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Seeking Oregon and Northern Cali hidden gems

Ashland has the best little coffee place (exit 14)on the southern edge of town, across from the Caldera brewery and restaurant. can't speak for the restaurant part but some their beers I really like. the coffee place is run by an eccentric amazing woman, who if you let her, will tell you things you will never forget. Good soul.

Oct 09, 2014
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Spudnuts in Sacramento!

I haven't been there in so long. Good to see they are still kicking and in the same location.

Jul 28, 2014
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100 things you should eat before you die- sacramento

Poor Red's is closed and the owners in a heap of trouble. in the Sac bee today...tax, fraud, conviction...

May 13, 2014
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Most Authentically "Sacramentan" Meal?

THE ONE AND ONLY ANSWER IS jIMBOYS TACOS, PREFERABLY AT THE ROSEVILLE AUCTION. Nobody ever made tacos like this before. And yes they are much different at the Auction.

May 05, 2014
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Good Burgers in Sacramento?

Ding a ling. Folsom, Sutter Street, Sam Horne's Tavern. Excellent burgers, inventive recipes. best ten bucks you can spend in Sacramento. The Johnny Cash is the favorite but I love the bacon blue cheese burger, unless I order the bacon bleu fries (Which are incredible).. The bacon aspect is incredible, best bacon ever..... everything there is amazing, mostly house made stuff. And they have an incredible beer selection, a beer geeks bar.
keep in mind it is Beer Week and they have a number of events planned and it is a very small and loud place.

Feb 27, 2014
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orangevale/sacramento old yellow house restaurant

The Big Yellow House was chain, had locations in Sacramento but that was at Arden and expo. The food they served is what you described.

The White House, then L Calders then the tea place is in Orangevale, On greenback and Pecan (?). they have never served food family style. It does have an incredible bar with a wall of liquors so tall the bar tender needs a ladder to get to the toppest of the top shelves. I've lived in the area since the 50's and ahve been to all of the incarnations of this house including working on it when it became LW Calders. Very beautiful building.

Feb 24, 2014
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Central(ish) California Trip

Next time in Grass Valley try Diego's. the food there is way more spectacular than the Owl...
And the Whoa Nellie has changed I believe from the original renegade chef. He now has a place in town that someone I know will give us the name to and the Whoa Nellie is operated by someone else.....

Oct 21, 2013
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QUINCY

Look for places in Oroville for eats mid trip. I read yelp on some I gotta tell ya any of them are better sounding than anything I ever had in Yuba City/Marysville.. http://www.yelp.com/search?find_desc=...

Lots of fruit stands along the way (oh 70) along with a couple of great taco trucks.

Quincy has a great natural foods co op, a Safeway and a local grocer. Morning Thunder is great for breakfast as is the Courthouse Cafe. Might wanna yelp for fine dining, I ahve no experience with that at all there.

Oct 13, 2013
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Auburn Ale House

Yep the cheese loaf is outstanding. The food is pretty good with a reasonable price point. Perhaps not quite hound worthy but that is MO. It is damn good and I love the food there....Beer is great with specialty brews and the usual lineup. I love the Coloma Brown. Great room and the servers, especially the usual bartender, are great. live music on the patio on weekends (not always so call).....

Oct 10, 2013
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Fresno Chowhounds?

Not Mexican. Clubby, steaks and seafood. typically 70's style dining.

May 19, 2013
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Fresno Chowhounds?

Fresno people, I gotta question for ya. back in the 70;s there used to be a place in the JJJ shopping Center. (Triple J center, they called it) and I cannot for the life of me remember the name. Was quite good then if I remember correctly but it does figure into one of more of my stories and I would love to be able to come up with the name of that place. I really like it, they had salad shrimp on the salad and I loved that.

May 16, 2013
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Right off Interstate 80, Berekely to Reno....(Within a mile or so)

Venita Rheas, on granite Driver in Rocklin (Rocklin Road exit) is well reviewed by THE Bee today. I forgot about this one, I haven't been in some time, but I do remember that it was pretty darn good for breakfast.

http://www.sacbee.com/2013/05/10/5405...

May 10, 2013
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Right off Interstate 80, Berekely to Reno....(Within a mile or so)

Thread on The Former Nut tree area (Vacaville)

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/898608

Apr 23, 2013
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Substitute for Nut Tree in Vacaville

The Amicis pizza at the Nut Tree is a great place. Also in Vacaville is Hisu, a Sushi boat and teppani.place

Apr 19, 2013
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Right off Interstate 80, Berekely to Reno....(Within a mile or so)

Ventinne in West sacramento get raves: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/876764

Apr 15, 2013
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Woodland

I think you are right.

