Set against a roadhouse motif, Royce Farms BBQ is home to a charbroiled culinary team that serves up an extensive menu of succulent barbecue dishes. Stretch tight stomachstrings with an appetizer, such as the slow-smoked, barbecue riblettes ($7.95). Then, sink your ivory biters into a delectable entree, such as the hot barbecue tri-tip cut, served on a grilled Genova roll ($9.99), or a one-pound, beef-sirloin Bodacious burger ($9.49). Any entree can be paired with a cold beer or calming glass of the eatery’s various house wines—many of which are gathered from local vineyards and grape fights.
Alder Market Catering Company, family-owned for more than 30 years, caters events and sends its signature quiches into the warm embraces of waiting fork tines. Each six- to eight-slice quiche explores new frontiers in the crust-and-egg universe in combinations such as chicken chili; ham artichoke; classic Lorraine; ham, cranberry, and walnut; the signature alder with bacon, spinach, and mushrooms; and more ($30 each). The quiche mongers at Alder Market Catering Company require 48 hours' notice for orders, and 30 seconds' notice to drop ingredients directly into your mouth.
Named Best Bakery 2010 by San Joaquin Magazine, M&W Dutch American Bakery uses tried-and-true European recipes to bake up a mixed bag of delectable cakes, cookies, and other treats. Take home a dozen of M&W’s wholesome cookies ($4–$5) in flavors such as Florentine, chocolate chip, and soft, chewy oatmeal. Loaves ($2–$3.50) of sourdough, wheat, french, and challah bread spring from the oven perfectly roasted and ready to be consumed by a hungry breadivarian. The bakery also offers danishes ($1.25), croissants ($1.50), and a plethora of other meticulously crafted pastries. M&W even whips up a variety of lunchtime bites, with specialties such as jagtwurst ($3.50) and sauerkraut-covered pastrami ($3.50) to feed the German national polka orchestra when it plays impromptu shows in your backyard.
When Traci, Anne-Allyce, and Shelley were asked to plan a friend's wedding, no one expected them to put as much effort into it as they did. The wedding guests were so impressed with the trio's work?which included everything from executing the vision to personally folding and decorating each napkin?that they encouraged the three women to open their own wedding planning business. Thus, Stylish and Savvy was born.
In addition to planning weddings, which includes services such as budget consultations and reception coordination, the consultants coordinate parties for birthdays, retirements, and anniversaries. They also help their clients dazzle guests with a variety of gourmet buffets.
Fact: the cooks at Fats Grill & Bar once assembled a 222-pound cheeseburger. Although you can't order this bovine behemoth off the regular menu, its size is a testament to the filling portions at the neighborhood sports bar. 16" pizzas come topped with an assortment of toppings, from the traditional basil, spinach, and tomato of the margarita to more adventurous pies such as the barbecue chicken. The half-pound Fats burger may not tip the scales at 222, but becomes extra filling when topped with two slices of cheese, red onion, dill pickles, and special sauce. Diners wash these gargantuan meals down with domestic drafts, often while watching a football game.
For more than 30 years, the chefs of De Vinci’s Elk Grove have been hard at work perfecting the traditional Italian recipes that stock their deli counter. They begin every morning with their hands floury, crafting doughs that will form the base of housemade foccacia breads, cheese-filled ravioli, and custom sandwiches. Joined occasionally by a fluffy ravioli mascot in a toque, staff combine dishes into prearranged packages ready for the family dinner table or parcel out single dishes by the pint, quart, gallon, or 10-gallon hat.