Food & Drink in La Riviera

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A Casino Event's poker professionals foster an evening chock-full of chips with a three-hour card-flipping fiesta in the comfort of the customer's own abode. Defibrillate lackluster cocktail parties with one professional blackjack table and one felt-topped poker plateau. An experienced dealer accompanies the casino accouterments to instruct budding card sharks and prevent high-profile heists by ragtag bands of playing-card collectors. Hold 'em enthusiasts of any age can attend, so hustle up a multigenerational hodgepodge of players to plant paws on included casino chips and play money. An entourage of A Casino Event employees set up the felt-topped fixtures for each soiree, leaving hosts free to mingle or slip spare aces up their sleeves. For an additional fee, enlist the aide of a highly trained bartender to murkify memories and bolster late-morning breakfast reviews of the bash.

11366 Amalgam Way
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

Before they go through different spicy, sweet, and tangy transformations in the kitchen, every dish at Andy Nguyen's Restaurant begins as a farmers' market purchase. The staff seeks out the freshest ingredients for the Vietnamese menu and cooks them in pure vegetable oil, producing five-spice chicken, saigon silky noodles with charbroiled shrimp, and customizable stir-fries. Unlike pandas hosting a dinner party, the cooks offer guests a choice between vegetarian or meat options on most dishes. The house specials range from salt-baked calamari to a steam-pot seafood medley, which includes shrimp, mussels, clams, scallops, and veggies. After choosing a protein for their entree—sautéed chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp—guests can also choose from several types of sauces and fixings, such as curry, sweet and sour sauce, and lemongrass.

10145 Folsom Blvd
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

At first glance, Rosie’s Country Kitchen seems like a classic American diner, with rows of vinyl booths, cheerful uniformed waitresses bearing pots of coffee, and an all-day breakfast menu of homemade skillets and flapjacks. But after a swift perusal of the menu—marked mainly by classic American burgers, steaks, and fried-chicken dishes—the pages reveal a unique, spicy lining of authentic Indian cuisine. Chefs demonstrate their culinary prowess by whipping up curries, vindaloos, and basmati-rice dishes between orders of biscuits and gravy and country potatoes. And then they pair their plates with milkshakes, beer, and wine, all served in a sunlight-soaked interior.

10273 Folsom Blvd
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

Cinnamon-glazed apples, crispy bacon, and vanilla ice cream are just a few of the toppings available to enhance classic and specialty waffles at Waffle Shop Country Cooking. Along with their eponymous food, the chefs create homestyle morning favorites such as breakfast burritos and biscuits and gravy, plus burgers, sandwiches, and salads for lunch. They also make a healthy omelets and soups fresh on a daily basis. The eatery’s nine different locations enable customers to eat nine plates of waffles in a 24-hour span without anyone catching on—unless you start to turn into a waffle, with a golden grid pattern on your face.

2817 Zinfandel Dr
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

The flavors of the Mediterranean and India infuse the selections on Cafe Nirvana's otherwise typical cafe menu of deli sandwiches and salads. A specialty sandwich laced with spicy tandoori chicken and pepper jack cheese gives tastebuds a kick with little cumin-covered spurs, while strips of gyro meat cool off with housemade tzatziki sauce. On the roster of coffee drinks, chai is crafted from a special house recipe, rich with the scent of Indian spices and brewed fresh daily.

3039 Kilgore Rd
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US

Imagine Affairs revitalizes the classic murder-mystery template with current-day touches: Scenarios reference the modern nightclub in which the audience and actors gather, and cases are cracked by CSI-style cops, not Holmesian detectives or omniscient robots. Meanwhile, the actors leaven the dire situation with doses of improv comedy and audience interaction, which lets guests become as entangled in plot twists as they want.

12401 Folsom Boulevard
Rancho Cordova,
CA
US