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Take Comfort: A Local Food Lover’s Guide

Apr 28, 2020 07:16AM ● By Lorn Randall, Luna Anona, Wendy Sipple and Terry Carroll

Dim Sum Basket from Fat's Asia Bistro; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

Let’s face it: food fills the soul and comforts our being, not to mention provides fuel to us so that we can slay the day. And right now, couldn’t we all use a little comfort food?

Fat's Asia Bistro

Our Go To:  Dim Sum Basket featuring Shrimp Dumplings, Pork Shu Mei and Chicken Pot Stickers.
Try This: As much as I try and limit my carb intake, I have come to the conclusion that one cannot go through life without pasta—be it Italian, Asian or any other for that matter. If you haven’t tried Fat’s Bulgogi Pork Lo Mein, do yourself a solid and give it a try. Pork loin in a Korean style marinade, grilled and served over lo mien noodles with cabbage, carrots, and green and yellow onions, it’s a flavor freight train and you need to get on board. —LR
1500 Eureka Road, Roseville 916-787-3287; 2585 Iron Point Road, Folsom, 916-983-1133,

Goose Port Public House

Try This:  It doesn’t have to be St. Patty’s Day to crave some good corned beef or, in the case of Goose Port Public House, the Grilled Corned Beef Sandwich. House-made corned beef, sauerkraut slaw, Swiss cheese, pickle on toasted sourdough. Come in and get your daily dose of Irish! P.S. Start with their Loaded Tots—topped with bacon and spicy nacho cheese, chipotle crema, signature Goose Port orange salsa and green’s almost a meal in itself. —LR
316 Vernon Street, Roseville, 916-886-5080,

Portabello Mushroom Sandwich from Land Ocean New American Grill; photo courtesy of Land Ocean


Land Ocean New American Grill

Try This: With roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, pesto ailoi and fresh mozzarella cheese, the Portobello Mushroom Sandwich gives the ‘ole burger a run for its money. —WS
2720 E. Bidwell Street, Folsom, 916-983-7000; 1151 Galleria Boulevard, Suite 241, Roseville, 916-407-5640,

Cascada Restaurant & Cantina

Try This: How can you pass on bacon-wrapped shrimp? Camarones Don Felipe is the perfect partner for a pint of beer or a pitcher of margaritas. Jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon and tossed in hot sauce with peppers and onions with a picante dipping sauce. —LR
384 Main Street, Placerville, 530-344-7757,

Surf and Turf Molcajete from Mezcalito Oaxacan Cuisine; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

Mezcalito Oaxacan Cuisine

Try This: The look on diners’ faces as the Surf and Turf Molcajete lands on the table is priceless. A steaming stone cauldron of land and sea creatures, fiery peppers and onions in a piquant broth, it’s a presentation that cannot be repeated at home, besides it’s more fun to watch in a group! —LR
187 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 160, Folsom, 916-351-0900; 5065 Pacific Street, Rocklin, 916-701-4772;

The Kitchen@Helwig Winery

Try This: Pork Belly Banh Mi Sandwich...the ultimate #GetInMyBelly sandwich! With extra thick slices of their house smoked applewood pork belly (no processed meats here!), marinated carrots, daikon radish and jalapenos, along with slices of cucumber, green onion and cilantro served with sriracha mayo on a French roll and paired with their beer battered fries. —WS
11555 Shenandoah Road, Plymouth, 209-245-5200,

Beef Wellington from La Provence Restaurant & Terrace; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

La Provence Restaurant & Terrace

Try This: Finding a restaurant in the suburbs that serves a perfect Beef Wellington is almost unheard of, but La Provence in Roseville pulls it of perfectly time after time. Their six-ounce filet mignon, mushroom duxelles, and prosciutto wrapped in a thin layer of puff pastry is good enough to make a certain screaming TV chef smile. —LR
110 Diamond Creek Place, Roseville, 916-789-2002,

