Two date night dinners

Our 7th (!) wedding anniversary was yesterday, and we made a weekend of it by celebrating with dinner out on Friday. Now since we have three little kids we don’t exactly eat out often, so when we do we run into that age-old diner’s dilemma: stick with a restaurant you know and love, or take a chance on something new. With the usual, you are very likely to be pleased, and with something new, you can only rely on word of mouth (or word of Yelp) recommendations. And there’s no accounting for taste, especially with the more adventurous kinds of food. We usually err on the side of the classic you know and love. It’s not that we’re not adventurous eaters–not Anthody Bourdain rancid shark, pig anus adventurous, but we can step out of our comfort zone when it seems like a winner.

This year we opted for a favorite we hadn’t visited in a while: Three Sisters.

The Yelpers are mixed on Three Sisters, the cute Mexican cantina on 51st and Folsom, but I have to say I love it. I think it is one of the best Mexican restaurants in town. Big, spicy, hearty portions; great variety; excellent atmosphere. It is definitely one to put on the date night list though, as it is what is commonly termed “pricey”… think $13-15 for an entree. At the last second I wavered from the Chile Verde, which I know to be one spicy number, and went for beef milanesa, thin juicy breaded filets. The fetching Mrs. Cool had a combination platter, including a chicken enchilada with a knockout red sauce. It’s definitely a two- to three-dollar signs meal, but worth it for “mom and pop” style hot-plate Mexican comfort food with a romantic presentation.

A highlight of this date was imbibing sangria at Three Sisters and then getting into a sobriety checkpoint in East Sac!

Three Sisters
5100 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 452-7442

Last night, on our actual anniversary, we opted to double up on date meals with take-out from Opa! Opa!, a spread of appetizers and finger food. I won’t say as much about this meal–I love the food, this is definitely a Cool family fave–but when I opened the bag of Greek deliciousness at home we were missing a plate. I called up, a bit distraught at the prospect of ruining anniversary dinner. The nice folks at Opa offered to deliver the missing entree, but eventually all parties settled on reimbursing me for the missing chicken souvlaki. But that’s not all! Phil went all the way and refunded the entire meal. We settled down to our gyros, feta, and calamari, not missing the souvlaki at all, planning when to use the refund to return to Opa. Phil if you’re out there, you didn’t even realize that none other than CoolDMZ was the recipient of your generosity. Phil’s good people and Opa is a great restaurant.

Opa! Opa!
5644 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819
(916) 451-4000

Author: CoolDMZ

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6 thoughts on “Two date night dinners”

  1. I agree that Three Sisters is quite the taste treat, although Tres Hermanas slightly edges them out in my book. But you can’t go wrong with either.

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  2. That is awesome, what a nice story about Opa Opa. We always get treated so nicely there too. And the food is yummy!

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  3. ok so Ive lived in tahoe park for almost two years and still have no fully explored the restaurants around my hood…I think I officially am going to try three sisters, I now feel confident about it 🙂

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  4. I agree, Opa Opa is awesome! I am always treated so well there and their falafels are the best!! Yum Yum!

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  5. OO knows how to treat customers. As newbies they let us sample a few dishes, including the falafel they were proud of. They got great marks from our dining group as well.

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  6. I always thought the Three Sisters needed a brother or two to help out. Our experience there was awful. Tums necklace.

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