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2013 Restaurant Awards


Posted on July 23

Our readers picked ’em and we reveal ’em: Sacramento’s best restaurants.

Biba Restaurant (Best of the Best winner)
Biba Restaurant (Best of the Best winner) Photography by Rachel Valley

The people of the Sacramento region have an appetite for fine cuisine, and they never fail to come out and vote when we ask for their opinions. Here, we present the first-, second- and third-place winners in our survey, which ran on sacmag.com and in the April and May issues of Sacramento magazine. Dig in!

 

BEST OF THE BEST (MONEY NO OBJECT)
Biba (above)
2 The Firehouse Restaurant
3 The Kitchen

BEST OF THE BEST (INEXPENSIVE)
Jack’s Urban Eats
2 Chandos Tacos
3 Selland’s Market-Cafe

AMBIANCE 
The Firehouse Restaurant
2 Biba
3 Ella Dining Room & Bar

APPETIZERS
Ella Dining Room & Bar
2 Tapa the World
3 Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company

BAKERY
Freeport Bakery
2 Ettore’s European Bakery & Restaurant
3 Estelle’s Patisserie

BARBECUE
Sandra Dee’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood
2 Texas West Bar-B-Que
3 Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

BAR DINING
de Vere’s Irish Pub
2 Bistro 33 Davis
3 Riverside Clubhouse

BEER BAR
LowBrau Bierhall

2 Pangaea Two Brews Cafe
3 de Vere’s Irish Pub, Firestone Public House and Ten22 (tie)

BEST-KEPT SECRET
Rubino’s Ristorante (below)

2 Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company
3 Roxie Deli & Grocery

BIGGEST PORTIONS
The Cheesecake Factory
2 Claim Jumper
3 The Porch Restaurant & Bar and Rubino’s Ristorante (tie)

BREAD AT A RESTAURANT
Il Fornaio
2 Panera Bread
3 Biba

BREAKFAST
Tower Cafe (below)

2 Cafe Bernardo
3 33rd Street Bistro

BURGER
Squeeze Inn
2 In-N-Out Burger
3 Suzie Burger

BURGER, NON-FAST-FOOD
Burgerocity
2 Burgers and Brew
3 de Vere’s Irish Pub

BURRITO
Chipotle Mexican Grill
2 Oscar’s Very Mexican Food
3 Tres Hermanas 

CAESAR SALAD
Jack’s Urban Eats
2 The Firehouse Restaurant
3 Hawks

CASINO RESTAURANT
High Steaks Steakhouse, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
2 Henry’s Steakhouse, Red Hawk Casino
3 Capitol Casino Cafe, Capitol Casino

CATERER
Hannibal’s Catering
2 Magpie Cafe Caterers
3 Rubino’s Ristorante

CHAIN RESTAURANT
BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse
2 The Cheesecake Factory and Chipotle Mexican Grill (tie)

CHEESE PLATE
58 Degrees & Holding Co.
2 Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company
3 Revolution Wines

CHEF, UP AND COMING
Brian Mizner (Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company)
2 Michael Fagnoni (Hawks)
3 Kevin O’Connor (Blackbird Kitchen + Bar) and Eric Sarmento (Tulí Bistro) (tie)

CHEF
Adam Pechal (Tulí Bistro, Restaurant Thir13en)
2 Patrick Mulvaney (Mulvaney’s Building & Loan)
3 Biba Caggiano (Biba) and Brian Mizner (Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company) (tie)

CHIPS & SALSA
Chevys Fresh Mex
2 Tres Hermanas
3 Zocalo

COFFEEHOUSE
Starbucks Coffee
2 Peet’s Coffee & Tea
3 Old Soul Co.

COFFEEHOUSE, LOCALLY OWNED
Old Soul Co.

2 Temple Coffee
3 Insight Coffee Roasters

COOKING SCHOOL
Le Cordon Bleu
2 Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
3 American River College

CRAB CAKES
The Firehouse Restaurant and Joe’s Crab Shack (tie)
2 Scott’s Seafood Folsom and Scott’s Seafood on the River (tie)

CRAFT COCKTAILS
Shady Lady Saloon
2 The Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar
3 Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company

CUPCAKES
Icing on the Cupcake
2 Esther’s Cupcakes
3 Cupcake Craving

DELI
Roxie Deli & Grocery
2 Corti Brothers
3 Nugget Markets and Selland’s Market-Cafe (tie)

DESSERTS
Rick’s Dessert Diner
2 Ettore’s European Bakery & Restaurant
3 Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates

DINING AND DANCING SPOT
Mix Downtown
2 Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub
3 Cafeteria 15L and Reunion (tie)

DINING ENTERTAINMENT
Sacramento RiverTrain
2 Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub
3 Shady Lady Saloon

DIVE
Jamie’s Broadway Grille
2 Round Corner
3 The Golden Bear

DOG-FRIENDLY PATIO
Cafe Bernardo
2 Ten22
3 Rubino’s Ristorante

DOUGHNUTS
Marie’s Donuts
2 Doughbot
3 Family Donuts & Deli

CHINESE
Frank Fat’s
2 Fat’s Asia Bistro
3 Red Lantern, Thunder Valley Casino Resort

