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Tri-Tip (quarter order) $6.99
Marinated and grilled beef served with firstrate corn bread and your choice of a side
HOUSE OF CHICKEN & RIBS 3535 Elverta Road, Antelope; (916) 332-7041; thehouseofbbq.com
Beef Brisket BBQ Lunch Basket $9.50
Beef brisket with your choice of two sides; try the seven-cheese mac ’n’ cheese and the cowboy beans.
SIERRA SMOKEHOUSE BBQ 2533 Merrychase Drive, Cameron Park; (530) 672-7477; sierrasmokehousebbq.com
Half Chicken (lunch) $8.59
Blackened skin and glistening, moist flesh—a serious treat
CENTRAL STATION GRILL 3084 Sunrise Blvd., Rancho Cordova; (916) 631-0005; csgrill.net
Pulled Pork (before 1 p.m.) $8.99
Alluringly smoky and fork-tender—order some Texas tater tots while you’re at it.
T & R TASTE OF TEXAS BARBEQUE 3621 Broadway; (916) 739-1669
Half Rack of Pork Ribs $12.50
Friendly owners, great ’cue cooked out in the parking lot— what more can you ask for?
MOMO’S MEAT MARKET 5776 Broadway; (916) 452-0202
Turkey Dog $4
Located in pretty Old Town Auburn, BURNEY’S OLD FASHION HOT DOGS offers a great selection of dogs. One of the simplest and tastiest is the turkey dog, a straightforward nosh for folks who wish to avoid beef or pork franks. Settle in and enjoy your meal while admiring Burney’s cheery wall murals of—what else?—hot dogs.
886 Lincoln Way, Auburn; (530) 887-1262
The Big Beefy $4.50
Get traditional with THE WIENERY’s Big Beefy, an all-beef, ballpark-style hot dog sprinkled generously with chopped red onion, tangy sauerkraut and perky dill relish. Mayonnaise and mustard also are included in the mix. Bring the kids (the name of the establishment is sure to make them snicker) and round out your meal with a fizzy root beer float.
715 56th St.; (916) 455-0497; thewienerysacramento.com
Bandito With Cheese $5.75
Tuck some breath mints into your pocket before devouring this dog from THE HOTDOGGER. Cradled in a freshly baked bun from local Village Bakery, the—um—fragrant treat is drenched with hot meat chili, spicy salsa, chopped onions and tomato, then sprinkled with cheddar cheese.
129 E St., Davis; (530) 753-6291; thehotdogger.com
California Dog $5.99
You’ll love the sophisticated edge to this creative dog from KNUCKLEHEAD HOT DOG DINER. It’s topped with tomatoes, crunchy cucumber slices, guacamole and bacon. The intriguing addition of cream cheese makes for a fun mélange of textures and temperatures. Pair this dog with Knucklehead’s sweet-potato fries.
7456 Foothills Blvd., Roseville; (916) 782-0338; knuckleheadhotdogs.com
The Sonoran $5.95
RUFFHAUS HOT DOG CO. serves this feisty dog wrapped snugly with a crisp piece of bacon and placed in a chipotlemayonnaise- smeared bun. It’s topped lavishly with plump pinto beans, a dose of pico de gallo salsa, cheddar cheese and roasted green chilies.
4355 Town Center Blvd., El Dorado Hills; (916) 941-3647
Giant Bavarian Pretzel $7.95
Warm, doughy and served on a freestanding hook with mustard sauce and pimento cheese spread
FIRESTONE PUBLIC HOUSE 1132 16th St.; (916) 446-0888; firestonepublichouse.com
Bulgogi Nachos $7
Tortilla chips layered with bulgogi (marinated steak), sprinkled with Korean slaw and topped with cheddar cheese: Korean-Mexican fusion at its finest
TAKO KOREAN BBQ 3030 T St.; (916) 346-4933; sactako.com
Chicken Shwarma $6
Tender chicken chunks, sautéed yellow onions and ripe tomatoes, fortified by a zingy yogurt sauce
FFRESH MEDITERRANEAN 1120 Fulton Ave.; (916) 486-1140
Salad Bar $0.40 an ounce
Stocked with tons of vegetables and located at the CalPERS employee cafeteria (open to the public)
CALPERS PLAZA CAFE 400 Q St.; (916) 795-3091
Warm pita filled with meat sliced off a vertical spit, enlivened with finely chopped red onion, juicy tomato dices and lettuce and doused with tzatziki (tangy yogurt blended with fresh cucumbers, dill, chopped mint and garlic)
OPA! OPA! 5644 J St.; (916) 451-4000; eatatopa.com
Salisbury Steak $7.99
Swimming in a tasty brown gravy and served with your choice of mashed potatoes or steamed rice and salad or vegetables
SAM’S HOF BRAU 2500 Watt Ave.; (916) 482-2175; thehofbrau.com
Revuelta Pupusa $2.25
A thick corn tortilla stuffed with moist pork and cheese—made to order
PUPUSERIA LA CHICANA 25 Purity Plaza, Woodland; (530) 668-0270
Two-Piece Fish Combo $6.49
Huge, crusty, deep-fried fish with a moist, flaky interior and greaseless fries
TUGBOAT FISH & CHIPS 150 G St., Lincoln; (916) 645-9870
Pad Prik Khing (Green Bean Stir Fry) $7.25
Vibrant flavor and a citrusy aroma from the addition of kaffir lime leaves
ORCHID THAI CUISINE 745 S. Highway 65, Lincoln; (916) 543-9988; orchidthaicuisine.info
Bavarian Pasty $6.45
Green and red cabbage, yellow onion, bell peppers and ground beef encased in a hand-held pastry
PASTY SHACK 4746 J St.; (916) 454-9630