Jamaica's cuisine demonstrates the melange of cultures and ethnicities that has helped influence and define the island nation's identity for generations. At Taste of Jamaica, chef Noel Scarlett allows all of these influences to collectively shine throughout the menu of Caribbean home cooking. Jerk chicken, goat curry, and ackee and salt fish highlight some of the island's notable dishes, and the chefs use halal-certified meats whenever possible. At the same time, the menu features vegan- and vegetarian-friendly options.
Inside the dining room at The Izakaya, sushi chefs create pairs of nigiri sushi, with cuts of fresh tuna or steamed prawns atop bite-sized morsels of rice. The chefs also create house special ramen dishes and specialty sushi rolls, such as the fried Golden California Roll, and the Rock & Roll, whose shrimp tempura and avocado are served in tiny leather pants. Behind the stone-topped bar, The Izakaya pours wine, draft Kirin and Asahi beers, and a slate of traditional and fruit-flavored sakes.
Every month, Florez Bar & Grill's bartenders reach for a new bottle of premium tequila to pour tastes for the restaurant's Tequila Tuesdays. Drinkers learn about the difference between a?ejo and reposado tequila and which varieties flavor certain cocktails best. However, that's just a taste of what's available at Florez. Chefs cook up a full menu Mexican classics, from homemade tamales to carnitas tacos and shrimp fajitas, as well as select American dishes, including turkey-club sandwiches at lunch.
The mariachi band that entertains on Friday nights and Sunday mornings also mixes it up: though the ensemble calls themselves "Mariachi Tradicional," they've been known to break out into Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" given the excuse. The mornings are also made special by Florez's breakfast. It's served until 3 p.m. each day for any late risers or confused time travelers, and the Sacramento News & Review named it the Best Under-the-Radar Mexican Brunch in 2013.
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The Scribner family has been a fixture of the Sacramento River Delta since 1893, when George Washington Scribner settled along the river bend that would eventually bear his name. Five generations since the fertile soil first beckoned the patriarch, the family is still putting the original barn to good use—now as a tasting room where the Scribners' award-winning wines get the attention and ambiance they deserve. The family’s alluring adult beverages reach their palate-pleasing potential thanks to the expertise of 50-year winemaker William Ghiglieri, who helps the Scribners maintain their century-old legacy. Visitors can rent out the vineyard for private events, lending a convivial elegance to such get-togethers as corporate parties, bridal showers, or pet goldfish funerals.
Though Crepe Escape stays open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., the café never stops serving breakfast. Chefs blend gourmet ingredients to concoct unique takes on classic morning-time eats, such as the crab cake Florentine version of eggs benedict or stacks of waffles topped with fruit a dollop of whipped cream. Egg-based crepes sate sweet and savory teeth with a bevy of filling options from strawberries to curried chicken. For those who adhere to a strict breakfast regimen of one grapefruit and one boiled marshmallow, the café also dishes up light salads, sandwiches, and pastas. Crepe Escape's espresso bar and wine list provide drinks that pair pleasantly with any dish or time of day.