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elcome to Discover Chico, your guide to all our vibrant city has to offer. Whether you’re in the mood to head outdoors or visit a museum, to sample local wines or chow down on a juicy burger, this guide has all the information you need to get you where you want to go. For those visiting Chico for the first time—and even repeat visitors—check out page 6, where we’ve done some homework for you and planned your itineraries. If you’ve just moved to Chico, make sure to read the Relocation Guide on page 76, which will get you acquainted with your new surroundings. Chico truly is a wonderful place to visit and to live. Chicoans are known for being welcoming to newcomers, and we’re proud of our local agriculture and the beauty of Bidwell Park, among other things. We’re eager to share what makes Chico special, so we hope you’ll use this guide to make the most of your stay, however long it might be. Welcome to Chico! Now, go have some fun! —Meredith J. Graham

Plan Your Visit......................................6 Because we know it can be intimidating visiting a new area, we put together a few itineraries to help you get the most out of your Chico vacation.

Events ................................................8 Mark your calendar! There’s plenty of fun stuff to do when the weather heats up.

Downtown..........................................14 Park the car and take this self-guided walking tour.


Arts & Entertainment ............................30 Chico’s arts-and-entertainment scene is top-notch. Check out the many venues and their wide array of offerings.

Nightlife ............................................36 It’s hard to get bored with Chico’s eclectic and always busy nightclub, bar and music scene.

Dining ...............................................42

Organized by category, this list of Chico eateries will help keep your palate happy from breakfast until after the bars close.

Family Fun..........................................56 This special section filled with family-friendly destinations is guaranteed to keep children (of all ages) entertained.

Agritourism ........................................60 Chico’s position in the Sacramento Valley makes it ideal for year-round agriculture-related tourism to wineries, olive orchards and working farms.

Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66-67 We’ve included maps of downtown Chico and Butte County to orient visitors and newcomers to the area.

Excursions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Explore the many places in and around Butte County. These day excursions offer something for everyone, from a family with little kids to the extreme adventurer.

Lodging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .72 Rest up between adventures at one of Chico’s lovely bed-and-breakfasts or at one of the many hotels and motels, or RV campgrounds around town.

Relocation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .76 If you’re thinking of moving to Chico, read this section. It covers the basics, including demographics, politics, schools and health care facilities.

Chico State and Butte College provide the region with educational opportunities, economic vitality and intellectual inspiration.

Discover Chico editor: Meredith J. Graham

Parks & Recreation ..............................24

Design: Tina Flynn, Sandy Peters

Expansive Bidwell Park is Chico’s most beautiful feature, with lots of walking, biking and swimming opportunities. We’ve also included listings for Chico’s many smaller parks and playgrounds, as well as regional golf courses.

Cover photo by Melanie MacTavish

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Additional editing and writing: Mike Blount, Michelle Carl, Katherine Green, Shannon Springmeyer Photography: Jason Cassidy, Kyle Delmar, Meredith J. Graham, Howard Hardee, Melanie MacTavish, Paula Schultz and Tina Flynn Discover Chico is published twice a year by the Chico News & Review, 530-894-2300, Copyright ©2014 Chico Community Publishing

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or newcomers and visitors, it can be a little overwhelming to decide just what to do with precious little time in Chico. So we’ve done the homework for you. Here are just a few ideas to make the most of your visit.

A Day in Chico

Get an early start with the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market; since it’s Saturday, you won’t have to pay for parking downtown. Grab a Chico Chai and a delicious doughnut or bagel while you peruse the goods at the market. Next, take a leisurely stroll downtown to check out some of the local shops, and walk around Chico Paper Co the Chico State campus for a bit. Be sure to check out Chico Paper Co., and Made in Chico for some of the finest local art and crafts. Visit the National Yo-Yo Museum (inside the equally fascinating Bird in Hand store) and see the world’s largest yo-yo. For lunch, head over to Madison Bear Garden (just “The National Yo-Yo Mu


Bear” to Chicoans) for a tasty burger in a laid-back atmosphere with fun décor and a great outdoor patio. After lunch, take a walk in Lower Bidwell Park, around One-Mile Recreation Area. For an afternoon tea or coffee, head over to Bidwell Perk. Return downtown for a browse in the bookstores, and finish off your day with a relaxing dinner at 5th Street Steakhouse, a regular Best of Chico restaurant winner.

