As its name suggests, Eat A Pita's Greek dishes feature one key ingredient—warm, fluffy pitas. Some dishes come wrapped in the edible staple, such as the shawarma wrap with tri-tip beef, whereas others have it as a side, as seen on the falafel platter with tahini sauce. Plus, servings of hummus naturally have slices of pita to dunk into the dip. One of the only options not to feature the restaurant's namesake is the kids' chicken-nugget meal, which substitutes pita bread for french fries, as US law prohibits the consumption of one without the other.
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When Jim Knudson bit into his first taco during dinner at a friend's house in 1949, he knew he had tasted something special. He added the item?which many diners were pronouncing "tay-co"?to the menu at his restaurant in Grass Valley, California. Determined to introduce the food to as many people as possible, Jim and his wife, Margaret, converted a 16-foot trailer into a kitchen on wheels. They adopted the nickname Jim had earned from one of his longtime customers and drove up to Lake Tahoe, where Jimboy's Tacos found its first permanent home.
Locals, tourists, and even members of the Rat Pack flocked to the tiny taco stand for the uniquely seasoned, parmesan-dusted ground-beef taco, the anchor of a growing menu. The family eventually relocated to Roseville, California, where they set up a small taco stand and began branching out to other locations in and around Sacramento.
Today, Jim Knudson?s daughter Karen, the current president of the company, carries on the legacy of taco obsession at more than 40 locations in northern California and Nevada. Guests who arrive early for breakfast might glimpse the cooks slowly simmering beans, mashing avocados into guacamole, and preparing their signature ground beef with trans-fat-free oil. In addition to classic corn-tortilla tacos, the menu holds the mega-size flour-tortilla El Gordo, golden-fried taquitos, and even a taco burger that fuses Mexican and American culinary traditions.
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.
Though the culinary traditions of Korea and Japan are drastically different, they come together at Samurai Sushi. Around a bar that's raised on a wooden platform in the middle of an airy dining room, eclectic dangling lights in the shapes of triangles or half globes scatter light across dishes uniting disparate Asian fare. While watching the sushi chefs' deft hands and glittering sharp knives, diners nibble intricate maki with snow crab, shrimp, and tobiko, the Japanese name for sunset-hued flying-fish roe. Gazes then drift upward to the three flat-screen TVs showing popular programs and news anchors repeatedly attempting to pronounce headlines about Worcestershire sauce.
Beneath mounted pieces of art, steam pours from bowls of udon noodles and katsu—breaded and deep-fried chicken or pork. Korean influences shine in dishes of short ribs and bibimbap bowls, which traditionally combine a fried egg, roasted meats, and veggies.
Finding Central Station Grill is as simple as following the aromas of slow-cooked ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket, and hot links all the way back to the restaurant's meat-filled smoker. These savory meats arrive at diners' tables with a glaze of sauce, a piece of jalape?o cornbread, and a selection of classic, homemade sides, such as potato salad, coleslaw, or baked beans. However, the menu of familiar home-cooking isn't limited to barbecue. Upon reaching the front counter, guests are also tempted by a selection of cheesesteaks, deli-style sandwiches, wings, burgers, and chili-cheese dogs. Central Station Grill's dining area is no less inviting and family-friendly. Burgundy-hued chairs surround casual tables, framed black-and-white photos adorn the walls, and the refrigerator door is covered with the standout report cards of the restaurant's regulars.