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Good Eats in Fairfield/Solano County?

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Just moved from SF to Fairfield, and we're starting to miss our good taquerias...cheap and quick Chinese...fantastic pizza...and nice but inexpensive sit-downs. Any recommendations?

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  1. Alejandro's Taqueria on W. Texas in old downtown Fairfield is good, cheap and causal. Fairfield Noodles (1955 Texas) in the Vintage Square shopping center(Food MAx) is a real great mom n pop viet cafe, one of my favorites in town.

    Dyansty Express near Oliver Road at the old Yardbirds shoping center is pretty good fast and cheap chinese take-out, however the China House in old town FF is very good but still reasonable. Theres a place at 1430 N Texas that is called Yo-Sushi, that has great japanese food and good prices. Those are some starters, let me know if you want more. Good luck and welcome to Fairfield, we moved here 6 years ago and love the small town feel, even though its 100k plus with people.

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    1. re: Phil

      Fairfield Noodles (1955 Texas) in the Vintage Square shopping center(Food MAx)-- is no longer in business I believe. They moved to Sacramento to retire. Husband was a regular there. Daughter loves their Pho. We will miss them.

    2. the best food in fairfield is about 15 miles west in napa. it is worth the drive.

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      1. re: rich

        Your right about that. FF Doesnt have much in real good places to eat. Besides Napa, Benica has some good spots also. However, you can always go over the bridge to CC County aand find some good places to eat.

        As far as Napa goes, HWY 12 can get a little scary at times and in rush hour it can be hell.

        1. re: Phil

          coming from fairfield to napa after 5 oclock is a snap. it's leaving napa from 3:30 to 5: that it's a mess. plan around those times.

      2. Try Main Street in Suisun- Bab's Delta Diner has incredible breakfasts-be prepared for a long wait on weekends, the Athenian Grill (Greek) next door is pretty reliable too. As for Mexican, our favorite is La Cabana- it doesn't look like much when you drive by, but the food is cheap, plentiful, and good. Tasuke is also good if you're looking for Japanese/sushi. Otherwise, I'd agree with other posts-I drive to Napa if I'm looking for something nicer, but these places are great for quick, inexpensive weekday dinners out.

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        1. re: jp

          La Cabana is real good, but some days are better than other days, I read that it will expand to the lot next door soon. Your right about Bab's and Athenian Grill, there good. Taski's is a bit up and down though.

          627 Main used to be good, but since they changed owners, I dont think as good.

          I wish FF could attract better places to eat instead of all the franchise places.

          Any other favorites you have? I'm always interested in different places to eat. Let me know, Thanks, Phil

          1. re: jp

            La Cabana- the food is cheap, plentiful, and good.

            I agree with that statement. I love Mexican Food. They have great tacos and sopes there. One sopes will fill you out for lunch. Tacos/sopes combo is perfect for any day.
            The Food - Sopes sopes sopes sopes :) Delicious hand made sopes with lots of meat and cheese and lettuce. Price is great for the qualtiy.

            Dessert - did not try.

            The Service - Nice service people.

            The place - nice and open, recently remodeled and relocated to larger area. Newer location but I like the old restaurant better. It feels like home there. At the newer location, the high ceiling gives me a cold feeling, and the atmosphere is not as cozy and authentic Mexican.

            Bathroom - CLEAN

            Location - Suisun City and in downtown area. Out of area from 80

            Returnability -

            Did I tell you I love sopes?????

          2. up in vacaville there is the old post office and villa corona. both darn good.

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            1. re: rich

              Good to hear The Old Post Office is still open. I liked it when I tried it a few years back.

              1. re: rich

                Been to Post Office for brunch, was good. Havnt been to Villa Corona, what's a sure bet to order?

                Have you tried Jalapenos on Texas in FF? went there for breakfast and was just ok, but now I see they are serving Papusas, going to check it out soon.

                Another great place for breakfast is Sandys 101 omlett in FF, too big of portions though.

                How about Pizza? havnt found anything that was outstanding like closer to SF. Any Recomendations?

                1. re: Phil

                  i stick pretty close to napa, but have been to the post office a couple of times. a customer of mine owns villa corona and i make it a point to stop in at the st helena and vacaville stores when i can. the cheese enchiladas with green sauce are a staple in my diet. it's funny, i've been thinking about where to eat in ffld since this question came up---breakfast at babs (suisun) and after that i faulter (let's face it, nobody is going to starve there, you just have to go to red lobster and chevys and crap like that). for an interesting meal---take a drive.

                  1. re: rich

                    So Rich, Are you going to tell us about some places in Napa that we dont read about but are great? I will be waiting for some secret places from you. Thanks.

                    1. re: Phil

                      i wish i had some secrets for you---i can't think of one spot that hasn't been written about on here already. i haven't seen a post for the soscal cafe for awhile---good spot for a big, greasy breakfast. there just aren't any undiscovered gems that come to mind.

