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100 things you should eat before you die- sacramento

toncasmo Feb 10, 2010 06:14 AM

i just bought magazine at whole foods and had the 100 best in SF so i thought maybe we could try for sacramento
i'll start

Lasagne Verdi alla Bolognese @ Biba

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  1. PeterL RE: toncasmo Feb 10, 2010 08:23 AM

    Beef brisket @ cf cheng.
    Water boiled beef (high heat) @ Golden Dragon, Rocklin.

    Cf Cheng Chinese Cuisine
    2063 Arena Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95834

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      alanbarnes RE: PeterL Feb 20, 2010 07:51 AM

      Had lunch at CF Cheng yesterday. Friendly service and good food, but the menu was heavily Americanized, with no brisket that I recall. Is the dinner menu different? Is there a "secret" (Chinese) menu? If the latter, is it available in English?


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        PeterL RE: alanbarnes Feb 20, 2010 08:45 AM

        Yes there is a Chinese menu (in English, but if you are a Chinese patron it is given to you automatically). It's not a secret, just ask for it. We just had dinner there last sunday and had also the tofu pot with salted fish, two different kinds of hot pot rice (with minced pork and salted fish, and with chinese sausages). All are excellent. They also have dim sum all day long (probably not made on site).

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        alanbarnes RE: PeterL Jun 2, 2010 12:49 PM

        Link for Golden Dragon

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

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          upcountry RE: alanbarnes Jan 10, 2011 03:07 PM

          Second this one. After an Antarctic Expedition on a Norwegian ship for 2 weeks we were in need of some spicy food. Landed on a flight from Buenos Aires at 11:00 at SFO and drove straight for the Golden Dragon. Never have been disappointed.

          Buenos Aires Cafe
          1316 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

      3. PeterL RE: toncasmo Feb 10, 2010 04:08 PM

        Squeeze with cheese.

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

        1. spineguy RE: toncasmo Feb 10, 2010 07:22 PM

          Any sandwich at Bud's Buffet, the Waterboy's potato gratin, Ella's deconstructed pasta carbonara, Gaylord's saag paneer, and Tower cafe's french toast.

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            toncasmo RE: spineguy Feb 11, 2010 07:21 AM

            some of those were mine too!
            mushroom quesadilla at azul
            selland mac and cheese
            soup at lemongrass

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              jennyfur RE: toncasmo Feb 11, 2010 11:36 AM

              Mee Grob at Tuk Tuk in North Natomas.

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                toncasmo RE: jennyfur Feb 11, 2010 01:11 PM

                what's that? we just went there the other night before kings game!

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                  PeterL RE: toncasmo Feb 11, 2010 06:28 PM

                  Or mee krob, crispy noodle.

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              melly RE: spineguy Feb 26, 2010 09:16 PM

              Where is Bud's Buffet?

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              bennyboy1 RE: toncasmo Feb 12, 2010 08:45 AM

              Roma combination pizza.
              Weiner Works #5 dog with small fries.
              The dayboat scallops at Waterboy

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                toncasmo RE: toncasmo Feb 12, 2010 09:54 AM

                lazlo smoked shrimp in old sac

                roxy -zuchini chips

                zinfandel grille- mushroom salad

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                  gmk1322 RE: toncasmo Feb 12, 2010 12:40 PM

                  Dosa from Kaveri

                  Al Pastor Burrito from La Fiesta/La Favorita

                  Pretty much anything from Freeport Bakery

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                    free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: gmk1322 Feb 20, 2010 06:49 PM

                    The dosa is amazing.

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                    andrewsd RE: toncasmo Feb 14, 2010 11:07 AM

                    Brisket sandwich on Thursdays at Roxie Deli

                    1. alanbarnes RE: toncasmo Feb 14, 2010 12:24 PM

                      Chicken wings at Vientiane

                      Won ton soup at New Hong Kong Wok

                      Sweetbreads at The Waterboy

                      "The Dessert Abides" at Mulvaneys

                      Coctel de camarones at Mariscos Mazatlan

                      California burrito at Adalberto's

                      Chirashi bowl at Shige

                      Sausage pizza at Luigi's

                      Short ribs special at the Market Club

                      Waterboy Restaurant
                      2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

                      Shige Sushi
                      5938 Madison Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608

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

                      New Hong Kong Wok
                      5019 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822

                      Mariscos Mazatlan
                      4800 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820

                      Vientiane Restaurant
                      1001 Jefferson Blvd 600, West Sacramento, CA 95691

                      Luigi's Pizza
                      3800 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820

                      Market Club
                      2630 5th St # 16, Sacramento, CA

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                        bennyboy1 RE: toncasmo Feb 14, 2010 01:20 PM

                        Hot and Sour Soup, The Mandarin.

