Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Best Restaurants in Sacramento

Tower Cafe wins for both Best Theater and Best Dessert

Every year, locally-based Sacramento Magazine comes out with a "Best of Sacramento" list, as voted by for the apparently generally ignorant masses. I do not often find their picks to be particularly enlightening, but rather predictable, overrated, and ordinary. (Example: Best Chinese - PF Chang’s. Really, people?!)

So I am going to publish my own list of favorite spots in the greater Sacramento Area. If a certain business is not in the city of Sacramento itself, I will note the specific location in parenthesis. (My reviews of these and other places, and my reasons for choosing these particular establishments as the winners, can all be found at

Best Chinese: Frank Fat’s

Best Thai: Bangkok Garden

Best Laotian: Vientiane (West Sac)

Best North Indian: Pooja Indian Grill (West Sac)

Best South Indian: Kaveri Madras

Best Hamburger: Squeeze Inn Best

Pastries: Ettore’s

Best Desserts: Tower Café

Best Italian: Il Fornaio

Best Dim Sum: New Canton

Best Sandwich: Corti Brothers

Best French: La Bonne Soupe Café

Best Trip-Tip Sandwich: My BBQ Spot

Best Socially-Responsible Café: Magpie Café

Best Spot to Hold a Wedding Reception: Arden Hills Country Club (Based on attending many weddings and my own!)

Best Place to Pretend You’re in Europe: Le Petit Paris

Best Cultural Dining Experience: Casablanca (Moroccan restaurant. On Friday nights - belly dancing!)

Best Place to Hang Out on a Saturday Morning: Davis Farmer’s Market (Davis)

Best Theater: Tower

Best Used Bookstore: Time Tested Books

Best Mexican: Q’Bole (Folsom)

Best Place to Buy Honey: Sacramento Beekeeper’s Company

Best Bread (tie): The Bread Store and Grateful Bread

Best Grocery Store: Nugget Market

Any suggestions, contributions, or comments?


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