Curry Bowl

Try This: Chicken Tikka Masala and Garlic Naan. Their Tikka Masala is a succulent, mouthwatering amalgamation of garlic, ginger, turmeric and garam masala in a creamy tomato-based sauce. Pair with their fragrant Garlic Naan, and it’s a done deal. This is the combination all entry-level Indian food newbies should start with. —LR
1870 Prairie City Road, Suite 500, Folsom, 916-467-7675,

Cioppino from Visconti's Ristorante; photo by Terry Carroll © Style Media Group

Visconti’s Ristorante

Try This: One of the only local places I’ve found that serves Cioppino on their regular menu. The rich, traditional Italian-style broth and delicate shellfish beg to have some of Visconti’s warm garlic bread. Fortunately there are plenty of both! Oh, and for dessert, get one of their homemade cannoli—while their tiramisu usually gets the top billing, their cannoli is to die for. —LR
2700 E Bidwell Street, Folsom, 916-983-5181,

Dolce Vita Caffé

Try This:  Quiches, frittatas, crepes, salads, sandwiches, and, of course, amazing sweets await you at Dolce Vita Caffé. My favorite is the Grilled Portobella a la Caprese salad—a great variation on the traditional Caprese. Finish with the Trio of Beignets. —WS
1008 Riley Street, Suite 2, Folsom, 916-467-7679,

FLB Wings from Wally's Pizza Bar; photo courtesy of Wally's Pizza Bar


Wally’s Pizza Bar

Try This:  Wings at Wally’s? Yes, yes, yes! Their fresh, never frozen FLB Wings are jumbo wings flame roasted and served with a gorgonzola dipping sauce. Come for the pizza and beer, but get the wings too! —LR
4079 Cameron Park Drive, Cameron Park, 530-677-5205, 

Vaiano Trattoria

Try This: Craving Italian food, and want something light and delicious? Look to Vaiano Trattoria’s Pollo con Spinachi, a flavorful composition of grilled chicken, tomatoes, artichokes and capers in a lemon and white wine reduction over raw spinach. Start with their Insalata di Pere con Gorgonzola Salad. Just the right combination. —LR
7160 Douglas Boulevard, Granite Bay, 916-780-0888,

Sweet Sticky Rice and Mango from Thai Paradise; photo by Menka Belgal for Style Media Group


Thai Paradise

Try This: Two words: Angel Wings. A whole wing deboned, stuffed with ground chicken, noodles, garlic and ginger; then battered and deep-fried and served with a special plum sauce. If you like wings, these are a must; if you don’t, try them anyway, you’ll be converted! Start with their Fresh Spring Rolls and finish with their signature Sweet Sticky Rice and Mango. —LR
2770 E. Bidwell Street, Folsom, 916- 984-8988,; 4361 Town Center Boulevard, Suite 110, El Dorado Hills, 916-939-0389,

Pete's Restaurant & Brewhouse

Try This: Their menu is designed to give you choices, lots of choices: salads, sandwiches, pizza, burgers, fish, steak...and  on and on. But the key here is that it’s all very good, served quickly and in a nice pub setting. Try Pete’s Chicken Philly sandwich—chicken and cheesy, so good. —TC
6608 Folsom-Auburn Road, 916-988-8812,

Pork Chop from The Independent Restaurant and Bar; photo by Menka Belgal for Style Media Group

The Independent Restaurant and Bar

Try This: Nothing says comfort food like a thick and hearty chop,
and The Independent’s Pork Chop is absolutely sublime. Grilled perfectly, with a hint of pink in the center, served in an apple shallot sauce and paired with creamy polenta and al dente vegetables. Have you been missing a good pork chop because they’re always dry and overcooked? The Independent  has your back! —LR
629 Main Street, Placerville, 530-344-7645,

Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Try This: Widely known for their sushi, nobody does tempura better than Mikuni,
and one of our favorites is their Flaming Shrooms—tempura mushrooms with crab mix, cream cheese and jalapenos, and served with special sauce, onion and shaved bonito flakes. Every Mikuni meal should start with them! —WS
185 Placerville Road, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-934-5250; 1565 Eureka Road, Roseville, 916-797-2112,