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                          toncasmo RE: bennyboy1 Feb 17, 2010 06:36 AM

                          come on let's keep this up- we're not to 100 yet

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                            spineguy RE: toncasmo Feb 17, 2010 06:48 PM

                            Some of my wife's favorites include:

                            the ruben sandwich at Jamey's Broadway Grille, Waterboy's crab and saffron risotto, Tres Hermanas cocido and chile verde, Tower Cafe's eggs benedict, Giovanni's pesto pizza, Paragary's mushroom and jarlsberg salad.

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                              toncasmo RE: spineguy Feb 17, 2010 07:01 PM

                              your wife sounds like she has great taste- i had already noted the salad but i wasn't thinking and said zin grille instead of paragaqrys

                              french toaat at tower
                              french onion soup at danielles
                              grilled romanie salad at cafe vinoteca

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                              alanbarnes RE: toncasmo Feb 17, 2010 07:27 PM

                              A few more...

                              Duck noodle soup at Pho Bac Hoa Viet

                              Dim sum at New Canton

                              Doro Wat at Queen Sheba

                              New Canton Restaurant
                              2523 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

                              Queensheva Restaurant
                              1704 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

                              Hoa Viet Restaurant
                              6645 Stockton Blvd # 300, Sacramento, CA

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                                khelvan RE: alanbarnes Feb 26, 2010 03:42 PM

                                I tried the Doro Wat at Queen Sheba and the Roasted Duck Egg Noodle soup at Pho Bac Hoa Viet - both were excellent suggestions, thank you.

                                One question on the duck soup - for chopped Asian poultry dishes with the bone-in like this, are the bone bits supposed to be (chewed and) swallowed, or spit out? I sort of hid behind my chopsticks as I got rid of them, and haven't had the opportunity to watch someone from the culture to see what they do with it.

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                                  alanbarnes RE: khelvan Feb 26, 2010 04:17 PM

                                  Glad you enjoyed them! You definitely spit the bones out. If there's a plate for them, great. Otherwise, just stack 'em on the table. Throwing them on the floor might be traditional, but I have a hunch it is frowned upon in the US.

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                                jmback52 RE: toncasmo Feb 10, 2012 04:09 PM

                                Anything at all at the divine, transcendent Taste (Ok, it's in Plymouth, but go). Try, especially, the short ribs.

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                              khelvan RE: toncasmo Feb 20, 2010 06:36 PM

                              Tandoori grill at Mehfil, Roseville.
                              Golden Dragon pork at Golden Dragon, Rocklin.
                              Grilled pork spring rolls at Quan Nem Ninh Hoa
                              Baba Ganouj at Anatolian Table, Rocklin

                              1. free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: toncasmo Feb 20, 2010 06:37 PM

                                Spinocolli Pizza w/extra garlic - Zelda's

                                Nutburger - Sunshine Drive in

                                Vegetarian Lettuce Rolls, Crispy Calimari, Calimari and shrimp basil salad - Rice Noodles

                                Peking Spareribs - Capitol Tea Garden

                                Grand Marnier Cake - Ettore

                                Hank's Cubano - Dos Coyotes

                                Tinga Chicken Tostada - Nopalitos

                                Fried Calimari - Mandango's

                                Monte Cristo Sandwich - Uptown Cafe

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                                  melly RE: toncasmo Feb 26, 2010 09:13 PM

                                  Sweetbreads at The Waterboy
                                  The Mussels (any recipe) at Ravenous Cafe
                                  The Risotto at Ravenous Cafe..or anything really
                                  Any soup at Andy Ngyuens on Broadway (sorry if I spelled it wrong)
                                  The brown butter and sage gnocci at Biba
                                  Hamburger, med rare at BJ's in Elk Grove (not kidding) Beer is good too!
                                  The Salmon BLT at Cafe Bernardo on Capitol Ave.
                                  The Pasole at Alanzo's on Stockton Blvd. for bkfst. Put a poached egg in it!
                                  Liver and Onions at Market Cafe ...for bkfst.
                                  Pizza at Masullos on Riverside..any pizza!
                                  The Stuffed Angel Wings at Vientianne in West Sac
                                  The Green Papaya Salad at Vientianne in West Sac
                                  Hot and Sour Soup at Viet Ha on Florin
                                  The Schnitzel at La Trattoria Boheme on J street ..and that Dark Royal Czech beer!
                                  Dim Sum at Kings Palace on a Sunday at 1pm. Stockton Blvd. Bring friends!

