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I am flying in tomorrow and DH is already there. He will be at a conference event so I need dinner somewhere between the airport and the hotel. I am adventurous and will try anything. Just want to be in a safe area for a woman alone that is not familiar with the city. Nothing too upscale. Love to try different ethnic foods especially authentic foods.

Then Thursday night we are open for dinner somewhere. Can be nice but nothing too formal, dressy or too expensive as others from my husband's work may want to tag along and they are all on per diem. If you had one meal - where would it be? We like having fun. Typically avoid touristy areas. We love old neighborhood classics. Home cooked food. Foods typical to the region. Ethnic.

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  1. Magpie Cafe would be great. Great food local to the area, good prices, good service and next to other places that you guys could go after dinner. I also like Tuli bistro for this also. Both of these places source their food from local growers.

    Only thing is you didn't say where you were staying.

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    Bistro Tuli
    2031 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811

    Magpie Cafe
    1409 R St #102, Sacramento, CA 95811

    1. Jamie's. Jamie's, Jamie's. Not upscale, and definitely a neighborhood classic with home cooked foods like smoked prime rib, brisket, and hot turkey sandwich. Their daily specials are varied and outstanding. As a woman, I feel very comfortable going there on my own. I am new to the area and have already been there 4 times in the last month and a half. Closed Saturday and Sunday.

      1. Hello,

        It would help to know what hotel or general area of Sacramento you are staying in. If you are anywhere near the Midtown area I recommend Tres Hermanas for some real good Mexican food (esp the Mole).

        For the Thursday dinner try either Biba (Italian, noteworthy chef) or the Waterboy for some excellent, seasonal-California inspired cuisine.

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        Biba Restaurant
        2801 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816

        Tres Hermanas
        2416 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816

        Waterboy Restaurant
        2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

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        1. re: gmk1322

          I think that she said not too expensive and dressy.That, in my opinion, would preclude Biba and Waterboy.

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          Biba Restaurant
          2801 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95816

          Waterboy Restaurant
          2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

          1. re: upcountry

            Not necessarily, with such little detail in the OP I figured these were relatively safe suggestions. What may be pricey to one is a bargain to another.

          2. re: gmk1322

            +1 for Waterboy. Great place with great food and service, prices are surprisingly reasonable.

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            Waterboy Restaurant
            2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

            1. re: Tripeler

              I agree that Waterboy has surprisingly reasonable prices for such fine dining. It’s their excellent wine list that always runs my bill up.

              As mentioned above, Jamie's is the complete opposite to Waterboy’s tablecloth fine dining. Jamie’s looks like a dive bar, but the food is excellent. The menu on a board in the waiting area is not inexpensive, but the servings are very large. A couple could easily split one dinner. I’m a big guy and I couldn’t finish my brisket sandwich on my last visit. Previous posts about Jamie’s are below.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/758879
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/686965

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              Waterboy Restaurant
              2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814