Every day, fish are plucked from the ocean and delivered straight to the door of Scott's Seafood Folsom. They may fly hundreds of miles to get there, but that's just the first leg of the journey. Once in the kitchen, the fish are seasoned, grilled, fried, and poached by chefs who are known for their creative streak. Some of their more innovative preparations include swordfish coated in a spicy jerk seasoning and oysters topped with creamed spinach and Pernod, but they can also fry a beer-battered cod with the best of them. The bartenders are no slouches, either; their extensive drink menu includes wines from local vineyards, microbrews, dessert drinks, and chasers of fresh seawater.
A mural of a fire truck covers an entire wall at Firehouse Crawfish, a nod to the kitchen’s spice-measuring system, which classifies heat by “degrees” from zero to third and beyond. These spices and other seasonings flavor Firehouse’s signature seafood, from fried catfish to butterflied shrimp. The restaurant also serves shellfish such as shrimp, mussels, and its eponymous red and blue crawfish by the pound. Flat-screen televisions anchor the dining-room walls above retro-styled booths upholstered with plush red and white stripes.
Anthony's Italian Cuisine treats guests to homey Italian-American feasts of sautéed chicken, baked veal, eggplant pasta, and freshly baked pizzas. Diners chow down on pie slices topped with fresh basil and cheese, or munch on pasta plates of shrimp Florentine, beef-filled tortellini, and baked mostacolli. Families eat surrounded by a simple, cozy space filled with red-checked tablecloths and old photos on the walls.
Recognized time and again as one of Sacramento's finest fish markets, Fins Market & Grill slaps down never-frozen filets of swordfish, salmon, mahi-mahi, and catfish. Catering to those looking to fill their own larders as well as those in search of a quick bite, the fishmongers preside over a menu of fish tacos, seafood salads and sandwiches, and hearty entrees with scalloped potatoes or rice pilaf as well as their brimming fish market. Flown in from across the country daily, the bistro's selection gives guests access to seafood freshness and diversity without the burden of living on a houseboat captained by Ernest Hemmingway.
After growing up in the Basilicata region of southern Italy and training in fine Florentine restaurants, Sergio Mirabelli exported his culinary talents to America. A year later, in 1995, he and his wife, Francesca, opened their first eatery on Oakland's restaurant row. Sergio's Steak and Seafood is the Mirabelli family's latest dining establishment?another outlet for the traditional cuisine of Sergio?s childhood. ?My family were hunters and we know how to cook game," Mirabelli told Art Garcia of the Folsom Telegraph. He and his Sicilian chef prove this daily by crafting specials built around wild game and fresh seafood in addition to housemade pasta and sauces.
Mirabelli and his wife typically roam the restaurant, greeting guests at the door and making people feel at home; Francesca has even started offering cooking classes where students can learn how to bake biscotti. And their gregarious personalities have won over customers and critics alike. The cozy eatery was ranked the No. 1 Folsom restaurant on TripAdvisor, and Mirabelli has appeared several times on CW 31 Good Day Sacramento's Dishin' With Tina. Even Sacramento magazine got in on the action, hailing the restaurant's "generous portions of lusty food" and old-style Italian ambiance, which is created in part by tapestries depicting scenic, Mediterranean-like landscapes, and in part by analysts predicting the fall of the Roman Empire.