Sunday, January 20, 2013

Johnny Garlic's A Guy Fieri Signature Restaurant - Dublin, CA

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Johnny Garlic's A Guy Fieri Signature Restaurant - Dublin, CA

Johnny Garlic's in Dublin, CA
Guy's Johnny Garlic's has locations in Santa Rosa, Windsor, Roseville, Dublin and San Jose, CA. Allen and me visited his parents for the Christmas holiday and this restaurant was on our "must eat at" list. The closest locations for us were Dublin or San Jose as we were in Livermore. On Saturday, December 29, 2012 we went to the Dublin location. It was such a beautiful day weather wise, sunny and warm about 60 degrees. Allen's parents dropped us off and went and did their own thing while we were excited about finally being in a Guy Fieri restaurant. Anyone that knows us is aware we are huge fans of Guy and have met and taken photographs with him at several food festival events in the east coast.

Johnny Garlic's in Dublin, CA
One thing that caught my eye on approaching the restaurant was the huge neon red sign "Guy!" and the bold Johnny Garlic's logo. Inside Johnny Garlic's, the decor is warm and my favorite red, burgundy and dark wood tones. The atmosphere is warm, comfortable and inviting and you can see the cooks prepare the food right in front of you. I made reservations ahead of time so we were seated within 5 minutes and our server Nikki E. was great and took the time to explain items on the menu and brought us different t-shirts so we could choose the designs we liked.

Johnny Garlic's "Guy!" logo
We wanted to try some appetizers and decided on Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce and Pepperoni Mozzarella Stix that were rolled in Panko and Italian Breadcrumbs and served with Marinara sauce. The latter is a signature Guy recipe. The Coconut Shrimp were fried and had a nice crunch from the shredded coconut and batter. The shrimp were topped with a Sweet Chili Sauce that complimented each bite. The Pepperoni Mozzarella Stix were not greasy and also had a nice crunch from the breadcrumbs. The Mozzarella and Pepperoni were like a mini pizza in a stick, which is a good thing!

Coconut Shrimp
Pepperoni Mozzarella Stix
For the main course, I ordered Volcano Chicken and it was a big serving of two Grilled Chicken Breasts with Yukon Garlic Mash, Green Beans,"Maui Onion Straws" and Volcano Sauce. This is a Guy signature recipe. Everything was cooked to perfection. The juicy Chicken Breasts had grill marks and were seasoned beautifully. I dipped the chicken in the Volcano Sauce (which was BBQ sauce), until I finished it all. The Yukon Garlic Mash were super creamy, full of flavor and went great with the "Maui Onion Straws". The Green Beans were seasoned well and had a good bite to them, and were cooked and blanched correctly and thankfully not soggy. I had leftovers to take home but enjoyed everything on my plate. Chicken Breast fans try this when you go to Johnny Garlic's.

Volcano Chicken
Bourbon Buffalo Meatloaf
Allen got the Bourbon Buffalo Meatloaf consisting of Ground Bison Steak with Italian Sausage, Yukon Garlic Mash, Green Beans, "Maui Onion Straws" and Bourbon BBQ Sauce. It was a hearty meal and the meatloaf packed a lot of flavor from the seasoning and was not gamey. The Bourbon BBQ Sauce was topped over the Meatloaf and had a very nice bold taste. I buy Guy's Bourbon BBQ Sauce so I was no stranger to this. The "Maui Onion Straws" were crispy and went great with the Garlic Yukon Mash. The Green Beans were crisp and nicely seasoned. This was a well rounded meal and very satisfying.

The cooks making grub!
A view of the bar
The service at Johnny Garlic's was fantastic and we gave our blog card to server Nikki E. and told us she would give it to the manager. As I was taking some pictures inside the restaurant right before we left, a manager approached Allen, thanked us for coming and asked if we enjoyed our meal. He was very professional and personable. Allen told him we loved everything we ordered and  had a great experience and amazing service from our server. We cannot wait to go back next time we are in Cali.

The Liquor Cabinet
Johnny Garlic's A Guy Fieri Signature Restaurant 
DARIN SERGENT - General Manager
4920 Dublin Blvd.,Ste 265.
Dublin,CA 94568
Phone: (925) 248-2347
For reservations please call ahead

-Sophia and Allen/Two Frys

1 comment:

  1. This is some of the best service I have gotten in ages. Our waitress surpassed the level of even fancy NY Restaurants and Atlantic City NJ. Casino dining venues. Johnny Garlic's and the food and staff ROCK!

    Allen One of the TwoFrys!