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Esquire Grill, Sacramento

beanbag | Nov 21, 200405:09 PM

Had dinner last night at the Esquire Grill, supposedly the Governator's favorite place to eat in the area. A member of our party was having steak cravings, and urged us to try out this place. It was surprisingly easy to get a reservation for three with late notice on a Saturday night. The New York steak, $24 and served with a choice of 5 sauces, was ho-hum; as it turns out, the entree to order is definitely the pork chops ($17). Our server highly recommended it as the restaurant's best dish, and I have to agree that it's exceptionally delicious. Brined in a solution that includes Coca Cola, the chops were extremely tender and had a toothsome crust, probably from a sweet basting sauce. It's served with some applesauce and two huge delicious onion rings. I rarely order pork chops, but this dish really showcased the juicy possibilities of the meat -- no sauces needed. Side dish vegetables such as sauteed broccoli and grilled artichokes were very well prepared.

Our starters (some salads and spring rolls) were nothing special. I very much enjoyed the banana cream pie dessert.

Esquire Grill has that glossy chain restaurant feel (it's part of the local Paragary's chain, in fact) but I have to admit that most of the restaurant's seating is very comfortable, with big booths and nice lighting. This is one of those places that I'd be hesitant to recommend overall, but I can definitely recommend the pork chops.

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