Sax’s Mouthwatering Dishes

This weekend, I decided to take my parents out to brunch to support a local fifties style diner in downtown Petaluma called Sax’s Joint, located at 317 Petaluma Blvd S.

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Sam Basich, Reporter

 I feared that our first experience at a new restaurant would be ruined by social distancing and the pandemic, but it was an amazing dining experience. Arriving around twelve, there were already three other families ahead of us waiting to be seated, as the place was packed full for brunch during prime time. But the line moved very quickly and we were seated within five minutes. Before our waitress took us to our table, I asked if I could duck my head in and look around the inside of the place. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Immediately, I felt transported into many decades past, as the walls were covered with stripes and pictures of Elvis Presley and other stars of the fifties. I loved the inside and before we had even ordered, the first thing on my mind was coming back once indoor dining is available again.

We took our seats at a table, which was six feet away from the table closest to us. All the servers were wearing masks and it felt like an extremely safe environment. It was over one hundred degrees outside, and had it not been for the nicely shaded patio, my parents and I would’ve gone home with a sunburn or two. I ordered a diet coke and my parents stuck with water, and our waitress was back in no time to save us from dehydration. She came back a few minutes later to take our entree orders. My parents decided to go against their cravings and went with some hearty omelets that included cheese, canadian bacon, and vegetables of all sorts. These meals were also served with a biscuit or english muffin, and their signature marionberry jam. I went a little out of my comfort zone and decided on the crab cakes egg benedict. I was a little uneasy about this, but I figured it had to taste as good as it sounded. We also got an order of their ‘biscuits n’ gravy’, that we would soon find out to be quite the hefty portion.

Our food arrived, and I was absolutely starving after I chose to save my appetite for this big meal. First, my parents’ omelets arrived, which were about two times the size of your normal everyday omelet. My mom’s order was accompanied by an extremely large biscuit, that could have easily fed a family of three. Then came my order, which left me terrified, yet ready to devour. Two of the most massive and beautiful plates of food I had ever seen were now before me and I couldn’t wait to take a bite. Of course, I had to snap a picture or two first, to make sure that this meal would last forever.

I started off with my crab cakes benedict, which was served with a hefty portion of country potatoes that were doused in sour cream. The potatoes were amazing, but I wanted to save space for my main course, so I shifted my attention back to the crab cakes. These crab cakes were the best I’ve had by far, and the eggs were done perfectly. The yolk off the egg dripped all over the crab cakes, adding even more flavor. After finishing my crab cakes benedict, which left me quite satiated, I turned and saw the waitress holding a monstrous plate of biscuits and gravy. This was a real treat. The biscuits were flaky but not overly, and soft and airy on the inside. The gravy added a real kick of flavor, and left me begging for more. I recommend this dish, or any dish at Sax’s to anyone who is a comfort food fanatic, but make sure you stick with one entree, as the portions are hefty to say the least.