First Bite: Sabores Mexican Food

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This week I checked out Sabores Mexican Food in Roseville, owned by the talented team that created Tres Hermanas in midtown Sacramento. Sabores is a cheery new addition to the Placer County dining scene. With its bright yellow and red walls, playful Mexican knick knacks (check out the statuettes displayed behind the bar) and quirky, glittering stars dangling prettily from the ceiling, the restaurant exudes fun. Popular menu items include the pork-stuffed tamales (tamales de puerco), smothered with ranchera sauce and melted cheese; and the fajitas de camaron, shrimp fajitas. The dishes we tried were fresh-tasting and light – I liked the fact that the kitchen doesn’t deep fry the tilapia in their fish tacos, nor does it saturate the fish with a creamy topping, as many taquerias do. Service was a bit perfunctory, but I had a great experience.

10341 Fairway Drive, Roseville, (916) 786-2262; www.saboresmexicanfood.com