A Weekend Jaunt Day 1

It’s Friday night, and you’ve just arrived. Start the night right with a few drinks and dinner; Tres Hombres has delicious margaritas, and Burgers and Brew makes a mean Guinness milkshake. For something a little more refined, try Crush, and sit on the patio for a wonderful view of downtown Chico. After dinner, check out the Chico nightlife. Shoot a few games of pool at the University Bar or the DownLo, or discover a local band at Lost on Main.

Day 2 Follow the one-day itinerary, but skip Bidwell Park, and instead head over to Bidwell Mansion for some insight into the rich history of this beautiful city. See page 14 for a self-guided walking tour of downtown.

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and go Day 3

Start your day with a nice coffee and quiche at Bidwell Perk. Be sure to look up at the ceiling! Then head over to Campus Bicycles for a rental and some bike maps of the area. Spend some time exploring Lower and Upper Bidwell Park, and go for a swim at Bear Hole to finish off your weekend adventure.

A Weeklong Adventure

Follow the weekend itinerary for days 1-3.

Day 4 Chico’s landscape is particularly fertile, and it shows in a variety of local wineries. So spend today touring them! Many are open on weekends or by appointment, so it pays to plan ahead. Start north of Chico at New Clairvaux Vineyard for a glimpse into the lives of the Trappist monks who live there and tend the fields (and a divine taste of their delicious wine!). Then head back into town for a sweet taste of HoneyRun Winery’s honey wines. Finish off your tour in Durham, just south of town, at Dog Creek Cellars. If you haven’t had enough, for dinner head over to Wine Time, which carries a wide variety of bottles from local vineyards.

Day 5

It’s adventure time! Lake Oroville is only a short drive away, and definitely worth the trip. Prepare with a quick visit to the grocery store. S & S Organic Produce and Natural Foods has a marinated tri-tip that’s to-diefor, and while you’re there, pick up a bag of Lundberg Farms rice chips (they’re delicious and local!). Spend the day at the lake exploring the recreation area. Rent a kayak or just sit back at one of the picnic areas and enjoy that tri-tip! Finish your day in Oroville with a stop at Feather Falls

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Casino for a nice dinner, a housebrewed beer, some great entertainment, and perhaps a little gambling before turning in for the night.

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Day 6 Have a tasty diner breakfast at local favorite Morning Thunder. Then schedule an early tour of the Sierra Nevada Brewery. Head back downtown for some shopping and a light lunch at one of the many cafes before stopping by the Chico Museum for a look at the current exhibit. For an early dinner, head out to Scotty’s Landing for a burger and a beer overlooking the Sacramento River. Wrap up your evening with a view of the heavens at the Chico Community Observatory in Upper Bidwell Park.

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Upper Bidwell Park

Day 7

Start your last day out right with a mocha and croissant at Tin Roof Bakery. Then make your way to Durham and visit the tigers at the Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Sanctuary. Before heading home, stop back into Made in Chico for some locally made crafts and foodstuffs. Then meander over to Sweet Cottage for a delicious sweet or savory pie, and take one home to share. Come back soon! Bidwell Mansion Spring/Summer 2014 DISCOVER CHICO 7


Hot (and cool) fun


here are so many opportunities to get out and experience what the Chico area has to offer, especially during the spring and summer months. Chicoans tend to be social, so don’t be afraid to join the crowd dancing at Friday Night Concerts or chowing down at the Fork in the Road. We’ve also included some events in nearby towns that attract more than a few locals. Whatever your pleasure, you’re bound to find something for you here. Go ahead— have a blast!

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Tourism information

For those new to the area—and even the seasoned local—there are so many things to do in and around Chico that we can’t possibly fit them all into this guide. Here are a few additional resources for events and activities:

Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) CARD runs many of the parks in Chico and is the go-to spot for everything from softball leagues to summer camps to classes for people of all ages. CARD also hosts several special events each year, including summer Movies in the Park and a Fourth of July celebration. 545 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-4711,

Chico Chamber of Commerce The Chico Chamber of Commerce offers a wide range of information on local shopping, lodging and recreation. Stop by the Visitor Center for maps and guides or for some friendly advice from knowledgeable locals.

