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 prefer your meal mild or with a spicy kick, the top-rated Mexican fare at Adalberto's Mexican Food hits a home run with each and every order.
It's easy to keep your diet in check at Adalberto's Mexican Food, a local restaurant with both low-fat and healthy fare.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Adalberto's Mexican Food's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Adalberto's Mexican Food is a prime location to dine with a group.
Meeting the gang for a movie? Pick up some food from this restaurant.
Driving to Adalberto's Mexican Food? Check out the nearby parking selections and park with ease.
Adalberto's Mexican Food makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
You can leave the credit cards at home when heading to Adalberto's Mexican Food — it's strictly cash-only.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Adalberto's Mexican Food, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
Experience the best flavors of Mexico when you try the highly-rated cuisine at Adalberto's Mexican Food.
Pay Adalberto's Mexican Food a visit and enjoy a relaxing night filled with flavorful Mexican cuisine.
So what are you waiting for? Dine at Adalberto's Mexican Food and enjoy the tasty flavors of Mexican fare.
Meat-eaters in North Highlands will fall in love with Kim Son Mongolian BBQ and Chinese Restaurant — this barbecue joint is a tasty destination for North Highlands residents.
At Kim Son Mongolian BBQ and Chinese Restaurant, gluten-free and healthy dining is done right.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Catering makes it easier to organize any event, and Kim Son Mongolian BBQ and Chinese Restaurant will ensure that it is delicious.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Drivers will find quick and easy parking just around the corner from Kim Son Mongolian BBQ and Chinese Restaurant.
When times call for a tighter wallet, dine at Kim Son Mongolian BBQ and Chinese Restaurant and keep your budget in check.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at Kim Son Mongolian BBQ and Chinese Restaurant, so come by whenever it fits your schedule.
You may end up with sticky fingers, but you'll treasure the delicious barbecue at Kim Son Mongolian BBQ and Chinese Restaurant.
Make sure your next meal is a good one. Get your barbecue on at Kim Son Mongolian BBQ and Chinese Restaurant.
Find just the right amount of sweet and sour on the menu at China Gourmet, a highly-acclaimed Chinese joint that has foodies talking nonstop.
Quit fat and gluten at China Gourmet, where low-fat fare and G-free offerings are the norm.
This restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
With delivery and take-out options, you can enjoy this restaurant's cooking from the comfort of your own living room.
At China Gourmet, you can find ample parking that is readily available any time of day.
For those who travel by bike, China Gourmet offers bike racks for diners.
Taste the greatness China Gourmet is serving up with meals around $30.
China Gourmet has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
China Gourmet takes Chinese cuisine to the next level. Stop by today and indulge in an upscale meal.
Crack open a fortune in flavor when you try the delicious fare at China Gourmet.
Sit down with a simple sandwich or salad — Pancake Palace caters to those craving an all-American meal.
It's always the right time to eat a delicious, healthy meal. Find one that won't disappoint at Pancake Palace.
Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at this restaurant.
For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your meal or snack to go.
Score a close parking spot at Pancake Palace.
Cyclists are in luck. Pancake Palace provides bike parking.
For a decently-priced meal that s not too fancy, Pancake Palace hits the nail on the head.
The breakfast dishes at the restaurant really bring the crowds in, though lunch and dinner are also served.
A hearty salad, juicy burger, or classic chicken — all of your favorite American dishes will be made fresh when you head to Pancake Palace.
Make your way over to Pancake Palace and enjoy a delicious American meal in a laid back setting.
BLT, club, veggie, and more...Subway serves sandwiches in North Highlands' North Highlands neighborhood.
Subway welcomes all kinds of diets, so gluten-free, low-fat, and vegan diners will find many tasty options to choose from on the menu.
The restaurant's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Subway to create the perfect night.
No delivery needed. In and out for carryout.
Subway is located near endless parking options, allowing diners to find quick and easy parking.
When you need great food that is not going to cost an arm and a leg, stop by Subway.
You can stop by at almost any time, since Subway offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
With an expansive menu and skilled team, Subway promises you a truly rewarding sandwich experience.
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.