                                  1. Glencora RE: toncasmo Feb 27, 2010 08:22 AM

                                    What do locals think of Hot Italian? I'm rarely in Sacramento, but recently had lunch there. The salad with tuna, cannellini, olives and other stuff was very good, with high quality ingredients. I only had a bite of pizza, but it seemed better than average, too. The decor is a bit silly, but I liked the bicycle racks outside.

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                                      khelvan RE: toncasmo Mar 13, 2010 01:43 PM

                                      I have a new one to add:
                                      The Gatsby Burger at Gatsby's Diner.

                                      Squeeze with cheese is a cultural experience; Gatsby's is a culinary one.

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                                        toncasmo RE: khelvan Mar 15, 2010 08:21 AM

                                        my husband ordered the sliders at gatsbys and they were wonderful! i had the butternut squash ones, guess i was expecting something different , but they weren't so good :(

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                                          RestaurantRex in CH RE: toncasmo Mar 17, 2010 09:34 PM

                                          We went to Gatsby's Diner tonight, and all I can say is "WHY???"
                                          Food was OK, but not among the 100 best in any category.
                                          They said that they don't serve the butternut squash, except in the fall. DW ordered the eggplant "burger". They came back to the table and said they did not have it.
                                          She order the chicken burger, "no bacon" (she doesn't eat red meat). The cook put the bacon on the chicken sandwich. The waiter realized the mistake and then pulled the bacon off of the sandwich, taking some of the cheese with it. Not a good scene!
                                          Not planning on a second visit.

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                                            khelvan RE: RestaurantRex in CH Mar 25, 2010 12:14 PM

                                            Sorry you didn't enjoy it - I can't speak to anything else on their menu other than the Gatsby's Burger, which was amazing.

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                                        apricot RE: toncasmo Mar 27, 2010 06:42 PM

                                        A sandwich and/or soup from La Bonne Soupe.

                                        A snow cone at Osaka-Ya on V Street.

                                        A torta at El Abuelo on Franklin.

                                        La Bonne Soupe Cafe
                                        920 8th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

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                                          ucmewin RE: toncasmo Mar 31, 2010 10:35 AM

                                          The Smokey Goat Pizza or Lil Bucket o' Chicken at Tuli, actually anything they're serving at Tuli on 21st and S.
                                          Chile Verde Burrito or Chorizo Burrito at Nopalitos--56th and H
                                          Bronx Bomber Pizza at Giovanni's--South Land Park or Folsom Blvd.
                                          5 Dot Burger at Taylor's on Freeport
                                          Sweetbreads at Waterboy
                                          Anything at One Speed on Folsom Blvd.
                                          Any Zelda's Pizza
                                          Anything at the Freeport Bakery
                                          Vic's Ice Cream
                                          The Chile Verde and Margaritas at Ernestos
                                          Any of the sandwiches at Sampinos
                                          Pulled Pork Sandwich at Ink
                                          Anything at Selland's
                                          Cheesecake at Moxie--Mama makes it

                                          I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch of stuff but those are off the top of my head.

                                          Waterboy Restaurant
                                          2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

                                          Vic's Ice Cream
                                          3199 Riverside Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818

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                                            toncasmo RE: ucmewin Mar 31, 2010 08:07 PM

                                            those are great-thanks. just went to one speed brunch for first time, it was just as good as dinnner

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                                            khelvan RE: toncasmo May 25, 2010 02:59 PM

                                            Ropa Vieja con moros y cristianos at Sol Cubano, North Highlands

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                                              toncasmo RE: khelvan May 25, 2010 03:35 PM

                                              i have heard great things about sol cubano

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                                                khelvan RE: toncasmo May 30, 2010 07:31 PM

                                                We really enjoyed our meal there - little family-run places like that can be hit or miss, and we definitely hit the day we tried it. It is worth visiting, the place is quite inexpensive.