Downtown Chico Business Association For all things downtown related, check out the Downtown Chico Business Association. Information about upcoming events are updated on the DCBA’s website, www.down

Chico News & Review The CN&R puts together this handy guide twice a year, but if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you probably want to

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With the university in close proximity to downtown Chico, there is always something going on. Check out Chico State’s University Public Events website for up-to-date info on shows and exhibits. www.csu

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pick up a free copy of the paper, which comes out on Thursdays, or check out the CN&R website, which includes an extensive list of activities, concerts, events and club meetings.

For local produce sales year-round, check out the grande dame of local farmers markets—the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, rain or shine, in the parking lot at Second and Wall streets downtown. This market features a wide range of fresh, local fruits and veggies, crafts, locally prepared hot foods, top-notch coffee, etc. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Chico’s popular EVENTS continued on page 10

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Thursday Night Market, sponsored by the Downtown Chico Business Association, is back in full swing for the spring and summer months. Free entertainment along with produce and other goods for sale. Hours: 6-9 p.m., April 3-Sept. 25. The North Valley Plaza Farmers’ Market offers produce each Wednesday. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-noon, May 22-Nov. 27. 893-3276. Another option in Chico is the Chapman Farmers’ Market in the parking lot of the Dorothy F. Johnson Center. Hours: 2-5:30 p.m. Fridays, on the corner of East 16th and C streets,

Thursday Night Market

Fork in the Road One Wednesday a month about a dozen food trucks gather at Manzanita Place to serve up their specialties. Begins April 2, 5-8 p.m. 1705 Manzanita Ave., www.face

Friday Night Concerts Fridays, mid-May through early September, 7-8:30 p.m. Chico’s City Plaza fills with music of all sorts, from rock to jazz to reggae and more. The Downtown Chico Business Association books popular local bands for this summer tradition, now in its 36th year. 345-6500,

Chico Cemetery tours Take a tour of Chico’s cemetery. Free tours last an hour and a half and are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month and registraCalifornia Nut Festival

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Chico Kite Day March 23, noon-4 p.m. A Chico springtime tradition sponsored by Bird in Hand, families fly colorful kites all afternoon. Prizes are awarded for the best homemade kites. Community Park, 1900 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

April 3-5. Chico’s annual music festival celebrating the area’s vibrant and eclectic music scene will run for three nights at various venues, with the finale and awards show at Chico Women’s Club (592 E. Third St.) on April 13.

California Nut Festival April 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This annual event highlights local farmers, winemakers, brewers, chefs and bakers with food and beverage samplings,

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Chico Wildflower Century April 27, 5:30 a.m. Chico Wildflower Century, a 100-mile ride through much of scenic Butte County, starts and finishes at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. Nearly 4,000 cyclists participate in this annual race staged by the Chico Velo Cycling Club. Less demanding rides also available, such as the Mildflower 65 and the Childflower 12. EVENTS continued on page 12

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festival kickoff, parades, food vendors, activities for the kids, a car show and a chili cook-off. 538-2542,

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May 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Hosted by the Butte Environmental Council, this is the oldest environmental fair in Northern California. Features informational booths on ecology, wildlife and environmental issues and animals, music, food and more. One-Mile picnic area in Lower Bidwell Park,

May 9-10. The Chico Visual Arts Alliance hosts this three-day art celebration in the Spanish-mission-style setting of the Matador Hotel. Festivities include an opening reception, a dance and musical festival, vendors and food. Matador Hotel, 1934 Esplanade, art-at-the-matador/

Feather Fiesta Days

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May 3-11. Oroville’s hometown celebration for more than 70 years, Feather Fiesta Days includes a beer

May 23-27. Chico’s popular annual community fair at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds features exhibits, live-

June Chico Bicycle Music Festival June 7. This annual tradition began with a pedal-powered generator providing the juice necessary to put on a full-fledged concert. Free.

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Slice of Chico July 12, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy a sidewalk sale and free slices of icecold watermelon courtesy of downtown Chico merchants. www.down

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Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This annual event just outside of Oroville in Berry Creek regularly sells hundreds of berry-filled pies to hungry eventgoers. Also enjoy food vendors, games for the kids and live entertainment. Berry Creek Grange, 1477 Bald Rock Road, Berry Creek,

Sept. 14, noon-4 p.m. This everpopular annual event in downtown Chico features live music, art and shopping, along with delicious food and beverages from more than 125 restaurants, breweries and wineries. ●

June 7-8. This festive annual event is hosted by the Far West Heritage Association at Patrick Ranch Museum’s 28 acres on the Midway just outside of Chico. Enjoy food and live music and see living history as a threshing bee is re-enacted. 10381 Midway, Durham, 342-4359,

July High Sierra Music Festival July 3-6. This epic three-day music festival in nearby Quincy brings big-name acts and music lovers from all over. Camping is a must. Features lots of food vendors and activities for the whole family.

