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Skip’s Kitchen has the family vibe on its menu

Skip Wahl, owner of Skip’s Kitchen, welcomes customer Jude O’Brien, who made short work of penne pasta with house-made marinara sauce.
Skip Wahl, owner of Skip’s Kitchen, welcomes customer Jude O’Brien, who made short work of penne pasta with house-made marinara sauce. apierleoni@sacbee.com

We were reminded again the other night why we like Skip’s Kitchen. One reason is energetic owner Skip Wahl, who understands the importance of connecting with customers. He’s a sincere schmoozer and father who loves kids and will spontaneously sit at tables and chat with their parents, even though the place is usually slammed.

Other reasons we return: Skip’s grilled-cheese sandwich (cheddar, Swiss, provolone, American) with fresh basil and tomato on sourdough; a turkey sandwich heaped with shredded meat from brined and house-roasted fowl; and the mushroom-Swiss burger with crunchy onion rings on the side.

Get them at 4717 El Camino Ave., Carmichael; (916) 514-0830, www.skipskitchen.com.

Afterward, we dropped by the Parlor, whose highfalutin mission statement says: “Our variety of custom ice cream flavors, toppings and options in which to contain said items offer you a unique opportunity to bring your wildest dessert dreams to life. We currently offer a myriad of mixtures to conceptualize a personalized experience ... (of) eccentric creations...”

Translated, that means you choose from eight flavors of Gunther’s ice cream (such as sea salt-caramel, coffee-Nutella, vanilla-cinnamon), select a pastry (plain doughnut, glazed doughnut, apple fritter) and toppings (Gummy Bears, almonds, Oreo bits, coffee bits, bacon bits, Nutella), and wait while a staffer assembles your creation into a “sandwich” of sorts. Essentially, the Parlor’s “ice-cream puff” has updated the wardrobe of the iconic cream puff, in an entertaining and delicious way.

Get them at 2620 Fair Oaks Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 977-3997, www.theparloricecream.com.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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