Strings Combo: Lasagna Pastry and Tortellini alla Panna from String's Cafe; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group


Strings Café

Try This:  Strings‘ menu is full of Italian comfort food favorites like Fried Ravioli, Fettuccine Milano, Calzones and, of course, their Pizza. But, one of my go-to entrees is their Strings Combo—it features Lasagna Pastry and Tortellini alla Panna. Come hungry—it comes with Minestrone Soup and their mouth-watering bread. —WS
25035 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, 916-983-8815,

Heyday Café

Try This: I’m always on the hunt for a good salad with a twist. Heyday’s Roasted Butternut Squash salad fits the bill. Baby spinach, goat cheese, red onions, bacon, almonds and brown sugar cider vinaigrette, it’s protein packed and a great salad option. —LR
325 Main Street, Placerville, 530-626-9700, 

Açaí Mango Bowl from Nekter Juice Bar; photo courtesy of Nekter Juice Bar


Nékter Juice Bar

Try This: Packed with a crazy amount of taste, not to mention nutritious and fresh ingredients, I‘m huge fans of Nékter Juice Bar‘s Açaí Bowls, and our favorite is their Açaí Mango Bowl. This bowl is jammed full with Açaí, banana, pineapple, mango and coconut water blended together, then topped with hempseed granola, coconut flakes, banana and agave nectar. Delicious + Nutritious = Love. —WS
900 E. Bidwell Street, Suite A400, Folsom; 1410 E. Roseville Parkway, Suite 110, Roseville, 916-771-0428,

Which Wich

Try This: Another sandwich shop? Yes, and we are glad! The menu is huge and offers pretty much any mix of items you want with awesome bread choices along with gluten-free and vegan options. I order the straight up Thank You Turkey—it’s Thanksgiving dinner on a roll! —TC
1300 E. Bidwell Street, 916-294-7439,

Fish Tacos from La Rosa Blanca; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

La Rosa Blanca

Try This:  When I want Mexican food, I want authentic. I want homestyle cooking, not fancy-shmancy new age Mexican—try La Rosa Blanca's Fish Tacos (breaded and fried or grilled) and served with whole or refried beans, rice and complimentary chips and salsa. —TC
402 Natoma Street, Folsom, 916-673-9085,

Papa Gianni’s Ristorante

Try This:  So many national chain restaurants completely strike out on one of my Italian favorites: Eggplant Parmesan. Papa Gianni’s gets it done right—breaded eggplant, layered with mozzarella, basil and marinara sauce, served with a side of penne marinara. Another favorite of ours: Pasta alla Vodka—just the right amount of decadence. More reasons to support our local independent restaurants, authentic food cooked right. Thanks Papa Gianni!—LR
3450 Palmer Drive, Cameron Park, 530-672-2333,

The Prisoner Roll from Hisui Sushi; photo by Ray Burgess © Style Media Group


Hisui Sushi

Our Go To:  The Prisoner Roll with deep-fried shrimp, cucumber, spicy tuna, real crab, avocado, BBQ albacore, masago and tempura flakes
Try This: With plenty of unique dishes for everyone, one stands out as a “Must-Try” selection: Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna. Although it’s on the Tapas menu and meant to be shared, the crispy fried rice topped with spicy tuna and avocado will have you rethinking the whole tapas concept. Maybe order two, just in case. —LR
25004 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, 916-985-7778,

Bar 101

Try This: Loaded Nachos—while technically a “starter,” this is a meal in itself. Crispy tortilla chips coated in cheesy goodness and loaded with a mountain of toppings including black olives, guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo, jalapeños, refried beans, green onion, and your choice of shredded chicken, carnitas or ground beef. Another go-to of mine is their Fish & Chips, a quintessential pub favorite, featuring hand-dipped beer battered cod served with their house-made tartar sauce with a side of fries. —WS
101 Main Street, Roseville, 916-774-0505,