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Chico’s Fourth of July Celebration July 4, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For decades, this home-town Independence Day celebration has been the thing to do for Chicoans of all ages. Featuring a pancake breakfast, food and crafts booths, a pieeating contest, a horseshoe contest, family games with prizes and even a fife-and-drum band. Bring lawn

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he downtown area is not only the hub of Chico, but it also holds key pieces of the city’s rich and wonderful history. While walking around the many shops and restaurants in the bustling downtown center, you have only to look up to see the beauty of expertly executed (and sometimes restored) architecture, as well as the many murals that adorn the walls. Downtown also plays host to the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market every Saturday yearround, and a special night market in the summer on Thursdays, as well as many other unique events and festivities.

Walk This Way

For a firsthand view of what Chico has to offer, follow this self-guided walking tour—the perfect way to get to know the walkable and welcoming city center. As you take in the landmarks, be sure to make time to browse, chow or wet your whistle at 14 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2014

some of the downtown area’s eclectic establishments along the way. See page 66 for a corresponding map.

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If it’s Saturday, head straight to the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market. This year-round local favorite is a

great place to score fresh local produce, meats and other delectables— perfect for a picnic. It also features artisan crafts and food vendors, and street musicians are often on hand to entertain. Hours: Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in the parking lot at Second and Wall streets

2 Chico City Municipal Center Next, head about two blocks south to the city’s administrative offices for a look at one of Chico’s most recognizable sculptures—Our Hands, a giant pair of hands with iconic images of Chico embedded in their surface—which is poised out front. Inside, the building also hosts regular art exhibitions, featuring the work of local artists. Municipal Center hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.5 p.m. 411 Main St.,

3 Old Municipal Building Swing around to the front of the block to the recently renovated Old Municipal Building, now the home of the Chico Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, to load up on insider tips and free brochures for area DOWNTOWN continued on page 16

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4 Senator Theatre

Veer northeast to the beautifully renovated Hotel Diamond, a classy homage to the original luxury hotel constructed in 1904. Now, the hotel offers fine dining in Johnnie’s Restaurant, standard rooms and luxury suites. 220 W. Fourth St, 893-3100,

Just south on Main Street, you’ll find the ornate Senator Theatre, built in 1928 and a major landmark in Chico’s history. Once home to traveling shows, the Senator became a movie theater in the mid-20th century. Now, the theater has become the main North State stop for some big names in music. 517 Main St., 898-1497,

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Post Office

Head back up Main and swing left on Fifth to make a stop at the United States Postal Service office. Built in 1916, it’s recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. With its beautiful arched entrance and Renaissance Revival architecture, the post office is a true Chico landmark. 141 W. Fifth St.

6 Chico City Plaza The Post Office sits smack dab in front of City Plaza, the one-block park in the heart of downtown Chico. Linger a bit, people-watching, resting your feet and enjoying the park’s

Saturday-Sunday 1-4 p.m. 307 W. Fifth St., 895-3848

elaborate fountain. The park is the venue for a Chico institution for the past 36 years: Friday Night Concerts. The free concerts are a great place to hear live, local music in a range of genres. Fifth and Main streets

7 Stansbury Home Head one block west to admire this gleaming-white Victorian at the corner of West Fifth and Salem streets. This is Chico’s best-maintained example of late-19th-century Italianate architecture. Hours:

Two blocks north you’ll find this historic venue, which dates from 1905 and was originally a Vaudeville theater. It is now used primarily for touring performers, and shows movies on weekends. 230 W. Second St.,

10 Chico Museum Take in some local history, just around the corner at Second & Salem. The Chico Museum celebrates the region’s past in a permanent historical exhibit, houses a re-creation of a Taoist temple similar to one formerly located in Chico, and features rotating exhibits. Best of all, it’s free (donations welcome). Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 141 Salem St.,

