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State fair food!

Very disappointed in the food selections this year. There is a Merlino's Freeze upper level between the counties building, and the Wine tastings are excellent as usual. The deep fried place is serving fried White Castle sliders this year. The soft taco stand has history at the fair, but there are so many other good options outside the gates. The big BBQ by the livestock exhibits was pitiful and expensive - but takes credit cards.

There are plenty of basic fair items - corndogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes - and some good places - cinnamon rolls, roasted corn, tri-tip BBQ by main gate - but nothing spectacular. Have lunch/dinner before hand, have some wine and fruit/cheese, walk around with some cotton candy, and finish with a refreshing Merlino's.

Aug 26, 2008
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Kanye West bringing Fatburger to Chicago

Fatburger is all about the char. Any Fatburger without a charbroiler should be avoided. Also, I do not know if there are corporate and franchise locations, but the franchise locations have been bad - again, no charbroiler.

Aug 21, 2008
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Help! Brit in Sacramento

One thing to remember about Mexican food is that there are many different types based on the region - just like United States food. Tres Hermanas has excellent northern Mexican, while others have their specialties. We have good representations of all the regions in Sacramento.

New Canton is perfect for dim sum identical to HK. Gaylord is also excellent for Indian.

Aug 14, 2008
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Eating out in Downtown Sacramento--Visiting from NY

A car is necessary to explore Sacramento. Our cabs are really designed to get people to and from the airport, or home after a night out drinking. There are no cab lines at the suburban hotels - which the Marriott in Natomas is - so you will have to call a cab (and wait) at the hotel and the restaurant. They are pricy too, so a daily RT cab ride will cost almost as much as a rental car!

That said, there are lots of options in both urban and suburban Sacramento. The Waterboy in midtown Sacramento is usually regarded as one of the best overall restaurants. I would highly recommend a tri-tip sandwich from the Buckhorn Grill as a special experience in Sacramento. Tuk Tuk and the Flying Pig BBQ are close to the Marriott and are excellent Thai and BBQ places - even in the suburban jungle.

Also, a car will elt you explore the wonderful Cantonese restaurants south of Downtown. New Canton has excellent dim sum; New Hong Kong Wok and New Lai Wah along Freeport Blvd are some of the best places that may rival (or beat) NY places.

You should also try some Mexican out here. My personal favorite is Tres Hermanas in midtown with excellent mole and chile verde, but nearly everything is very good. There are also numerous taquerias around that are worth the drive. The La Favorita chain is my favorite. If possible, make sure to hit a Farmers Market while in town.

Enjoy your time here!

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Tres Hermanas
2416 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816

Waterboy Restaurant
2000 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814

Buckhorn Grill
1801 L St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Tuk Tuk Restaurant
4630 Natomas Blvd Ste 150, Sacramento, CA 95835

New Canton Restaurant
2523 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

Flying Pig BBQ
3620 N Freeway Blvd # 315, Sacramento, CA

New Hong Kong Wok
5019 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822

Lai Wah Restaurant
5912 Freeport Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95822

Jul 20, 2008
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Costco roast chicken

Here in Sacramento, they use Foster Farms chickens (with injected salt water) which are mighty tasty and juicy. The skin is nearly perfect, flavorful and crisp, with just enough fat for flavor. Nearly every piece of meat is cut, picked, or gnawed off the bone after the meal, with the bones boiled to make a good broth. They usually hold their heat on the way home after shopping with most of the excess juice dripping off. It is one of the best values at Costco.

Jul 17, 2008
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BJs Brewery

Very good pizza, beer, and the Pizookie at BJ's. Also, make sure to order extra sauce since they spread it on thinner than normal. They also put diced tomatoes on the pizza; this can either be good or bad depending on your taste. It is the pan pizza style (thick crust), but it is one of the best examples I have had. It is NOT Chicago pizza, but it is very good none the less. Some locations have cider on tap as well.

The smashed potatoes and burgers are also very good. Stick to the basics and your will enjoy the place as much as I do.

Jul 06, 2008
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3 Fires Lounge - Sacramento, CA

Absolutely.

Jul 01, 2008
Sacto_Damkier in California

3 Fires Lounge - Sacramento, CA

This is just a mini-review of the new bar/lounge beneath the new Residence Inn on 15th & L in Sacramento, CA. Their Happy Hour is very good with cheap drinks including Herradura margaritas and other specials. The real gem is the $5 "petite" buffalo burger. This is a real burger (1/4-1/3 lb) with cheese (Swiss, cheddar, or blue) and fries. They will serve the burger medium rare which is real juicy and brings out the flavor of the bison.