                  2. re: Phil

                    for good pizza theres Marys Pizza Shack
                    I have family in FF and we always get pizza from there.

                2. Thanks all, will try these recommendations. Have found a nice Chinese place in Green Valley/Cordelia called Happy Garden. Take the Green Valley Road/Cordelia exit and go into the Safeway shopping area. Happy Garden is next to Safeway.

                  Decor: standard "upscale" Chinese. Good service. It's on the expensive side but really quite good. I've eaten in and out and prefer to eat in. Sesame beef is very good, as is honey walnut prawns.

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                    1. re: Fleagirl

                      I live in Green Valley and Happy Garden is good, try the clay pot chicken sometime. Your right about it being a little expensive thats why I told you about China Palace. Across the parking lot is Sushi King. I ate there a couple of times when they first opened and was disappointed. Up at the Hwy at "Fast Food Junction" there is the Green Bamboo that does a good meal for less money. Next door is the Cordelia Deli which makes all their own salads and desserts and bread for decent prices.

                      1. re: Fleagirl

                        I hope you will post back on your finds, even the flops. This area doesn't get reported on often enough. Here's an old post that also includes mention of La Reine, Murrillos, Vasquez deli-mexican diner (all Vacville), daves giant hamburgers, Fusilli and Ohkura (all Fairfield). Don't have a current status on these places.

                        This is worthless because I don't have a name or address or my post, BUT, there is a Mexican market in Vacaville which has a carneceria in it that puts out pretty decent and authentic tacos. How many carnercerias can there be in Vacaville, after all.

                        After goggling around I'm ALMOST certain it is

                        Mexico Meat Market
                        (707) 452-0580
                        1130 E Monte Vista Ave
                        Vacaville, CA 95688

                        There is one in Fairfield too. My google on the address also came up with the employment development office in the same strip mall which I remember too. And the description of the market says it has Drinks, Food, Fruits, Meats, Soups & Salads. There was also a small panedria which wasn't half bad. And I'm thinking I liked the horchata.

                        Actually Mexican Markets are good to check out because many make some prepared food and some even have soup.

                        Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                      2. There are some good places, but many of them lack the lightness you see in the Bay Area/Napa areas.

                        Pietro's Pizza in Vacaville (and perhaps Fairfield) has excellent pizza, though be aware that the style of crust is thick.

                        About ten miles from Vacaville in Winters is a great restaurant called The Buckhorn. Great steakhouse setting and food. Though beware the numerous hunting trophies on the walls of the dining room. ;-)

                        http://www.buckhornsteakhouse.com/ite...

                        Patrick

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                          Melanie Wong

                          I've had but one meal in Fairfield in recent years, but it's a place that I can recommend if you're interested in a good bowl of pho. Hope the place is still there - the pho was better than all but the very top spots I've tried in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose, standing head and shoulders above the typical pho.

                          While I haven't had any tacos in Fairfield, I do recall driving by some Latino neighborhoods on the drive from Napa to Saigon Restaurant and spotting some markets/carnicerias and restaurants. I'd think you'd have no trouble finding a good taqueria or at least some good tacos if you sniff these out. You got good advice on that front from rworange to try some of the meat markets that offer take-out.

                          Fwiw, I've tried 6 or 7 taquerias in downtown Napa once each and have not been impressed with any of them. So, I wouldn't advise going to Napa for your taco fix except for the trucks along Soscol. But you'll find taco trucks that are equally good in Vallejo.

                          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            Nice report, there, Melanie. I also hope Saigon is still open; I guess it qualifies as "north of Berkeley" (^_^)

                            1. re: Melanie Wong

                              Yes Melanie, Saigon Restaurant is still open. I wish the building would get a face lift though. Kinda across the street is La Charitta Market. It has a great taqueria in the back of the market. We always get our masa there too. They make there own tortillas and have a mexican bakery also. The family most recently opened a restaurant at their old location, but have not been there yet.

                              Another place is the Mexican Meat Market, No it's not a pick-up place for singles, but does have a good mexican deli. It's on N Texas accros from the Large Food Maxx.

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                                Melanie Wong

                                Hi Phil, thanks for offering those up. I just knew there had to be some worthy taquerias in town.

                                I agree that Saigon could use a facelift. But more importantly, I hope the food stays as good! I've heard there's a new, fusion-y Vietnamese place in town, Red Shallot. Anyone tried it yet?

                                1. re: Melanie Wong

                                  Red Shallot is out of business, wasnt that great. A new place is there now. I will try it soon.

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                                    Melanie Wong

                                    Thanks, Phil. Look forward to hearing more from you about eats in your neck of the woods.

