was a light cream cheese, with just the right amount of sweetness. I just wish there was a little more of it. The cake part had a definite cinnamon/nutmeg feel to it. I liked this cake, but there are so many good choices at Brent's, I think I might have to try something else on future visits, like the Chocolate Eclair or the Cheesecake.

So after reading this review, you can probably sense my excitement with Brent's. People always lament that we do not have good delis in LA, and those people are wrong. We have great delis, but they are just so spread out, you need to look for them. Brent's is one of the great delis. Katie and I left Brent's completely satisfied. Everything we ate was very good, and the service we experienced on this visit was very personable. It's easy to see why they sometimes have hour waits for tables here. Some might think that the prices are a little on the high side, but you are paying for quality at Brent's, and I would gladly pay a little extra to eat a better quality Reuben sandwich. Plus, the portion sizes are really good sized here. Brent's Deli has really got me looking forward to the next time that we can visit Katie's family up in LA.

Out of five matadors, (because the mascot for Cal State Northridge is the matador), five being best to zero being worst, Brent's Delicatessen and Restaurant gets 4 matadors.

To find out more information about Brent's Delicatessen and Restaurant, go to their web site here: http://brentsdeli.com/

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Leaving on a Jet Plane By Way of Hawthorne


Zacatecas Mexican Restaurant
13737 Inglewood Ave. 
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Well it's been like three weeks, so it must be time to take Chuck and Stephanie to LAX, for their almost monthly trip to South Carolina. Okay, they really don't go that often, but I think they went five times last year. Our reward for taking them to the airport is of course Stephanie's great company, and Chuck buys us dinner at the restaurant of my choosing. One of my favorite things to do when we are headed up this way is to do the research on where we should eat. I have gotten us to some pretty good spots, and some pretty mediocre places. I had high hopes for this trip to Zacatecas.

We left OC at 7PM to make it up to Hawthorne by 8PM. Chuck usually makes this a white knuckle ride with his driving, but on this particular night he was particularly safe and speedy. He must have been hungry. They had a red eye flight, so we had plenty of time to eat, relax, and catch up. Zacatecas is located a few blocks away from the freeway, on busy Inglewood Avenue. It's easy to miss this place, so if you've gone past 137th Street, you'll need to turn around and keep a better lookout.

Zacatecas is actually a lot bigger than it looks from the outside. Long and narrow in size, this is a locals place that features a bustling to go business, with a walk up counter, just to the right of the front door. Even at 8PM, they were doing a brisk business at both the take out counter and in the dining room. We were directed to a table, and given menus. The menu here is pretty good sized, with a lot of the usual suspects that you see on Mexican restaurant menus. Nothing on the menu was over $12, so we really let Chuck off easy on this trip up the 405 Freeway. This might be why he was in a better mood after looking at the menu. Let's see if we will be sending Chuck off to South Carolina with a great meal or not.




As is customary when we eat in a Mexican restaurant, we always start off by checking out their Chips and Salsa. I was pretty happy with the salsa at Zacatecas. It had a decent amount of chunk to it, and it had a rich flavor. A very good salsa, that I ate more than my fair share of. The chips were pretty good as well. Fresh, with a nice crunch to them, they did a great job of holding up to the salsa. Stephanie likes things a little more spicy, (except when it comes to men, sorry Chuck), so she asked for a hotter salsa. They brought out this Green Salsa, which was hotter, but lacked the depth of flavor of the red one. We joked that we should have mixed the two, which probably would have been a pretty good idea.



While we were ordering, I asked the waiter what the most popular items were, and he mentioned this one first. Chuck swooped in and got the Costa Azul ($11.25) before I could snag it. Bacon wrapped shrimp stuffed with cheese. How can this ever be bad? Chuck was in such a generous mood that he even allowed me to have one of his five shrimp that came with this. The bacon was cooked crisp, the cheese inside did not overpower, and the shrimp was pretty good sized. I liked the contrasting flavors here, with the smokiness of the bacon, the brininess of the shrimp, and the smooth cheese. This came with rice, beans and a generous dollop of guacamole.


When we walked into Zacatecas, I had a pretty good idea that Katie would be getting her usual dish when eating in a Mexican restaurant, Chicken Fajitas ($10.25). This heaping plate of chicken, red and green bell peppers, and grilled onions did not come with the usual sizzle and steam that most fajita plates leave the kitchen with. This more subdued version was definitely to Katie's liking. She felt the chicken was very tender, but what pushed this to the forefront of one of her top fajitas was the seasoning used on the chicken. It elevated this above others she has had in the past. The corn tortillas were good, and with the amount of chicken here, she had enough for five tacos. Well worth the ten dollar price tag.



