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Are there any good places to eat in Sacramento [moved from SF]

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I am in Sacramento for the weekend and I am looking for a few good places to eat that I can only find in Sacramento. Nothing fancy. I am guessing the people of Sacramento do not eat at great resturaunts that often. I ask the locals where I can go to get something to eat and they all suggest places like Chilis or Cheesecake Factory.
Please help.
Jason

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  1. Biba in Sacramento
    Le Bilig French Cafe in Auburn, just up the hill next to the bail bonds place.

    1. It would help if you were a little more specific on details: location you are staying, transportation, type of cuisine you seek, price range, etc... There are some gems in the city despite the chain mentality. For the best breakfast and a scenic drive I suggest Katrina's in Auburn, great pancakes and corned beef hash. I can't wait to go back.

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      1. re: gmk1322

        the people in sacramento actually do have a lot of great places to eat- i don't know who you're asking. we go out about 3 times a week and never to a chain! mulvaney's, biba, waterboy, lucca, centro, zocalo, l wine bar, ella. grange, moxie, fox and goose, lemon grass etc etc etc
        have you checked these boards for ideas???

        1. re: gmk1322

          I am in the Arden way mall area but am willing to travel a bit. I am looking for cheap great food that I can only find in Sacramento.

          1. re: jasondowns

            At Arden and Futlon, east of the mall there is Rice Noodles. Yes, you can find Vietnamese food elsewhere, but not the same ktichsy ambience and interesting wait staff. It is sort of an only in Sacramento experience.

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            Rice Noodle
            2836 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825

            1. re: jasondowns

              Squeeze Inn is kind of unique to Sacramento. Corti Brothers, although not a restaurant, is a unique grocery store where even foodies from the Bay Area come over to shop. Otherwise there are lots of really good non-chain restaurants in Sac, although I wouldn't call them "unique". It would be nice if you wouldn't start by insulting residents of this city.

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              Squeeze Inn
              5301 Power Inn Rd., Sacramento, CA 95820

          2. Hey have you tried The Elephant Bar by Arden Way ...I've heard they really have awesome lettuce wraps

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            1. re: claudia downs

              isn't that a chain too? sacramento really does have ALOT more than chains!!

              1. re: toncasmo

                Yep, even out here in the burbs too.

                1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

                  Try Taro's by Mikuni, at Arden Fair Mall.

                  I'm told it's pretty good (from a number of different sources).

            2. What?? Of course we eat at great restaurants often. This is Sacramento, not the sticks.

              The Waterboy, Hawkes, Mulvaney's, Akebono I or II, Paragary's Bar and Oven, Spataro's, El Centro Cocina, Cafe Bernardo, Magpie's, Dad's, LaBonne's Soup Kitchen, Mikuni, and many, many more. What locals are you talkin' to??

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              1. re: melly

                thanks melly- i feel better that someone else finally stuck up for sacramento too! you and i must like alot of the same places
                i forgot about the new magpie's and that area- love it down there

                up in arden area could try flaming grill, lemon grass cafe,

              2. I guess Market Club might be unique to Sacramento. It is a real hidden gem for sure.

                1. I ate at a restaurant last night in Sacramento called the Queen of Sheeba Ethopian Restaurant. It was fantastic. It was a unique experience. The food was great, the atmosphere was good, and the young couple working there hustled the whole time I was there. I would suggest this restaurant to anyone who is even a little adventurous. I say a little adventurous because you eat with your fingers (I'm sure you can request silverware...but why spoil the fun). Prices were good. My meal with an imported Ethopian beer was $16.

                  It's on Broadway about a block from Tower Records. Be patient on weekends as this is a small restaurant only seating 40 or so people.