Description and review of the original Selland’s Market-Cafe located on H Street in East Sacramento.
On a recent Monday, after the monthly meeting of the East Sacramento neighborhood association, four of us went to Selland’s Market-Cafe for a bite to eat. The H Street restaurant, the original Selland’s Market-Cafe, opened in 2001.
The original restaurant is considerably smaller (inside and out) than the newest Selland’s Market-Cafe located on Broadway, but it does have its charm.
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We arrived at Selland’s Market-Cafe around 7:30 p.m., and the restaurant was busy. It was a chilly evening with a bit of a breeze, but a few hardy souls were seated on the outdoor patio in the vicinity of a space-heater.
We took our place in line and it was not long before our orders were taken. Two members of our group of four decided to order the $25 Dinner for Two Dinner Special which is paired with a select bottle of wine. The Dinner Special that evening was Selland’s Mac & Cheese topped with Pork Carnitas and Avocado and Tomato Salsa. The white wine pairing was a Santa Julia Torrontes, a white Argentine wine.
Another member of our group ordered the Gluten-Sensitive Spinach and Artichoke Pizza (spinach, artichoke, cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan, green onion) ($18). This pizza, a regular menu item, is one of her favorites things at Selland’s Market-Cafe.
I ordered the small Goat Cheese & Apple Salad (goat cheese, apple, mixed greens, toasted walnuts, red onion, golden balsamic vinaigrette) ($6.25) as I was not overly hungry.
The Selland’s Market-Cafe staff was perhaps a tad too efficient as the $25 Dinner for Two Dinner Special was plated and ready to be served while my two friends were still at the register paying for their meal. Looking around there were no open tables for four, so we asked to share one of the larger tables that was already occupied and seated ourselves.
It was not long before my salad was served. As to be expected, it took a bit longer before the pizza was delivered to our end of the table.
The Dinner for Two Dinner Special was underwhelming and said to be rather bland. One friend added salt and pepper, while the other added hot sauce in an attempt to perk up the dish. Both commented that the combination of mac & cheese with carnitas was not a particularly complementary pairing, and to top it off their meals were lukewarm. The Argentine Torrontes wine, on the other hand, was enjoyed by both.
My Goat Cheese and Apple salad was delicious and I enjoyed every bite. The golden balsamic vinaigrette complemented the other ingredients – all of which are among my favorites in a salad.
Our companion who ordered the gluten-sensitive spinach and artichoke pizza was very happy with her meal – and pleased to have leftovers to take home. She described the taste as spinach and artichoke dip on a pizza.
Each of us had a taste of the pizza at her urging. I can’t say that I cared for the crust, and the cream cheese on the pizza did not click with me – although I do like cream cheese. Of the four of us, two liked the pizza and two did not. But then, the only thing that counts is that our friend who is gluten-sensitive couldn’t have been happier.
One of the great things about restaurants like Selland’s Market-Cafe is the wide variety of foods on the menu. No matter how many in your party – everyone is sure to find something that appeals.
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