The other item that the waiter mentioned as being one of the best sellers is this Tom's Burrito ($7.25). This big burrito was sure to send Stephanie off on her vacation the right way. Filled with carne asada, beans, sour cream, onions, and then topped with a medium green salsa and cheese. Lucky for me Stephanie could not take leftovers on the plane, so I had the other half of this for breakfast the next morning, and it still held up. Very good carne asada inside. I liked this green salsa better than the hotter version we had with the chips. It's easy to see why this burrito is mentioned so often in their Yelp reviews. This is the thing to get at Zacatecas.



The menu did not have my usual order of carnitas on the menu, so I ventured out with this Carne Asada ($10.25). When I ordered this I thought it was going to be shredded, but it came in one big piece. It was cooked to a nice medium rare, and was pretty tender in spots. I used flour tortillas to make a few tacos, and then just ate the steak alone the rest of the way. This came with beans and rice, which were actually pretty good. The rice stood out more to me than the beans, which is a rare thing because I usually like beans more than rice. A solid plate of food, but I'd get the burrito the next time.


Zacatecas did have carnitas on their menu, but only in taco form. Since Chuck was paying, I made sure I got to try a Carnitas Taco ($2.25) before I left. The carnitas were pretty good, even though they lacked the natural greasiness that usually accompanies the pork. They still turned out to be pretty tender, while providing enough flavor. I would have liked a little more pork on these. There were like two big hunks, and then some secondary shreds thrown in.



When we were waiting for our check, we were given this Flan. I had read in the Yelp reviews that they have a habit of giving this to their guests at the end of their meals. None of the four of us are really into flan, but we all kind of liked this version. Not as sweet as others we have had. The caramel might have been bruleed, to form the hardened top of the flan. The bottom layer was moist, with just enough sweetness. A very nice send off for our friends Chuck and Stephanie.

Zacatecas was one of the better finds we have had on our numerous LAX trips. If you want fine dining, this might not be the place for you, but if you want good, honest Mexican food, at an affordable price, in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, give Zacatecas a try. I was not wowed by my plate, but both Chuck and Stephanie's choices were very good. Even with a full restaurant, the service we received was great. We did not wait very long for drinks, and our every request was met. I'm sure that Chuck and Stephanie will be making many more trips to South Carolina this year, and it'll be hard for us to bypass this little gem in Hawthorne.

Out of five bars of silver, (because the Mexican state of Zacatecas is home to two of the largest silver mines in the world, lending to Mexico being the largest producer of silver in the world), five being best to zero being worst, Zacatecas Mexican Restaurant gets 3 bars of silver.

Zacatecas does not have a website, but you can find more information about them on their Yelp page, right here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/zacatecas-restaurant-hawthorne

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Double Date Night at Yama Sushi


Yama Sushi and Grill
27782 Vista Del Lago
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

It seems to be happening with a lot more frequency all of a sudden. Katie is starting to crave sushi with a lot more regularity. To be honest, when she requests sushi, I always try to steer her towards something else. Not that I am anti sushi, but there are lots of other things that I'd rather be eating. The only time I am usually okay with eating sushi is when it is an all you can eat restaurant. I feel that it takes way too much for me to fill up on sushi, and it also empties out my wallet quickly. A night at a non-all you can eat sushi bar can easily go into the triple digits, and still leave me feeling like I need to stop at Del Taco on the way home.

When we made plans to meet up with our good friends, and fellow food bloggers, Tom and Danielle, Katie got all excited because they wanted to take us to one of their favorite restaurants, Yama Sushi. If you happen to read Toms Foodie Blog or Dani's Decadent Deals you have probably heard of this Mission Viejo restaurant. I follow both Tom and Danielle on Facebook, and it seems from their numerous check in's that they are quite fond of this sushi place overlooking the lake. After giving them the very quick tour of our new apartment, we were off to Yama, with me looking for places to stop on the way home to get more food.

