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A Bit Saucy

A Bit Saucy

By Sergio Lopez And Vanessa Walsh
An artist couple reviews food places in Santa Rosa, the Greater Bay Area, and more!
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#33 Ricardo's Bar And Grill (Santa Rosa, CA)
We review Ricardo's Bar And Grill from the Bennett Valley Area of Santa Rosa! A nice mixture of lounge-y bar and family-style restaurant that Vanessa has been going to for years. Lots of familiar dishes but lots of surprises including their rotating specials! With limited outdoor seating, how did this take-out meal go for us? As always, we rate the restaurant out of 10, and talk about what we would get for next time! Sergio's Order Penne Portofino (marinated pork tenderloin, sun dried tomato, pine nuts, cornichon, mushroom, cream sauce) Vanessa's Order Fried Chicken Sandwich, Pear Salad (organic mixed greens, pear, walnuts, blue cheese, white balsamic vinaigrette)
47:08
November 27, 2020
#32 Cafe Aquatica (Jenner, CA)
Today we review one of the most happening spots in Jenner: Cafe Aquatica! It's a very popular spot along the coast, as well as a listener suggestion. Another one of these assuming shacks along the coast a la Spud Point Crab Co. - How does it measure up? Tune in and find out! As always we give our number rating out of ten, and discuss what we would get for next time! If you have review suggestions, let us know at @abitsaucypodcast on Instagram! Sergio's Order: Salmon Bagel, Cherry Vanilla Olipop Vanessa's Order: Eggs + Toast (With Avocado), Ginger Lemon Olipop, Snickerdoodle Cookie
51:11
November 20, 2020
#31 Korbel Delicatessen And Market (Guerneville, CA)
We celebrate recent presidential news with some champagne and sandwiches at Korbel Deli! As locals we often drive past this place on our way out to the coast. It's a beautiful place but is it too fancy for our humble sensibilities? What's gonna be the hit on our wallets? Will it be a surprise in a good or bad way? Tune in and find out! As always we rate out of ten, and discuss what we would get next time. Dunch Crunch. Sergio's Order: Francis Sandwich (Pastrami, Piquillo Pepper, Dijon Mustard, Provolone, Young Arugula, Seeded Sourdough), Pomegranate Bellini Vanessa's Order: Korbel Kobb (Bacon, Grilled Chicken, Spring Greens, Arugula, Hard Boiled Egg, Tomatoes, Gorgonzola, Avocado, Herb Buttermilk dressing), Pomegranate Bellini Mark's Order: Francis Sandwich (sub focaccia bread), Korbel California Champagne
39:14
November 13, 2020
#30 Spud Point Crab Company (Bodega Bay, CA)
Our second Bodega Bay review! This time, it's a humble crab shack on the way to Bodega Head. This place almost always has a line, and can boast about its award-winning New England-style clam chowder! Is this place worth finding that elusive spot to park nearby, or should you just keep driving on by? Tune in to find out if we give it the thumbs-up or not! As always, we give our number rating and discuss what we would get for next time. Sergio's Order: Seafood Sandwich(Crab and Shrimp), New England Style White Chowder Vanessa's Order: Crab Sandwich
48:33
November 6, 2020
#29 4th Street Delicatessen (Santa Rosa, CA)
We review a small unassuming corner market deli in the heart of Santa Rosa. This is an often-overlooked place since it's surrounded by much-flashier eateries, and it's decidedly catering to breakfast and lunch fare; particularly sandwiches, salads and wraps. We were wooed by their social media presence the first time, but we review two visits with different meals each time! Is this a diamond in the rough of downtown Santa Rosa, or should you keep on walking? Tune in and find out! As always, we give our number rating and discuss what we would order next time! Sergio's Order #1: September Special(The Blue Buffalo) - Buffalo chicken, ranch, blue cheese crumbles, tomato and lettuce on your choice of roll. #2: The Mona Lisa - ham, salami, mortadella, havarti, lettuce, olive tapenade, roasted red peppers, Italian dressing on sour roll. Vanessa's Order #1: Cobb On The Corner - Turkey, bacon, avocado, blue cheese crumbles, tomato, lettuce & mayo, Chinese chicken salad. #2: What's Your Beef - Roast beef, smoked cheddar, avocado, cream cheese, horseradish, lettuce & onion.