11 Bidwell Mansion This elegant three-story, 26-room, pink-and-brown Victorian mansion is Chico’s most famous home, named after former residents and founders of Chico, John and Annie Bidwell. The Bidwells entertained guests like President Rutherford B. Hayes, John Muir and Susan B. Anthony here. Onthe-hour tours and a local-history display are available in the visitor center. Proximity to the Children's Playground ( 12 ) across the creek and the Gateway Science Museum ( 13 ) make this the perfect stop for an afternoon of family fun. Hours: Monday noon-5 p.m., SaturdaySunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 525 Esplanade, 895-6144, ●

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hico State, just a few steps from downtown, presides over the area with a quiet dignity. A sprawling 119 acres, the school’s broad walkways, towering trees, well-kept lawns and walking bridges make a lovely place for locals and students alike to stroll peacefully. Chico State is one of three residential campuses within the 23-campus California State University system. The campus also adds to the cultural vibrancy of the city itself, contributing to the local art and nightlife scenes significantly. In addition, Chico is home to a Butte College extension center, two beauty schools and a law school.

Chico State

Campus tours are conducted Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m., beginning at the Admissions Office in the first-floor lobby of the Student Services Center. To make a reservation, log onto or call 898-6322. If you decide to take a stroll on your own, here are a few places on the Chico State campus worth noting:

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the Associated Students, the BMU is home to the Chico State Wildcat Store, the Marketplace Cafe, an auditorium, study areas, a coffee shop and the Associated Students offices (as well as many of the organization’s programs).

Historic Quarter Dating back to the early part of the 20th century, Kendall Hall, Laxson Auditorium, Trinity Hall and Ayres Hall make up the historic quarter. Romanesque-style brick buildings dominate this beautiful area of campus, which also boasts a domed rotunda, bell tower and rose garden.

Janet Turner Print Museum Adjacent to the Museum of Anthropology in Meriam Library, the Janet Turner Print Museum displays an impressive collection of fine art prints from artists including Dali, Durer, Goya, Miro, Rembrandt, Renoir and Tamayo, as well as prints by the museum’s late benefactor, artist and Chico State art professor Janet Turner. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment. 898-4476, Butte College

Laxson Auditorium A cornerstone of the historic quarter, this majestic auditorium also hosts the major music, theater and dance events on campus, including the spring musical, North State Symphony Orchestra concerts and

performances by world-class touring artists. The auditorium also houses the Laxson Fine Art Gallery, which features works by students and some of the Chico area’s most prominent artists. University Box Office: 8986333. Laxson Fine Art Gallery: 8985331.

Meriam Library Chico State’s Meriam Library is the state’s largest library north of Sacramento and an important regional information resource. 898-5862,

Performing Arts Center (PAC) This large building just east of the BMU is the hub of the university’s extensive performing-arts program. It houses two excellent theaters and a recital hall that host public performances.

University Art Gallery A student-centered exhibition space in Trinity Hall that focuses on original works by regional, national and international artists. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 898-5864

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Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology Located on the first floor of Meriam Library, this teaching museum features rotating exhibitions, photos and artifacts, with the aim of promoting respect and appreciation for human diversity. Admission free; donations welcome. Hours: TuesdaySaturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 898-5397,

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hico boasts a large number of lovely parks throughout town, for all sorts of outdoor activities. This lovely and varied outdoor scene is dominated by Bidwell Park, which was gifted to the city more than a century ago by Annie Bidwell, wife of Chico founder Gen. John Bidwell. Whether you prefer a walk with the dog, a brisk swim, a challenging hike or sports with friends, there is a park for you here. Let’s go play! Bidwell Park Bidwell Park is a 3,670-acre preserve and the natural heart and soul of the Chico community. One of the largest municipal parks in the United States, it draws visitors from all around Butte County and beyond. Divided by Manzanita Avenue, the park comprises two distinct sections. The area to the west of Manzanita bordering Big Chico Creek is known as Lower Park, while the land to the east, which extends into the Sierra Nevada foothills, is known as Upper Park. 24 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2014

Lower Park’s thick canopy of trees provides shade for its many flat, grassy knolls. And Upper Park, which extends five miles along both sides of Big Chico Creek Canyon, ranges in terrain from slight slopes to rugged rock faces. To reserve picnic areas, call 896-7800. For trail and road conditions, call 896-7899. Within Bidwell Park, there are a number of special spots to relax with friends and family, or go on a hike or bike ride:

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Lower Park Caper Acres A much-beloved playground for children with a soft, spongy central area full of things for kids to climb on, including an impressive mosaic sea serpent created by local artist Robin Indar. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 500 South Park Drive

Cedar Grove Cedar Grove Picnic Area and Meadow offers easily accessible picnic tables and barbecues along with a green place to relax near the creek. Access to the World of Trees Independence Trail. 7:30 a.m.-an hour after sunset. 1890 E. Eighth St.

