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GRADUATION CELEBRATION - SACRAMENTO

If you don't mind funky, then try Lalo's - definitely will take a large group in the main dining room or the back room, which is packed for overflow on the weekends, especially in the morning. Weekends they roast several whole sheep and have the best barbacoa I've ever had (and the soup made from the bones is divine).

Dec 13, 2010
hewn in California

Roseville and Sacramento areas

New Canton is indeed excellent for dim sum. Vientiane is terrific.

However, I think Pho Bac Hoa Viet has really gone downhill. If you're already in that neighborhood, continue south on Stockton to any of the several good pho joints that are better in terms both of food and ambience (Pho Xe Lua, Saigon, etc.).

Alan, thanks for the rec for La Islita. I am not up in that area often, but the next time I am, I will definitely check it out - always looking for good Mexican seafood!

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New Canton Restaurant
2523 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

Hoa Viet Restaurant
6645 Stockton Blvd # 300, Sacramento, CA

La Islita
8493 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Dec 13, 2010
hewn in California

Roseville and Sacramento areas

I would like to second most of these - especiall Sol Cubano, Mehfil, Anatolian Table, Bamiyan, Stolichny, Vientiane, and Shoki.

For faster ramen without the wait at (the otherwise excellent) Shoki, try Akebono on Freeport.

For authentic (non-Cali/Tex-Mex) Mexican, try Lalo's on 24th, just south of City College (off Sutterville Road - map it, it's hard to find).

There are a number of excellent birreirias on Franklin Blvd and throughout the south area, haven't been to one that was not excellent.

There are a number of really terrific taco trucks, too, for quick bites at lunch, if you're in a real hurry.

Also, a very strong recommendation for Formoli Bistro on J Street on the edge of midtown/downtown - excellent mussels and other dishes.

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Anatolian Table Restaurant
6815 Lonetree Blvd # 105, Rocklin, CA

Formoli's Restaurant
3260 J St, Sacramento, CA 95816

Dec 13, 2010
hewn in California

Question about San Diego split vs. California board

I have a question.

Sacramento has more restaurants per capita than San Diego, and a more active Yelp community (the latter is not especially important, but might be a useful metric as far as interest in food culture in the community goes). There was no significant difference in the number of San Diego vs. Sacramento-oriented posts on the California board before San Diego received its own board.

So what exactly was the measure used to decide that San Diego deserved its own board, vs. other non-specifically-represented regions?

Dec 13, 2010
hewn in Site Talk

Back to Sacramento for holidays, what's new this year?

The best pho/banh mi place in town, New Paris, closed unfortunately, but Quan Nem Ninh Hoa - one of the best (non-pho) Vietnamese places in the region, opened. Get the special for 2, about $15, fantastic. Their fish dishes and noodles are wonderful, and all the tofu comes from the tofu factory immediately behind them.

Mulvaney's got better; Waterboy, imo, got boring and inattentive. More Vietnamese and regional-cuising Mexican places opened in the south area; Lalo's, which has been open for what, 7 years now? - finally got the attention it deserves from critics and local food clubs and is now more packed on weekend mornings than ever for their sublime barbacoa and things like huitlacoche and squash blossom.

There's a new Cuban place in North Highlands that's gotten good reviews for their sandwiches and plantains. I need to try it, and hope they have a good medianoche.

The city's effectively banned taco trucks, so you need to go a bit further south for good Mexican, or out into the county; excellent ceviche and lengua can be found at my favorite, Tres Hermanos, on El Camino at Ethan.

Flaming Grill is supposed to be terrific. That's just up from the above-mentioned taco truck, also on El Camino - lots of good beer (Arrogant Bastard ... on TAP!!) and good burgers made from any kind of meat you can think of.

A few new places on R Street are good - especially the lunch & dinner at Magpie; Burgers & Brew next door is nothing special but does have a good beer selection. Haven't tried the new Shady Lady at the end of the block but have heard good, or at least decent, things.

Dec 29, 2009
hewn in California

Sacramento taco trucks

Benny - that truck is called Tres Hermanos and is owned by a great guy named Aurelio. Terrific tacos and they make ceviche (shrimp and fish!) twice a week too. I hired him for a birthday party at our house - parked in the driveway, all you can eat tacos (pick 4 meats from his menu + veggie tacos, beans/rice, and quesadillas) for up to 50 people for $300 flat. He was on time, stayed almost 4 hours, and everyone was very very happy with the food - it was absolutely terrific. We had about 40 people, everyone ate between 3 and 8 tacos, so it ended up being a really good deal. He opened up the ice chest on the side of the truck and we filled it with sodas and had beer/wine inside.

Dec 29, 2009
hewn in California

Map of Oakland Taco Trucks and Street Carts

Thank you. However for those Oakland trucks, the majority come from rworange, above, so certainly thanks go to that person and not myself.

