Sax's Joint in Petaluma
The long vacant site of Original Marvin's became Sax's Joint a couple months ago. Biscuits & gravy, chicken & waffles, homemade jams, and I'm admiring the photos of homemade PIE on the FB page.
Who's tried it?
Lured by this list of homemade pies, I stopped by Sax's on Saturday morning. The cream pies are $25.
Not all of them are available every day. Saturday's selection was pumpkin cream pie or strawberry cream pie. Wanting to preview a holiday pie flavor, I ordered a slice of pumpkin cream pie. I was very surprised when the piece was brought to my table that it was covered with aerosol whipped topping. I got my server's attention and said that I'd assumed that a "cream" pie would have real whipped cream. She said there's no homemade whipped cream here and was gracious to offer to take it away.
Petaluma is the heart of the North Coast's dairy country, and it's crazy to serve adulterated dairy products. Cross-town, Petaluma Pie Company sells cream pies for $22 topped with delicious, organic Straus Dairy cream and non-GMO ingredients. Mom's Apple Pie in Sebastopol charges $18 for cream pies and whips its own cream for toppings. It's a shame because the crust and the pumpkin custard looked pretty good underneath the gunk.
The staff at Sax's Joint are friendly as can be and make you feel welcome. Though we started off on the wrong foot, I'll be back another time to try something else. But I won't order anything with cream in it without checking first.
I've been to Sax's a couple of times. Their basic egg breakfast was good but I wasn't a fan of the biscuit. Another time I ordered their spicy bacon cheddar waffle. It has pesto on it which is probably the weirdest combo I've ever heard of. I didn't quiz the server so I can't say they sprung it on me.
OK, but not great. The 50's music they play is a little hard to take. "Rock Around the Clock" gets old after awhile.