                                                The same goes for El Pollo Feliz, for their smoked chicken. Very, very tasty stuff, and you can't beat the price. I have no idea why someone would ever want to go to a place like Kentucky Fried Chicken when for about $7 you can get four pieces of (excellent) smoked chicken, two sides, and tortillas.

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                                                  toncasmo RE: khelvan Jun 1, 2010 09:05 AM

                                                  where is el pollo feliz at?

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                                                    alanbarnes RE: toncasmo Jun 1, 2010 09:13 AM


                                                    El Pollo Feliz
                                                    4715 Whitney Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608

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                                                      toncasmo RE: alanbarnes Jun 2, 2010 10:10 AM

                                                      i didn't realize that was the name- love the chicken there!

                                            2. maoliu RE: toncasmo May 25, 2010 07:14 PM

                                              Kinako Mochi at Osaka Ya Bakery

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                                                melly RE: toncasmo Jun 1, 2010 02:07 PM

                                                two more.

                                                The Ahi Burger at Flaming Grill..or the Elk Burger. Fantastic!!!

                                                I have probably mentioned this but...La Boheme Trattatoria on J has the best schnitzel ever..and the pizza is kick ass too. Their house made horseradish sauce is fantastic. Drink that dark royal beer they have on tap...oh my!

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                                                  toncasmo RE: melly Jun 2, 2010 10:10 AM

                                                  burgers at flaming grill are good- especialy the ahi and i like to give them good words ..always worried they're not busy enough
                                                  have to support the local places!!

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                                                  khelvan RE: toncasmo Aug 21, 2010 03:55 PM

                                                  Pollo/lomo saltado at Koricancha/Machu Picchu/Waffle King's

                                                  This place is weird in that it serves waffles in the morning, but Peruvian food for lunch & dinner. Do NOT let this dissuade you from trying it. The pollo saltado was very good, as was the beef dish simmered in a cilantro broth (I can't recall its name). I doubt the restaurant will ever get very popular since it is so hard to find and is quite confusing to people, but it is worth going to the only Peruvian restaurant in Sacramento (and it is good).

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                                                    bennyboy1 RE: toncasmo Aug 21, 2010 08:10 PM

                                                    The pulled pork sandwich at Jolly Burger in Citrus Heights.

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                                                      creekgold RE: toncasmo Aug 22, 2010 04:11 PM

                                                      I fear I may have 100 things you should eat so I will try to cut my list down.
                                                      Mac and Cheese and sweet potato fries at Cafeteria15 L, Skirt steak and mushroom truffle risotto at Riverside Grill,
                                                      Foie Gras with blueberry pancake at Mulvaney's, Oysters with the best mignonette sauce at Waterboy, Grilled bass at the Union Inn in Volcano, Meat Loaf sandwich and cookies for dessert at Hawk's in Granite Bay, Love the eggplant dish Brony Bonjan and the dumplings called Mantoo at Bamiyan in El Dorado Hills, A rice dish that has dried currants or cherries and the Musto Musier yogurt and shallot appetizer at Shahrzad,rare salmon and house salad at Guistis on the Delta and of course juevos rancheros and the French toast at The Tower, excellent crispy, fragrant duck at Fat's in Folsom and all the beautiful locally grown food at the farmer's markets such as sun gold tomatoes and sea scape strawberries, Sloughouse corn. We are so lucky to live in this abundant area.

                                                      Waterboy Restaurant
                                                      2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

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                                                        mulvaneyp RE: toncasmo Jan 2, 2011 01:53 PM

                                                        Prime Rib @ Jamies
                                                        Brunch @ Red Lotus
                                                        Buche Tacos @ Chandos

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                                                          alanbarnes RE: mulvaneyp Jan 2, 2011 02:23 PM

                                                          A classic and a couple of worthy 2010 additions to the local dining scene. Links:

                                                          Jamie's Bar & Grill
                                                          427 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

                                                          Chando's Tacos
                                                          863 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95815

                                                          Red Lotus Kitchen & Bar
                                                          2718 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816

                                                        2. MN Hick Chowhound RE: toncasmo Jan 26, 2011 02:58 PM

                                                          Did I miss it or has no one mentioned the BBQ Tuna or Japanese Mafia roll at Mikuni. I fly across the country for those. Not exactly Sac but also breakfast at Bert's Diner on Grant Line Road in (Sheldon) Elk Grove.

