Restaurant Guide–California

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)

Arcata

Renata’s Creperie–1030 G St. (Crepes) Breakfast & lunch Tue-Sun; dinner Fri & Sat.  This seems to be the standout restaurant in Arcata. Mainly popular at breakfast, but if you can envision an upscale sandwich with organic ingredients, and crepes instead of bread, you will understand its appeal for lunch or dinner also. (2-25-17)

Big Sur

Sierra Mar–46900 Hwy. 1 (Californian) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5:30 pm).  $$$$ (Get the prix-fixe lunch if you want to save money).  It impressed Gil (so that’s why it’s one of the few upscale rests. I’m including on this list).  This is a restaurant with a view, and would be considered a “romantic” place. (1-8-16)

Carmichael

Firebird Slavic–4715 Manzanita Ave. (Russian) Closed Mon & closes at 7 pm Sat & Sun.  If you want to try Russian food, reviewers say this is an excellent place to do it.  There is a large variety of food (menu includes stereotypical Russian dishes, some items not normally found in U.S. restaurants, and Armenian style dishes).  The staff explains everything, and they let you make substitutions.  Note: located in the Sacramento area. (2-25-17)

Clovis

Ararat Market–497 N. Clovis Ave. (Armenian) Open 9 am to 7 pm (closed Sun).  There was a discussion on Roadfood indicating that there was good Armenian food in the Fresno area, and this one had the highest ratings on Yelp. It is a food market with a restaurant inside, mainly serving kabobs. Reviewers say it is seasoned perfectly with a very good Middle Eastern flavor. (5-3-17)

Crescent City

Chart Room–130 Anchor Way (Seafood) Closed Mon and closed for Tue dinner.  Fish & chips are popular. (2-25-17)

Davis

Dos Coyotes Border Cafe–1411 W. Covell Blvd. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Urbanspoon said it was Tex-Mex style, but it might be California style.  Yelp reviewers say in any case it is not authentic Mexican.  Readers say it has some of the best salsa you will find anywhere (served in a salsa bar where you can help yourself to several varieties). (2-25-17)

Dumpling House–129 E St. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Handmade dumplings make it popular and authentic, but the menu is limited. (2-25-17)

Sam’s Mediterranean Cuisine (Middle Eastern) Open 11:30 am to 7:30 pm.  Casual Middle Eastern food (sandwiches, etc.) Note: also in Rohnert Park. (2-25-17)

Eureka

Annie’s Cambodian–1917 5th St. (Cambodian) Closed Sun (and closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Top rated Asian restaurant in Eureka (on the Yelp ranking). Green curry is recommended. (2-25-17)

Gill’s By The Bay–77 Halibut Ave. (Seafood) Open 6 am to 3 pm daily.  Chowder is recommended. This is a casual place for (mainly) fried seafood. (2-25-17)

Humboldt Bay Provisions–205 G St. (Seafood) Open 12 pm to 9 pm daily.  Like Gill’s By The Bay, this place is highly recommended. Otherwise, though, it is the opposite–this is a large place with a large menu (Gill’s is small), it is not on the oceanfront (Gill’s is), it is open for dinner (Gill’s is not), it is upscale (Gill’s is mostly chowder and fried fish). (2-25-17)

Oaxaca Grill–508 Henderson St. (Mexican) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  Not strictly a Oaxaca style restaurant, but the Oaxacan mole is recommended. Note: the menu seems to indicate this is a serious sit-down restaurant (not a taqueria or fast food style place). (2-25-17)

Pho Thien Long–307 4th St. (Vietnamese) Open 11:30 am to 8:30 pm (closed Tue).  Good choice for Asian food if you don’t want the curry or spicy food served at the Cambodian restaurant  (2-25-17).

Fairfield

Koong Jyun–740 Texas St. (Korean) Closed Sun.  Korean barbecue is good.  They are generous with the side dishes, and the green onion pancake is very popular. (2-25-17)

Fort Bragg

Nit’s Cafe–322 N. Main St. (Thai) Closed Sun & Mon (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Many say this is some of the best Thai food ever (photos indicate that it is upscale and authentic).  However, it is a one-woman operation and service is somewhat sporadic, depending on the crowd in the restaurant. (2-25-17)

Fresno

AJ’s Armenian Cuisine–5048 N. Maroa Ave. (Armenian) Closed Sun & Mon.  The menu includes many items which seem to be from countries other than Armenia, but the Armenian items are ones that many reviewers say are like the ones made by their families (that is, the reviewers that are Armenian). (5-3-17)

