If you're like me, there are times when travelling more than four minutes to a restaurant is just unacceptable. For me, that means a focus on East Sac (bounded roughly by the American River on the north and east, Highway 50 on the south, and Biz-80 on the west). Here are my favorite neighborhood joints:
- Thai Palace (J St at 32nd). Solid every time. Portions a bit small but small price to pay.
- La Fiesta Taqueria (1105 Alhambra). Just moved in within the last year or so. Dollar for dollar, the best food in East Sac (in my humble opinion). Try the shrimp cocktail!
- Three Sisters (Folsom and 51st) - Love the carnitas. A bit pricey but worth it from time to time.
- Tupelo Cafe (Elvas, just north of H St) - Great coffee and espresso. Try the Kerouac. Show your support because Starbucks is moving in next door. Free wireless, too!
- Giovanni's Pizza (Folsom at around 56th or so) - Again, solid pizza every time.
- Sellands (H St and 53rd) - For gourmet take out and wine tasting. The price can add up quickly, though.
Two places I frequent often but the food is not that great:
- Napolitos (H and Elvas) - Sort of a tex-mex place. Really friendly people and outdoor tables. Food is not bad but not great.
- The Wienery (Elvas just north of H) - I love everything about this place except the dogs themselves. They're bland and uninteresting. But, again, friendly people and a neighborhood hang-out. Root beer comes in frosted mugs.
Any others? Or really bad places to avoid?