2010 Best of Sacramento Dining Awards Subscribers Picks

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Take the valley’s enviable agricultural bounty and combine it with our noted cultural diversity and ever-growing appreciation for all things food, and it’s no wonder the region’s dining scene is flourishing. It seems our appetite for dining out is as strong as ever, with many new restaurants sharing the spotlight with tried-and-true favorites. Here, we present this year’s dining awards as chosen by Sacramento magazine and e-newsletter subscribers and a delicious assortment of picks from dining writer Kira O’Donnell and dining editor Marybeth Bizjak. Dig in!

S U B S C R I B E R S’
P I C K S

Best of the Best (money no object)
1. The Firehouse

2. Biba
3. The Kitchen

Best of the Best (middle-of-the-road prices)
1. Ella
and The Waterboy (tie)
2.  Scott’s Seafood
3. Zinfandel Grille

Best of the Best (cheap!)
1. Jack’s Urban Eats

2.  The Old Spaghetti Factory
3. Paesanos

Best Special-Occasion Restaurant
1. The Firehouse

2.  Ella
3. Biba

Best Sunday Brunch
1. Delta King Pilothouse

2.  Tower Cafe
3. Vines Cafe at the Hyatt Regency

Best Seafood
1. Scott’s Seafood

2.  McCormick & Schmick’s
3. The Firehouse

Best Steakhouse
1. Ruth’s Chris

2.  Morton’s
3. Cattlemens

Best Barbecue
1. Texas West Bar-B-Que

2.  Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que
3. JR’s Texas Bar-B-Que and Sandra Dee’s (tie)

Best Pizza
1. Chicago Fire
and Round Table (tie)
2.  Zelda’s
3. Hot Italian

Best Burger
1. Squeeze Inn

2.  In-N-Out
3. Habit

Best Chocolate Cake
1. Rick’s Dessert Diner

2. Ettore’s
3. Freeport Bakery

Best Ice Cream Parlor
1. Leatherby’s

2.  Vic’s
3. Gunther’s

Best Romantic Restaurant
1. The Firehouse

2.  Slocum House
3. Delta King Pilothouse

Best New Restaurant
1. Ten 22
2.  OneSpeed
3. Grange and Matteo’s (tie)

Best Old Favorite
1. The Firehouse

2.  Tower Cafe
3. Biba

Best Vegetarian
1. Andy Nguyen

2.  Sunflower Natural Foods Drive-In
3. Fresh Choice

In Auburn
1. Latitudes

2.  Monkey Cat
3. Awful Annie’s and Katrina’s Cafe (tie)

In Davis
1. Bistro 33

2.  The Mustard Seed
3. Seasons

In Downtown/Midtown
1. The Waterboy
2. Ella and Mulvaney’s Building & Loan (tie)
3. Lucca

In East Sacramento
1. OneSpeed

2.  33rd Street Bistro
3. Selland’s Market-Cafe

In El Dorado Hills
1. Bistro 33

2.  Sienna
3. Bella Bru

In Elk Grove
1. Boulevard Bistro

2.  Silva’s Sheldon Inn
Palermo Ristorante Italiano

In Folsom
1. Bidwell Street Bistro

2.  Fat’s Asia Bistro
3. Chicago Fire

In Lodi
1. Wine & Roses

2.  Rosewood Bar & Grill
3. Pietro’s Trattoria

In Natomas
1. Bella Bru

2.  BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery
3. Carino’s Italian

In Placerville
1. Cafe Luna

2.  Zachary Jacques
3. Sequoia

In Roseville/Granite Bay
1. Crush 29

2.  Hawks
3. Paul Martin’s American Bistro

In West Sacramento
1. Club Pheasant

2.  Emma’s Taco House
3. Vince’s Ristorante

In Woodland
1. Morrison’s Upstairs

2.  Tazzina Bistro
3. Ludy’s Main Street BBQ

Best Budget Lunch
1. Chipotle

2.  La Bou
3. Subway

Best Business Lunch
1. The Firehouse

2.  Esquire Grill
3. Grange and Il Fornaio (tie)

Best Lunch With  Girlfriends
1. Roxy

2.  The Firehouse
3. Bistro 33 and Danielle’s (tie)

Best Deli
1. Corti Brothers

2.  Beach Hut Deli
3. Dominick’s Italian Market & Deli

Best Gourmet Takeout
1. Selland’s  Market-Cafe

2.  Nugget Markets
3. Whole Foods Market

Best Coffeehouse
1. Starbucks

2.  Peet’s
3. It’s a Grind and Temple (tie)

Best Chinese
1. Frank Fat’s

2.  P.F. Chang’s
3. Chinois City Cafe and Fat’s Asia Bistro (tie)

Best French
1. La Bohème

2.  La Provence
3. Cafe Rolle

Best Greek
1. Opa! Opa!

2.  Greek Village Inn
3. Daphne’s

Best Italian
1. Biba

2.  Il Fornaio
3. Lucca

Best Japanese
1. Mikuni

2.  Kru
3. Nishiki

Best Mexican
1. Ernesto’s

2.  Zócalo
3. Tres Hermanas

Best Thai
1. Thai Basil
2.  Lemon Grass
3. Taste of Thai

Best Pub Food
1. de Vere’s Irish Pub

2.  Fox & Goose
3. The Boxing Donkey and Streets of London (tie)

Best Happy Hour
1. McCormick & Schmick’s

2.  Ten 22
3. Chevys

Best Place To  See and Be Seen
1. Mix Downtown

2.  The Firehouse
3. Ella

Best Theme Restaurant
1. Joe’s Crab Shack

2.  Elephant Bar
3. Buca di Beppo

Best Wine List
1. The Firehouse

2.  Enotria
3. 58 Degrees & Holding Co.

Best Wine Bar
1. 58 Degrees & Holding Co.

2.  L Wine Lounge & Urban Kitchen
3. Enotria

Best River Dining
1. Rio City Cafe

2.  Scott’s Seafood at Le Rivage Hotel
3. Delta King Pilothouse and Pearl on the River (tie)

Best Outdoor Dining
1. The Firehouse

2.  Slocum House
3. Tower Cafe