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Dec 6, 2010 05:27 PM

Roseville and Sacramento areas

I am going to be working and staying in Roseville for the week and I would really appreciate some non-chain suggestions for lunch. Initial search showed some threads that were a couple months old and from what I can tell, looks like this area is chain central, except for the impressive coffee shop Bloom, whose extremely talented baristas take coffee very seriously!

Do you guys know if this has opened? Any feedback?

I'd definitely like to have a good example of Cali-Mex. For lunch I'm looking for both fast and sit-down, no more than $10-15 entrees.

Definitely planning on driving out of the area for dinner. Got some wonderful suggestions from my last trip; Ravenous Cafe was quite the experience! Others on my shortlist include Maderas and Golden Dragon. For dinner, I'm willing to eat anything (in the literal sense of the word) and I prefer hole in the wall over fine dining places with a budget under $35/pp after drinks/grat. Would welcome any other additions!

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  1. Some restaurants to consider:
    El Azteca in Roseville for Mexican
    Sol Cubano in North Highlands for Cuban
    Golden Dragon in Rocklin for Sichuan
    Mehfil in Roseville for Indian (the lunch buffet is fresh & tasty, check out their Tandoori chicken)
    Anatolian Table in Rocklin for Turkish (they may be just a tad beyond your budget, depending on the dish ordered)
    El Pollo Feliz in Carmichael for the best cheap smoked chicken barbeque + Mexican you'll probably ever have

    A little more expensive:
    Bamiyan in Citrus Heights for Afghan
    Stolichniy in North Highlands for Russian

    More into Sacramento:
    Quan Nem Ninh Hoa for a Vietnamese place that stands out in a sea of other restaurants (it isn't called Little Saigon for nothing) for its unique and incredible nem nuong (charbroiled pork), especially in the spring rolls
    Vientienne in West Sacramento for Laotian
    Tres Hermanas for Mexican
    New Hong Kong Wok for Cantonese
    Queen Sheba for Ethiopian
    Shoki Ramen House for ramen, but if you're working you won't like the wait

    That's all I can think of that are relatively inexpensive but good off the top of my head. I hope it helps!

    Tres Hermanas
    2416 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816

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

    Anatolian Table Restaurant
    6815 Lonetree Blvd # 105, Rocklin, CA

    El Pollo Feliz
    4715 Whitney Ave, Carmichael, CA 95608

    1 Reply
    1. re: khelvan

      I would like to second most of these - especiall Sol Cubano, Mehfil, Anatolian Table, Bamiyan, Stolichny, Vientiane, and Shoki.

      For faster ramen without the wait at (the otherwise excellent) Shoki, try Akebono on Freeport.

      For authentic (non-Cali/Tex-Mex) Mexican, try Lalo's on 24th, just south of City College (off Sutterville Road - map it, it's hard to find).

      There are a number of excellent birreirias on Franklin Blvd and throughout the south area, haven't been to one that was not excellent.

      There are a number of really terrific taco trucks, too, for quick bites at lunch, if you're in a real hurry.

      Also, a very strong recommendation for Formoli Bistro on J Street on the edge of midtown/downtown - excellent mussels and other dishes.

      Anatolian Table Restaurant
      6815 Lonetree Blvd # 105, Rocklin, CA

      Formoli's Restaurant
      3260 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816

    2. In Roseville;: Carmelitas On Riverside is great for Mexican. I love the chicken dishes.

      Brookfields (by the Water park) is a great restaurant in the upscale coffee shop realm.

      On Douglas at Keener there is a interesting pie shop with sandwiches that are unusual. Lunch and Dinner.

      In Loomis area, is High Hand Nursery. Great room, great food. Great place.

      In Rocklin is the Golden Dragon and the raves are worth it for Chinese food.

      Also in Rocklin is the former Gold Miner Cafe (Rocklin Road and Pacific Avenue) that has excellent food with huge portions. ( I think it is now the Pacific Cafe).