Berlin Street Grill–7059 N. Cedar Ave. (German) Lunch daily; dinner Tue-Sat.  Specializes in doner kabobs, and complements them with German food such as red cabbage. This is a casual sandwich place (don’t expect large schnitzel dinners here), but reviewers say it is very good for what it does. (5-3-17)

B & K Asian Kitchen–1276 N. 1st St. (Lao) Open 10 am to 8 pm (closed Tue).  Very highly rated & rec. by Doug in Mesa. Chicken laap has authentic Lao sour flavor. (5-3-17)

Diana’s–3050 W. Shaw Ave. (Armenian) Closed Sun.  Serves Armenian and Persian food (mostly kebabs according to the photos on Yelp). Has good reviews, has an upscale atmosphere, and people say the Middle Eastern music is very pleasant. Has reviews for the falafel, lentil soup, etc., so the menu is varied (but most people seem to like the kebabs). (5-4-17)

Grandmarie’s Chicken Pie Shop–861 E. Olive Ave. (American) Open daily (breakfast and lunch only, but open until 7 pm Mon-Fri).  Specializes in chicken pie, and reviewers say it is excellent (and some say they have been coming here for 40 years). Also has a standard diner menu. (5-3-17)

La Kebrada–1042 N. Marks Ave. (Mexican) Open daily except Sun evening.  This seems to be an excellent budget (usually $10 or less) Mexican restaurant with a large menu (not just tacos) and flavorful sauces on the burritos, enchiladas, etc. Also has some unusual dishes such as veggie fajitas and salmon. The menu says they have traditional Oaxacan style chicken mole (for less than $10!). (5-4-17)

Lao Cafe–3255 N. Cedar Ave. (Lao) Open 10 am to 9 pm.  Lao people recommend it (the spice level here is extremely hot, so order less than you would at a Thai rest.). Red curry and bamboo soup (not on the menu) are a couple of recommended dishes that look interesting. Note: I have had curry in the Lao restaurants in Amarillo, and I would rate this as one of the top Lao dishes. (5-3-17)

Lao Vieng–4767 E. Olive Ave. (Lao) Open daily 9 am to 8 pm.  Reviewers say they make the food the authentic Lao way. A lot of people go here for the hard core Lao dishes (such as duck blood larb), and this restaurant seems to have quite a few menu choices. (5-4-17)

Ofelias Cocina–1521 Kern St. (Mexican) Breakfast & lunch only (open daily).  Small restaurant with food that tastes home made. Most people recommend pozole, but I saw photos of the red enchiladas and these look legit. (5-4-17)

PhilHouse–6048 N. 1st St. (Filipino) Open daily 8 am to 8:30 pm.  This is a food court restaurant located inside a grocery store, so it is very casual (with very cheap prices for what you get). Some photos on Yelp are of items I have not seen anywhere else, so the selection looks very impressive and interesting to try. (5-4-17)

SabaiDee–5730 N. 1st St. (Lao) Open until 9 pm (closed Sun).  Serves both Thai and Lao food, and reviewers say they do both correctly (as it is served in these countries). To me this would be an interesting place to not only enjoy the food, but to “study” it and discover the differences in these cuisines. For Lao food the papaya salad, larb gai, curry dishes, nam toke Lao style and the refreshing young coconut are some of the recommended items. For Thai the crispy tofu pad thai and pad see ew are a couple of the recommended items. Green curry is the most recommended curry. (5-3-17)

Kingsburg

Jeb’s Swedish Creamery–382 W. Sierra (Ice Cream) Open daily (closes at 6 pm on Sun).  Home made ice cream. Some of the flavors have local fruit (the selection of flavors is one of the things that make the place interesting). (5-4-17)

Kady’s Country Kitchen–1701 Simpson St. (Swedish) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Swedish pancakes are the most popular item. (5-4-17)

Lancaster

The Thai Restaurant–44759 Sierra Hwy. (Thai) Closed Sun.  I don’t see claims that it is authentic, but reviewers say it is delicious and uses Thai ingredients such as galanga and lemongrass (in the tom kha soup). Most recommend their signature dish, the eggplant and shrimp dish (this is something you are not likely to find in other restaurants, even in L.A.). (5-3-17)

Lodi

Alebrijes–10 W. Oak St. (Mexican) Closed Mon.  Upscale Mexican food with many authentic style dishes.  Oaxacan style mole is one of the most popular. (12-6-15)

