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,…
Market in Davis

Davis Farmers Market

A beloved event known for its variety and fair prices.
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.
Modern American in Sacramento

Mulvaney’s B&L

With an obsessive commitment to seasonality, the menu at this swank, converted 19th-century firehouse includes delicate pastas and grilled meats that change every day.
Ice Cream in Sacramento


Always popular, this vintage 1940s soda fountain makes its own ice cream and frozen novelties.
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…
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…
Fusion in Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta


Making the most of the Delta's multiethnic history, Rogelio's hotel and casino restaurant serves a mash-up of Mexican and Chinese dishes, with a few Italian and American standards mixed in. But nothing beats the car…
American in Lodi

Farm Cafe

On the outskirts of town at Michael David Winery, this farmstand cafe slings big breakfast plates of fluffy omelets with country potatoes, cinnamon pancakes and homemade breads with strawberry jam.