                                                          Bert's Diner
                                                          8972 Grant Line Rd, Elk Grove, CA 95624

                                                          1565 Eureka Rd Ste 1, Roseville, CA 95661

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                                                            RobertLaughlin RE: MN Hick Chowhound Jan 2, 2012 08:28 PM

                                                            Ice cream at Gunther's. I love their Butter Brickle, and a lot of other people swear by their Birthday Cake ice cream.

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                                                            bennyboy1 RE: toncasmo Jan 2, 2012 08:53 PM

                                                            FOLSOM: Samuel Horne's tavern: the peanut butter burger and the bleu cheese/bacon fries.

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                                                              NoPork4Me RE: toncasmo Apr 14, 2012 11:55 AM

                                                              House of Chicken & Ribs - On Elverta east of Watt. Beef Ribs & fried chicken are my faves, but everything seems to be good there! As good as the sweet potato pie is, their apple pie is even better! I usually go for the "flips" (homemade chips) and mac n cheese for my sides. And, yes! They have sweet tea which will be refilled before you hit bottom, by the cutest of the family's staff - if you don't go during school hours, that is. The only con I've encountered is that they're closed Sun & Mon.

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                                                                mm1234 RE: toncasmo Apr 14, 2012 03:35 PM

                                                                Saw the Freeport Bakery mentioned, but specifically, the Seville Marnier cake there is one-of-a-kind & delicious.

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                                                                  sdysart2004 RE: toncasmo May 4, 2012 10:27 PM

                                                                  I have leved in Rancho Cordova area of Sacramento for a little over 2 years now and through my extensive searches have discovered 3 things:
                                                                  1) There's not a lot of excellent food choices in Rancho Cordova
                                                                  2 Ninja Sushi has the BEST sushi ever! My boyfriend is a Navy Vet & spent a lot of time in Japan, and he swears this is the best sushi he has had in the states by far. Plus they have great specials, especially during the week.
                                                                  3 Mexican food out here just does NOT compare to the Mexican food available in the Bay Area BUT Florez Bar and Grill ( 5900 South Land Park Drive Sacramento www.florezbarandgrill.com) has THE GREATEST Spanish Rice EVER!!! Their lime rice is good too but you can't leave without at least trying the Spanish Rice!!!

                                                                  1. Disneyfreak RE: toncasmo May 7, 2014 11:05 AM

                                                                    Hi folks! I came across this old thread and was wondering if it might be possible to update it? I am going to be in Sacramento on business this summer so I would love some updated information.

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                                                                      toncasmo RE: toncasmo May 7, 2014 11:13 AM

                                                                      mussels at plan b
                                                                      stu pizza at matteos
                                                                      bone marrow at ella

                                                                      1. Shrinkrap RE: toncasmo May 7, 2014 04:24 PM

                                                                        Ella's! I loved the oysters and the pork chop

                                                                        Also, the pork belly at Magpie


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                                                                          creekgold RE: toncasmo May 8, 2014 09:35 AM

                                                                          Duo of ribs at Kru. To Die for. Miso glazed lamb ribs with grilled hamachi ribs with ginger and ponzu sauce. Truly one of the most memorable treats of my dining life. Also I found shigoku, a "new" oyster at Sunh Fish. They are beyond any oyster I have ever tasted before. Very small, scoop shaped and to me the ultimate oyster.

                                                                          1. fame da lupo RE: toncasmo May 10, 2014 06:34 AM

                                                                            Before trying those 100 dishes, enjoy a Golden Cadillac at Poor Red's.

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                                                                              bennyboy1 RE: fame da lupo May 13, 2014 10:55 AM

                                                                              Poor Red's is closed and the owners in a heap of trouble. in the Sac bee today...tax, fraud, conviction...

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                                                                              Maryelle RE: toncasmo May 10, 2014 07:49 AM

                                                                              Pizza Margherita at Pizza Rock Sacramento
                                                                              Rachels Caramel sundae at Leatherbys Citrus Heights
                                                                              Chicken Salad Sandwich w/spinach salad side at Potery World Rocklin

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                                                                                mingvg RE: toncasmo May 12, 2014 06:04 AM

                                                                                Short ribs over rice at Harry's Cafe on 16th st served only on fri-sun. A Chinese take on American beef stew, tender, falls off the bone, and absolutely delightful.

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