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The Dollar-Wise Gourmet: Double Take


Posted on September 30

Craving something wonderful but unaffordable? For every high-ticket item, there’s a lower-priced alternative.

33rd Street Bistro's Warm Chocolate Cake
33rd Street Bistro's Warm Chocolate Cake Photography by Gabriel Teague

BURGER

Decadent: Tazzina Bistro’s Snake River Farms Kobe Burger ($15.95). Served on a ciabatta bun with Tabasco aïoli, grilled red onions, housemade pickles and cheese (blue or white cheddar), along with a green salad, Caesar salad or hand-cut fries. 614 Main St., Woodland

Dollar-Wise
: Whitey’s Special ($2.95) at Whitey’s Jolly Kone. Two patties, bacon, melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and mayo make this burger special indeed. 1300 Jefferson Blvd., West Sacramento

 

CHOCOLATE FIX

Decadent: Legendary Hot Chocolate Cake ($14) at Morton’s The Steakhouse. This cake has a rich, molten chocolate center and is served with fresh raspberries and vanilla Häagen-Dazs. 621 Capitol Mall, Sacramento

Dollar-Wise
: 33rd Street Bistro’s scaled-down version ($3): a mini-size warm chocolate cake served with caramel sauce. 3301 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento

 

COOKING CLASS

Decadent: Georgeanne Brennan’s Provence in California culinary weekends ($325), held at her Winters farm. You gather goods from the garden and farmers market, get hands-on instruction and eat two lavish, multicourse lunches with wine. (530) 795-3043; georgeannebrennan.com

Dollar-Wise
: Learn by watching at Williams-Sonoma’s cooking technique classes (free). Subjects range from knife skills to the art of seasoning. williams-sonoma.com

 

LASAGNA

Decadent: Biba’s Lasagne Verdi alla Bolognese ($18.50), a staggering seven layers of housemade pasta with meat sauce and a beautiful béchamel. 2801 Capitol Ave., Sacramento

Dollar-Wise
: Lasagna ($8.95) from Roma’s Pizzeria. Made with lotsa mozzarella, a robust, tomato-forward sauce and nicely seasoned meat, it comes with garlic bread. 5743 Franklin Blvd., Sacramento

 

MARTINI

Decadent: Lounge on 20’s Stoli Elite Martini ($20), made with Stolichnaya Elit vodka.  1050 20th St.,
Sacramento


Dollar-Wise
: The Broiler’s Martini Mondays martini ($5), Mondays 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. 1201 K St., Sacramento