CHINESE, HOLE-IN-THE-WALL
Simon’s Bar & Cafe 
2 Chan’s Restaurant
3 Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant

FRENCH
Cafe Rolle French Gourmet Foods

2 La Provence Restaurant & Terrace
3 Bistro Michel

GERMAN
LowBrau Bierhall
2 Sam’s Hof Brau
3 La Trattoria Bohemia

GREEK
Opa! Opa! 
2 The Greek Village Inn Restaurant
3 Petra Greek

INDIAN
Bombay Bar and Grill
2 India House
3 Kathmandu Kitchen

IRISH PUB
de Vere’s Irish Pub
2 Fox & Goose Pub and Restaurant
3 The Boxing Donkey

ITALIAN
Biba
2 Michelangelo’s
3 Paesanos

ITALIAN, FAMILY STYLE
Buca di Beppo
2 Español Restaurant
3 Biba

JAPANESE
Mikuni
2 Kru
3 Nishiki Sushi

MEXICAN
Tres Hermanas

2 Zocalo
3 Ernesto’s

MEXICAN, HOLE-IN-THE-WALL
Tres Hermanas
2 Chandos Tacos
3 Mi Pueblo Ajijic Mexican Grill

THAI
Thai Basil
2 Bangkok Garden
3 Thai House

VIETNAMESE
Lemon Grass
2 Andy Nguyen’s Vegetarian Restaurant
3 Pho Bac Hoa Viet

FISH MARKET
Fin’s Market & Grill
2 Sunh Fish
3 Oto’s Marketplace

FOOD TRUCK
Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen
2 Wicked wich
3 Krush Burger

FRENCH TOAST
Tower Cafe
2 Cafe Bernardo and 33rd Street Bistro (tie) 
3 Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company

FRIED CHICKEN
The Porch Restaurant and Bar
2 Sandra Dee’s Bar-B-Que & Seafood
3 Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

FROZEN YOGURT 
Big Spoon Yogurt
2 Pinkberry and Yogurtagogo (tie)
3 HeavenLy’s Yogurt

GARLIC FIX
Jack’s Urban Eats
2 Johnny Garlic’s
3 Burgers and Brew and Club Pheasant (tie)

GELATO
Devine Gelateria & Cafe
2 Hot Italian
3 Riverside Clubhouse

GOURMET COOKIES
Cookie Connection and Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates (tie)
2 Ettore’s European Bakery & Restaurant
3 Kelli’s Cookies

GOURMET TAKEOUT
Selland’s Market-Cafe
2 Hawks
3 Whole Foods Market

GUACAMOLE
Centro Cocina Mexicana and Zocalo (tie)
2 Tres Hermanas
3 Ernesto’s

HAPPY HOUR
Riverside Clubhouse
2 Bistro 33 El Dorado Hills
3 Bistro 33 Davis

HEALTH-CONSCIOUS MENU
Burgerocity
2 Seasons 52
3 Sunflower Drive In

HOT DOGS
LowBrau Bierhall
2 Parker’s Hot Dogs of Santa Cruz
3 The Wienery

HOTEL RESTAURANT
Grange, The Citizen Hotel
2 Dawson’s, Hyatt Regency Sacramento and Scott’s Seafood on the River, Westin Sacramento (formerly Le Rivage Hotel) (tie)
3 Pilothouse, Delta King

ICE CREAM PARLOR
Leatherby’s Family Creamery
2 Vic’s Ice Cream
3 Gunther’s Ice Cream

LATE-NIGHT DINING
Ink Eats and Drinks
2 Bistro 33
3 Riverside Clubhouse

LOCALLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS
Magpie Cafe Catering (below)

2 Mulvaney’s Building & Loan
3 Tulí Bistro

LUNCH, BUDGET
Jack’s Urban Eats
2 Roxie Deli & Grocery
3 O’Connor’s Santa Maria Grill & Catering

LUNCH, BUSINESS
Ella Dining Room & Bar
2 The Firehouse Restaurant
3 Grange

LUNCH, LADIES
The Firehouse Restaurant
2 Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company
3 Bistro 33

MAC ’N’ CHEESE
Cafeteria 15L
2 Jack’s Urban Eats
3 The Porch Restaurant and Bar

NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT
Riverside Clubhouse
2 33rd Street Bistro
3 Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

NEW RESTAURANT
Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Company
2 Blackbird Kitchen + Bar
3 Firestone Public House and Hock Farm Craft & Provisions (tie)

OLD FAVORITE
The Firehouse Restaurant
2 Biba
3 Frank Fat’s

ONION RINGS
Burgers and Brew
2 Suzie Burger and The Habit (tie)
3 Mel’s Diner

OUTDOOR DINING
The Firehouse Restaurant
2 Paragary’s Bar & Oven
3 Bistro 33 El Dorado Hills