59:30
October 30, 2020
#28 Pho Vietnam (Santa Rosa, CA)
One of Sergio's first ever Vietnamese food restaurants he ever ate from is this week's review! Mainly known for its pho, we tried some of their other fare, since that is normally what we do anyway. We had to find the menu to order from them on Yelp, that is how much of a hole-in-the-wall this place is! But it has a great reputation, and prices to match. How does it hold up to say, Simply Vietnam? Tune in and find out! As always, we give our number rating and what we would get next time. We also address why we took down our former episode 28. We do this show for fun, so anything that makes it not-fun for us we will delete. We cover it pretty well in the first ten minutes of this episode, but if you're only interested in the review skip ahead to 10:00 exactly. Sergio's Order: The #46 (BBQ Pork, Shrimp And Egg Roll Over Rice), Thai iced tea Vanessa's Order: The #36(BBQ Pork, Shrimp And Egg Roll Over Vermicelli Noodles), A5 (Chicken Salad), Thai iced tea
1:01:18
October 23, 2020
#27 Wild Bird at the Flamingo Hotel (Santa Rosa, CA)
On this episode, we review one of the most bizarre dining experiences of recent memory: Wild Bird restaurant at the Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Could this place even be considered a restaurant? Listen to why it was weird, and if we would go back! As always, we give our number rating at the end, and what we would order next time! Sergio's Order: The Wild Bird with Bacon, The Angry Bird Vanessa's Order: The Wild Bird with Bacon,  Wild Bird Slushie wildbirdsr.com
50:23
October 9, 2020
#26 Starks Steak And Seafood: Brazilian BBQ Pop-Up (Santa Rosa, CA)
We try Starks's Brazilian BBQ Pop-Up offering for our anniversary! This is our second outing together in the Starks restaurant family, but it is a unique offering for these times. This is an all-you-can-eat dinner at $49 per person. We get to sample from a fairly big sample of offerings here, and delight in them thoroughly! Want to know what to avoid and what to gorge on?? Tune in and find out! We rank each round in order of favorite to least-favorite bites, and give our overall number rating at the end, and talk about how we would approach this same meal next time. Also, some exciting news updates about our restaurant from episode 25, Sol Food! Our Order: Round 1 - Hot Garlic Dill Bread, Heirloom Tomato Sweet Onion and Blue Cheese Salad, Orange Chili Glazed Crispy Calamari, Potato Scallion Bacon and Smoked Cheddar Fondue, Caesar Salad Round 2 - New York Steak/Ribeye Steak, Filet Mignon, Smoked Pork Belly, Ora King Salmon, Tamarind Glazed Shrimp, Soy Butter Rice, Chili Lime Corn On The Cob, Roasted Broccolini, House Steak Sauce, Salsa Verde Round 3 - Berry Crisp With Sweet Corn Streusel and Whipped Cream, S'mores Chocolate Cake Drinks Sergio: Weekend At Harvey's (Hangar One Vodka,  Yuzu Liqueur, Galliano, Lemon, Orange) Vanessa: Jalisco Sunset (Herradura Blanca Tequila, St George Rasberry, Lemon, Pineapple Cider)
1:19:45
October 2, 2020
#25 Sol Food (San Rafael, CA)
We did it! We review the legendary Sol Food. You've heard of it. You've probably been there. Come celebrate the greatness with us! Learn about what our go-to's are, and what we are excited about for next time! As always, we give our number rating at the end. Sergio's Order Chuleton Sandwich Vanessa's Order Ensalada De Pollo(Chicken Salad), Mango Iced Tea (Te Helado)
46:43
September 25, 2020
#24 Pat's International Cafe (Guerneville, CA)
Pat's Cafe has been a Guerneville institution for almost a century! We review its current iteration which is Pat's INTERNATIONAL Cafe! We came for one thing and one thing only: The Korean Fried Crack sandwich! This sandwich is legendary. How is it this time? Tune in and find out! As always we give our number rating and tell you what we would order for next time. Sergio's Order: Korean Fried Crack Sandwich w/Fries, Scrimshaw Pilsner Vanessa's Order: Korean Fried Crack Sandwich w/Fries, Summer Salad, Latte
52:31
September 18, 2020
#23 Old Town Tap (Truckee, CA)
Our first-ever second review of a restaurant! Our first visit we talked about on episode #18. It was an unexpected gem, so much so that it was one of the main reasons we came back to the Tahoe area! We had some high hopes for an amazing second try. How did it measure up? Was it able to live up to our anticipation? Tune in and find out! As always, we give our number rating and say what we would order next time. Sergio's Order: Help Wanted, Unspoken Words, Fried Cheese Curds, Meatball Pie Pizza Vanessa's Order: Sixteen In July,  O.T.T. House Salad, Pork & Padron Pizza (w/added burrata)
44:31
September 11, 2020
#22 Russian River Pub VS. Russian River Brewing Company!
