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.
Before Manifest Destiny and the Gold Rush took hold, the land now occupied by Whitney Oaks Golf Club was home to the native Maidu culture's Nisenan. In 1857, George Whitney established Whitney Ranch after purchasing 320 acres of grazing land for his sheep. Exactly 140 years later?once all of Mr. Whitney's sheep had graduated college?Whitney's old ranch officially became Whitney Oaks Golf Club.
Owned and operated by the United Auburn Indian community, the club envelops rounds with thousands of majestic oaks and an abundance of well-placed bunkers. Large granite outcroppings make for tricky shots on certain holes, and the wetland-rich topography adds to the unpredictability of the layout. Prior to stepping foot on the course, golfers can also squeeze in some practice thanks to a 15-station driving range, putting green, and pitching area.
Course at a Glance * 18-hole, par 71 course * Total of 6,794 from the back tees * Five tees per hole * Slope of 140 * Rating of 74.0 * Scorecard
Streets of London Pub harks back to traditional London pubs with ice-cold pints and ample coverage of rugby and soccer. On the menu of hearty English fare, fries in the witness-protection program call themselves "chips" and lay low under toppings such as gravy, cheese and beans, or cheese and bacon, or pair up with fish in a platter of classic fish 'n' chips. The bangers-and-mash meal allows thick, juicy sausages to snuggle up on a hill of mashed potatoes. Along with food, the pub dishes out events; diners can throw back Guinnesses during weekly pub quizzes, compete for everlasting fame during monthly bingo tournaments, or stop in for Pint Night to enjoy pints on the outdoor patio.
The Cellar's two rustic, Tuscan-esque oases pour out ambrosial liquids and arrange tasteful dishes with elegant flair. Craft a platter for two or four of your choice of cheeses, nibbling at the subtly piquant manchego or swapping stories about crying at the opera with the cultured triple-cream brie. Whether by the bottle or by the glass, the bright and lively Raymond sauvignon blanc inspires energetic conversation, and the deep purple of the Crios malbec turns teeth a stately royal hue.
Mark’s Sports Bar & Grill dishes out an expansive menu of bites and beverages in an athletics-saturated atmosphere. A dozen beers bubble daily in the taps, backed up by their bottled brethren, assorted wine pours, and non-vengeful spirits. House-made tortilla chips form the battleground for a delicious melee of beef, black bean, and cheese nachos ($8.25), and Mark’s Famous bacon cheeseburger packs a USDA–approved protein punch topped off with B, L, T, and the eater’s choice of eponymous dairy slices ($8.95). Sundays during football season, budding mixologists can hone their signature elixirs at the do-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar ($4), punctuating spicy swigs with chomps of egg-and-cheese breakfast sandwiches ($3.95).
Old Europe’s gustatory guru Chef Tomas adapts Old World flavors for a modern dinner and lunch menu of hefty traditional German and European dishes, earning kudos from MyFolsom as the Best Restaurant of 2010. Beneath the white ceiling’s exposed wooden beams, a weekend accordion player serenades diners as they nibble at appetizers such as the grilled bratwurst sampler—served with kraut, horseradish, and mustard—and spear forks or medieval tridents into fresh garden or caesar salads. The original veal goulash entree stews its flavorful, tender meat in a paprika and garlic sauce, whereas a half duck is slow-roasted to perfection as its unused 50% sits elsewhere sadly assessing its flaws. An outdoor patio provides a taste of fresh air and sunlight for diners, whereas late-night hours divert hungry night owls on their flight home.