Chico Creek Nature Center The family-friendly Chico Creek Nature Center features a nonreleasable living animal collection—the Janeece Webb Living Animal Museum—as well as the Howard S. Tucker Exhibit Hall and Kristie’s Nature Lab, along with creek access and picnic tables. 1978 E. Eighth St., 891-4671,

One-Mile Recreation Area Soaking up the sun, swimming in the huge Sycamore Pool or picnicking beneath the towering valley oaks and white-barked sycamore trees is what One-Mile is all about. With its barbecues, horseshoe pits and playing fields, One-Mile is located just a few blocks from downtown and is easily reached through entrances on Fourth or Fifth streets.

and the Sherwood Forest Kids’ Disc Golf Course (which is often full of adults). Take Vallombrosa Avenue east, turn left on Manzanita— Hooker Oak will be on your right.

Horseshoe Lake A perfect place to walk the dog (complete with a designated offleash area) or do some fishing. Horseshoe Lake also serves as a jumping-off point for the park’s miles of rugged trails. Visit nearby Chico Community Observatory for nightly constellation tours (go to www.chico for more info).

area’s most popular trails. The “B” Trail, which descends from the North Rim, is hiking at its finest—rugged and scenic. Take Wildwood Avenue off Manzanita Avenue, then go 1.5 miles to the parking lot.

Peregrine Point Trailhead & Disc Golf Course Chico’s 18-hole disc golf course offers a challenge for avid disc golfers and breathtaking views of Big Chico Creek Canyon. The course is about four miles past Bruce Road on Highway 32, with an entrance on the left.

North Rim Trail Skirting the north edge of Upper Park along Big Chico Creek canyon, the North Rim offers one of the

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Lower Bidwell Park trails Foot, bicycle and equestrian paths run the length of Chico’s Lower Bidwell Park through stately oak groves and near the riparian zone of Big Chico Creek, where creekside trails offer beautiful views of the water amid the seclusion of the park’s many trees. Take South Park Drive or Peterson Memorial Way to any turnoff.

Upper Park Equestrian Center Horse lovers and their equine friends are welcome on many trails in Bidwell Park. Equestrian events are held in the arena, which is open to the public Tuesday-Thursday. Accessible from Wildwood Avenue.

Five-Mile Recreation Area At the foot of Upper Bidwell Park, Five-Mile is either a kicking-off point for forays into the canyon or a great destination on its own. Picnic tables, barbecues and ample space make it a popular spot for group gatherings. Take Vallombrosa east to the end, turn right on Manzanita, left on Centennial, and the area is to the left.

Hooker Oak Recreation Area Home to the beautiful baseball facility Doryland Field, several softball fields, a children’s playground

Lower Bidwell Park trails

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South Rim Trail For the adventuresome soul, this lesser-known but highly enjoyable trail is one of the more rugged in Upper Bidwell Park. The trail runs through the old police pistol range, above Bidwell Park Golf Course and up into the south side of the canyon. For a day hike, go up the South Rim Trail to the less-populated south side of Bear Hole and return on Upper Park Road or the creekside Yahi Trail. The trailhead is beyond Five-Mile, where Centennial Drive dead-ends at Chico Canyon Road.

Upper Park Road Wildwood Avenue in Chico turns into a rocky, rutted dirt road two miles into Upper Bidwell Park, where it becomes Upper Park Road. It’s usually passable with most vehicles in dry weather. The road runs 5 miles to the end of Upper Bidwell Park along Big Chico Creek, with parking available at the lots at the various swimming holes along the way. Three trails parallel Upper Park Road to the

north—Lower, Middle and Upper trails. The latter two are favored by mountain bikers and hikers alike for their up-and-down ruggedness and secluded scenery.

Other parks and playgrounds

Wildwood Park

Baroni Park

This 17-acre park near the gateway to Upper Bidwell Park in Chico features state-of-the-art equipment that is second to none. The site also has covered picnic areas and two softball fields. Located at 100 Wildwood Ave., off of Manzanita Avenue.