Our first ever Versus episode! What better inaugural episode than to compare these two establishments with such similar names to each other? Similar in name but such different experiences! Who will emerge as the worthiest restaurant to represent the beautiful Russian River? Tune in and find out - We get to the bottom of which establishment has the best food, ambiance, ordering process, and where we would most like to come back to! We review both the Windsor and Santa Rosa locations of the Russian River Brewing Company. For all three places, we give our number review at the end and what we would order next time, and you will know for sure which place we rated the best! Sergio's Order: Russian River Pub (Forestville, CA): Killer Prime Rib Sandwich Russian River Brewing Co. (Windsor, CA): Build-Your-Own-Burger (Medium Burger w/pepper jack cheese, Russian River sauce, malted bacon) Russian River Brewing Co. (Santa Rosa, CA): Magnum Calzone Vanessa's Order: Russian River Pub (Forestville, CA): Teriyaki Wings w/Teriyaki and Buffalo sauce Russian River Brewing Co. (Windsor, CA): House Greens Russian River Brewing Co. (Santa Rosa, CA): Caprese Salad, Beer Bites
1:22:55
September 4, 2020
#21 Smokin' Bowls (Rohnert Park, CA)
We review Smokin' Bowls, a fast-casual restaurant in Rohnert Park that offers a very eclectic menu.  They PACK these bowls with flavors inspired by cuisine across the nation and beyond! With modest prices and a very humble location, is this a place worth making the trek to? Do tune in and find out! As always, we give our number review at the end and pick what we might get for next time! Sergio's Order: Buffalo Chicken Bowl Combo w/Cream Soda Vanessa's Order: Balsamic Chicken Salad
47:56
August 28, 2020
#20 Oregon Road Trip!
We ate our way through Oregon! From the coast to the Gorge all the way down through the high desert, we sampled a good handful of what the Beaver State has to offer in culinary fare. Who was the surprise hit? Who made it into the Slam The Door Club?? The reason may shock you! Tune in and maybe get inspired to take your own trip through this beautiful state! As always, we give our number reviews and what we would order next time. Bandon Fish Market (Bandon OR) Sergio: Lingcod Fish And Chips Vanessa: Halibut Fish And Chips Elmer's (Portland OR) Sergio: Crispy Chicken Salad Vanessa: Dungeness Crab BLT Salad Spooky's (The Dalles OR) Sergio: Pizza Sandwich Vanessa: Oriental Chicken Salad Sugarpine Drive-In (Troutdale OR) Sergio: Larch Mountain Sundae Vanessa: Vanilla Soft-Serve With Butterscotch Magic Shell and Rainbow Sprinkles Chomp Chomp (Bend OR) Sergio: The Mighty Gyudon Vanessa: Pork Belly and Beef Skewers, Chicken Karaage The Blackberry Patch (Burney, CA) Sergio: Taco Salad Vanessa: Crispy Chicken Deluxe Salad
1:51:28
August 21, 2020
#19 Sushi Hana (Sebastopol, CA)
We get take-out from Sushi Hana, a "mid-tier" sushi restaurant in Sebastopol, California and a place that Vanessa has been frequenting for years but is Sergio's first time. How does it measure up to other sushi restaurants the hosts are familiar with? As always, we give our number rating and what we would order for next time. Sergio's Order: Negi Hama Sesame Chicken Vanessa's Order:  Sushi Tempura Special (Assorted Tempura, Rice, California Rolls, Miso Soup, Sunomono) 
43:55
August 14, 2020
#18 Sierra/Reno/Tahoe Road Trip!
