We're big fans of Roxy restaurant's Burgers & Bottles program (3 to 10 p.m. Thursdays), in which we get to custom-build our own burgers and pair them with giant bottles of beer.
Now, in the interest of small-plate dining, Roxy has introduced its Sweet Bites menu, a four-item lunchtime dessert offering as an alternative to the bigger bites on its regular dessert menu.
"We started it for our lunch service, to give people something sweet but still have an option of a (dessert) that's a little smaller," said pastry chef Kristina Dula, who's been at Roxy since it opened in 2006.
"A lot of diners are here on business lunches and their time is budgeted, so we weren't moving a lot of desserts at lunchtime," said Roxy general manager Mike Holyfield. "But the small desserts have been received very well, much better than we'd anticipated. The minis seem to be where it's at right now."
New items will rotate to the lunchtime mini-menu, along with changing fillings and toppings. Today the lineup ($3 each) is:
- Beignet with mixed-berries dipping sauce.
- Crepe with fresh strawberries, chocolate sauce, Chantilly cream and toasted almonds.
- Napoleon with Meyer lemon cream and blueberry compote.
- Warm dark-chocolate brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and candied walnuts.
Roxy is at 2381 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 489-2000, www.roxyrestaurantandbar.com.