Mendocino

Trillium Cafe–10390 Kasten St. (New American) Open daily (closed between 2:30 and 5:30 pm).  Upscale dining–you’re paying for the view of the ocean.  Food is fresh and healthy.  Can get sandwiches and other items that are not too expensive (fish tacos are recommended).  Reviewers mention that the reuben has fresh sauerkraut. (2-25-17)

Mojave

Mojave Thai Cuisine–16870 State Hwy 14 (Thai) Closed Sat.  Reviewers say this is big city quality Thai food in a very out-of-the-way place. Curries are especially recommended. Note: Thai Garden in Rosamond also has good reviews and is open Sat. when this restaurant is apparently closed. (5-3-17)

Monterey

Crepes of Brittany–211 Alvarado St. (Creperies) Open daily 7 am to 4 pm.  Popular mostly at breakfast. Strawberries, bananas, apples, etc. are popular on the crepes. (5-17-17)

Old Fisherman’s Grotto–39 Fisherman’s Wharf (Seafood) Open daily 11 am to 9:30 pm.  Seafood restaurant on the waterfront. It is said they invented “Monterey style” clam chowder, but in any case people like this as well as the other food served. (5-17-17)

Poke Time–484 Lighthouse Ave. (Hawaiian) Closed Sun.  Popular and highly rated place for poke bowls. (5-17-17)

Siamese Bay–131 Webster St. (Thai) Open daily except Sun lunch.  I looked through reviews of several Thai restaurants and this seems to be the only one that has all of the following: Thai style pad thai, curry that is not too sweet, spice level that is as high as it should be. (5-17-17)

Wild Plum–731 Munras Ave. (Organic) Breakfast & lunch only (open daily).  Reviewers say breakfast is very good. Service is sometimes slow (but this is the type of food that may take a while to prepare). Has house made bread and soup. (5-17-17)

Napa

Foodshed Take Away–3385 Old California Way (Pizza) Closed Mon.  This is a very high quality pizza place with Italian wine.  Many recommend the burrata pizza. (1-8-16)

Heritage Eats–3824 Bel Aire Plaza (International) Open daily 11 am to 8:30 pm.  Has a wide variety of cuisines (but mostly Asian) and is fusion in the sense of mixing and matching different items.  Each item keeps the identity of its cuisine, though, and some of the recommended ones include Thai bao, pork tacos, banh mi, falafel, and Jamaican jerk chicken.  Reviewers say it is all good, and you can’t go wrong with any of it. (1-8-16)

Oakhurst

Erna’s Elderberry–48688 Victoria Ln. (Fine Dining) Open daily (dinner only)–lunch on Sun.  Very expensive, but people consistently say the meals here were some of the best of their lives.  Owner is from Austria.  Menu is fixed, but you have a choice of meat or vegetarian.  There are many fine dining restaurants in Cal. but this seems to be one of the best, and worth splurging. (12-6-15)

Pacific Grove

Passionfish–701 Lighthouse Ave. (Seafood) Open Daily (dinner only).  Upscale–better fish than other places but less expensive (it is not on the waterfront, though). A Chowhound favorite. (5-17-17)

Pismo Beach

Brad’s–209 Pomeroy Ave. (Seafood) Open Daily.  Most say these are the best fish & chips in town. Most also say it has the best clam chowder, but some like Splash next door (Splash might be Boston style, but I’m not sure). Also has breakfast. (5-17-17)

Placerville

Taste of Europe–545 Main St. (Czech) Open 11:30 am to 8 pm (closed Tue & Wed).  Czech restaurant that has a very good presentation of the country’s most popular dishes. Reviewers think the meat dishes that come with sauce or gravy are best. (2-25-17)

Timmy’s Brown Bag–451 Main St. (Sandwiches) Breakfast Wed-Sat; lunch Mon-Sat.  Five star rating on Yelp–these seem to be some of the best sandwiches you can find anywhere. Portobello and leek, pulled pork, corned beef, etc. Not upscale–just high quality ingredients. (2-25-17)

Redding

Champa Garden–1107 Hilltop Dr. (Lao) Open Daily (closed from 3:30 to 4:30 pm).  Reviewers say it is owned by Champa Garden in Oakland, and that the food is similar (big city quality). (2-25-17)

Mae Ploy Thai–2600 Churn Creek Rd. (Thai) Closed Mon.  Many say Nipa’s (the former restaurant) was the best Thai in north state. They now say Mae Ploy is as good or better. (2-25-17)

