Mad Girl Eats Cafe Rolle, Sacramento

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Café Rolle, 5357 H Street, Sacramento, CA.

Heading north on I-5 in northern California, it was time for a late lunch before heading into the Cascade mountains for the rest of the day…and night. Café Rolle in Sacramento was a perfect respite and exactly what I had in mind. A quiet little place with superior food, something refreshing that wouldn’t sit heavy on the stomach while riding in the car for eons, but would squelch huge hunger.

Chef William Rolle’s menu was filled with beautifully authentic French offerings, making choices difficult. When you have a French chef, who wouldn’t want to devour the entire menu?! Although it was lunchtime, I had to try one of the appetizers, so I opted for a luscious duck pate served with cornichons, whole-grain mustard and slices of French bread.

A hot sandwich and one cold would be excellent choices, both on crusty French baguettes….ooh la la. The Croque Lamb Monsieur Sandwich was filled with warm rich lamb, melted Gruyère cheese, and finished with garlic mayo, tomato and greens. Delicieux! It was a blistering hot day, so a cold no-muss-no-fuss sammie is what this chick needed. Order up for a simple Brie Sandwich. Fabulous brie cheese, juicy ripe tomato, tarragon mayo, walnut and spring greens. Uncomplicated, fresh, clean, satisfying. I could eat this sandwich every day. Magnifique!

Café Rolle is a treasure. Whether you’re living or playing in Sacramento or NoCal, or passing through on the Interstate….stop. Get yourself to Café Rolle. It’s a quaint French bistro that serves up big French flavor. Save room for the Crème Brulee!

As seen on Diners ,Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Parking available in small parking lot in front of café, or parking on side streets.

Hours: LUNCH Tues-Sat 11am-3pm, DINNER Wed-Fri 5:30p-7:30p. CLOSED SATURDAY NIGHT, SUNDAY, MONDAY.

http://caferolle.com

Cinq sur cinq (5 out of 5)  points of excellence.

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Mad Girl Gets Fed at The Shed in Mississippi

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The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint, 7501 Hwy 57, Ocean Springs, MS. Two more locations: Gulfport, MS and Mobile, AL.

A pleasant surprise on the first day of my 6 week road trip, the stars aligned for me to have lunch at The Shed in Ocean Springs. A tasty treat awaits right off of I-10, Exit 57 in Mississippi!

My first impression ….what the heck is this crazy place?! It wasn’t your typical BBQ joint, nor was it a typical day. You see, the Food Network had production going on shooting the promos for their new show, “The Shed” featuring the family and sidekicks. Do to production, customers had to eat outdoors. It was a hot day and buggy, but not terrible.

I ordered the Shed combo, 2 meats (pulled pork and ribs), 2 sides (beans and sweet potato casserole), 2 bread. It arrived on a stainless steel divided tray, reminiscent of a school cafeteria…or a prison. Ha! Very cool idea, nonetheless.

The baby back ribs were good eats, but the pulled pork was the star! Smokey, tender, saucy yumminess.  I don’t think you can go wrong with any of their side choices. The baked beans were rich and hearty and the sweet potato casserole was so delicious, almost like dessert, I wanted more. Awesome meal, deserving of a happy dance!

The staff, owners/family are all on-point, kind and welcoming. The restaurant and property are entertaining in itself.  I look forward to returning, next time I’m on I-10.

As seen on the Food Network, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and the Travel Channel, Man vs Food Nation.

Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. On-site parking.
Catch some good BBQ and a show. A whole wing-ding! 🙂

http://theshedbbq.com

4.5 out of 5 sweet and saucy smackaroos.

Mad Girl Eats Pine State Biscuits, Portland

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Pine State Biscuits, 2204 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR.

Biscuits, who doesn’t love a warm, fluffy, piece of heaven?! I heard the name of this place and I didn’t need to know more, they had me at Biscuits. I arrived around 9:45 a.m. on a Friday, to a line out the door to the corner. The line moved swiftly and found myself at the counter to order within 10-15 minutes.

I order The Reggie, a biscuit sandwich with fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and yummy thick gravy. Because I can’t find good pimento cheese just anywhere, I opted for a side biscuit and pimento cheese to round out my order. In full need of a cuppa joe, they gave me a mug as coffee is self-serve. I liked that idea, because I could refill when I needed….not when someone got around to me. In the morning, that means life or death to some. Me.

The place was packed and had a constant flow of new arrivals. When one space emptied, immediately it was filled. I found a seat at the counter that surrounds the grill area. It was entertaining to watch the precision of the staff getting orders out as rapid as possible. No slouching staff here!  Ooh…my order was up, and conveniently grabbed from across the bar.

It all looked incredible. ..and I was starving. First up, the biscuit and pimento cheese. The biscuit was perfection, the pimento cheese was one of the best I’ve ever had. Creamy, sharp, flavorful. Happy. The Reggie was a sight to behold. What could go wrong with fried chicken, bacon, cheese and gravy??? Absolutely freakin nothing! Ohh man, the flavors together were of course phenomenal, but that topping of gravy put it over the edge. If I had one regret, I wish I would have ordered an extra side of gravy. I like my biscuits wet, I’m just that kind of girl 😉

Get here if you’re in Portland. Cool place, good menu and prices, fab food, nice and hardworking staff. It’s a winner.

Hours: Mon-Wed: 7am-3pm, Thurs: 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 7am-1am, Sun: 7am-11pm

Free on-street parking in nice neighborhood setting. Usual lines, limited seating indoors and out but table turnover is fairly quick. Bus your own table.  Enjoy!

As seen on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Food Paradise, Unique Eats.

http://pinestatebiscuits.com

4.5 out of 5 biscuit-loving thumbs up!

Mad Girl Eats Perk Eatery in Scottsdale

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Perk Eatery, 6501 E Greenway Pkwy, #159, Scottsdale, AZ.

Up early with the sun in the beautiful desert oasis of dreamy Scottsdale, I wanted an inventive, hearty, and flavorful breakfast to start my busy day. One glance at Perk Eatery’s menu and I set my GPS to quickest route.

On their Special-of-the-Day board, I hit the jackpot with their Wine Country French Toast. Thick pieces of French toast stuffed with brie cheese, topped with roasted red grapes and red wine rosemary syrup. Jealous?! Ha! Beautiful beautiful breakfast dish. Perfect with my fresh hot coffee. Me being me, I did toss on a tad of maple syrup…I like it gooey loaded 😉 That was a special treat I hope to have once again.

While there I had to taste test an egg dish. In keeping with the theme of being in the Southwest, desert, cowboys, bad boys, I was intrigued by the ingredients of The Outlaw Scramble…get a load of this. Three eggs, chopped ham, bacon, sausage, sautéed onions, green peppers all smothered with cheddar cheese and topped with cilantro jalapeno sauce. OMG. Hefty but dang, the flavors were incredible edible and not too fiery spicy. I’m a sauce lover and the cilantro jalapeno that topped this magnificent mega meal was one I couldn’t get enough of. Deeeee-licious!

Fab menu for breakfast and lunch. Can’t go wrong here, using as much fresh, local and organic foods as possible.

As seen on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show, Diner’s, Drive-In’s and Dives.

In a nice shopping center with free lot parking. Yay! Hours: 6:30am-3pm daily.

http://perkeatery.com

4.5 out of lipmaking points.

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