Dec 02, 2008
hewn in San Francisco Bay Area

Yumtaco Taco Truck Map -- Bay Area and Nationwide

Just FYI, I was very happy to find so many trucks mentioned here and thought linking to the original posts - rather than passing the work off as my own - would be more ethical. I started the map a couple of months before I thought to look on Chowhound for more entries, and I was very happy to find such good information here. I am trying to fill in the gaps, but I've received so many notes from folks asking me to remove individual trucks over the past year that it's hard to keep up with which ones I've removed and why (several truck owners, worried about - I assume - INS attention, asked me to take their trucks down. Although, of course, these could be owners of the competition, possibly. Either way, I've taken down every truck I've been asked to take down). All I know is that people regularly ask me to remove a truck because the information is incorrect or for some other reason, and I comply.

I'm very sorry. I never thought I'd face so much criticism over this. I tried to ethically manage what started out as simply a small personal project to teach myself how to use Google Maps but it appears I have not done such a good job.

Dec 02, 2008
hewn in Food Media & News

Yumtaco Taco Truck Map -- Bay Area and Nationwide

Hopefully this won't get deleted as I don't think it violates the ToS - but yes, there was much discussion of the site here (20-25 posts?) but they were all deleted by the moderators. I think maybe any discussion of deletions itself gets deleted, as last night's discussion did.

Dec 01, 2008
hewn in Food Media & News

The Taco Truck Resistance

Molina is just giving the restaurant lobby some value-added for all the money they've given her.

More than half of these trucks are on private property - parking lots, mostly - with the blessing of the property owners. Why should they, already health-inspected and permitted, be regulated additionally?

Sep 15, 2008
hewn in Features

Bourdain & Zimmern local Asian Moonshine

I've had Mekong whiskey and various sugarcane liquors in Thailand and they were fine. Clean, smooth, tasty. I liked them, but I'm not some fancy-pants.

I don't like Soju.

The rice whiskey in Thailand was once served with a snake in it. I liked it. It didn't taste snakey.

Jul 16, 2008
hewn in Food Media & News

Mollejas at King Taco

Too bad more people don't try the buche - they'd love it, if they can take the fat. As far as mollejas, I wish I could find it up here in Sacramento.

IMO, as far as taco truck tacos go, lengua is usually the best bet - the least greasy of the cuts of red meat, and usually the richest and most tender.

Feb 15, 2008
hewn in Los Angeles Area

mollejas tacos near Sacramento?

Can anyone recommend a taqueria, truck, cart or other purveyor who sells mollejas (sweetbreads) tacos in the Sacramento area?

Feb 15, 2008
hewn in California

Sacramento Board?

Is there any update on this? It's been a year and a half since this thread, it'd be great to hear that this is something being developed!

Unfortunately, with as slow as things are going here, I fear that more people will leave for Yelp before Chowhound gets it together. Certainly a lot of folks have been lost already :(

Feb 15, 2008
hewn in Site Talk

Sacramento taco truck meetup

Come join other Chowhounders and Yelpers for a tour of several of Sacramento's taco trucks.

Saturday, February 23 2008 around 7 pm

we will meet up at the trucks at Northgate and West El Camino, hopefully hook up with the Mexican Corn vendor there and try as many trucks as are around; afterwards we'll drive down El Camino to the Tres Hermanos truck just over the freeway, and if people are still hungry we may trek down to the south area to the pupusa & taco truck on Stockton and Elder Creek, although I think most of us will be full before that.

If you'd like to attend, email typographica@gmail.com to get on the google list for updates & etc.

Bring cash as none of these places take anything else.

Hope to see you there!

Feb 15, 2008
hewn in California

Sacramento: taco truck, corn cart!

The corn can be bagged to go, and if you live more than 10 mins away it reheats just fine. I live in midtown so it's about 5-8 minutes from my house.

Dec 28, 2007
hewn in California

Sacramento: taco truck, corn cart!

An update: the truck on El Camino just east of hwy 80 (between Howe and 80) is EXCELLENT. Called Tres Hermanos, it's open 10 am to 10:30 pm every day except Sunday. In addition to very generous $1 tacos ($1.50 for the tripas), which are surpringly non-greasy, they give you a big scoop of grilled onion and a BIG crispy fried chile with each order of 2 or more tacos.

I thought the adovada and buche (grilled pork belly) were especially good. The buche is mostly fat, so you probably won't want more than one.

I had 2 tacos here, plus bought a big chicken burrito for the wife & everything was excellent. Nice folks too.

Dec 10, 2007
hewn in California

taco trucks redux!

Got it! Thanks Ducky.

Nov 19, 2007
hewn in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Burger & Fries in Sacramento

I've been overall unhappy with Chops, although I still eat there regularly as it's right across from the Capitol and very quick to get to at lunch. The food's not so bad, but the service is atrocious - sometimes it can take 30 minutes to get your order taken when you are on a 1 hour lunchbreak, and another 30 minutes to get your food (that's happened a few times...).