Roquitos Taqueria–2605 S. Market St. (Mexican) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  Of interest not only because it is very authentic, but also because these are some of the best tacos you will find (according to reviewers). (2-25-17)

Rohnert Park

Sam’s Mediterranean Cafe–613 Martin Ave. (Middle Eastern) Open Mon-Fri (breakfast & lunch only).  There are not many restaurants on Yelp that get a five star rating, but this is one of them. Casual restaurant in an industrial that mainly serves sandwiches (falafel, gyro, chicken, etc.). (2-25-17)

Rosamond

Thai Garden–3030 Sierra Hwy. (Thai) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  Good reviews from people who seem to know authentic Thai food. Pad prik khing (one of my favorite dishes) is one of the recommended dishes here. (5-3-17)

Sacramento

Banh Cuon Tay Ho–6840 65th St. (Vietnamese) Open daily until 8 pm.  A mini-chain located in several cities, and since one of them is Oklahoma City I am able to say that I’ve tried it and liked it.  The specialty is banh cuon (rice sheet wraps).  Good food, but I am careful to ask for things without MSG (which may limit the choices). (2-22-16)

CF Cheng–2063 Arena Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Has a Chinese menu with authentic dishes such as clay pot (this takes about 30 min. to prepare).  Good reviews for the food. (2-22-16)

Chando’s Tacos–863 Arden Way (Mexican) Open Daily.  Excellent taco truck with “cheap eats” Mexican food.  They say it’s so hard to decide which taco is best you’ll want to order several (but the tilapia is especially recommended). (2-22-16)

El Amigo–5722 Folsom Blvd. (Mexican) Open Daily.  This seems to be old school California style Mexican food, and it is very popular.  Chicken mole enchiladas are popular. (2-22-16)

Lemon Grass–601 Munroe St. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Highest rated Asian rest. in SAC (when I used to be able to get these ratings on Urbanspoon).  Yelp reviewers say that it is Americanized (but still good). (2-22-16)

May Flower Chinese–3022 L St. (Chinese) Open Daily.  CBS Local recommends it as a place for authentic Chinese food (such as clay pot dishes).  Yelp is full of reviews for Americanized dishes, many with mediocre reviews.  I believe the “good stuff” is available, though, and this is the reason I want to include it on this list as a place to try. (2-22-16)

Starbread–2101 Natomas Crossing Dr. (Bakery) Open daily until 7 pm.  This is a bakery (not a restaurant).  Reviewers say their specialty (senorita bread) is something everyone needs to try.  It is a sweet bread (some come with a filling such a a hot dog or guava if you like it especially sweet).  It also sells other Filipino baked goods. (2-22-16)

The Coconut Midtown–2502 J St. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 2:00 to 4:30 pm).  Yelp says it’s the best Thai in Sacramento.  Gives unlimited Thai tea. Note: this restaurant is planning to move to another location. (2-22-16)

Zocalo–1801 Capitol Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Chicken mole, guacamole made in a molcajete, chile relleno are good.  $$ price range.  Seems to be California style (not interior Mexican), but very good for this type of food. (12-5-15)

Note: also see listings for Carmichael and West Sacramento

Salinas

Culturas–473 E. Market St. (Mexican) Open Daily.  This is supposed to be a “Hidalgo and Oaxaca” style restaurant. I’ve been to Hidalgo, and I’m not sure there is such a thing as Hidalgo style food. Nevertheless, reviewers rave about this restaurant (including the Oaxacan style mole). (5-17-17)

La Fogata–232 Main St. (Mexican) Closed Tue.  I get two stories about this restaurant. Some Chowhound reviews going back a number of years say it is excellent and authentic. Some newer Yelp reviews say it is actually Mexican-Japanese fusion, and that the fusion doesn’t really work. It has the same owners, though, so I think the tastes of some of the people have changed and not the restaurant. (5-17-17)

San Luis Obispo

Taste–2900 Broad St. (New American) Open daily 11 am to 10 pm.  High quality burger, sandwich, soup, and tapas restaurant. One of the keys to its popularity is the small plate mix and match concept. (5-17-17)

Thai Boat–3212 Broad St. (Thai) Open Mon-Fri only.  Authentic Thai (owners go to Thailand frequently). The down side is that the restaurant is frequently closed (the owners go to Thailand). Pad thai and yellow curry are the most recommended items (pad thai may be Chiang Mai style). (5-17-17)

Santa Barbara

Brummis–3130 State St. (German).  Bavarian style.  Chicken Jagerschnitzel is good.