This is a "mammoth" episode(that's an Eastern Sierra joke, get it??)! We recap our many meals we had during our trip to the various places in the Sierras. We review 53 Cafe(Mammoth Lakes, CA), Toomey's(Mammoth Lakes, CA), Jolly Kone(Bridgeport, CA), Terrace Oyster Bar(Reno, NV), The Purple Parrot(Reno, NV), and Old Town Tap(Truckee, CA)! We give our number ratings for all of these and what we would order for next time. Sorry about some of the tech hiccups! Hopefully they are fixed as seamlessly as possible. Sergio's Order 53 Cafe: Ham Sandwich, Jalapeno Chips, Sprite Toomey's: "World's Best Chicken Wings", (Shared) Triple Chocolate Cake Jolly Kone: Sausage and Egg Biscuit with Cheese, Side of Fries Terrace Oyster Bar: "Mandarin Confusion," Poke Bowl, Colossal Mazatlan Cocktail(Shared) The Purple Parrot: Parrot Breakfast, Black Tea Old Town Tap:  "Gilded Age," (Shared:) Cheese Curds, Watermelon Salad, Mushroom Pizza Vanessa's Order 53 Cafe: Turkey Sandwich, BBQ Chips, Coke Toomey's: Lobster Taquitos, (Shared) Triple Chocolate Cake Jolly Kone: Fried Chicken Sandwich w/Fries Terrace Oyster Bar: "Long Island Ginger Snap," New England Lobster Roll, Colossal Mazatlan Cocktail(Shared) The Purple Parrot: Eggs Benedict, Strawberry Shake Old Town Tap: "String of Lies," (Shared:) Cheese Curds, Watermelon Salad, Mushroom Pizza
2:02:45
August 7, 2020
#16 What A Chicken (Petaluma, CA)
We review "What A Chicken," the least Mexican-sounding Mexican restaurant ever! This place has a unique flavor that stands out from your typical taqueria. Are we into it though? We learn about the name, eat lots of chicken, and Sergio speaks a lot of Spanish; Vanessa swoons. As always, we give our number rating and what we would order next time! Sergio's Order: Chicken Burrito (no sour cream, no guac) Vanessa's Order: Chicken Wrap (no onions)
51:02
July 24, 2020
#15 Rio Nido Roadhouse (Rio Nido, CA)
We review a Russian River institution! This is a place we drive past almost every time we go out to the coast. It's in one of the most beautiful settings to have a restaurant so It's a place we went in wanting to like so much! Do we leave feeling pleasantly surprised, or disappointed? Listen and find out! As always, we give our number rating, and say what we would get next time. Sergio's Order: Bourbon Smash, Open Face Brisket Sandwich on Texas Toast, Spicy Honey Garlic Wings Vanessa's Order: Berry Icee (alcoholic), Prime Rib Sandwich
52:30
July 17, 2020
#14 Fork Roadhouse (Sebastopol, CA)
We review Fork Roadhouse! We sit on their legendary creekside patio and have ourselves a lunch on a warm sunny summer day.  Vanessa catches a case of the cold taco! We give our number rating and talk about what we would get next time! Sergio's Order: Steak and Pepperjack Melt, Hard Lime Seltzer  Vanessa's Order: Pork Belly Fried Egg Tacos, Maine Root Ginger Beer
46:25
July 10, 2020
#13 Fishetarian (Bodega Bay, CA)
We review Fishetarian, a quirky roadside stop along Highway 1 in Bodega Bay.  This place is self-proclaimed as a "Bummer-Free Zone." Do we leave Fishetarian bummin' or hummin'? Tune in and find out! As always, we give our number ratings and discuss what we would get for next time. Sergio's Order Fried Combo, Reality Czech Pilsner Vanessa's Order Ahi Sandwich, Crabbie's Ginger Beer
51:20
July 3, 2020
#12 Hopmonk Tavern (Sonoma, CA)
Our first time at a sit-down restaurant in months! We were in the Sonoma area, so we decided to check out Hopmonk's Sonoma location for some outdoor eats. How did they adapt the outdoor sit-down experience to the current social distancing climate? How were their drinks and smaller menu? Tune in and find out our number rating and what we would get for next time! Sergio's Order: Tavern Limeade, Fish Tacos, and Buffalo Chicken Wings Vanessa's Order: Tito's Mule, Grilled Cheese with Ham with Sweet Potato Fries
45:29
June 26, 2020
#11 Pizzaleah w/Nick Mattos (Windsor, CA)
The president of the Saucekeeters joins the gang this week to talk about a newcomer to the Sonoma County pizza scene, Pizzaleah in Windsor, California. Their pizza has won multiple awards, but will it win our hearts? Tune in and find out! As always, we give our number rating out of ten and say what we would get for next time at the end.