Mar 27, 2013
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Woodland

Lucky BBQ on main street. Excellent Q.

Mar 26, 2013
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Restaurants in East of Sacramento, Folsom area ??

Be sure to check out the Interstate 80 thread. I about covered everything from Sac to Rocklin so far.

With a couple of exceptions.

Hawks in granite Bay is excellent. I've been but long ago and then the food was amazing. People still rave on it so unlikely it has changed. And my favorite La Provence iN roseville off of Pleasant Grove Blvd. Wonderful place. French, farm to table, great wine, great building great art on the walls great greatness. Wine dinners, Chef Dinners, Prix Fixe dinners.and menu as well..... WALK AWAY DELI which rocks huge for lunch............incredible Sunday brunch, off menu not buffet. .http://www.laprovenceroseville.com

Mar 22, 2013
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Right off Interstate 80, Berekely to Reno....(Within a mile or so)

Horseshoe bar exit has the goodies. West to Taylor Road..

High Hand nursery is here. Great nursery and a great place for food. Fine dining, and wood fired pizzas. A great deli as well. Got a couple of hours go here. Amazing place in the old packing sheds. really great glass conservatory for the restaurant.

Farther out on King Road is Loomis Basin Brewery. Great beers, and food trucks on Friday and Saturday. Had the beers, not the trucks. And in the same complex is Loomis favorite Cafe Zorro. excellent. http://sierraculture.com/foodwineart/...

Mar 17, 2013
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Right off Interstate 80, Berekely to Reno....(Within a mile or so)

Rocklin Road, Rocklin. Head West. To Granite drive, turn right and then look in the first shopping center to the left for The Golden Dragon. best Chinese food anywhere. Hounds love this place and order off the Chinese menu. For me I am a lunch time guy and find their food amazingly good even if it off the regular menu..

farther down Rocklin Road, turn right on Pacific (Taylor) and to your left is the granite Rock Grill. best breakfast ever. really great place for breakfast or lunch.

Next door is Cafe Delicious which is a very good Mexican place.

Across the street is Loris Little Shack by the railroad track. bar but pretty awesome tacos for cheap..

Mar 17, 2013
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Right off Interstate 80, Berekely to Reno....(Within a mile or so)

Roseville, Eureka road off ramp. Not much tot he west but east is a good group of decent and excellent places.

of course this is also chain city with a tahoe Joes, black Angus amd Claim Jumper as well as the Chili's and Applebees.

But some places are excellent.

Mikuni is great sushi, big rolls. packed and loud always.

Blue Nami is amazing and I prefer it over Mikuni.

Crush 29 is terrific. Great wine list, and a perfect non meat eater place even though they have some great carnivore meals as well..http://www.crush29.com/

Paul Martin's is really good for a chain type place. it really doens't feel like that though.

And if you go towards the water park at the first street after the freeway, Brookfields is great. Best coffee shop type place anywhere. pepper shakers ont eht able and fresh made food. Pricier than dennys but ten times better.

Mar 16, 2013
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Restaurants in East of Sacramento, Folsom area ??

IMO,Best pizza in Sac is at Roma's on Folsom at Watt avenue. NY style. Amazing.

Brookfields at Sunrise and Folsom is excellent coffee shop type food.

North on Sunrise is La Boheme. Old school french continental style. Great special restaurant. http://www.labohemefairoaks.com/

Mikuni is back open again at Hazel and Winding. I prefer them over Samurai myself. Farther down Hazel at Sunset is Maranello. An excellent Italian place. http://www.maranellorestaurant.com/me...

I like Carmelitas in old Fair Oaks.I love the chicken dishes.

In Folsom, Bidwell Street Bistro is amazing. Right next door is Manderas and they have great (if over priced) food and an incredible beer selection. Both are not in old town Folsom you have to go up into the new section on Bidwell Street.

In old town on Sutter Street The Bistro la Petite is great, BUT some of the reviews do not reflect that on Yelp and U.Spoon.....

Also at the top of Sutter Street is the steakhouse. And it is as good as Morton or RC's IMO at a lot less money. Old school, clubby wwith big fat slabs of beef.

My favorite place in Folsom is Sam Horne's tavern. The best 10 dollar food in the Sacramento area. Great burgers, some interesting takes on tater tots, and the blue cheese and bacon fries are so good it is not funny. Also a beer geeks bar with rotating taps and local brews and a great happy hour.

Mar 14, 2013
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Right off Interstate 80, Berekely to Reno....(Within a mile or so)

Douglas Blvd exit, Roseville....