Mac’s Fish & Chip Shop–503 State St. (Seafood) Open Daily.  Maybe the best British style fish & chip shop in the U.S.

Santa Cruz

Charlie Hong Kong–1141 Soquel Ave. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 11 pm.  Inexpensive, highly rated, and popular. Probably not very traditional, though. Food is healthy, gluten free, eggs removed, etc. (but I’m not sure if it’s in all dishes or just some). Probably worth a visit to see what they can do with this concept. (5-17-17)

Laili–101 Cooper St. (Afghan) Closed Mon.  Classified as Afghan and Mediterranean. I think it has Afghan food combined with local fruit and produce prepared Mediterranean style such as arugula salad, pear flatbread, etc. To me it seems like the best of both cuisines. (5-17-17)

O’Mei–2316 Mission St. (Chinese) Lunch Tue-Fri; dinner Tue-Sun.  Expensive, high quality food. Dumplings are home made. Reviewers like the flavors. Has some unique dishes such as apricot almond chicken (this may not be authentic but is a favorite with diners). Reviewers say the food is both standard (authentic) and creative (such as the apricot chicken). (5-17-17)

Pono–120 Union St. (Hawaiian) Open Daily.  Cheap, healthy, and good tasting food. Has a dog friendly patio. Has poke and Hawaiian plate lunch style food. (5-17-17)

Santa Rosa

Khoom Lanna–107 4th St. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5:00 pm).  “Real” Thai food (reviews indicate that it’s true). (2-25-17)

Sazon–1129 Sebastopol Rd. (Peruvian) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5 pm).  Reviewers say it has excellent Peruvian food, but price is an issue (it’s also good to get reservations). (2-25-17)

Solvang

Bit O’Denmark–473 Alisal Rd. (Danish) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  The only restaurant in town I can find that serves authentic Danish food. Apparently has smorgasbord (lunch & dinner), but can order from the menu also. Reviewers generally think the price is high, and some say the quality is not quite there (but I think like any restaurant, some items are better than others). (5-17-17)

Danish Bakeries (there are several in town). One review on Yelp compares all of them with the following results (5-17-17):

  • Birkholm’s Bakery–460 Alisal Rd.  Best Cheese Danish
  • Danish Mill–1682 Copenhagen Dr.  Best Danish Waffle
  • Mortensen’s–1588 Mission Dr.  Best Pistachio Bar
  • Olsen’s–1529 Mission Dr.  Best Marzipan Pastries
  • Solvang Bakery–438 Alisal Rd.  Best Danish Bread (pastries are not as good as the other places)

Ingeborg’s Danish Chocolates–1679 Copenhagen Dr. (Candy store) Open daily 9 am to 5:30 pm.  Eric Dowdle on the show “Painting the Town” visited Solvang and recommended this as one of your “must visit” places. The recipes are from Denmark. They are best known for the chocolate candy and the ice cream. (5-17-17)

Paula’s Pancake House–1531 Mission Dr. (Danish) Open daily 6 am to 3 pm.  Mostly known for its Danish pancakes. (5-17-17)

Solvang Restaurant–1672 Copenhagen Dr. (Danish) Breakfast & lunch only (open daily).  Best known for its aebleskivers (very good topped with raspberry jam). Also has Belgian waffles. (5-17-17)

Sonoma

La Salette–452 1st St. E. (Portuguese) Open daily (closed from 2:30 to 5:00 pm).  Excellent reviews.  Rest. is expensive, but worth the price.  Authentic Portuguese, but also has Brazilian dishes.  Soup and Portuguese stew are recommended, along with the entrees.  Has 3 oz. wine tasting menu. (1-8-16)

South Lake Tahoe

My Thai–2108 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm).  Owner is Indonesian, but reviewers say the Thai food is “authentic.”  The curries have good reviews, so whether they are actually Thai or Indonesian, this seems to be a good thing to order.  There are both good and bad reviews of the Thai restaurants here, so that is why I am listing two of them (I’m not sure which one is best).  The main problem here seems to be the time it takes to get the food. (2-25-17)

Orchids Authentic Thai–2180 Lake Tahoe Blvd. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 3 to 4 pm).  Has items on the menu not normally found in Thai restaurants.  I do want to warn, though, that it has more bad reviews than My Thai (seems to be mostly because of the service). (2-25-17)

