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Mar 13, 2006 12:05 PM

Folsom CA

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Portland OR Chowhound here.
My boyfriend frequents Folsom on business, and will be going there tomorrow.
What are great eating options?
This is broad- this means the best taco cart on the corner to the upper-mid scale in the city. All cuisines.
The main concerns is that while he will have a car, he is not going to be familiar with the city enough to find a REALLY obscure place out in the suburbs. He is staying at Hawthorn Rancho Cordova/Folsom. So anything in that area would also be a bonus, but not a requirement (as we all know hotel streets are the haven of chain restaurants. Blach!)
Thanks for any advise!

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  1. Folsom is the suburb!

    In Folsom itself we really like Bidwell Street bistro (on...Bidwell Street). I don't think they do lunch. Another possibility is Zenfindel Grill.

    For really upscale you should try Masque in El Dorado Hills (just off Hwy 50), probably one of the top Italian restaurants in the area.

    For Japanese we like Samurai Sushi on Folsom Blvd. north of your hotel (Folsom Blvd and Hazel Ave.). On Hazel going north across the bridge you'll find Mikuni Sushi, one of the best sushi places you'll find anywhere.

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    1. re: Peter

      Unless they have changed, Bidwell does do lunch, but I think they are closed on Mondays.

      1. re: Karen

        I have only been to Folsom once, a year ago. Had an excellent lunch at Bailies Restaurant & Martini Bar- not cheap, but outstanding clam chowder.312 Bidwell Street, hidden in a strip mall.

        1. re: Karen

          They are open on Mondays. But they don't do lunch on weekends.

        2. re: Peter

          with angelo auriana leaving as chef, i don't know if masque is one of the best italian restaurants in the area anymore. it used to be, with angelo in the kitchen. they might be able to follow his recipes, but they cannot copy his creativity and imagination. has anyone on the board tried it since he left?

        3. For Breakfast or lunch there is no better place than the Gold Miner. On Bidwell St. Homemade everything.

          For chinese try Jeannie's place also on Bidwell (Up by Lowes).

          For pizza Roma's is the one. (Natoma Street and Blue Ravine). OLd style NY pizza. Gotta eat it with a fork.

          Bidwell Street Bistro is great. (right next door to Jeannie's.)

          I noticed today that Ballie's has changed ownership so I have no idea what is going on there. It used to be very good.
          For taqueria style there is Pacos Tacos on Natoma Street inside a dive bar called City Slickers. right across from the park.

          On Sutter Street and the area down there are some good places too.

          For margaritas and a good time try the Hacienda Del Rio. The food is okay but don't get anything with the red sauce.

          Much better is Q-Bole for food.

          The Folsom Hotel is okay, not great but still pretty good. Great bar though with loads of history.

          Pizzeria Classico is really good pizza too, If there was not Romas in town this would be the best around.

          Chicago Fire Pizza is terrible. All canned food. lots of people go there but they are not good at all.

          Peter Yagers has a great beer selection and their food is servicable pub type grub. Great burgers. I built the place in the eighties.

          Pachanga's is great. Very nice. The best dining on the street IMO. The pan seared scallops are my favorite.

          Down in the lower part of the historic district (not Sutter Street) is Zinfandel Grill. Pretty nice. Good food, kind of upscale. I go here sometimes but would rather go to Pachangas or Bidwell Street Bistro. Great wood fired pizzas.

          Q-Bole is here too.

          Kamon is a pretty good japanese/sushi place. Not like Mikuni (Which is about 2 miles out of Folsom)but kind of old school style.

          There is also a Thai place in that complex too but I cannot remember the name. I had a good meal there a few years ago but have not been lately.

          On your way from your Hotel on Hiway 50 is Samurai Sushi. Loud, huge rolls and trendy as all get out. I really like it myself. Also Mikuni is about a half mile from the Hiway 50 Hazel exit (where Samurai is).

          Also on the hazel/50 corner there is Rudy's Hideway. The place for Lobster.

          There are many Indian places around town too. I have no idea of any of them myself.

          Also on Bidwell is the Streets of London Pub. Great food and total British atmosphere. Tuesday nights they have trivia too for prizes. I will be there.

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          1. re: bennyboy

            Thanks so much for taking the time to list these chowhound-worthy places. I just moved to the area recently and will print this list to keep in my car.

            1. re: bennyboy

              I wrote:"Chicago Fire Pizza is terrible. All canned food. lots of people go there but they are not good at all"

              I have been doing a survey of Chicago natives and this pizza. They all agree that the pizza at Chicago Fire is truly authentic and very good. "just like Chicago." they'll say. Most of the print reviewers love this pizza also, the outlet downtown has recieved rave reviews....

              So maybe my lack of experience with Chicago style pizza is the problem here. But do remind me not to go to Chicago anyytime soon for a pizza.

            2. Thanks for all the great suggestions!

              1. Whoops forgot some. On Sutter street too: Sutter Street grill is pretty good for breakfast and Lunch. Not as good however as the Gold Miner.

                Hop Sing's. Incredibly bad chinese food. Nice place and the soup is okay but the rest is pure dredge. How they have been in business for so long I have no idea.

                The Balcony restaurant is open under new owners and has an interesting menu. I have not been but have been meaning to go.

                Seasons is pretty good for upscale lunch and breakfast type things too.Mostly sandwiches, but not the usual.

                Snooks candies make the best peanut brittle in the world and other great candies.

                The Purple Place (kind of ElDorado Hills) on Green Valley Road (by the lake)is not very good. so skip that one.

                The Cliff House is pretty good but it is kind of the meat and potatoes type of place. beautiful view, but the typical Prime rib and steaks thing. pretty pricey.

                there is new Sushi place at Auburn Folsom and Greenback (NaNiHa) that has been getting raves from others but I have yet to go.

                There is a nice mexican restaurant on Natoma Street that is pretty good too. Cannot remember the name right now but it is pretty good. Not as good however as Q-Bole, but a great family mexican restaurant.

                1. Forgot Fats Asian Bistro. Incredible room. Pricey but great food. At Hiway 50 and Bidwell St.