Chops Steak, Seafood & Bar
Dec 06, 2012 04:16AM ● Published by Style
Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.
Ensconced within the stradas and trellises of Folsom’s Palladio at Broadstone, Chops is approachable for those desirous of an upscale evening or simply dinner and a movie at the theaters next door.
Those familiar with the company’s downtown Sacramento location would be mistaken to expect a cookie-cutter replica; this incarnation has a personality distinctly its own. The interior design is a seamless mix of classic contemporary, radiating warmth with lush red booths, dark wood and glowing fireplaces. Modern accents such as the exposed ceiling, mirrored walls and glass ball pendant lighting add depth and an urban pop.
Our well-storied server regaled us with anecdotes of his Tahoe past, waiting on the likes of Frank Sinatra – the exact atmosphere that any good steakhouse should invoke. We chatted some more as our Thai Beef Skewers with Asian slaw and peanut sauce arrived; it was starting to get packed in the backlit bar as patrons made selections from the extensive cocktail and wine lists.
Although open since July, we happened to chance on the grand opening weekend, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration was in full tilt. A raffle was ongoing throughout the night, and a Frank Sinatra (!) singer would be entertaining later in the bar.
As we transitioned to our entrées, I was extremely pleased to note that both my Grilled King Salmon Oscar and my dining partner’s Dixon Lamb Chops were a testament to pink-centered perfection. The salmon, topped with Dungeness crab, rested on crisp asparagus and was drizzled with béarnaise, while the chops were encrusted in a sharp mustard/breadcrumb mixture. Both were accompanied by our choices of glazed carrots and a salt-crusted baked potato.
Chops has definitely embraced the new American comfort food movement with both arms, offering everything from sandwiches, salads and pastas to the more traditional selections.
As owner Geoff Flynn says, ”We love what we do and we just want to make people happy,” which seems to remind me of a little Sinatra tune that begins “Forget your troubles and just get happy...” Yep, I think Frank would approve.
Chops Steak Seafood & Bar, 250 Palladio Parkway, Suite 1339, Folsom, 916-817-1490, chopssteakhouses.com.
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