Sprouts Cafe–3123 Harrison Ave. (Vegetarian) Open daily 8 am to 9 pm.  This is in keeping with the “healthy” part of the mission statement for this list (apparently the “good food” criterion also applies).  It is not strictly vegetarian–has tuna, turkey, and other meats. (2-25-17)

Stockton

Mitaphaep–8028 N. Eldorado St. (Cambodian) Open daily until 8 pm (7 pm on Sunday).  Less well known than Monorom and there are fewer reviews, but the reviews are good.  Food is authentic. (12-5-15)

Monorom–8626 Lower Sacramento Rd. (Cambodian) Closed Mon (and closes other days at 7:00 pm).  Stockton has several Cambodian restaurants, and this one has the highest rating on Yelp.  Some of the dishes are Americanized, but authentic ones are available.  Readers have a number of favorite dishes, so all of it seems to be good. (12-5-15)

Suisun City

Sukhothai–258 Sunset Ave. (Lao) Closed Mon (and closed from 3:30 to 5 pm).  Lao sausage is very good.  Has Thai and Lao food (both are popular). (2-22-16)

Tracy

Papa Urb’s Grill–549 W. Clover Rd. (Filipino) Open Daily.  Excellent & cheap food.  Part of Stockton’s large Filipino community. Adobo and sisig are popular. (2-25-17)

Ukiah

Lili Pad–311 N. State St. (Korean) Breakfast and lunch only (closed Sat & Sun).  Korean fusion, but it’s not dumbed-down Korean, but rather Korean combined with American (such as the bulgogi sandwich). Crepes are recommended for dessert. (2-25-17)

Tastebuds–405 S. State St. (Caribbean) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Sun).  A vegetarian and vegan restaurant that will make you really enjoy this kind of food. Specializes in Caribbean style food (such as jerk tofu). (2-25-17)

Vacaville

Buddha Thai–2060 Harbison Dr. (Thai) Open daily (closed from 3 to 5 pm).  People come from surrounding towns to eat here.  Best dishes are pad thai, drunken noodles, and pad see ew. (2-25-17)

Clay Oven–400 Orange Dr. (Indian) Open daily 11 am to 10:30 pm.  Good Indian food (northern style) with generous servings.  Is in a rather old, downscale neighborhood, though. (2-25-17)

Watsonville

La Perla del Pacifico–458 Main St. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Nayarit style Mexican food–specializes in seafood (shrimp enchiladas, agua chile, tilapia tacos, etc.). (5-17-17)

Uma Wan–1433 Main St. (Thai) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Reviews sound as if this is better and more authentic than the Thai restaurants in the Monterey area. Some say the green curry is not spicy enough, but yellow curry is recommended. (5-17-17)

Weed

Asian-American Bar-B-Q–10 N. Weed Blvd. (Asian Fusion) Open daily except Mon evening.  Specializes in Asian style barbecue meat.  The owner apparently is Lao, but the food is described as “Asian fusion” (and many people rave about it). (2-25-17)

West Sacramento

Vientiane–1001 Jefferson Blvd. (Lao) Closed Sun (and closed from 3:00 to 5:00 pm).  Cheap prices for good food.  Reviews indicate this may be the best Lao rest. in the valley.  Has good food, good service, and the proper spice level for Lao food (so go easy if you’re not used to it). (2-22-16)

Yountville

Bistro Jeanty–6510 Washington St. (French) Open Daily.  Authentic French bistro.  Expensive (but falls short of $$$$).  One of the more popular wine country rests. (Once had a Michelin star, but patrons believe it is just as good now as before).  Coq au vin one of the best anywhere. (1-8-16)

Yreka

Nature’s Kitchen–412 S. Main St. (New American) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  If you can envision using the words “scrumptious” and “vegetarian” in the same sentence, then this is probably the place for you–reviewers say the food is excellent (it specializes in vegetarian but is not totally vegetarian). (2-25-17)

The Purple Plum–105 E. Miner St. (New American) Open Daily.  Healthy food–both meat dishes and vegetarian. Veggie burgers and cucumber salad are very popular. Large menu of rather upscale (but mostly healthy) items. (2-25-17)

Yuba City

Sun’s Cafe–646 Gray Ave. (Korean) Breakfast and lunch only (closed Sun).  American food, Korean food, or a combination of the two are all popular here. (2-25-17)

 

Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.

 

Sources:

CBS Sacramento (Mexican Food)

Chowhound (California)

Gil’s Thrilling (And Filling) Blog

Roadfood

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (California)

Zomato (Fresno)

 

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