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Yahi Trail Designated on trail markers as “easiest,” the Yahi Trail runs along Big Chico Creek in Upper Bidwell Park. Constructed in 1967 by the local Yahi Group of the Sierra Club, the trail is notable for its lush, shady greenery and access to numerous picturesque spots along the creek. Erosion is a problem on the Yahi, so no bikers or horses are allowed. Just east of Horseshoe Lake at the end of Upper Park Road.

Located in a quiet southeastChico neighborhood, family-friendly Baroni Park offers play equipment, a full-sized basketball court and a large green space. Corner of Baroni and Via Mission drives.

This one-block park in the heart of downtown Chico (between Fourth and Fifth streets, and Main Street and Broadway) includes lighting, an elaborate concert stage and a spectacular ground-level fountain. The plaza is host to Chico’s summertime Friday Night Concerts and is otherwise a great place to people watch or rest your feet.

Chico Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary It might sound like an odd place to visit, but you can walk on the levees behind Chico’s Water Pollution Control Plant and find many species of local and migrating waterfowl and other birds and mammals. The trail loops around ponds for about two miles behind the plant. There is even a viewing blind. Take West Fifth Street until it becomes Chico River Road just outside of town, and go another three miles until you see the plant on your left. 7 a.m-9 p.m. daily through September, www.alta

Comanche Trail A one-mile self-guided loop through the Mendocino National Forest’s Genetic Resource & Conservation Center (commonly referred to as “the tree farm”) in south Chico. The hike features many varieties of stately trees bordering a fast-flowing creek. Most of the trail is wheelchair accessible. Open weekdays during the day. Drive to the gate at the end of Cramer Lane. 895-1176

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Dorothy Johnson Center Located near the heart of Chico’s southside Chapmantown neighborhood, the Dorothy Johnson Neighborhood Center comprises 3 acres and features a fenced playground, a basketball court, a picnic area, an indoor basketball court and a pool table. 775 E. 16th St.

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Hancock Park Tucked away in the midst of a north-Chico neighborhood, this grassy area off Marigold Avenue features walking paths and disc-golf baskets.

Humboldt Neighborhood Park For skateboarding and inline skating, this Chico park features a 10,000-square-foot skate track equipped with a pyramid, a rail, a box, two 3-foot-wide steps, curbing and steel coping to supply skaters with enough variation to mix up their moves. On Humboldt Avenue between Orient and Flume streets.

Oak Way Park This popular neighborhood park offers basketball courts, lighted walking paths and plenty of open field for flag football or just a game of catch. At the corner of West Eighth Avenue and Highway 32.

Peterson Park Peterson Park in north Chico features a basketball court, a children’s playground and picnic tables. Off Crater Lake Drive. PARKS continued on page 28


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Rotary Park Tiny Rotary Park includes a small playground, basketball court, picnic tables and barbecues that attract people of all ages throughout the day. The park is a frequent site for pick-up basketball games. West 16th Street and Broadway.

Teichert Ponds Dubbed “The Accidental Wetland” by Chico Creek Nature Center naturalist Jon Aull, Teichert Ponds “host some of Chico’s most interesting wild inhabitants,” including wood ducks, beavers and herons. The obscure three-pond area is visible on the east side of Highway 99, between the 20th Street and Highway 32 exits.

Verbena Fields This 21-acre, rough-hewn nature park was formerly a gravel quarry. Located between Lindo Channel and East First Avenue near Verbena Avenue, the park features native plants, a walking trail loop and the colorful Mechoopda Trail Youth Mural.

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fee, which includes a golf cart, is $40 on weekdays and $48 on weekends and holidays. About a mile up Wildwood Avenue. 891-8417, course.html

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Worth the 45-minute drive from Chico, this scenic, John Daly Signature, 18-hole championship course at Rolling Hills Casino in Corning was named “Best New Golf Course” by Golfweek magazine. 2657 Barham Ave., 528-4600,

Known for its friendly staff, this nine-hole course near Palermo is open daily. Greens fees: $10. 5813 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville, 5339343,

Lake Oroville Golf and Event Center The nine-hole, par-33 Lake Oroville Golf Course requires collared shirts. Scheduling a tee time is also necessary after 5 p.m. 5131 Royal Oaks Drive, Oroville, 589-0777, www.lakeorovillegolfandevent

