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2010 Best of Sacramento Winner
Pine Tree House
9205-D Folsom Blvd.
2010 Best of Sacramento Winner - Best Banchan
Located on a lonely stretch of Folsom Boulevard, Pine Tree House is a fragrant oasis of fantastic Korean food served up by some of the nicest restaurateurs I’ve encountered in the region. It helps to know Korean when you visit, but if you don’t, simply point at something interesting-looking on the menu and go for it. I recently relished the kitchen’s bulgogi ssambap—“ssam,” as I understand it, means food that’s wrapped in lettuce or leafy seaweed—and our repast included bulgogi, or thin-sliced, slightly sweet marinated beef strips, and an array of banchan, or small dishes, that can be stuffed into the accompanying lettuce leaves with the beef. These included spicy kimchi radishes and cabbage, leafy greens immersed in a deliciously spicy red sauce; wobbly chunks of equally spicy tofu, and a salty, dried anchovy condiment. The jobchae—stir-fried glass noodles with fresh vegetables—I tried was also excellent, and the portion was enormous. The plain, cheery restaurant features tantalizing pictures of Korean food hanging on its mustard-yellow walls, and there are wooden dividers between each table, which provide a nice feeling of privacy. This is a great place for a culinary adventure. – Kira O'Donnell
Insider tip: Feeling peaked? Order up a bowl of Pine Tree House’s robust, nourishing gomtang, a house made traditional Korean beef soup.
Payment methods: MasterCard and Visa only
Alcohol: Beer and wine
Hours: Daily 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Price Range: Inexpensive
2010 Best of Sacramento Winner: Editors' Pick
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