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.
Whether you're in a hurry or want to linger with old friends, Fernando's Costa Del Sol Restaurant Mexican restaurant is quick and casual.
Gluten-free and low-fat are not one in the same, but this place serves them both.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
Children are more than welcome to dine at this restaurant, where there's something for everyone on the menu.
Fernando's Costa Del Sol Restaurant will be able to accommodate your large party.
Surround yourself with the wonderful weather at your next night out at Fernando's Costa Del Sol Restaurant.
Comfort is prioritized at Fernando's Costa Del Sol Restaurant, where business casual is the name of the (dress code) game.
Call Fernando's Costa Del Sol Restaurant for catering if you have a big event coming up.
You can also grab your grub to go.
Don't waste time on public transportation! Bring your own wheels to the restaurant and easily park nearby.
You'll also find plenty of safe spaces to lock up your bike if you prefer to cycle to the restaurant.
Breakfast bites, light lunches, and delicious dinners are all offered at Fernando's Costa Del Sol Restaurant.
If you're looking for an easygoing dinner, Mexican at Fernando's Costa Del Sol Restaurant is the place to be.
So add some spice to your life and head on over to Fernando's Costa Del Sol Restaurant for a tasty and ethnic Mexican meal.
Treat yourself to tasty, homemade barbecue at Sierra Smokehouse BBQ and Custom Catering in Cameron Park.
Gather the whole family for a trip to this restaurant — everyone will find something to like (even the pickiest little eater) on the menu here.
Stay in the loop (and online!) by tapping into Sierra Smokehouse BBQ and Custom Catering's free wifi hotspot.
Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Sierra Smokehouse BBQ and Custom Catering is a great summer destination.
Slip into something more comfortable before dining at Sierra Smokehouse BBQ and Custom Catering, where dress code calls for business casual.
Can't stay long? Not a problem with the restaurant's take-out and delivery options.
Catering services are also available.
Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot.
Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Sierra Smokehouse BBQ and Custom Catering.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
There's no doubt about it. The food at Sierra Smokehouse BBQ and Custom Catering is finger-licking good, and you'll always leave their restaurant satisfied.
If you relish flavorful marinades, spicy rubs, and oh-so-tender meat, make sure to check out Sierra Smokehouse BBQ and Custom Catering for the best in casual barbecue.
For chow mein that's sure to impress, China City Restaurant
serves top-rated fare.
The chefs at China City Restaurant know how to prepare tasty, gluten-free and low-fat meals.
This restaurant visitors can also take advantage of the many drink options offered here.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
China City Restaurant can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
No need to put on airs for a trip to China City Restaurant — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Carry-out is also available for those who prefer to enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of their own home.
The parking lot near China City Restaurant will have you in and out in a jiffy.
Store your bike safely at one of the main bike racks near China City Restaurant.
China City Restaurant is serving up five-star food at a reasonable price.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all available at China City Restaurant.
So pay China City Restaurant a visit today and treat yourself to come upscale Chinese fare.
So head on over to China City Restaurant, where you'll discover a fortune in flavor.
Papa Gianni's Ristorante knows how to perfect pasta, and foodies rave about its cream-of-the-crop Italian eats.
If you're avoiding fat or gluten, you can still eat great at Papa Gianni's Ristorante, which offers a number of low-fat and gluten-free choices.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at this restaurant.
Papa Gianni's Ristorante can provide comfortable seating options for parties of any size.
Put the suit away when heading to Papa Gianni's Ristorante — dress is casual, as are the vibes.
That's right! Papa Gianni's Ristorante will bring their delicious food to your house for any occasion.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
For easy dining, Papa Gianni's Ristorante provides convenient parking in a connecting lot.
Papa Gianni's Ristorante offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Treating yourself doesn't mean breaking the bank, come taste the great dishes Papa Gianni's Ristorante has to offer.
See for yourself why Papa Gianni's Ristorante's Italian food is so highly considered.
So sit down to a fine Italian meal at Papa Gianni's Ristorante, where you can experience all the best flavors of Italy without a plane ticket.
Fill up on fries and other comfort food at Applebee's, a savory spot for American cuisine.
Fear not you gluten-free or low-fat eaters, you'll have plenty of choices here.
The bar at this restaurant is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful weather during your meal at Applebee's.
Get connected at lightning fast speeds with Applebee's' complimentary wifi.
People tend to swarm the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays, so be sure to reserve space for your party ahead of time.
No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Applebee's — it's strictly casual.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from this restaurant.
Many diners choose to drive to Applebee's, as there are numerous parking options nearby.
Bike parking is quick and easy at Applebee's.
Meals at Applebee's usually set you back about $30 per diner.
Indulge in all of your favorite American classics with a trip to the definitive standard in town at Applebee's.
You have one day to find the best day spas in Sacramento—and you want to squeeze in every ounce of relaxation possible. So you can truly unwind, we took away the stress of planning the day from start to finish with this itinerary for a Sacramento spa day.
A light but filling breakfast with a balance of protein and fiber will best prepare you for your spa day. Try the Denver crepe with scrambled eggs at Crepeville or the oatmeal with soymilk and fresh fruit at Jamba Juice. Make sure to stay hydrated, too—your body will need lots of fluids to flush out toxins.