      Crush 29 is great but might be a bit over your price range.

      Same with La Provence. (I would save my money to have one meal here though).

      Crush 29
      1480 Eureka Road, Roseville, CA 95661

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      1. re: bennyboy1

        Is Hawks in Granite Bay still open? If so it's definitely a must go place for this area.

      2. At Golden Dragon, make sure you've got the special menu. It's the one that says "Special Menu" on the front.

        For Mexican, you can't do much better than La Islita. It's just over the line that separates Citrus Heights and Roseville, and is easily accessible from the freeway. It's not Cali-Mex, though - I think the owners are from Nayarit on the Pacific coast, and the emphasis is on seafood.

        I may get crucified for saying this, but Chevys does a decent job with Cali-Mex. Yes, it's a chain, but the food's decent for what it is. There's an outpost on Douglas Blvd in Roseville. I can't get the link to pop up, but here's the page: . If you want to drive a little further, El Novillero and Caballo Blanco are both good options, and I like Vallejo's downtown.

        The long drive down to Stockton Blvd. may not be worthwhile. If you're really jonesing for Cantonese / dim sum, New Canton is very good and much easier to get to from Roseville. If Vietnamese is your thing, there's a Pho Bac Hoa Viet downtown. And Vientiane - mentioned above - has spectacular Laotian food.

        New Canton Restaurant
        2523 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

        Pho Bac Hoa Viet
        1827 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

        Vallejo's Restaurant
        1900 4th St, Sacramento, CA

        El Novillero Restaurant
        4216 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820

        Caballo Blanco Restaurant
        5604 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95824

        Vientiane Restaurant
        1001 Jefferson Blvd, West Sacramento, CA 95691

        La Islita
        8493 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95621

        4 Replies
        1. re: alanbarnes

          We like Waterboy in Sacramento! :)

          Waterboy Restaurant
          2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

          1. re: syrahgirl

            Me too, but it's pretty easy to spend $100pp total, well outside the budget constraints the OP listed. If s/he's up for a splurge, though, The Waterboy and Mulvaney's would be my top choices.

            Waterboy Restaurant
            2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

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

          2. re: alanbarnes

            New Canton is indeed excellent for dim sum. Vientiane is terrific.

            However, I think Pho Bac Hoa Viet has really gone downhill. If you're already in that neighborhood, continue south on Stockton to any of the several good pho joints that are better in terms both of food and ambience (Pho Xe Lua, Saigon, etc.).

            Alan, thanks for the rec for La Islita. I am not up in that area often, but the next time I am, I will definitely check it out - always looking for good Mexican seafood!

            New Canton Restaurant
            2523 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

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

            La Islita
            8493 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95621

            1. re: hewn

              My thought was the Pho Bac Hoa Viet downtown, but come to think of it, the location near Madison and I-80 is even more convenient to Roseville. I agree that there are better options, but Little Saigon is a real schlep. And while the kitchen has slipped on a lot of things, the pho is still pretty good and I've never been disappointed by the Mit Vit (roast duck egg noodle soup).

              As far as Mexican seafood goes, depending on your location you might also want to try the other La Islita / Las Islitas restaurants in the area. No idea whether they're related, but there's one on Northgate just off 160 that I've heard good things about and another at 24th and Florin that I can vouch for. They bring out a complimentary molcajete full of very good ceviche de pescado and a basket of tostadas instead of chips and salsa. Seems like it would be bad form to just make a meal of that, but that doesn't stop me from being tempted.

              Mariscos Mazatlan is also very good, but with counter service instead of sit-down dining. It's a little less expensive, but IMO the free ceviche at the sit-down places makes up for the difference.

              Mariscos Mazatlan
              4800 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820

              Pho Bac Hoa Viet
              5060 Madison Ave, Sacramento, CA

              Las Islitas
              7240 24th St, Sacramento, CA 95822

              Las Islitas
              2236 Northgate Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95833

              La Islita
              8493 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95621