West about a block from the freeway...Slice Of Heaven. Pies and good ones, A bit spendy but the lunch combos are great. All kinds of different unusual pies as well. family owned.

Going east is Parkers Dogs. Santa Cruz dogs. Yummy dogs. in the strip mall on the corner of Sunrise and Douglas.

And while this is not a mile, if you keep heading east you will run into Quarry Ponds Shopping center. HAWKS is there. Spendy but incredible food, the tasting menu is pretty amazing. Also a tapas place that is incredible too as well there.

Mar 13, 2013
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Right off Interstate 80, Berekely to Reno....(Within a mile or so)

Yeah that I thought I would leave the City proper to that board. Seeing how almost every place in SF is within a mile of a freeway.....(pf course that is the longest mile in history) And most people when driving thru are not looking for a decent place to eat while driving Start in Berk and go to reno.

So funny that link of your is you and me talking.. I live right on old US 40 now too. Since that thread I have actually paid some attention to that route lately and there are some good stops on there now, but not but a couple of diners.

Mar 10, 2013
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Right off Interstate 80, Berekely to Reno....(Within a mile or so)

Well I thought about that but, that would make it so that a lot of my responses would be on that board and not this one. I also think that a comprehensive list for that route, which is the most traveled would be an amazing resource and that is why I went to Reno. One thread covering it all..... I might have sub threaded differently maybe with every 30 mile segements but that is too much work on a dead board.

Mar 10, 2013
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Right off Interstate 80, Berekely to Reno....(Within a mile or so)

Riverside Exit, Roseville CA, exit number 102. South si Auburn blvd and North is Riverside) To the Right (south on Auburn)is Callifornia Burger. Excellent slow fast food type place. LOVE THE BURGERS.

And up by the KMART is 7 Sisters Italian, Family style pizza, Italian place. FAMILY. Lots of gluten free stuff too......

Going North to Riverside Blvd about a mile is Carmelitia's Mexican. I love the chicken dishes. Love the place and the family that runs it.

Almost across the street is the Roseville Tortilla factory. Best torts anywhere. Sewriously amazing tortillas. And great cheap tamales and other delishus dishus. I am a regular.

Mar 10, 2013
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Right off Interstate 80, Berekely to Reno....(Within a mile or so)

Madison Avenue, past Sacramento downtown about five miles......Exit 96.

To the west is Brookfields. Before Hillsdale Avenue behind the motel. Excellent coffee shop type food. really good but a price point above Denny's. I love that they have pepper grinders at every table. the specials are MONEY......

Right on Madison Avenue between Auburn and Blvd and Palm ave on the north side in a teeny strip mall...To the east is Weiner Works. Best dogs around. IMO best dog in California. Great bread, guldens mustard and the fries are killer diller. Be sure to order the tiny if alone, or you will be buried in French fries. Also one of the better hamburgers
you can find as well but the dogs are so damn good it is hard to order a burger there.

Off Madison North on College Oak is Tony Baloneys. Great sandwhiches if a bit over priced (Okay more than a bit over priced) BUT< I love em. the Meatball sand is amazing and most people LOVE the pepper steak. the ham and Swiss is phenomenal as well. His minestrone soup is excellent and his salad dressing are great too (he has them in Raley's too)

Mar 10, 2013
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Right off Interstate 80, Berekely to Reno....(Within a mile or so)

Let's try something and go across CA on I 80. Hound worthy places or good places to stop, not far off the highway.

We all know where the In and Outs are etc but sometimes an exit has a ton of great food.

So list the exit, the exit number in response then if you respond respond under that exit's sub post like below)

Mar 10, 2013
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Must-Try Places in Sacramento for an SF Hound?

The Mandarin is at Arden and Eastern, next to Whole Foods. I love it all there but the Hot and Sour Soup is incredible.

The Golden dragon is in Rocklin, (take Rocklin road off of 80, go left and take the first right and it is in the shopping center that is to the left). and order off the Chinese menu. More hounds here love that place and know way more about it than I do.

For me Chinese is a lunch thing mostly so my experience is not as wide as others here. But both are regarded as the best in Sac.(No Dim Sum at either)

Mar 03, 2013
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Must-Try Places in Sacramento for an SF Hound?

Sarcasm meter on, Marion...... ( just the thought of Sac having something that you can't find in one of the great food cities in the world is ludicrous if you ask me Although I do agree on Corit Bros, and think that both the Mandarin and The Golden Dragon have better chinese food than I have ever had in SF.....

Feb 25, 2013
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