Before your first treatment, take some time to relax and let your stomach settle by meditating, reading, or taking a short walk.
Start with a full-body treatment that includes aromatherapy, such as the Body Glow treatment infused with rosemary, sage, and chamomile at The Spa Simply Skin or Serene Relaxation’s lavender body treatment.
Next, start from the bottom and work your way up. Save a mani-pedi for the end of the day, and use the morning to indulge in a different foot service, such as Thai reflexology at Sher-Thai Massage.
Guzzle water or herbal teas throughout lunch and choose a meal that’s satisfying but not too filling—you don’t want to feel uncomfortable during your massage. Try a soup-and-salad combo at Luna’s Café and Juice Bar.
As you did after breakfast, take a break to relax. We suggest a shopping interlude at Heart Clothing Boutique or a stop at Melange Boutique for one of its fashion consultations.
It doesn’t get much more relaxing than a signature massage. Try an Eastern or Western massage style at Body Continuum or relax with a custom integrated massage at Sacramento Massage Studio.
Following the massage, it’s time for a facial. Here, personalization is key, so head to a Sacramento day spa that offers a custom facial, such as Luxe Hair Lounge and Day Spa or Dandelion Spa.
Finish your skyward movement with a treatment for your topmost parts. The Westin Sacramento hotel’s Spa LaLé offers 25-minute acupressure or hot-stone massages for the face and scalp.
As you’re winding down, grab a light dinner somewhere nice. Pick a seafood restaurant such as Fins Market & Grill or choose from the wide selection of fresh, low-calorie cuisine at Seasons 52. You can also treat yourself to some aphrodisiac foods if you're gearing up for a romantic evening. Now is also the time for bachelorette parties to break out the champagne. And it can’t be said often enough: keep drinking water!
Pamper your hands and feet with an evening mani-pedi at New Happy Day Spa. Open until 10 p.m. daily, the spa offers luxurious Bronze, Silver, and Gold nail treatments, each more indulgent than the last.
Sacramento has become known as America's capital of farm-to-fork cuisine, and it’s easy to see why. Consider the geography surrounding the city: a whopping 70% of the land is either agricultural, forest, or open space, including the Sierra Nevada foothills and the Capay Valley. That means there are 7,000-plus acres of local farms that Sacramento restaurants can partner with to make farm-to-fork dishes. Many of these Sacramento farms still ship their products across the country, but regional restaurants have capitalized on an opportunity that's pretty much a chef's dream: pick up fresh produce in the morning, and serve it for lunch and dinner. Oliver Ridgeway is the executive chef at Grange Restaurant, a prominent restaurant in the city's farm-to-fork scene. He first made connections with growers at local farmer’s markets, and now he visits mosts of the farms he buys from regularly. "Local food tastes better," he says. "They pick it, you eat it the next day. Simple." But Ridgeway doesn't buy from local farms just because of the fresh taste. He's passionate about supporting a community, not to mention supporting a better environment. "Farmers work really hard to produce amazing ingredients that will supply our local restaurants, which helps the local economy," Ridgeway says. "It's great for our future. By supporting the farmers now, we will ensure the next generation is set up with nutritious and delicious food." Ridgeway gave us some of his recommendations for farms that grow the best organic produce in Sacramento. And, of course, he also clued us in on some places to eat in Sacramento where the chefs are dedicated to the farm-to-fork concept.Heirloom Tomatoes from Watanabe FarmsChef Ridgeway loves all the farms he works with, but one of his favorite relationships is with Heidi Watanabe of Watanabe Farms, who helps supply the restaurant with different produce year-round. “She grows pristine produce,” he says. “She specializes in heirloom tomatoes that are some of the best I have ever tasted!”Kale from Capay OrganicCapay Organic grows 130-plus fruit and vegetable varieties in the Capay and Imperial Valleys, on certified organic land. Green, red, and lacinato kale is grown year-round, along with other greens such as rainbow chard. The farm supplies to more than a dozen local restaurants, including Farmhouse Inn. There's a good chance you'll come across their produce in a main course such as Farmhouse’s roasted breast of guinea hen with grilled asparagus, leek potato puree, and celery soubise.Honeyloupe from Full Belly FarmFull Belly Farm grows many different varieties of melons perfect for late-summer snacking. Along with fresh watermelons in all colors and sizes, the farm produces honeyloupe, a sweet mix between a cantaloupe and honeydew with smooth, pale skin. Look for the farm’s melons at stores and markets around the city, and at Gather Restaurant in nearby Berkeley, where it’s served in the melon gazpacho.Farm-to-Fork Meals at Downtown Sacramento RestaurantsAside from Grange, locals and visitors alike can enjoy a farm-to-fork meal at these downtown Sacramento restaurants: Ella Dining Room and Bar: New American and French-style cooking made with seasonally and regionally sourced ingredients thanks to the Selland Family’s 20-year relationship with local farmers and ranchers. Kru: Chef and owner Billy Ngo prepares inventive Japanese dishes with the help of locally sourced ingredients. The Porch Restaurant & Bar: Chef Jon infuses Southern dishes with a Californian approach, using strictly local ingredients to make watermelon salads, skillet cornbread, and other regional classics.