Piggy Mac n’ Cheese from Folsom Tap House; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

Folsom Tap House

Try This: This is serious happiness in a bowl. Piggy Mac n’ Cheese starts with large elbow macaroni, then loads it with a cheddar and mozzarella cheese sauce, BBQ pulled pork, Italian sausage and hickory smoked bacon—all topped with bread crumbs and lightly toasted. Trust me, you won’t want to share it with your tablemates, and I don’t blame you. —WS
25005 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 140, Folsom, 916-292-5711,

Sunny Garden

Try This: The Singapore Curry Rice Noodles are my go-to item here. Great flavor, perfect spice and noodles done to perfection. Little restaurant with big menu and flavors, and you can’t beat the prices­—a Folsom gem! —TC
25085 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, 916-983-8882,

Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza from Rosati's; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group


Try This: Growing up in Chicago, you’re pretty much fed deep dish pizza from birth, and Rosati's Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza instantly transports me back to a time when the biggest worry I had was how big I could get my bangs (yeah, can you say BIG ‘80s  hair?!). They start with a melt-in-your-mouth buttery crust, then fill it with Mozzarella cheese, topped with chunky pomodoro tomatoes and customized with your favorite toppings. Tip: it takes time to make this perfect pizza, so be patient. —WS
5140 Foothills Boulevard, Suite 110, Roseville, 916-797-7492,

Suishin Sushi  

Try This: I liken Suishin to sushi bars I used to frequent in Osaka, Japan—it has an intimate, friendly feel, but most of all, it has great sushi. I’ve been going for years, and do you know what I see? The same customers coming back, and that says it all. My go-to roll? The STYLE Roll, of course! —TC
194 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-985-8885,

Sienna Doughnut Holes from Sienna; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group



Try This: Got a mad sweet tooth? Whenever we go to Sienna we cannot pass up their Sienna Doughnut Holes for dessert. They‘re served with a sauce trio including Jack Daniels creme anglaise, silky chocolate sauce and raspberry sauce. Is it wrong to have these as an appetizer? Asking for a friend. —WS
3909 Park Drive, El Dorado Hills, 916-941-9694; 1480 Eureka Rd., Roseville, 916- 771-4700,

Lotus 8

Try This:  Lotus 8 is a staple for lunch with our Style staff. Great selections, fast friendly service and one of my favorite Hot and Sour soups ever. I am an Orange Chicken connoisseur, and L8’s is one you have to try—it’s lightly-breaded and served with a sauce that’s zesty, not syrupy.—TC
199 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, 916-351-9278,

Relish Burger Bar; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group


Relish Burger Bar

Try This: In a sea of chain burger joints, there is a privately-owned standout among us: Relish Burger Bar. They stand out for the exceptional, well, everything! Great beef, turkey and vegan burgers, and Kobe beef options. Perfect fries, tots and onion rings. The Relish Kobe Burger customized by adding a fried egg along with caramelized onions and Gouda cheese is my fave. And try the Fried Avocado Wedges—sounds odd, I know, but they’re great. —TC
1000 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills, 916-933-3111,

Bacchus House Wine Bar & Bistro

Try This: So many favorites at Bacchus, but my comfort food pick has to be their Risotto. While it changes seasonally, it is consistently the best around—so creamy and utterly delicious. And don’t forget dessert: their Warm Salted Caramel Bread Pudding is extraordinary. It’s a definite must have. —WS
1004 E Bidwell Street, Folsom, 916-984-7500,

Chilaquiles Poblanos from Mexquite; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group



Try This:  Chilaquiles Poblanos is one of my go-to dishes from Mexquite. Crispy corn tortillas (simmered with tomatillo salsa and cheese until they slightly soften) are topped with two over-medium eggs, onions (though I do mine without the onions!), cilantro,  queso fresco and a side of refried beans...fills the belly and warms the heart. The only downside is that it’s only available on their breakfast menu.—WS
25095 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, 916-984-8607,

