Esquire Grill knows how to do a business lunch.
Without feeling rushed or crowded, you can chat or conduct business over a great meal and be done with time to spare on your hour. Of course you can also linger over coffee and dessert.
No wonder the place always seems full at lunchtime with a mix of suits and ties, convention-goers, shoppers and foodies.
My favorite lunch there is the Ahi salad – seared rare tuna on top of a generous helping of Napa cabbage studded with cashews, wontons, radishes and enoki mushrooms and dressed with a sesame soy vinaigrette. Delicious food and an unusually healthy selection for me.
There are also well prepared grilled and spit-roasted meats, fish and poultry, excellent soups of the day and a top-notch Niman Ranch Angus Beef Burger with fries, mashed or baked red potatoes.
Esquire Grill is part of the Paragary group of bars and eateries in the greater Sacramento area. This one is designed by San Francisco architect Michael Guthrie and is located on the ground floor of the 26-story Esquire Plaza building across the street from the Sacramento Community Theater and Convention Center.
The owners pride themselves on their combination of food, service and atmosphere and emphasize fresh local products, many of which are organic and sustainably farmed.
That’s a perfect formula for a great business lunch and for a great restaurant business.