I had the cheddar medium rare, and it was near perfect. The fries were a great addition: processed, but prepared perfectly. I am now wondering what the regular burger looks like given that the petite version was nearly as big as the McCormick & Schmick $1.95 special. Nobody tried anything else, but we were all impressed by the burger.

Jun 30, 2008
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best ribs in Sacramento?

The Flying Pig BBQ now takes the title with their excellent ribs and sauce. Not only do they fall off the bone, but the oak flavor penetrates the meat completely. They are served dry with sauce on the side with great sides.

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Flying Pig BBQ
3620 N Freeway Blvd # 315, Sacramento, CA

Jun 18, 2008
Sacto_Damkier in California

I-40 ABQ to OK City

Make sure to hit up Blake's Lotaburger before leaving NM, either in Albuquerque or Tucumcari, for a Lotaburger with green chiles before you leave. I also enjoyed the Braum's burgers and ice cream in TX and OK. Most of these places are close to I-40 or worth a short drive for a quick lunch.

Jun 15, 2008
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Review of Texas Roadhouse, Kingston, NY

I have always had good experiences with Texas Roadhouse, especially with the regular steak and Chicken Fried Chicken. Since the place is new, do not judge it too much since the staff and kitchen are still trying to learn everything. My guess is that the extra noise is only temporary during the Grand Opening phase to keep the customers happy while the kitchen is learning the ropes.

Jun 15, 2008
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Chipotle Mexican Grill

I have never liked the "cubed" meat at Chipotle; the chicken and steak are diced up unlike the carnitas and barbacoa which are shredded. I would love to see a shredded chicken option - dark meat with guajillos maybe, or even a drunken (tequila/lime) chicken. It sounds like the service was bad, since I can always add anything to any product at the ones I visit.

Tortillas de harina (a.k.a. flour tortillas) are ubiquitous north of the border and are usually fine. Adding a corn option would be nice for the soft tacos and would probably fit nicely into the steamer. I have not seen onions and cilantro as an option at a Chipotle.

Jun 15, 2008
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Need help for Sacramento Restaurant Recs

That is a tough request. All the awesome, non ethnic places will be more than $30 pp. The Kitchen and Hawks will impress most, but are expensive. Paragary's or one of the Bistro 33 restaurants could excel with the price point and groups, but may not impress a group of foodies.

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Kitchen Restaurant
2225 Hurley Way, Sacramento, CA 95825

Hawks
5530 Douglas Blvd, Granite Bay, CA 95746

Jun 13, 2008
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Texas mexican restaurant in downtown Sacramento

Politics aside, there are many better options for Mexican food in Sacramento and even in the grid than Texas. I found them to be just OK, nothing special.

Jun 13, 2008
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Lunch near the Capitol (N and 15th)

In addition to Pennisi's mentioned above, you can walk over to Buckhorn Grill for one of the best tri-tip sandwiches in the region. La Bonne Soupe is also excellent for French sandwiches and soup.

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Buckhorn Grill
1801 L St, Sacramento, CA 95811

La Bonne Soupe Cafe
920 8th St, Sacramento, CA 95814

Jun 13, 2008
Sacto_Damkier in California

Sandwich Suggestions - Sacramento

For a quick sandwich, I have found both Raley's and Nugget to produce very good sandwiches - especially Nugget. There are lots of good places with a wait, but Raley's is everywhere and usually fast.

I work downtown, so I can walk to La Bonne, Spicy Pickle (my favorite), and Pennisi's. I have not tried Beach Hut Deli, but I have heard some good reviews.

Jun 09, 2008
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Any worthwhile restaurants in Roseville?

If you are hungry when you land, one of the best Thai restaurants in Sacramento is about 10 minutes from SMF. The food and decor are excellent at Tuk Tuk in the Natomas portion of Sacramento.

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Tuk Tuk Restaurant
4630 Natomas Blvd Ste 150, Sacramento, CA 95835

Jun 09, 2008
Sacto_Damkier in California

South Lake Tahoe

I just had a great burger at the Burger Lounge in SLT. The place serves fresh ground hamburgers with all the fixings, including some tasty combinations like "Black & Blue" (blackened seasoning with blue cheese) and peanut butter burgers. The fries are also excellent with options including cajun, pesto, garlic, and cheese. They also serve real fresh lemonade and have nice outside seating.

