Roseville region restaurants and food
- Tom Hall
My son just finished at UOP and has started work in Roseville, living between the HP campus and the Galleria at Roseville. We will be visiting him fairly often including this weekend. Are there any good restaurants in or around Roseville? We are open to anything: Thai, barbecue, hole-in-the-wall ethnic, Mexican, sandwich joints to nice sitdown Italian, Cal-Med, California cuisine and aren't averse to driving for good food either. Also if there are any good grocery stores, wine shops, etc. please share. Thanks.
There is a place on the corner of Pleasant Grove and Foothills (right by HP campus)that is fusion Chinese japanese that is really good. Behind the AM/PM.
Granitos in Granite Bay is great.(auburn Folsom and Douglas) Menu changes to chef's liking and availability of fresh ingredients. All free range italian food.
Next door is Lakeside liquors. A great wine shop with tastings on Friday and Saturday featuring different wineries every week.
In old town Roseville is Carmelitias. great mexican food (love their chicken dishes). (Riverside Blvd)
On Eureka road is Mikuni, fantastic, fun sushi. Huge sauced rolls a specialty. Very fresh fish.
Congrats to your son. As for food in Roseville area, grocery stores the typical, Safeway, Albertson's, Trader Joe's. I think there is a meat market around Atlantic street as well. I haven't gone there yet.
As for food in the Roseville area, some of the better places are:
HL Noodles - Asian noodles/shakes. Decent noodles, great grilled pork, yummy shakes, but the one in Sacramento is waaaaaay better. (Oh there's a Pho place in the same center as HL. Pretty good Pho this side of Sacramento valley area).
Ruth Chris's Steakhouse - nothing to say here
Jitra - Thai place near E. Roseville Parkway and Hazel.
Thai Basil - another Thai place. I think it's overrated, but still good
Mikuni's - popular spot for heavy-sweet sauced sushi
(Roseville's got 10+ japansese restuarants, all of them are average. Mikuni's is the best of the average if you can stand the epic waits). Oh don't go to the fusion chinese-japanese place. It's terrible.
Back 40 Texas BBQ - pretty good pork ribs. skip the beef ribs though
Texas West Bar-B-Que - routinely win best-of awards, but I found them hit or miss, extremely pricey, and overall average
Venita Rhea's - cafe in Rocklin. Great traditional American breakfast. cheap and large portions.
PF Chang's - surprisingly the best chinese restaurant in Roseville, I'm sad to say. Gotta go to South Sacto for good chinese/asian food, or goto SanFran.
Continuing with the theme of chain restaurants, you will notice quickly that Roseville is the epicenter of chain stores. Almost every chain store you can name is found in Roseville, including restaurants. You have your Chili's, Angus Steakhouse, Tahoe Joe's, Outback Steakhouse, Boston Market, Taco le Bell, Micky D's, etc.... it goes on and on.
For good restaurants in the Sacto area, you should search through the list on the cali board, or go to this webpage.
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Welcome to Roseville.
As was already mentioned, Roseville is Big Box/Chain heaven. Within this genre, Max's in the courtyard of the Galleria Mall is a personal favorite. This is one of the few places in the area that serves NY style Deli. I also have a weakness for their chocolate covered macaroons.
Accross the street form the Mall I enjoy visiting The Wine Merchant. It's owned by a brother and sister (Carrie and Jessie). Personally, I find Jessie to be more outgoing. However, they are both quite knowledgeable, and their inventory is diverse and well chosen.
For a great dining experience, some of the best food in the area is being served at Carpe Vino in Old Town Auburn. It is a wine store that added a 20 seat fine dining restaurant about eight weeks ago. They have two young CIA trained chefs in the kitchen. The menu is California/French.
Excellent food, wine priced at retail, and an inventory emphasizing small production California producers.
The Farmer's Market at Denio's Auction (Fri, Sat and Sunday) is one of the best (and least expensive!) in California. Great produce, lots of unusual stuff, and great prices. If you go, look for the LaBamba tamale stand in "Auctionland" across the street. Just a few tables, more of a takeout place in a tent. Go early!!! Great tamales!!!