42:23
June 19, 2020
#10 Hang Ah Dim Sum (Santa Rosa, CA)
We review Hang Ah Dim Sum, a dim sum restaurant with a surprisingly long history! We get into Vanessa's own personal history with the original SF location, the ordering process, the mixed bag of what to get and what to skip, the lack of sauce (Gasp!) and what we would get for next time! What is flour crispy?? As a bonus part of the show, we review the worst pork buns in the history of pork-bunnery! We throw in a review of China Villa in San Anselmo as well. As always, we give our number rating out of ten.
51:51
June 12, 2020
#9 Ramen Gaijin Takeout (Sebastopol, CA)
Ramen Gaijin! You've heard us talk about it before. You've hopefully gone before. We waited for so long to have it open again during quarantine, and now it's here! Will the take-out experience hold up to the dine-in experience? Tune in and find out! As always, we give our number ratings at the end, and talk about what we would get for next time.
1:14:54
June 5, 2020
#8 Ike's Love And Sandwiches w/Tony Guaraldi Brown (Santa Rosa, CA)
Our first ever guest joins us! Tony Guaraldi Brown gets a sandwich at Ike's with us and talks about it. This popular San Francisco small chain made its way up to Santa Rosa, and we make sense of its gigantic and eclectic menu. With selections like Hot Momma Huda, The Deep Throat, and If I Were Cute, how do you choose? Let us know how we did with our selections. As always, we give our number ratings at the end. Follow Tony at @tony_guaraldi_brown on Instagram.
52:06
May 29, 2020
#7 Chicago's Pizza With A Twist
Chicago's Pizza With A Twist review! Who is Chicago? And what is the twist? Though the pizza box might confuse you, the fact is that this is an Indian pizza place! Vanessa has her first ever Indian pizza, and gives her impression of it. We also detour into talking about what our parents eat, and our experience with Mexican restaurants, so check out this episode if you like tangents! As always, we give our next-time picks and our number rating at the end.
50:17
May 22, 2020
#6 Carr's Drive-In (Forestville, CA)
Carr's Drive-In Review! What do we make of this old-school institution in tiny downtown Forestville, known for its dairy treats and classic American fare + egg rolls?? Is this a diamond in the rough, or is just rough?? Tune in and find out where it ranks in Sonoma County's drive-in-style restaurants.
52:36
May 15, 2020
#5 Izakaya Kou (San Francisco, CA)
We review two different meals at Izakaya Kou, a Japanese restaurant in the Fillmore area of San Francisco. Are both meals home-runs? Listen and find out!
1:05:41
May 8, 2020
#4 Acre Pizza (Sebastopol, CA)
Acre Pizza Review! Can a coffee shop open up a pizza joint and succeed? With something called "Detroit-style pizza?" Find out what we think of this new restaurant in the Barlow section of Sebastopol, California.
34:14
May 1, 2020
#3 San Diego Road Trip
We took a road trip down to San Diego! We review a stop along the 5 called Pizza Factory, a brunch spot called Werewolf, Thotsakan Thai, Havana Grill, and Troy's Diner. Disappointment and unexpected surprises await!
1:13:11
April 24, 2020
#2 Gotts Roadside (Saint Helena, CA)
We review Gotts Roadside, an upscale drive-in-style burger joint with old-school charm in Saint Helena, California. 
38:08
April 17, 2020
#1 Bird And The Bottle (Santa Rosa CA)
Our very first episode reviews the restaurant that inspired the podcast in the first place: Bird and The Bottle! We talk about what we ordered, the atmosphere of the place, and give our number rating at the end.
52:52
April 10, 2020