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Burger Lounge
717 Emerald Bay Rd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

May 10, 2008
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Road trip: West Sacramento to Yuma

West Sacramento to Yuma is 10 hours according to Google. It's a long drive, but it could be done in one day. There are many options depending on the route. It would take about 5 hours to hit LA and all the culinary options there, or a stop at Harris Ranch for a very good beef lunch. Another good option is to just grab some sandwiches from La Bou at breakfast - or Nugget Market in West Sacramento - and stop along the way; there is a nice rest stop at Tejon Pass for lunch.

I would recommend the latter option with a 4 year old. The picnic lunch will give him or her a chance to run around mid trip, hopefully burning off enough steam to encourage a nap for the second half of the trip.

May 10, 2008
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Beijing Beef at Panda Express

I must have had a bad chef. Mine was not crispy or spicy. More research is necessary...

May 04, 2008
Sacto_Damkier in Chains

Mother's Day Brunch Sacramento?

Hawks is offering a Mother's Day Brunch. I was going to take my mother there, but she will be out of town.

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Hawks
5530 Douglas Blvd, Granite Bay, CA 95746

May 02, 2008
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Beijing Beef at Panda Express

Stopping for a quick bite in the middle of nowhere, I spotted a Panda Express for dinner. Normally, I am OK with PE and am usually satisfied with their Orange Chicken, Kung Pao Shrimp, and Fried Rice. This time I tried the new Beijing Beef. It is bad. There was too much cornstarch and too little beef. The sauce had near zero flavor and the texture was not even "crunchy" as advertised. I was expecting the dish to actually taste like crispy wok-fried beef, but was sadly mistaken. My Orange Chicken and rice were great.

Ironically, my fortune cookie said, "Treat Yourself to Something of Quality."

Apr 28, 2008
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Dim Sum in Sacramento

They are probably still tops in Sacramento. Some of my Cantonese friends really like the Dim Sum menu at Koi Palace at the Thunder Valley Casino, but the menu is limited and a little expensive - especially driving to Lincoln on $4/gal gasoline!

Apr 27, 2008
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Local eggs in Sacramento? [Moved from Home Cooking]

Try the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op. They have a good selection of local items, including single egg purchasing. I do not know if they are local to Sacramento, but they are likely raised very close.

http://www.sacfoodcoop.com/

Apr 27, 2008
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Best meals under 15 bucks in Sac! (tip included!)

French Ground Steak Burger w/ Cheese & Strawberry Milkshake - Nationwide Meats

Big Buck Sandwich, Roadhouse Onions, Zinfandel- Buckhorn Grill

Onion Soup and Sandwich - La Bonne Soupe Cafe

Lunch Buffet - Gaylord India Restaurant

Ribs & Chicken Combo - Flying Pig BBQ

Chile Verde Burrito y Enchilada (con mole y albondigas) - Tres Hermanas

Apr 27, 2008
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Unique Australian Foods

That reminds me that one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, wanted to have the turkey as the symbol of the United States instead of the bald eagle. That change would have made our Thankgiving dinners very patriotic, maybe? I do plan on eating both the kangaroo and emu while in Australia.

Feast at Lele vs Old Lahaina Lu'au

We did the "traditional" mat seating at the Old Lahaina Lu'au and did not like them. The ground was very hot, and it was awkward seating for the tall members. I would recommend the table and chairs for a much more comfortable time. The views were great from the front though.

I have heard that the Feast at Lele has better food, but the Old Lahaina Lu'au had better entertainment. The OLL at night after a day exploring Lahaina is a great day in Maui - IMO.

Apr 20, 2008
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Feast at Lele vs Old Lahaina Lu'au

We went to the OLL and had a wonderful time. The ahi poke was very good along with some other dishes. The drinks were also very good and unlimited. The location and entertainment were a treat for us mainlanders. All in all, it was a memorable event - not the best food on the island, but very good for a lu'au.

Apr 17, 2008
Sacto_Damkier in Hawaii

Maui trip restaurants review

Make sure to try the Pa'ia Fish Market next time. I had excellent fish there - probably the same fish as Mama's without the overhead.

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Paia Fish Market
100 Hana Hwy, Paia, HI 96779

Apr 17, 2008
Sacto_Damkier in Hawaii

Maui trip restaurants review

I had an excellent Maui Cattle Company hamburger at the Pineapple Grill in Kapalua for lunch. They cooked it a shade below medium rare, so it was very juicy and flavorful.

Apr 17, 2008
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