Because some places aren’t worth a full writeup.
Blue Sky Chinese Restaurant-7323 Fair Oaks Blvd, Carmichael
Cute, tiny, friendly, and not very tasty.
The sizzling rice soup was bland, the pot stickers were made with an off-puttingly sweet dough (think pork-filled snickerdoodles), the kung pao shrimp was decent enough, but the ultimate disappointment was the General’s chicken, which was basically sweet and sour chicken with a little extra garlic thrown in.
Sorry, Blue Sky. Cole Porter might think you’re charming, but I’ll take a pass.
Spicy Pickle– 1401 O St., Sacramento
For a sandwich shop, it’s perfectly adequate.
For a porn shop (which, let’s face it, the name really lends itself to) it’s severely lacking.
Rudy’s Mexican Gourmet-6011 Stanford Ranch Rd., Rocklin
Three and a half stars
A) This Rudy feller is kind, polite, and makes some damn good food.
B) The kitchen, wide open to the dining area, is spotless, modern, and strangely beautiful, if you’re into that whole commercial, stainless steel kitchen as beauty kind of thing.
C) Rudy might get into trouble for using the Disney trademark font on his menus.
D) The tortilla soup is incredible.
Don’t be surprised if Rudy winds up expanding his one store empire and dotting the NorCal landscape with his fantastic take on the traditional Mexican menu.
Plum Blossom– 1830 J Street, Sacramento
One star for the food, which, let’s face it, is only a small step up from Panda Express.
One more very grateful star for putting up with one friend who used their outside patio for a “hey let’s lie down here and get sick” spot, and for putting up with friend number two who likes shouting friendly obscenities and throwing food after he’s had a few.