Shogun Hibachi Grill & Sushi by Moseley Collins /


Shogun Hibachi Grill & Sushi

Try This: Teppanyaki is always a great time especially with a group of four to eight people. Watch your chef’s knife skills while preparing steak, chicken, or shrimp along with fried rice and vegetables, all while flipping shrimp tails into their chef’s hat and creating the Flaming Onion Volcano right in front of you. And, one of our favorite Shogun sushi rolls is the Folsom Roll, naturally—shrimp tempura and spicy salmon topped with spicy fresh tuna and yellow caviar. —LR
1870 Prairie City Road, Folsom, 916-985-9888,

Sacramento Pizza Company

Try This: It’s hard to choose a favorite between Tandoori Chicken Pizza (a globally-inspired pizza with grilled chicken and Tandoori Drizzle among other fresh ingredients) and The SacPizzaCo Pizza (a classic pie with sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms and green peppers). Lucklily, I don’t have to...I can have them both...and you can too! —WS
2700 E. Bidwell, Suite 500, 916-673-9754,

Egg Salad Sandwich from Lucille's Coffee Hops & Vine; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

Lucille's Coffee Hops & Vine

Try This: Lucille’s Egg Salad Sandwich is simply perfection. Lots of chunky egg, not too much mayo and all the right spices. Served with tomato and lettuce on toasted bread, this is a sandwich made in heaven— well, actually Folsom. —TC
25055 Blue Ravine Road, Suite 100, Folsom, 916-294-7472,

Folsom Palace

Try This:  I love fish prepared with Asian flair, and my choice here is the Canton Style Salt and Pepper Scalloped Sea Bass—prepared perfectly with an array of flavors that make this one of my favorite fish dishes in the region. —TC
1169 Riley Street, Folsom, 916-983-8880; 3941 Park Drive, Suite 10, El Dorado Hills, 916-936-0808,

Lil' Italy Pizza from Rock-N-Fire; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group



Try This:  With wings, salads, burgers, pizzas and fries, there are so many tasty choices at Rock-N-Fire, but their Lil’ Italy Pizza is at the top of the list—made with homemade red sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh basil, diced tomatoes, minced garlic and extra virgin olive oil. And you cannot go to Rock-N-Fire without having their Pesto Fries. —WS
1010 Riley Street, Suite 4, Folsom, 916-673-9474,

Fried Green Tomatoes and The Brickface from Bricks Eats & Drinks; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

Bricks Eats & Drinks

Try This: Fried Green Tomatoes: the perfect union of sweet, sour, savory, crispy, and soft. Coated with a golden panko crust, these come served on grits and topped with tomatillo salsa and creme fraiche. Pair it with The Brickface, a warming swirl of Jack Daniels, amaretto, orange curacao, and Southern Comfort float. Comforting, indeed. —LA
482 Main Street, Placerville, 530-303-3480,

Roasted Beet Salad from Wise Villa Winery; photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

Wise Villa Winery

Try This:  I’m a huge fan of their Roasted Beet Salad featuring seasonal beets, cucumber, burrata cheese, frisee and spring mix tossed in sherry vinaigrette, refreshing, delicious and satisfying. Start with their Crispy Brussel Sprouts. You’re welcome. —WS
4200 Wise Road, Lincoln, 916-543-0323,

Key Lime Pie from Bennett's Kitchen Bar Market; photo by Menka Belgal for Style Media Group

Bennett's Kitchen Bar Market

Try This:  Start with their Beyond Burger—a vegetarian burger served with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion and house dressing on an Acme roll, with fries on the side. And end with their Key Lime Pie—it’s creamy and tart with a crisp graham cracker crust and topped with sweetened cream...I won’t judge you if you don’t want to share. —LR
1595 Eureka Road, Roseville, 916-750-5150,   

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