Restaurants

Top Choice Market in Davis

Davis Farmers Market

With more than 150 vendors and an awe-inspiring selection of local produce, meat, flowers and baked goods, this is the vibrant heart of Davis. It's justly considered among the best farmers markets in the nation.
Top Choice Basque in Bakersfield

Noriega's

Surly Basque gentlemen pass the communal wine carafes at Bakersfield’s family-style Basque institution. The fixed menu includes a procession of dishes leading to silky oxtail stew, ribs and amazing garlic fried chic…
Top Choice New American in Sacramento

Empress Tavern

In the catacombs under the historic Crest Theater, this gorgeous restaurant hosts a menu of creative, meat-focused dishes (including family-style options like the falling-off-the-bone lamb osso buco). The space itse…
Ice Cream in Chico

Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy

Five generations of Shuberts have produced delicious homemade ice cream, chocolates and confections for more than 75 years at this beloved pastel-colored Chico landmark. The flavors change with the season; consider …
Californian in Lodi

Towne House Restaurant

The bright, crisply designed on-site restaurant of Wine & Roses draws on locally sourced ingredients in an elegant preparation. There's often live jazz in the evening in the adjoining lounge, which pours cocktai…
Pizza in Davis

Woodstock's

The most popular pizza joint in town serves slices at lunch and gets boisterous at happy hour. Besides the usual combos, it has a fun selection of gourmet pizzas. (Sriracha, bacon, pineapple and green onions? Yes, p…
Pub Food in Chico

Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant

What's on tap is the main draw at the on-site restaurant of the Sierra Nevada Brewery Company. This genuine Chico destination is great for downing brews but lacks ambience – the huge, loud dining room is basically a…
Chicken in Stockton

Smitty’s Wings & Things

This checker-tiled neighborhood wing joint is run by a former NFL player and his wife, who turn out perfectly crispy wings (which were recently featured on the Food Network) and pizzas. They have specials every day …
Brew Pub in Fresno

Rocket Dog Gourmet Brats & Brew

Sure, something like 'Hansel's Heaven' – a bratwurst served on a pretzel roll and covered in mac 'n' cheese – isn't health food, but this excellent, ultra-efficient brewpub is the perfect highway pit stop if you're …
Modern American in Sacramento

Mulvaney’s B&L

With effortless class and obsessive commitment to seasonality, this converted 19th-century firehouse offers delicate pastas (such as a fresh lamb tortellini) and grilled local meats on a menu that changes daily. As …