Buca di Beppo is known for being a good place to go with large groups, since everything they do is family style and over the top huge. I've been to wedding receptions, birthday parties, etc there, but I've never gone just to eat. I remember somewhat liking their garlic bread and ravioli, but it has been years since I've been.
Anyway, for some reason or another, I'm on their mailing list, and I got a coupon for a free birthday brownie sundae. So, I continued my quest of redeeming birthday freebie coupons, and went to get my sundae. I couldn't convince anyone else to go with me, so I got it togo, and went to enjoy it in Yerba Buena Gardens nearby. I don't have much to say about the actual restaurant, since I didn't stay long. They do have a dedicated togo ordering area, which I'm guessing is sometimes busy, but I was the only one there. The guy was nice, and wished me a happy birthday.
This was a scaled down version of the Colossal Brownie Sundae from the regular menu, which is designed to serve 4-6 people. That monstrosity is composed of: "Twelve decadent chunks of freshly-baked brownies layered with six scoops of vanilla bean and chocolate ice cream, topped with caramel and chocolate sauces then buried in mounds of whipped cream - and we won’t forget the cherry!" ZOMG. Like I said, they are known for big!
|Birthday Brownie Sundae, togo.|
The brownies were not warmed up. Doh! Key to a delicious brownie sundae is a warm brownie! The brownie chunks were very fudgey, and loaded with chocolate chips. Not particularly good, but not bad.
Then, there were tiny scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream. Totally generic ice cream, nothing notable, except that there wasn't nearly enough ice cream to distribute amongst the brownie. I wanted all my bites to include both ice cream and brownie!
The whipped cream was also just generic whipped cream. Unlike the ice cream, there was a ton of it. I was a little surprised that I ate it all, as there seemed to be far too much, but somehow, it disappeared :)
The sprinkles were fun and the generic canned cherry on top completed the package. It didn't have the promised chocolate and caramel sauces.
Overall, this was about as generic as it gets, and nothing special at all, but put together, it was greater than the sum of its parts. Who doesn't love a brownie sundae, and a free one at that?