The culinary artists at Tortilla Flats serenade palates with an eclectic mix of both inventive and regionally authentic Mexican dishes. Tacos jaliscienses sweeten a beef-and-chorizo blend with pineapple and cabbage, and the molcajete flats ignite a flavor explosion of steak, grilled chicken, shrimp, and cactus in a housemade sauce. Early risers can sate morning cravings with breakfast specialties such as chorizo omelets or eggs with cactus and onions. Like a robot assembly manual written in invisible ink, the menu also presents a daunting challenge: the 2.5-pound burrito supreme stuffed with chicken, beans, rice, and lettuce, all buried under a generous helping of sauce, cheese, olives, guacamole, and sour cream. Tortilla Flats’ shareable Iguana margarita loosens inhibitions with 12 ounces of tequila and two Coronas.
Whipping up delectable dishes that douse the fiery appetites of any appetite resembling that of a grizzly on fire, Black Bear Diner has served as a favorite eating abode of satisfied patrons since 1995. Homestyle eats are paired with top-notch service to provide an enjoyable dining destination that has spawned more than 40 Black Bear Diner locations nationwide. Large portions are offered on mountainous lunch and dinner menus full of tantalizing, smile-inducing flavors. Try the tri-tip dip sandwich with grilled onions, mushrooms, and swiss cheese ($9.49), the slow-cooked pot roast ($9.99), or Bob's big bear burger ($9.99), all of which will give your taste buds something to write home about besides their usual sappy drivel about their girlfriends, your teeth. Additionally, an impressive breakfast menu showcasing items such as the huge Bigfoot chicken-fried steak and eggs ($10.99) is offered all day, ensuring a solid meal for later risers and recovery-dodging egg addicts.
Originally branded as the Top Hat Drive-In, Sonic Drive-In didn’t acquire its nationally recognized name until 1959—six years after its inception in 1953. Today, the franchise operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic Drive-In specializes in made-to-order American classics, including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades. Sonic Drive-In’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: best value menu, best milk shake, and best drive-thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
To support the community both local and global, Matteo's Public infuses it's menu with organic ingredients where possible from local farmers and ranchers and employs sustainable business practices. The napkins are made from recycled paper; the patio garden is chemical-free; and the trash is all composted and then used as feed for free-range irascible muppets. Start off your appetite's scrumptious staycation with brew-battered mushrooms ($7.99), made with the beer of the day, before orally deconstructing a Matteo's pub burger ($13.99), which swipes its half-pound patty locally from Niman Ranch. Matteo's chickpea burger ($9.99) arrives topped with a lemon-dill dressing and is made so close to home that, at some point, it must be encouraged to get a job and move out. For those who don't put much stock in a name, try the Stinky mac 'n' cheese entree ($10.99), which gracefully welcomes chicken or shrimp (add $5) into its crunchy bread crumb and bacon shell.
The chefs at Ninja Sushi wield culinary skill like a sword, cutting a menu of sophisticated sushi and Japanese entrees preceded by starters such as edamame ($3.95), calamari ($6.95), and fire balls of spicy red tuna and crab ($9.95) for a more adventurous nibble. Rolled sushi offerings include the irresistible Bad Boy roll and its renegade posse of spicy tuna, cucumber, and chili sauce ($10.95). Paying homage to famous local cylinders, the Sacramento roll blends salmon, masago, and the restaurant's trademark sauce ($9.95), and the philly roll packs east coast flair with salmon, avocado, and cream cheese ($7.95). Evening guests fill up on traditional entrees such as chicken teriyaki ($13.95) and vegetable tempura ($10.95).
Chefs in tall red toques flip and sautee behind Kobe Teppanyaki & Sushi’s tableside grills, where their Japanese teppanyaki techniques create steaming medleys of seared seafood, meat, and vegetables. Away from the stainless-steel hibachi stations, diners slide into tall leather-backed chairs or sidle up to the mosaic-inlaid bar to peruse a menu of chicken katsu, lobster teriyaki, and specialty sushi rolls, such as the tempura-fried fancy salmon roll, which can only be eaten on the salmon’s wedding anniversary.