                              2. re: Melanie Wong

                                jeeze melanie, i don't think any of us were guiding fleagirl to drive to napa for a taco truck. even i'm not that nutty. how you been? rich

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                                  Melanie Wong

                                  Just yankin' your chain again, rich! The question asked for taquerias, Chinese, pizza . . ., so any generic answer would seem to be a rec for those. Fwiw, I don't care for the taquerias in San Francisco either, so probably shouldn't try to guide the OP in that area.

                                  I have a lunch meeting in Napa tomorrow, but it's not about the food. (g)

                              3. Just ate last night at the Creekside Bar and Grill in downtown Vacaville. Heavy food, huge portions, nice location along Ulatis Creek (i.e. more interesting than the I-80 strip malls). I meet my folks in Vacaville/Fairfield often because its half way between Sac (where I live) and the East Bay (where they live). We'll still searching for a half way decent place. The best we've found so far is a Greek place along the waterfront in Suisun City. Its a bit off the beaten track (about 10 minutes off of I-80 (and frankly closer to my parents than to us), but the food is solid. Good burgers, great hummus.

                                1. I just moved to the Green Valley area recently, and definitely thought for the first few days I'd be stuck with the franchise foody places... but have been relatively happy with some new stuff I've found.

                                  First off, let me cast another vote for Happy Garden in Green Valley (the Costco exit, right next to the Safeway/Longs there). I'm Chinese, and I'm a big foodie... and it's not easy to impress me (or my parents). This place really does it for me. I'd probably rank it amongst the top 5 for the entire bay area.

                                  Second, I *think* I've been to Saigon (the description and address looks about right) on W Texas... but sorry, the time I went, I was anything but impressed. It might've just been an off-night, but the ingredients + portions didn't impress. For pho, my favorite place is Noodle House. It's in the Solano Mall area, but not in the primary mall building. Google tells me it's at 1305 Gateway blvd. It's right next door to the JJ North Buffet, which is in turn next to Trader Joe's. Very, very good food if you're ok with ma/pa Vietnamese feel. (And it's clean, and far from run-down.)

                                  Best of all, immediately next to it is Bay Sushi. Very well made sushi.

                                  Third, I wandered into "Texas Korean BBQ" on the 900 block of W. Texas in downtown FF a few days ago. The place looks kinda run down, and has been nearly empty both times I've gone... but the Korean food is authentic, and better than decent (but not great, either).

                                  Oh, and how about Blue Frog Grog Grill? That does have a bit of a franchise feel (and it's in the franchise area in Solano Mall)... but it also has good beers, and serves deep-fried frog legs. That makes it worth a mention!

                                  I'm looking forward to trying out some of these Suisun places listed here.

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                                  1. re: Chon

                                    Green Bamboo Restaurant - Fairfield, CA

                                    The Food - BEST Mongolian Beef that Husband and Sister have ever tasted. Our family and extended clan our all foodies. We live to eat. We also live to try out new Chinese restaurants ;) Mongolian beef dish is better than DAIMO from Richmond, TinTin Cafe from Walnut Creek, or some of those touristy place in SF. I love their claypot seafood and tofu dish. The owner loves our family because we order from there at least once per week. We have gone there since Dec 2000.

                                    The place - Mom and pa owners and waiters :) typical decoration; most people stop by on their way to Tahoe. Locals know it and stop by for pick ups.

                                    Bathroom - Ok.

                                    Location - out of the way, need to take Suisun City exit if coming from Sac 90. It is in the fastfood plaza tucked all the way in near the bumper car place.

                                    Returnability - part of our family

                                  2. I lived in Suisun for a year before heading first to Napa and now to SF and surprisingly, there are a few things I miss from the area...

                                    On the corner of Texas & Travis is Yo Sushi, a converted burger joint that serves AMAZING maki and temaki rolls; incredibly inexpensive on SF standards and quite good. Even now, living near Japantown, I miss Yo Sushi for its quality and price.

                                    There is a strip mall across the street from Home Depot with a large grocery store (name escapes me). Next to the Nations Burger is Coyote Sams which is some of the best Q I've found in the state (better than any I've found in SF!).

                                    I actually ate at Villa Corona on Monday evening (visiting my sister) and they make very reputable, decent Mexican food.

                                    The Indian restaurant in downtown Fairfield (Bombay something...) has really great tandoori and palaak paneer.

                                    BTW, if you want haute cuisine, obviously Napa is it -- but when I moved to Napa and wanted ANYTHING ethnic, I still drove back down to Fairfield!

                                    1. I live in SF now, moved from Fairfield a few years ago and still have not found a better Chinese place than Peking Restaurant. They have an extensive menu, great prices and quick and friendly service. Its in the Raley's shopping center on Travis Blvd. They's been around for 20+ years for a reason..it's the best food ever!

                                      1. If you are in the mood for great sandwiches, I would recommend Joe's Buffet at 834 Texas Street in Fairfield. Don't know why it's called a buffet when it's actually a Deli. The best Roast Beef sandwich in Solano County period.