Flying down to Sacramento Thursday. Then will be taking my little brothers (12 and 9) on a loop probably up to Santa Rosa, then down to Santa Cruz and back. Will be looking for mostly cheapish food in Sacramento, Santa Rosa, San Francisco, East Bay, San Jose, and Santa Cruz. I'll be taking a couple days.
I think I have a good idea of what's available in Sacramento, the East Bay, and San Francisco, though any new winners would be greatly appreciated. However, I don't know Santa Rosa, San Jose, or Santa Cruz at all.
Here are the things that would be ideal (but don't avoid telling me your favorites):
* Taquerias with hard to find or regional dishes, but any place that rocks and doesn't specialize in burritos is much appreciated. An area, like the Fruitvale area of Oakland or the Franklin area of Sacramento or the Mission area of San Francisco are fine. I can explore carnicerias, panaderias, and taquerias a bit. Non-English speaking is fine.
* Great pizza of any type. My brothers love pizza above all else.
* Ice cream or gelato.
* Something somewhat unique. Anything not able to be found many other places.
* Also would be interested in hearing about any regional Mexican or upscale Mexican.
Thanks in advance. I'll be posting a similar post on the SF board.