NorCal Poker Ambassador
By Randall Rapp
My own little Gang of Four recently spent a day making the rounds of several of the Central Valley’s superior wine tasting venues. With stops at some of our favorites like Englemann Cellars, Birdstone Winery and Ficklin Vineyards, we were more than ready to finish the day with a fine meal.
I suggested we give the restaurant at Table Mountain Casino a try, and, since we were all up for a bit of gaming to go with our dinner, we headed up Friant Road to check out their Eagles Landing Restaurant.
It turned out to be a great idea that we all agreed we would recommend to anyone. Their menu is extensive but not so huge that the choices are overwhelming. All the bases are covered, as their menu was divided into sections labeled Appetizers, Healthy Choice, Soups & Salads, Burgers & Sandwiches, Seafood, Steaks, Home-Style Entrees, South of the Border, Asian, All Day Breakfast, and, of course, Dessert.
Prices ranged from the $7.99 fish tacos all the way up to the $29.99 T-bone steak. It was apparent right away that if you just wanted some good food at a reasonable price Eagles Landing has you covered with options like fish and chips or hamburgers.
Then again, if you were looking for something a little more in the fine-dining category, that was easily accomplished as well. We mostly went with this second option.
We started off with some chicken flautas and the sweet and spicy crispy shrimp from the appetizer section, which were truly delicious and had all the presentation of a dish you would see on the Food Network.
Your humble Ambassador was not about to be intimidated by a 20-oz. steak, so I went for the T-bone and it was all it was cracked up to be. Perfectly cooked and seasoned, it was also a very good cut of meat. In addition to two sides, it came with bacon-wrapped asparagus, and I have always believed anything wrapped in bacon has to be a good idea.
Mrs. A, who can’t say “no” to anything Italian inspired, ordered the chicken bruschetta. The generous chicken breast was grilled to perfection and arrived atop grilled asparagus and whole carrots. The tomato-basil topping was fresh and had just the right amount of garlic.
Captain Badass decided on comfort food and had the chicken-fried steak. Not exactly fine dining but, judging by the yummy noises he was making and the extra dose of gravy he accepted when offered, I doubt he cared.
Meanwhile Pooh Bear had a difficult time choosing, but went with the grilled chicken chimichurri. She cooed about the “herbaceousness” of the meal. She also made note of the quality of the vegetable preparation, which included a roma tomato with a mixed green bouquet—beautiful and delicious.
We finished off the meal with the peanut butter cheesecake and the flourless chocolate cake topped with ice cream, both of which were artfully presented. Neither one ever stood a chance.
Full of great food, we hung around the casino for a couple of hours, goofing off with the video machines. Captain B made a big score on the Walking Dead machine, while Mrs. A also booked a win playing The Simpsons and video poker.
So overall, we came out a little ahead on the games, and way ahead on the meals, making for a great conclusion to a fun-filled day.