Tableside preparations used to be all the rage, but it has unfortunately become a dying art. The benefit of tableside preparation is not only that you get to watch your food being cooked, thus are cooking it by proxy (you are such a culinary expert), but that you are guaranteed fresh food exactly how you want it. For those who want a little drama with their dinner, without having to fight with their significant other, check out one of the following restaurants to get a bit of entertainment along with a bite to eat.
Oz Korean BBQ
3343 Bradshaw Road
Sacramento, CA 95827
www.ozkoreanbbq.comOz Korean BBQ is the best place to go for tableside preparation, but mainly because you have the option of cooking everything tabletop yourself. Its "All You Can Grill & Eat" option allows patrons to pick proteins and sides, and then cook their own precut food on the grill provided in the center of the table. If you find yourself intimidated by an open grill, then let the chef do the cooking. However, don't forget to order your Beer Tower, because no meal is complete without a container of Sapporo that has its own tap.
El Torito Mexican Restaurant & Bar
1598 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
www.eltorito.comSometimes there is nothing better than freshly made guacamole. And when it comes to tableside preparation, El Torito has the absolute best guac available. Made with avocados, herbs, spices and serrano chilies, this appetizer is spicy, customized and delicious. While tableside guacamole isn't a new concept, El Torito's presentation and ingredients beat out its chain restaurant competitors any day.
Greek Village Inn
65 University Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95825
There is nothing better than the combination of fire and cheese, so imagine your delight when you discover that the Greek Village Inn combines the two into a tableside show. Greek Village Inn offers kefalograviera cheese, a hard goat cheese, ignited at the tabled and served with pita bread. It is one dish you won't soon forget.
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3521 N. Freeway Blvd., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95834
Like Oz Korean BBQ, Tokyo Steakhouse offers freshly grilled food that goes right from the griddle to the plate to your mouth in a matter of seconds. However, Tokyo Steakhouse is ideal for those who prefer to sit back, relax and watch their chefs do all the work. This restaurant offers teppanyaki, a Japanese style of cooking where the chef prepares your food in front of you on an iron griddle. Not only do the chefs at Tokyo Steakhouse prepare your food under your watchful eye, but they do it with flair, good humor and a few flying shrimp.
The Firehouse Restaurant
1112 2nd St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
www.firehouseoldsac.comThe Firehouse is the place to go if you are trying to impress your date. Upscale, decadent and a smidgen overpriced, everything it has to offer is cooked and sauced to perfection. One of the best dishes it offers is the lobster bisque; lobster claw meat and caramelized shallots brought to your table where the waiter lovingly pours a seasoned cream broth on top. When it comes to tableside service, this is one of the most indulgent and delectable options available.
Megan Bowyer is a freelance writer in search of the best food and drinks that Sacramento has to offer. You can find her at any number of dive bars or trendy restaurants; just look for the short blonde feeding the jukebox. Her work can be found at "Examiner.com"
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