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Best place to propose: Iron Steaks
This intimate, dimly lit restaurant features spacious booths and excellent service. Settle in, order her a lobster and an expensive glass of Chardonnay, and pull out that pretty rock.

Best place to take the in-laws: Chops
Here, the folks can admire views of the Capitol before stepping inside for a stiff round of Kentucky Sidecars, a plate or two of baked oysters Rockefeller and the fantastic beef Stroganoff.

Best place for a hot date: La Provence
Set among oak trees and lavender, this gorgeous country French restaurant oozes romance. For a sweet ending to the evening, order a slice of the kitchen’s tarte Tatin.

Best place worth the wait: The Kitchen
Part supper club, part theater, part cocktail party: An evening here is a gastronomic adventure. Patrons reserve months in advance. The Kitchen offers one seating per night for 50 guests total.

Best place for a romantic dinner: Ambience
This intimate Carmichael restaurant has several small dining rooms and an atmosphere so quiet, you’ll find yourself whispering.

Best place for a man date: Streets of London Pub
Challenge your bud to a game of darts and relish a pint or two of the pub’s finest. Hungry? Order the enormous Big Ben burger or a deep-fried pickle.



Best fish ’n’ chips: Ocean Fish & Chips
With their crusty outsides and tender insides, these chunks of deep-fried fish are guaranteed to satisfy. Just add a few squirts of malt vinegar.

Best mushroom cheeseburger: Plan B
After being topped with mushrooms, jambon de Paris and Emmental cheese, the burger is blanketed with silky béarnaise sauce. Hello, cellulite.

Best fish tacos: Beto’s Tacos
Crispy fried fish is crammed into a soft taco shell and served with excellent housemade salsa.

Best hot dog: Capitol Dawg
A swig of cold beer never tasted so good as when paired with the Hornets Dog, slathered with Tabasco yellow mustard, cheddar cheese sauce and sliced jalapeños.

Best salmon sandwich: Cafe Bernardo
After 10 years of eating the grilled salmon BLT, we always want more. It’s simple: grilled salmon, basil mayonnaise-smeared sourdough wheat bread, lettuce, tomatoes and thick bacon slices. The combination is nothing short of terrific.

Best nonbeef burger: Cookie’s Drive-In
Fancy it ain’t, but this ramshackle mom and pop establishment offers an ostrich patty on a freshly baked bun.



Best place to be charmed by a chef: Mulvaney’s Building & Loan
Expect a grin and a handshake from the garrulous chef/owner, Patrick Mulvaney.

Best place for locavores: Grange
Sourcing local, farm-fresh ingredients is a fervent mission for chef Michael Tuohy, who shops at the farmers market across the street.

Best place to meet a chef on his night off: Kru
You know a chef is talented when his colleagues frequent his restaurant when they’re off duty. Come find out what makes Billy Ngo’s food so enticing. (Hint: Try the lobster tempura.)

Best place to watch the action: Tulí Bistro
If you’re a Food Network nut, you’ll dig sitting at the counter, where you’re mere inches away from the restaurant’s nimble, fast-cooking chefs. Some are chatty, others aren’t, but it’s always fun to watch.



Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary Growl, Howl and Wine

Friends of the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary Growl, Howl and Wine

Published: Monday, September 8, 2014