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Places to eat in Roseville/Rockland?

My best friend is moving to the Roseville/Rockland area outside of Sacramento later this month. After house hunting he came back and said all of the places nearby to eat are all chains which he really wants to avoid if at all possible. To get to any decent restaurants it's a 30 minute drive into Sacramento. Do any of you CH's know of any secret gems in this area so I can help him out? He likes all kinds of food, though Italian is a particular favorite. No budget restrictions necessarily - all price points would be welcome! Just looking for good places to eat (non-chain) that are fairly local. Thanks!

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    1. BTW, it is Rocklin.

      Here ia a fairly recent thread about the area....http://www.chowhound.com/topics/339766

      Some things there though....Mark And Monica's is not anymore. Granitos ha a downhill report.

      See the Granite Bay thread for good reccos.

      There is a great pie place on Douglas just west of Keener in Roseville. Sandwiches and pie, very unusual pies.

      In Rockilin is Lorries Little Shack By The Railroad Track. They are famous for their tacos special. On Taylor/Pacific road at Rocklin Road.

      Across the street (Taylor/Pacific) is the best breakfast/lunch in town. Used to be the Gold Miner but the name has changed. Still really good.

      The Zinfandel Griil in the Hotel at Rocklin Road/I80 is probably good if the other outlets are any indication. I have not been to this outlet, but visit the one in Folsom on occasion.

      On Douglas, east of 80 is Parker's Dogs. Greatdogs, like Casper's.

      Brookfields has very good coffee shop food. By the waterpark. Inexpensive good food. they even have pepper grinders on the table (and I love that).

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      1. re: bennyboy1

        Thanks to both of you!! This is all great information.

        Benny - sorry, my friend is from the south so sometimes I mishear him. Appreciate the correction! Now I know why my search turned up nothing. :)

        1. re: scorpioscuba

          Not sure you are going to find anything for Rocklin in particular. I don't remember a Rocklin specific thread.

          BTW< Folsom is not out of the range either. And you can do a search for Folsom where there are loads of reccos (most by me).

      2. I forgot to mention La Provence. Roseville by the HP plant. Blue Oaks Blvd about a mile west of Foothills. Off a little street that looks like it is going to a residential area (it is).

        Way good. seriously good. French food mostly but with a CA flair. This would be my #1 Roseville choice of dining options. http://laprovenceroseville.com/

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        1. re: bennyboy1

          Re: LaProvence. Is it still good? Some posts on other sites suggest that service and food is lacking. The menu looks great and location would be fine for us as son lives near and works at HP. Thanks.

        2. One more I forgot. Crush 29. http://www.crush29.com/ Very nice. My friend Misty is a bartender there so if you see her, tell her hello. Very nice food, on the med to high end of pricing. (but not La Provence, Ruth's Chris high end) They have some interesting dishes. I love the double cut pork chops.. Wood fired pizzas, great sandwhiches.

          1. For something a little less ambitious than previous suggestions, try Muntean’s Bistro in Roseville, which bills itself as Romanian, Hungarian, Italian & Greek food. It looked like a coffee shop for geezers (I qualified), but the food seemed of the highest quality. The owner gave us a couple of hot, orange-cranberry scones after we finished our meal.
            Muntean’s Boulevard Bistro
            5181 Foothills Blvd.
            Roseville, CA

            Muntean’s fronts the street in the shopping center that contains the more expensive -
            Bistro La Petite France
            5131 Foothills Blvd. Suite 1
            Roseville, CA
            http://bistrolapetitefrance.net/

            Additionally, Eppie Johnson of Eppie’s Coffee Shop fame in Sacramento has reopened the Horseshoe Bar Grill in Loomis. The Horseshoe was a big deal at one time, but the previous owner had lost interest and the old nag had thrown a shoe when I tried it, just before it closed. It could amount to something again.
            New Horseshoe Bar Grill
            3645 Taylor Road
            Loomis, CA