That long preamble aside, though, they do have a good burger. Better meat but similar to the Tower's all american burger in terms of size and quality of veggies/bread, a bit smaller than that. I don't think anyone makes a better burger than the French at Nationwide, but that place is pretty nasty inside and I don't like to eat there (I liked their old location a LOT, but the new place just has this dirty, lonely strip mall feel and is not very pleasant inside).

The Broiler does a great job with ground sirloin. Juicy, lean, very rich, perfectly rare.

Nov 15, 2007
hewn in California

Sacramento: taco truck, corn cart!

excellent tacos. the further north truck, which was not there tonight, is slightly better and adds onions and cilantro; at this place, you have to add it yourself.

half were decent, half were very good. couldn't tell what was what, except for the adovada which was very good.

the other truck, the one that is usually there but which was not tonight, has lengua which is EXCELLENT. this one had cabeza but i was scared to get that.

Nov 14, 2007
hewn in California

Sacramento: taco truck, corn cart!

So, in my ongoing taco truck research (see the map at http://www.yumtacos.com/ ), I went out to pick up supper this evening. I hit the taco truck zone on Northgate just past West El Camino, where there are usually two trucks; tonight there was only one.

In addition to the carnitas, lengua, and adovada tacos I got there, I noticed a lonely fellow with a cart at the far end of the lot. He had fried desserts, and a giant steaming cauldron of steamed corn on the cob. For $1.50, he puts a huge cob on a stick, butters it - real butter - rolls it in crumbled cotija, and shakes chili powder all over it. Absolutely delicious!

For $16, I fed two very hungry people with 2x jarritos, 10x tacos and 2 enormous ears of corn. Highly recommended.

Nov 14, 2007
hewn in California

rss feeds

I understand but I wouldn't call an RSS feed a bell or whistle, it's pretty much standard operating procedure when more than 50% of site accesses come from mobile devices or rss readers.

Nov 05, 2007
hewn in Site Talk

Best Burger & Fries in Sacramento

oh no you dint!

Nov 05, 2007
hewn in California

taco trucks redux!

a 100 placemark limit, eh? I had no idea. I may have to migrate it to Platial when I run up against it - thanks for the heads-up.

And Melanie, maps made in gmaps or platial can be embedded on this site with an iframe very easily - just a single line of code does it.

Nov 02, 2007
hewn in San Francisco Bay Area

taco trucks redux, II

thanks ns1. Got plenty of good ones in LA from that site. Hopefully I can find a similar resource for San Diego.

Oct 28, 2007
hewn in Los Angeles Area

taco trucks redux, II

So I hope nobody minds me cross-posting, but I wanted to make sure I got the Southern California chowhound input on this as well.

Right now I've got places I know about in Sacramento & environs, and have added many from Ruth Lefler's Oakland report - those that I've had locals verify are still extant - and I've had about two dozen recommendations for SF and southern CA. I'm currently adding about two dozen in LA but of course there are many in the valley and outlying areas that I don't know about (yet).

Please do come & visit, hit the digg link and let me know of your favorites that I've missed - I'm sure there are plenty!

http://yumtacos.com

I think that our own Jim Leff made a google map of street food in Salinas - I'll see if I can merge the taco trucks he has written up there into this map as well.

Yours

JLT, loyal chowhounder

Oct 25, 2007
hewn in Los Angeles Area

taco trucks redux!

You're right, I did miss that thread! That will be extremely helpful. Thanks AGAIN!

I've already about about 2 dozen emailed to me just last night, so I'll be busy at my lunchbreak today!

JLT

Oct 25, 2007
hewn in San Francisco Bay Area

taco trucks redux!

Thanks to Ruth & others here on this board for doing much of the bay area legwork; without them, I couldn't have gotten my map of California (and soon, hopefully, all over the US) going!

Right now I've got places I know about in Sacramento & environs, and have added Ruth's Oakland report - those that I've had locals verify are still extant - and I've had about two dozen recommendations for SF and southern CA.

Please do come & visit, hit the digg link and let me know of your favorites that I've missed - I'm sure there are plenty!:

http://yumtacos.com

I think that our own Jim Leff made a google map of street food in Salinas - I'll see if I can merge the taco trucks he has written up there into this map as well.

Yours

JLT, loyal chowhounder

Oct 24, 2007
hewn in San Francisco Bay Area

rss feeds

Gotcha. I think search terms would be more useful (didn't realize there was a CMS out there that DIDN'T support search > rss). I can build one myself by funneling a yahoo search of the site into an rss feed. Thanks for the info.

Oct 23, 2007
hewn in Site Talk

rss feeds

I am pretty sure it must be possible, but I don't see how to generate an RSS feed (or any other kind of feed, really) from a search term, or for a specific board. Can anyone help me?

Oct 23, 2007
hewn in Site Talk