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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

            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

            1. Two very good sushi places in Roseville/Rocklin are Blue Nami on Douglas http://www.bluenamisushi.com

              and Wave on Sunset near Park drive.

              I prefer sashimi and nigiri to rolls and have found both these places to have excellent quality fish.

              Blue Nami is open till 1 am or so Thursday through Saturday, and while they limit the menu to some of their most popular rolls after about 9 or 10 pm, they do run a 50% off special also. It can be some pretty darn good, cheap, late night eats!

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              1. re: WineJones

                BTW Blue Nami is not on Douglas.

                Blue Nami
                1465 Eureka Rd # 120, Roseville, CA

                1. re: PeterL

                  Thanks for saving me on that one! It was lame of me not to check because I always get that stretch of Eureka and Douglas mixed up. Sorry if I confused anyone!

              2. Try Dominick's in Granite Bay. They make authentic NY style pizza, and their Italian food is top notch, and from family recipies back East.

                1. newcastle has an excellent italian restaurant, la fornetta, with great ambiance (just like the town). i highly recommend it. the owners made the move from pasadena a few years back.

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                  1. re: finnleyjane

                    Absolutely wonderful Scilian style. Cannoli to die for. Great cheese cake. Small. Everything done with care.

                  2. Some updates:

                    Zinfandel Grill is no more in the Rocklin Park Hotel. don't know what if anything has replaced it.

                    There is a Whole Foods market in the shopping center by the mall in Rocklin.

                    Jimboys Tacos at the Roseville Auction are still the best. much better than any of the other Jimboys. Only open Fri, Sat and Sunday.

                    Hawks in Granite Bay is still awesome. (Douglas Blvd). Piza Antiqua in the same shopping center is really good too.

                    And my favorite, Granitos, seems to have found it's legs again under new ownership. Same menu, but handled with the same aplumb as Lester used to handle it.

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                    1. re: bennyboy1

                      I think that Whole Foods is in Roseville (as is the Galleria)?

                      Another good option is Golden Dragon in Rocklin, an authentic Szechuan restaurant, but you must order from the Chinese menu (not in Chinese, but mostly only provided to Chinese customers). Dishes can be very spicy if you like that kind of stuff.

                      Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant
                      4800 Granite Dr. #B2, Rocklin, CA 95677

                      1. re: PeterL

                        Yeah Roseville (as a life long resident of the area, Stanford Ranch Rd. is Rocklin to me) but yeah it is in the shpping center by the Galleria.

                        1. re: PeterL

                          I highly recommend Golden Dragon, it is excellent! I have not yet had a dish there I did not like, other than the pig's ears fried in chili oil...and that only because of the texture, not the taste. Definitely stick to the pink "special" menu, and Mrs. Ma who runs the place is happy to give you recommendations based on your likes and dislikes. The tea smoked duck is amazing, as is the home style smoked pork, if you like smoky dishes.

                          Also very good and a little further west near 65 in Rocklin is Anatolian Table, a Turkish restaurant. Try the Beyti, a tasty lamb wrap. And their Baba Ganouj is excellent.

                      2. Mehfil Indian Food on Douglas is very, very good. She the owner/cook was born in India and wanted to do it right. I just came from 23 years in SF and I can't find an Indian restaurant there to compare to this. In fact they do a lot of catering in SF. Her brother, a doctor I think in SF gets them lots of work. Meanwhile, back at the restaurant, it is spotlessly shining with, again, the delicious food.. Buffet, all you can eat, 11-3 weekends for something like $8.50. Love it.

                        Mehfil Indian Restaurant
                        1605 Douglas Blvd, Roseville, CA 95661