We arrived at Yama Sushi on a recent Friday night. Yama is located in the Plaza Del Lago shopping center, which used to be home to the infamous Tortilla Flats. Tortilla Flats is no more, now it's called Hacienda on the Lake. Other than Yama and Hacienda, this was a very quiet shopping center on this Friday night. It does seem that Danielle and Tom are regulars here. Almost everyone knew them. We were greeted warmly by the owner of the place, Don. We made our way out to the heated patio, that I hear has great views of the lake during daylight hours. On this night we were just excited to be warm though.


Don came out and greeted us armed with a bottle of Hana White Peach Flavored Sake. I must confess that I had never had flavored sake before. I'm not really even a peach fan, but this went down nice and easy. Much better than the sub-par sake I have consumed before. Don is very proud of his sake list here at Yama, and he has recently become an official sake sommelier by the International Sake Service Institute. There are very few of these in the US, so this is a pretty big honor. So if you have any questions about sake, I'm pretty confident that Don will be able to answer them. After sipping some sake, I was ready to tackle some sushi here. We put in our order, and this is how it turned out for us.




I'll apologize in advance for our sushi selection on this evening. If you are a reader of this blog, you know I like the baked and cooked rolls more than the traditional sushi. I do occasionally eat sashimi, but I like the big pops of flavor that you get with the specialty rolls. This Mexican Roll ($12.95) really packed a punch when it came to spiciness. Spicy crab meat and avocado rolls are topped with albacore, onion, cilantro, karashi (a Japanese mustard), and a jalapeno sauce. Katie could only handle a few pieces of this, due to the spiciness, but I was happy to take the rest. Really well put together, I liked the sauces used here, the crab was still present even with the sauces, and the avocado had a slight cooling effect. I would definitely get this roll again.



A roll that came recommended by Don, was this Shichimi Maki Roll ($13.95). This spicy crunch roll comes topped with albacore yellowtail and seven flavors, which include; onion, cilantro, eel, spicy mayonnaise, shichimi (seven flavor pepper), sriracha, and jalapeno. With so many flavors in one bite, you would expect this to be too much, but the predominate spiciness shoved its way to the forefront. I liked this roll, even though the albacore and yellowtail got lost in the shuffle here.




We must have been in a Mexican food kind of mood on this night, because almost everything we had could be considered a fusion food of Japanese meets Mexican. This Hero Nacho ($7.95) pretty much is the antithesis of a fusion food. A crispy won ton chip is topped with spicy tuna, masago (processed roe of the capelin fish), a jalapeno, and their secret sauce. These were just okay for me. I liked the spiciness, but they were a little boring. The tuna did not stand out too much, and they could have used a little more sauce on these.



When Katie saw Crispy Rice Guacamole ($9.95) on the menu, she immediately ordered it. Spicy tuna, guacamole, and a special sauce is piled on fried sushi rice. This was a big hit for Katie and I. The fried rice was not greasy at all, the guacamole and tuna was very fresh, and I liked the contrasting textures with this.


Whenever we are nearing the end of our meal at a sushi place, Katie always insists on us getting another round, just as I am starting to near my capacity of sushi. This time she wanted to get the Philly Roll ($7.95) and the Spicy Tuna Roll ($7.50) for our grand finale here. I'm not really into cream cheese, so I let her consume those. The spicy tuna roll was good, with just enough spice. Nothing really too earth shattering with these though.




I did not really catch what Tom and Danielle got to eat, but I wanted to show you since I took the time to take the pictures. Danielle usually gets the same thing whenever she comes here, and Tom seems to veer towards the specials. I believe the last item is a Squid, which was a special they were running on this night. They both seemed pretty pleased with the food they got.

Yama Sushi impressed Katie and I. I'm sure a lot of you sushi purists winced reading this review, because we got some pretty nontraditional sushi, but that's what we mainly like to order when going out for sushi. The items we had that said spicy on the menu really were spicy, which is a good thing in my book. Yama is of course not as good a value as those all you can eat places, but the quality does seem to appear better here. Not sure this would be a destination dining spot, where you would drive from say north OC, but if you're in the area, this could be a reasonable sushi option for you. We had great service on this night, as we were with local celebrities Danielle and Tom, but the staff seemed to be on their game with the rest of the customers as well. We left Yama for $75 plus tip, but I did leave the restaurant full. No need for us to stop at Del Taco on the way home.

Out of five snow shovels, (because Yama means mountain in Japan, and if you live in the mountains, you should probably have a snow shovel handy), five being best to zero being worst, Yama Sushi and Grill gets 3 snow shovels.

For more information about Yama Sushi and Grill, go to their web site here: http://yamasushionthelake.com/sushi/

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