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May 21, 2009 11:17 AM

3 dinners in Auburn, one in Sacramento

Three of us will be staying in the Auburn area for the Western States 100 Training Runs. We'll need dinners on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, probably around 8 all three nights. Carpe Vino? What else?

We'll also be in Sacramento on Monday night - Memorial Day - staying where we can walk to the Old City and downtown. We did this last year and walked forever (near the capitol) to an Asian place that was just okay. Where's a place - bistro like, great California food, quiet - that we could walk to next Monday? Thanks!

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  1. I am guessing you are staying in Sac at the Embassy suites? if true, that limits your options as far as walking distance.

    Il Fornaio might fit the bill. Capitol Mall around 4th Wells Fargo Building (About four blocks from the ES). very good dinners. House made pastas, great wood fired pizzas...Up scale, great patio for people watching buy Monday night, memorial day that will not be much.

    In Old Sac the Delta King is the best option IMO, or the FireHouse wich is pricey as all get out, but really really good. Fine dining as good as it gets in Sacramento..

    Most of the hound worthy places in Sac are more inside the grid. Jst has many options, and Capitol has many options. Waterboy, Rubicon, jacks, etc....

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    1. re: bennyboy1

      No, we are staying at a Best Western beside the river and will walk along the levee to Old Sacramento or downtown. If you say the Delta King is good, we'll go with that. Thanks!

      1. re: Marydan

        Jiboom St or Richards Blvd area. Stay in a group on your return okay.....So walking distance is Old Sac or Il fornaio and nothing much else?.

        On Richards there is Hungry Hunter that is...well, a Hungry Hunter. Great Prime Rib.

        Fanny Anns in old Sac is good place for drinks. the funkiest bar in town.

        Too bad that Old Sac is not some place that a lot of us go from this board. I was down there the other day, and I had no idea about most of the restaurants and most of them I haven't been to in years and years. That includes the Delta King. But over the years it has been consistent every time......I think they are having a murder mystery theater thing there some nights so you might wanna call. (nope only Friday and Saturday)

        1. re: bennyboy1

          Hungry Hunter is gone. So is Rusty Duck (good riddance!).

          1. re: karlkrist

            Yeah I knew the Duck was gone but not Hungry Hunter. What is there now?

    2. In Sacto near Old Sac is 4th Street Grill, a bit further away is Grange inside Citizen Hotel.

      Fourth Street Grille
      400 L St., Sacramento, CA 95814

      Grange Restaurant
      926 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

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      1. re: PeterL

        Peter, could you elaborate a little on these two? In all my visits over the past decade they are both new to me. I've scaled back on my business visits but now find myself in the same search mode for quality food since my wife has to be up there a couple of times a year for meetings. TIA



        1. re: PolarBear

          I used to be a bit of a regular at 4th Street. They serve reasonably good casual food - burgers, salads, fish 'n' chips, etc. Nothing special, but you can get a decent meal there.

          Grange is a new place doing the "farm to table" thing. It got a lot of hype in the local paper when it opened, but those I've talked to have not been impressed.

          If you're up for a long walk, your best bet for a quiet spot serving California food (with a Southern French accent) is the Waterboy. It's a few blocks past the Capitol. Mulvaney's might be another option.

          The OP should be advised that the Sacramento Jazz Festival is going on this weekend, so Old Sacramento and the western part of downtown are likely to be a zoo. Nothing wrong with that if it's what you're looking for, but forewarned is forearmed...

          Waterboy Restaurant
          2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

          Mulvaney's B & L
          1215 19th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

      2. Enotria Cafe and Wine Bar, 1431 Del Paso, Sacramento - not that far from Old Sac. Wonderful food, great if you can dine out in the garden. The neighborhood doesn't look like much but the restaurant is a diamond behind what looks like a tavern door.

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        1. re: ultravox

          People, they are going to be WALKING. Entoria is fine but c'mon....They just trained for the WS, they aren't going to want to walk another four miles across town. Even Waterboy is out of the walking radius....

          Now next year stay a little closer to midtown and then you can be having a ton of choices.

          1. re: ultravox

            I like Entoria and sometimes purchase wine from them at retail also. However, I would never walk there, since I value my personal safety.

            1. re: BN1

              As an FYI:

              I am in Sac tonight and was going to hit Enotria. Be warned though, they are currently only open for dinner Thur-Sun.

          2. I see you got lots of input for Sacramento but none from Auburn. So, here you go:
            Carpe Vino is no longer serving a full dinner, but offers "small plates". Across the street is the new Tsuda's Eatery, casual food with live music on the weekend. Also close by is Latitudes, The June "latitude" is Greece. Monkey Cat and the Club Car in downtown Auburn are also good, with the added benefit of frequent live music at the Club Car. There is a new Thai restaurant downtown, Royal Thai that is popular. Over on Hwy 49 near Bell Rd. is the Oak Fire Grill, good grilled meats and salads. If you want to go a little farther afield, try the new High Hand Conservatory Cafe in Loomis. They serve dinner Fri/Sat/Sun. It's a beautiful setting in the High Hand Nursery. Just ask anyone local for other recommendations, and ENJOY!

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            1. re: karenkillebrew

              In Auburn the Powers Mansion Inn has been getting some press. They opened their new restaurant a while ago and are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Has anyone tried it. It might be a good possibility.

            2. My wife and I have enjoyed our meals at Le Bilig French Cafe, 11750 Atwood Road, Auburn, (530) 888-1491.