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As Sacramento’s food landscape continues to blossom and grow, it’s easy to forget well-established restaurants as we continually run to try new eateries. But I was reminded of how wonderful some of our enduring neighborhood restaurants are last night when I visited Taylor’s Kitchen, Land Park’s well-loved dining treasure.
Outstanding menu items included a frisky, flavorful “winter Waldorf” salad composed of grated Honey Crisp apples, celery root and magenta-colored watermelon radish, enlivened with candied pecans and a creamy fennel-pollen dressing; and a thick, succulent maple-brined pork chop with a black garlic potato puree. The roasted chicken, with its vivacious preserved lemon salsa verde, was another winner—but the best part of the evening may have been devouring pastry chef Jennifer Thibodeau’s ravishing warm chocolate cake, drenched in chocolate sauce and served up with a doll-sized scoop of fennel ice cream and an intense burnt orange caramel sauce.