Eight American Bistro

Foodies Are in Luck

Braised Berkshire Osso Bucco

Braised Berkshire Osso Bucco

Photos by Dante Fontana, © Style Media Group.

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Number eight in Eight American Bistro’s moniker may be the lucky digit of owners N’Jina and Ian Kavookjian and signify how many years they’ve wanted to open a restaurant, but when it comes to the food, ambience and service, this eatery is undoubtedly a 10.

Located off winding Auburn Folsom Road, the house-turned-restaurant is easy to miss. Unlike so many other restaurants, Eight American stands solo, away from strip mall madness. Upon entering, crisply dressed wait staff warmly welcome you into their home sweet home.

Twinkling white lights tempted me to the patio on a recent winter’s eve, but I chose to cozy up inside. Minimal seating (props for the plush sofa booths) and an open kitchen add to the homey vibe. Chalkboards in lieu of traditional art, shabby chic furniture and spherical lanterns define the dining room’s décor. The straightforward, seasonal menu – best described as modern-meets-rustic – incorporates locally grown produce and most ingredients are house-made (gnocchi, sausage and even ketchup). It’s a foodie’s fantasy come true.

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