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Looking for a dinner that is special because you can only find it in Sacramanto. What do you have?
Any type of place as long as its tasty.

Ethnic Strip Mall to High End Dining. All will work but I really want it to be totally Sacramanto. Coming from SF have spent some time in Folsom but never had a meal in Sacramento.

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  1. There's nothing that I can think of that's unique to Sacramento. There are some fine restaurants, but nothing unique.

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    1. re: PeterL

      Peter, do they still do the dinner cruises on the old riverboat? Years ago we stayed overnight and had dinner on a riverboat.

      1. re: Gail

        that sounds pretty fun :)

        1. re: Gail

          The Delta King is still a floating hotel and restaurant, but it hasn't left dock in ages.

          1. re: ricepad

            Any comment on the food?

            1. re: Gail

              The only time I've been there in the last 10 years was for a huge banquet, which is probably not a fair assessment. IIRC, it was typical banquet fare, not memorable for being either really good or stupendously awful.

              1. re: ricepad

                I'm thinking about the OP. Isn't there a dinner cruise on the delta going on?

                1. re: Gail

                  I don't remember any dinner cruise on the delta. Besides that's not unique even if there is one.

                  1. re: PeterL

                    Thanks, I'm sure that the OP will find that helpful!

                    1. re: Gail

                      I'm really for great food as well as Sacramentoiness.

      2. After bending my brain for an hour or so the only "uniquely" Sacramento dining experience I could think of is attending a meal at the Kitchen. But at $125 a head and with reservations hard to come by it may be a moot point.

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        1. re: gmk1322

          Thanks for thinking on it at all...

        2. Squeeze Inn. Uniquely Sacramento.

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

          1. This may not be *exactly* what you're looking for, but the Grand Island Mansion has a wonderful Sunday brunch. What makes it unique (at least to me) is that it was also the setting for a porn movie about 20 years ago. I don't remember the movie title, but I do remember recognizing several rooms, including the billiard room and its huge fireplace. The mansion is not actually in Sacramento, but it's a pleasant drive from Sac.

            The only other place that comes to mind is the Squeeze Inn, as Backlund mentioned.

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

            Grand Island Mansion
            13415 Grand Island Rd, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

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            1. re: ricepad

              Thanks-I saw the Squeeze Inns menu. Looks fun!

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

            2. Actually the most unique thing in Sacramento is JIMBOYS tacos. Lots of oultlets around the area but if you go to the Denios Roseville Auction they are heaven...

              And maybe jacks Urban eats is pretty unique in concept if not the food (The food is great though)

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              1. re: bennyboy1

                Thanks-maybe I can do Squeeze inn and Jimbos on a junk food chowdown.

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                Jimbo's
                451 Herndon Ave, Clovis, CA 93612

                1. re: mmerino

                  Yeah, I think bennyboy1 got another winner with Jimboy's tacos. You've had tacos before, to be sure, but nobody makes tacos like a Norwegian!

                  1. re: ricepad

                    hahaha! awesome!

                  2. re: mmerino

                    Jimboys, not Jimbos..

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                    Jimbo's
                    451 Herndon Ave, Clovis, CA 93612

                2. The most unique things to Sacramento would be the peach shake at Whitey's Jolly Cone in West Sacramento and the orange freeze (amazing if you have them mix it with vanilla ice cream) at Hagen's in Carmichael. Both are indepedent fast food outlets, but they offer things that are unique to Sacramento.

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                  1. re: RestaurantRex in CH

                    Good recs right there....

                    1. re: RestaurantRex in CH

                      mmmm.

                    2. So I went to Pho Bac Hoa Viet in Foothill Farms(Sacramento 95841) tonight and I thought of another restaurant unique to Sacramento. Where else could you go to a restaurant and start out with menus that are wire-coil bound but the wire coils are bent and coming out, the menus are bent, and the lamination is coming off. You walk into the restaurant and there are several tables that have not been bussed, and remain unbussed for a while. The carpet is stained and the wallpaper is peeling. The server puts the menus down on the table and walks away without looking at you or saying a word. Empty water glasses remain unfilled for long periods of time (>10 min) and when water is requested, the server just looks away and walks away, but dutifully goes to get the water. Why do I go there regularly you ask? The food is AWESOME and the prices are fair. They have the best Chow Fun anywhere. I am not the only one either. It often has a good crowd,, but I have rarely had to wait. There is a small chain (<10) of these restaurants in Sacramento that seems to be growing quite quickly. The other locations have the same menu with very similar food and very similar service.

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                      Hoa Viet Restaurant
                      6645 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95823

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                      1. re: RestaurantRex in CH

                        Sounds like take-out!

                        1. re: RestaurantRex in CH

                          The one on Broadway has decent service, but the service at the one in Stockton is even worse than what you've described, believe it or not!

                          1. re: RestaurantRex in CH

                            That pretty much sounds like lots of Bay Area Viet I can easily get. Thanks for the reply.

                          2. Can't advise where to eat, but I can insist that you must visit Corti Brothers.

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                            Corti Brothers
                            5810 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95819

                            1. We ate at the Fat Face Cafe inside of the Bows & Arrows vintage clothing store last night, and it was quite good, with a unique vibe. Of course, coming from San Francisco you'll have places like Canteen which blow the mind, but it's certainly something that seems worth visiting.

                              There was a "100 things to eat in Sacramento before you die" thread floating around, which will give you a good idea of the best that Sacramento has to offer. Unfortunately, aside from the hamburger-with-cheese-skirt you find at Squeeze Inn (and having it is more for the experience than the taste), there isn't much that is unique -to- Sacramento.

                              Having been to countless Vietnamese places, I have never had nem nuong (charbroiled pork) the amazing way they make it at Quan Nemh Nin Hoa. But then again I haven't fully explored the depths of San Jose to see if something similar exists there.

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