Top Choice Basque in Bakersfield


Surly Basque gentlemen still pass the communal wine carafes at Bakersfield’s last family-style Basque institution. Join them at a communal table for a procession of dishes leading to silky oxtail stew, ribs and ever…
Top Choice Californian in Sacramento

Kitchen Restaurant

Husband-and-wife team Randall Selland and Nancy Zimmer's cozy dining room in the northeast 'burbs is the pinnacle of Sacramento’s food experience. Their demonstration dinners focus on — what else? — local, seasonal,…
Top Choice American in Fresno

Peeve's Public House & Local Market

Located in the desolate Fulton Mall in downtown, Peeve's is leading Fresno's new wave of urban-rural revitalization by celebrating hyper-local food. Every ingredient in their three daily offerings (burgers and salad…
Vietnamese in Sacramento

Andy Nguyen's

Great meat-free fare is served at this tranquil Buddhist diner. Try the steaming claypots and artful fake meat dishes (the ‘chicken’ leg has a little wooden bone).
Californian in Sacramento

Grange Restaurant & Bar

On the ground floor of the Citizen Hotel, this upscale seasonal restaurant will introduce you to the locally sourced flavors of the Sacramento Valley.
Ice Cream in Bakersfield

Dewar’s Candy Shop

Perched on the pink stools at the counter, families dig into homemade ice cream with ingredients sourced from surrounding farms since 1930. Dreamy flavors like lemon flake and cotton candy change seasonally.
Pizza in Sacramento

Pizza Rock

An anchor of the K St Mall area, this loud, enormous pizza joint has a great Margherita, a rock ‘n roll theme and a well-tattooed staff.
American in Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta

Al's Place

Aka 'Al the Wop’s,' this is a magnet for amiable Harley crews. The draw isn’t the food (the special is a peanut butter-slathered hamburger) so much as the ambience. Above the creaking floorboards, the ceiling’s cove…
American in Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta

Foster’s Bighorn

A veritable museum of taxidermy – with beer. Frozen snarls abound: 300 hunting trophies include Kodiak bears, rhinos and big cats of every stripe. The centerpiece is a full-grown African elephant, whose trunk extend…
Deli in Sacramento

La Bonne Soupe Cafe

Divine soup and sandwiches assembled with such care that the line of downtown lunchers snakes out the door. If you’re in a hurry, skip it. This humble lunch counter is focused on quality that predates drive-through …