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hello:

Weekend in Davis! any interesting places for lunch, not-super-fancy dinner, great tea service, yummy 'college food', anything? I searched the board and didn't come up with much. thanks in advance...

signed, chardgirl from the central coast.

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  1. Nostagia sets in-I miss the Davis-college days!

    Crepeville for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Awesome salads, sandwiches, and crepes. Most everything is served with potatoes on the side but I sub those out for fruit or salad for a dollar more. Recommend the fuji and parisan salads, tuna sandwich and melt, roasted eggplant sandwich, tofu, salsa, chicken curry, eggplant, and savory crepes (note, the crepes tend to run a tad thicker and the place is cash-only with an ATM inside).

    Dos Coyotes in both North and South Davis for unpretentious Tex-Mex food. Good burritos, quesadillas, specials, and salads.

    Thai food is a staple of Davis, I would try either Sophia's or Thai Bistro (Thai Bistro is my go-to place for Thai).

    For pizza, gotta hit up Woodstocks. They fold the sauce into the crust and it is YUMO!

    For a quick on the go meal definitely think about the Nugget Market in North Davis for a sandwich. Awesome deli counter too. Pluto's is also another option as well for customized salads and other casual fare (think almost dining hall style e.g ordering at the counter with your tray and then paying).

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    Crepeville
    330 3rd St, Davis, CA 95616

    Nugget Markets
    130 Browns Valley Pkwy, Vacaville, CA 95688

    Thai Bistro
    234 E St, Davis, CA 95616

    Sophia's Thai Bar & Kitchen
    129 E St, Davis, CA 95616

    DOS Coyotes Border Cafe
    1784 Picasso Ave Ste B, Davis, CA 95618

    Woodstock's Pizza
    219 G St, Davis, CA 95616

    DOS Coyotes Border Cafe
    1411 W Covell Blvd Ste 107, Davis, CA 95616

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    1. re: gmk1322

      thanks so much.
      this is the perfect list for a chow-mom with 4 teens at a school function for the weekend!

      1. re: Chardgirl

        Glad to help! These are my favorite non-chain establishments in Davis. For tea, I can't recall any 'tea houses' but I always liked Mishka's cafe. They have loose leaf teas; but it can get cramped during the school year. There is also a Peet's in North Davis if you need tea and Mishka's doesn't work out.

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        Mishka's Cafe
        514 2nd St, Davis, CA 95616

        1. re: gmk1322

          I found Mishka's on my own this am: I loved it. They brew their own chai, have one flavor of iced tea ready to go from The Republic of Tea, and they roast their own coffee beans. They were very friendly; and they have a handful of tables in the front of the inside set aside for 'old school' coffee house activities: talking with friends, reading the paper... the larger back part is all 100% available for any kind of studying, laptopping, etc. BUT Peet's is around the corner and opens 1-2 hours earlier: so that may be my tea spot tomorrow am. I'll post back about dinner.

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          Mishka's Cafe
          514 2nd St, Davis, CA 95616

          1. re: Chardgirl

            D'oh! Completely forgot about the Peet's in downtown. I love Mishka's too, they have great loose leaf tea as I mentioned before. The next time I'm up there I will definitely try the chai!

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            Mishka's Cafe
            514 2nd St, Davis, CA 95616

            1. re: gmk1322

              Mishkas does fine with their chai and black teas. Like so many coffee houses, no matter how independent, righteous, or fabulous, they don't know how to brew green tea. It's so simple: add a bit of cool water before brewing the tea so it's not bitter. So when I need that green tea to make it home today, I headed around the corner to Peets when Mishka's didn't do the green tea. Their coffee roasting abilities looked great to this tea drinker, they have lots of space, and I still enjoy their chai!

              Crepeville: It was just what we needed. Fast service, interesting menu for what they offer: every kind of crepe with a separate section of dessert crepes of course: but we were filled with the dinner selections. I split a 'savory' crepe with sis-in-law: creamy green sauce on top, shrimps that were overcooked but that's ok: I only expect perfectly cooked seafood and fish in much higher price-points, nicely done veggies, and a crepe that was filling and just what the college-town ordered for our group of moms with high schoolers on a weekend school adventure. I also liked the glass of zin that we shared: but I couldn't begin to tell you why. It was just tasty.

              We saw at least 3 frozen yogurt places: Davis takes their frozen yogurt quite seriously. I will stop again when driving on 80 to visit the in laws. We ended up at Cultive: http://cultiveyogurt.com/: the fruit was very fresh, and there were many more topping offerings and even flavors of serve-yourself yogurt than our local places in santa cruz. I also saw crowds of people at YoloBerry yogurt: it looked quite popular! http://yoloberryyogurt.com/

              signed, chardgirl

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              Crepeville
              330 3rd St, Davis, CA 95616

              Mishka's Cafe
              514 2nd St, Davis, CA 95616

              1. re: Chardgirl

                Hey Chardgirl,

                Glad to hear about the positive experiences over the weekend! I remember when the fro-yo fever began in Davis; Cultive is very good.

                I think the college atmosphere of the town and restaurant made that zin taste so good, I always got that same feeling whenever I piled into a crepe and a Guiness fresh from the tap.