Food & Drink in Granite Bay

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Ezequiel Rodriguez has cooked French cuisine, Italian pastas, and lots of seafood during his 40-year career, but his favorite remains Mexican. As owner and head chef of Cabos Restaurant, he builds the menu from all his favorite flavors. Rodriguez stuffs fire-roasted poblano peppers with cheese and seafood before battering and grilling them. He fills soft, small flour tortillas with grilled red snapper marinated in garlic lime sauce, or piles shredded beef into taco shells and fries the whole thing until crispy. The kitchen expert also maintains a full bar that looks like it's fresh out of paradise's main beach. His libations help wash down his culinary creations, including many varieties of margaritas made with the restaurant's own exclusive tequila and secret recipe for ice.

8570 Auburn Folsom Rd
Granite Bay,
CA
US

For more than 20 years, Tropical Dreams has crafted super-premium ice cream on the big island of Hawaii. Over that span, they dreamed up more than 160 flavors such as Kona coffee, macadamia nut, and mango cream. They also specialize in authentic Italian gelato and sorbet. They craft all ice cream with 16% butter fat and up to 50% less air than other ice creams, which yields a rich flavor and a texture creamier than a cow’s singing voice.

6889 Douglas Blvd.
Granite Bay,
CA
US

Mr. Pickle, Big Jake, and Fast Eddy aren't characters from a documentary show about digging for gold in Alaska?they're the names of specialty sandwiches at Mr. Pickles Sandwich Shop. Each sandwich has a personality of its own: Mr. Pickle is piled high with chicken, bacon, avocado, and melted jack cheese and the Fast Eddy is hot roast beef smothered with bbq sauce and melted cheese. The shop is equally adept at crafting such classics as tuna salad sandwiches or make-your-own options with a choice of meat, cheese, and bread.

4060 Douglas Blvd
Granite Bay,
CA
US

From hand-selecting all of the restaurant's produce at a local farmers' market to testing recipes to ensure authenticity, the owner of My Thai Table influences every dish that emerges from the kitchen. Each platters carry an additional personal touch from the chefs, whose close ties to Phetchabun, Thailand ensure that their entrees simmered, stir-fried, and spiced according to the country’s culinary traditions. Noodle staples such as pad thai and pad see ew accompany four types of curry and three kinds of fried rice, as well as signature house specialties such as shish kabobs that bookend beef, shrimp, and chicken with mushrooms and pineapples.

A chic lounge attached to the dining area beckons guests to recline on sky blue ottomans and benches. The square tables set throughout the space play host to glasses of Napa Valley wines and frothy bottles of imported Chang and Singha beers. During private events, the rhythms of smooth jazz float from the restaurant’s live ensemble, enticing passersby to glance through the floor-to-ceiling windows and try to catch the echoes of a fading bass line with their bare hands. Starting December 20, customers can revel in live jazz every Thursday from 6—9 p.m.

5550 Douglas Blvd, Ste 200
Granite Bay,
CA
US

Vaiano Trattoria's husband-and-wife owners, Nathan Hickok and Patrizia Russo-Hickok, must have felt proud when the Granite Bay View called their food "authentic, fresh, and real." Patrizia hails from Vaiano, Italy, and runs this eatery with her restaurant-veteran husband as a way to recapture the food crafted by her mother and grandmother. On a menu that's rustic and flavorful—like a chocolate-covered log cabin—the chefs top pappardelle with braised wild boar and mostaccioli with mushrooms and pancetta. The interior complements the food, with mottled walls in a golden yellow and iron wall sconces mirroring that of an Old World trattoria. The staff also enjoys updating the wine list with new finds from Italy and pairing them with house specials.

7160 Douglas Blvd
Granite Bay,
CA
US