PASTA SELECTION
Biba
2 Romano’s Macaroni Grill
3 Il Fornaio and Paesanos (tie)

PIZZA
Round Table
2 Hot Italian
3 Pizza Rock

PIZZA, NON-PIZZERIA
OneSpeed
2 Tulí Bistro
3 Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

PLACE TO BE SEEN
The Firehouse
2 Ella Dining Room & Bar
3 LowBrau Bierhall

PLACE TO TAKE THE KIDS
Leatherby’s Family Creamery
2 Ten22
3 The Old Spaghetti Factory 

PUB FOOD
de Vere’s Irish Pub
2 Streets of London Pub
3 City Hall Tavern

RAMEN
Shoki Ramen House
2 Ramen House Ryu Jin and Hokkaido (tie)
3 Akebono

RESTAURANT IN MALL
BJ’s Restaurant Brewhouse and Seasons 52 (tie)
2 The Cheesecake Factory
3 River City Brewing Company

RESTAURANT TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS
The Firehouse Restaurant
2 Biba
3 Ella Dining Room & Bar

RIVER DINING
Rio City Cafe
2 Scott’s Seafood on the River
3 Chevys Fresh Mex

ROMANTIC
The Firehouse Restaurant
2 Biba and Ella Dining Room & Bar (tie)
3 The Melting Pot

SANDWICH SHOP
Togo’s
2 Roxie Deli & Grocery
3 Dad’s Kitchen

SEAFOOD
Scott’s Seafood Folsom and Scott’s Seafood on the River (tie)
2 McCormick & Schmick’s
3 Blackbird Kitchen + Bar

SERVICE 
The Firehouse Restaurant
2 Ella Dining Room & Bar
3 Biba

SPECIAL-OCCASION RESTAURANT
The Firehouse Restaurant
2 Biba
3 The Kitchen

SPORTS BAR
Firestone Public House
2 City Hall Tavern
3 Buffalo Wild Wings

STEAKHOUSE
Ruth’s Chris
2 Morton’s The Steakhouse
3 Cattlemens and High Steaks Steakhouse, Thunder Valley Casino Resort (tie)

SUSHI
Mikuni
2 Kru
3 Blue Nami and Sushi Cafe (tie)

TACO
Chandos Tacos
2 Jimboy’s Tacos and Tres Hermanas (tie)
3 Mi Pueblo Ajijic Mexican Grill

TAPAS
Tapa the World (below)

2 Aïoli Bodega Española
3 Source Global Tapas Restaurant

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN
Andy Nguyen’s Vegetarian Restaurant
2 The Plum Cafe & Bakery
3 Sunflower Drive In

VIEW
Rio City Cafe
2 Scott’s Seafood on the River
3 Sacramento RiverTrain

WINE BAR
58 Degrees & Holding Co.
2 Enotria Restaurant & Wine Bar
3 Revolution Wines

WINE LIST
The Firehouse Restaurant
2 58 Degrees & Holding Co.
3 Enotria Restaurant & Wine Bar

IN AUBURN
Carpe Vino
2 Awful Annie’s
3 Auburn Alehouse

IN DAVIS
Bistro 33 Davis
2 de Vere’s Irish Pub
3 Seasons

IN DOWNTOWN/MIDTOWN
Biba
2 de Vere’s Irish Pub
3 Ella Dining Room & Bar

IN EL DORADO HILLS
Sienna
2 Bistro 33 El Dorado Hills
3 Selland’s Market-Cafe

IN ELK GROVE
Boulevard Bistro
2 Mikuni
3 Original Pete’s 

IN FOLSOM
Bidwell Street Bistro
2 Back Bistro
3 Fat’s Asia Bistro

IN GRANITE BAY
Hawks
2 Dominick’s
3 Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and Source Global Tapas Restaurant (tie)

IN LINCOLN
High Steaks Steakhouse, Thunder Valley Casino Resort
2 Original Pete’s
3 Awful Annie’s

IN LODI
Towne House, Wine & Roses
2 Pietro’s of Lodi
3 The Dancing Fox

IN LOOMIS
High-Hand Conservatory 
2 Cafe Zorro

IN NATOMAS
Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
2 Malabar
3 Bella Bru Cafe 

IN PLACERVILLE
Heyday Cafe 
2 Cafe Luna and Z Pie Gourmet Pot Pies (tie)
3 Cascada Restaurante & Cantina

IN ROCKLIN
Rubino’s Ristorante 
2 The Chef’s Table
3 Boneshaker Public House and Anatolian Table (tie)

IN ROSEVILLE
Fat’s Asia Bistro
2 La Provence Restaurant & Terrace
3 Hawks and Squeeze Inn (tie)

IN WEST SACRAMENTO
The Eatery
2 Club Pheasant
3 Broderick Restaurant & Bar

IN WOODLAND
Kitchen Four Twenty-Eight
2 Ludy’s Main St BBQ and Catering
3 Maria’s Cantina