An unassuming brick façade welcomes guests to Las Islitas, a Mexican eatery with an affinity for seafood. The chefs serve shrimp ceviche, oysters, fish tostadas, and their seafood cocktail, which is a medley of shrimp, baby clams, abalone, octopus, and some of Poseidon’s memoirs. For land-based eats, they also grill up beef fajitas and carne asada.
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.
It?s a family affair at Mi Pueblo Ajijic Mexican Grill, where cooks dish up authentic Mexican dishes. Just have a taste of the an enchilada stuffed with chicken, beef, or pork. Nachos come piled with cheese and guacamole, or ranchero sauce adds zing to a grilled steak or pan-fried shrimp. Diner can contemplate the wide array of options while munching on complimentary chips and salsa or sipping on domestic brews. The cooks also max out platters for special events from anniversary parties to hopscotch tournaments.
Water's Edge Retreat sequesters guests in country-style lodgings adjacent to the Sacramento River. Travelers touch down in executive suites, where California king beds draped in down comforters and private jacuzzi tubs compete for the attention of calm-seeking guests. After nibbling on the complimentary hors d'oeuvres served in the lobby each evening, light your chamber's handmade candles and toast good company with a bottle of red or white wine, or tuck the vessel under an arm and head to the riverbank to watch the moon rise and read the constellations. The next day brings breakfast or lunch, which warm bellies and inspire drawls with french toast dipped in honey-egg custard ($10) and southern fried chicken with biscuits ($10).
In movies, characters tend to grow the most in the third act. Cathy and James Landeros began the third act of their foray in the restaurant industry 15 years ago when they opened Freeport Bar & Grill. While the duo may not be on the receiving end of a Michael Caine monologue any time soon, they do present plenty of cinematic food at their third eatery, such as juicy steaks and pastas. They also prepare several house specialties, such as the tender pot roast bathed in dark, sweet onion gravy. Their breakfast and brunch roster features yet more contemporary American classics, including biscuits and gravy, crab benedicts, and chicken-fried steaks. Freeport Bar & Grill is only part of Cathy’s and James’s imprint on their Sacramento neighborhood. The proud owners of the restaurant also own a nearby marina, RV park, and space program funded by lobster sales.
In the dining room at Vientos Mexican Cocina, bold purple ceiling tiles accent earthy, adobe-style walls and booths. The decor recalls a rustic Mexican cantina, and the bright colors add a playful vibe. Not unlike a strobe-light in a blacksmith's shop, the menu gives tradition a modern twist. For breakfast, zesty chilaquiles or omelets stuffed with avocado and black beans sate appetites. For dinner, alternatively, the selection ranges from fresh pork carnitas to jalapeno shrimp quesadillas and Cajun chicken salad.