By Juliet Farmer
I don’t frequent Roxy Restaurant and Bar as often as I’d like, due in large part to its location and my lack of muster when it comes to driving very far for a meal. Yet, every time I get to Roxy, I am pleased I made the trek.
On a recent Roxy visit, my husband and I decided to partake of happy hour. As such, we were seated in the bar area and away we went. I started with a Darling Clementine ($3.50 during happy hour), and was happy with my choice, which was made with Svedka Clementine vodka and was citrusy and slightly tart, which I love. My husband stuck with familiar territory—beer—and ordered a Sierra Nevada ($2.50 happy hour) (Note: My husband’s only critique of Roxy was that they could branch out on the beer offerings and include craft IPA, so beer aficionados be warned.)
From the happy hour menu, we ordered the zucchini chips ($2), the chop salad ($3), and I ordered the Lucky Dog Ranch all-natural half-pound burger ($5) with fries ($2). My husband ordered a turkey burger ($13.95) off the regular menu.
Roxy’s zucchini chips are always a favorite of mine, mainly because they are light as air and just plain fun to eat. Plus, they are so pretty to look at. I’m sure a food processor is used to make the chips so uniform, yet I still appreciate all the work that must go into preparing these tasty chips.
The chop salad is another menu favorite of mine, boasting chopped radicchio and mixed with organic chickpeas, mint, aged cheddar, cucumber, and creamy citronette. It’s yummy, trust me (and yet another dish with which I appreciate the knife skills of the preparer, as I have no patience for a bunch of chopped anything). (Insider tip: In the summer, Roxy’s Coco’s Salmon Salad is my go-to item, and is essentially the chop salad topped with pan-seared salmon and tree fruit relish—light and refreshing during hot Sacramento summers.)
Our burgers were both delicious; mine perfectly cooked so it was still moist but not red inside, and topped with fresh produce sandwiched in a sturdy, slightly sweet bun. My husband had equally positive things to say about his turkey burger. Both orders came with crisp and hot fries that tasted better than the average fry. It’s worth noting that Roxy serves what I refer to as “happy” meat—grass fed, no antibiotics or hormones, etc. sourced from Lucky Dog Ranch. Even better, Lucky Dog Ranch is local, located in nearby Dixon!
We ended our delicious meal with the ancho chili brownie, and boy were we glad we did, as the blend of sweet and spicy was perfectly paired.
Our entire meal at Roxy Restaurant and Bar was tasty and inexpensive, with the quality of the happy hour fare for exceeding price. Even without happy hour prices, the dozen or so times I’ve been to Roxy, I’ve always enjoyed my meal.
Roxy Restaurant and Bar
2381 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Hours: Mon- Wed 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Thur 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (happy hour daily 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mondays 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.)