Co-owners Christopher J. Rubino and Henry Carrillo Jr.—the original owners of Roseville's Bella Italia Bistro and Wine Bar—now train their eyes on Rocklin. Local publications and TV news programs have heaped multiple awards upon the eatery, which is designed to evoke the feel and taste of New York's Italian restaurants of the 40s and 50s.
Executive Chef Jesus Mendoza's plates present classic Italian dishes, such as spaghetti and meatballs, veal piccata, and chicken parmesan, and he pairs them with a wine list that spotlights California libations. Curtains and leather booths come together as an inviting dining room where guests savor their Continental lunches, Sunday brunches, and dinners. A banquet room accommodates larger groups, such as birthday parties and revolutionary movements. Mendoza and his team also cater.
Rubino's is guided not only by an old-fashioned sense of service and cuisine, but by a commitment to its community. In addition to belonging to the Rocklin and Roseville Chambers of Commerce, the establishment donates to local organizations, hosts benefits, and sponsors the Rocklin High School football team, whose cheerleaders wave pom-poms made of donated linguine.
Since the first Logan's Roadhouse opened in Lexington, Kentucky in 1991, the restaurant has grown to more than 200 locations, bringing its grilled roadhouse food as far west as California. At each location, the floors of which are typically covered in shells from the buckets of peanuts at each table, eaters can carve into top sirloin and pull apart baby back ribs that have been slow roasting for eight hours. The grilled grub is complemented by beers, cocktails, sweet teas, and sides, such as baked potatoes, coleslaw, and mac 'n' cheese.
Paper-thin slices of wagyu beef sizzling over hot stones. The aroma of filet mignon and lobster tail earning their stripes on the grill. Majestically assembled plates of maki and nigiri sushi made with fresh fish. The sushi masters and hibachi chefs at Sapporo Grill Japanese Steakhouse create a multisensory experience for guests to enjoy amidst the dining room’s blonde wood accents, sharp angles, and cosmopolitan atmosphere, perfect for nibbling on morsels of marbled tuna nigiri and sipping on craft cocktails.
The restaurant’s steak dinners consist of Nebraskan USDA prime beef carved into such high-end cuts as filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, or the shape of the Monopoly man. Whole fried striped bass and sautéed lobster tails present the fresh, delicate flavors of the ocean, while seasonal veggies and wild mushrooms decorate plates with the colorful bounty of the land.
The Buggy Whip shuttles diners back in history to an era when meat and potatoes ruled the roost at dinnertime. Open since 1958, the family-owned steak house brims with more vintage ambiance than the century-old wine corks that form the Statue of Liberty. Customers’ knives liberate savory juices from rib eyes as forks dive into dishes of sizzling scampi and herbed scallops. At lunch, diners can savor hearty broiled sirloins stuffed with sautéed mushrooms and peppers or lighter plates flanked with cottage cheese and tomatoes. In addition to serving steaks, seafood, and potables in the dining room seven days a week, the restaurant accommodates groups by building banquet spreads from fare such as prime rib, teriyaki chicken, and sweet, creamy cheesecake.
Executive chef Christopher Mathew Headding knows the value of patience. When shipments of marbled Midwestern beef arrive at Chops Steak, Seafood & Bar, he doesn't trim them right away. Instead, he and his kitchen team hang the meat, pull up seats, and intently watch for the next 28 days as natural enzymes break down any toughness and flavor density builds. Once the beef hits the perfect color and firmness, Christopher gets up and trims the top sirloin, new york strips, and other cuts of steak by hand.
Such attention to detail pervades Chops Steak, Seafood & Bar at both its Folsom and Sacramento locations. Besides the aged steaks—which also include fillets wet aged up to 21 days—Christopher's team works with high-quality seafood, such as chinook salmon, australian lobster, and alaskan king crab. To complement these dishes, bartenders serve a selection of wines and signature cocktails, such as the Saint Bernard with Absolut Ruby Red vodka and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice.
When viewed with the human eye under the optical window of the electromagnetic spectrum, Hawks' menu can cause hunger, impatience, and salivation. Sink your canines into meaty goodness with the house-made charcuterie plate, which encompasses all of the meat group's meat groups (soppressata, pate, rillette, and ciccioli, $16). Rustle through the main courses for a farm-to-feast entree such as the St. John heritage pork duo with local figs, arugula, and Riesling mustard jus ($30), or the wild Alaskan halibut with delta asparagus and butter beans, garnished with sauce romesco ($32). For a more burgery meal, try the Hawks Burger, which adorns the classic patty with over-under bun barrels and special picked cucumbers, served with a side of french-fried potato filets ($12). Or, have a beef with your stomach and devour an order of slow-roasted short rib, served with summer vegetables, potato rosit, and red wine jus ($28).