Lava Creek Golf Course Lava Creek is a scenic, year-round nine-hole course and driving range. For disc golfers, greens fees are $4. 5235 Clark Road, Paradise, 872-4653

Paradise Pines Golf Course This course is just a short drive from Chico in the wooded Sierra Nevada foothills community of Magalia. The course offers nine holes plus a driving range. 13917 South Park Drive, 873-1111, www.paradise

The Practice Tee at Sunset Hills This nine-hole course in north

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Skyway Golf Park This six-hole Chico course offers lights for night golfing, a driving range and three golf pros on staff. Reservations recommended. Open seven days a week. 1 Longest Drive, 899-8108,

Table Mountain Golf Course This public 18-hole course is flat and includes fast greens and wide fairways, providing ample landing areas. The facility offers two practice greens and a driving range. 2700 Oro Dam Blvd. West, Oroville, 533-3922,

Tuscan Ridge Golf Club The club’s challenging 18-hole championship golf course winds through the lava rock over undulating foothill terrain bordering the Skyway between Chico and Paradise. The course is open to the public and memberships are available. 3100 Skyway, 624-7006, www.tuscanridge ●

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hico thrives on its own rich and constantly growing art culture. From movie houses and theaters to art galleries and museums of all types, the city is teeming with opportunities to appreciate the wonders of art in everyday life. The Chico community works together constantly to promote regular events like Chico Visual Art Alliance’s monthly ARTabout walking gallery tours. But you don’t need a formal tour to experience some great art in Chico. So, go forth and explore! 30 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2014

Museums & galleries 1078 Gallery This artist-managed, nonprofit gallery is a showcase for experimental, progressive and not necessarily commercial art. Hours: ThursdaySaturday, 12:30-5:30 p.m. 820 Broadway, 343-1973,

3rd Floor Art Gallery Chico State’s Associated Students run this gallery, which features original student works throughout the school year. Located in the third-floor lobby of the Bell Memorial Union at Chico State, 898-5489

Ambiance Antiques & Art At Ambiance, you will find an eclectic blend of intriguing antiques

and local art in an intimate atmosphere. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 180 E. Ninth Ave., Ste. 1, 894-6900

Art Etc. The place for art supplies, framing and rotating exhibits from local artists. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 122 W. Third St., 895-1161,

The Art House An urban art garden/gallery with sculpture and ceramics by Dave and Jana Lawton. Hours: 1-5 p.m. Sunday, and by appointment. 325 Nord Ave., 894-1843,

Avenue 9 Gallery Avenue 9 is an art guild, with 20 artist-members who collectively make decisions about the direction of the gallery and always have a sampling

AVL Looms Located in Chico since 1980, AVL Looms is a world-famous textileequipment manufacturing company. The company still builds all products at its headquarters on Park Avenue. AVL builds a variety of looms, from its smallest (a 16-inch product controlled by an iPhone) all the way up to 20-foot-wide professional rug looms. AVL has shipped its products to all 50 states, and more than 80 countries. Tours are available by appointment. 2360 Park Ave, 893-4915,

Broken Color Art Gallery View a display of more than 100 of artist Jon Shult’s paintings, prints and illustrations. He is noted for his often impressionistic take on regional icons. A cartooning and art instructor for the Chico Art Center, Shult also offers private lessons. 1360 Montgomery St., Oroville, 534-5474

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of their work on display. Each guild member is a “featured artist” at the gallery once a year. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 180 E. Ninth Ave., 879-1821,

The Butte Art & Design Digital Outdoor Gallery has two outdoor locations: at the business department on Butte College’s main campus, and in downtown Chico at Second and Broadway. 222 W. Second St., 899-3223

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Chico All Fired Up is an open studio with clay-working tools and a ceramic-supply outlet with clays, glazes, tools and raw materials. There are also classes and opportunities for parties and workshops. Now part of the Work Training Center, a nonprofit focused on adults with disabilities. Open Tuesday-Sunday (call for times). 830 Broadway, 894-5227,

Chico Art Center Established in 1956, this nonprofit arts place offers regular exhibits as well as classes for all levels. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 450 Orange St., Ste. 6, 895-8726, www.chicoart

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Offers adults and children ongoing instruction in painting and drawing in various mediums. Classes taught by Janet Lombardi Blixt, voted Best Local Artist for five years. 336 Broadway, Ste. 20. 570-3895,

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Healing Art Gallery Healing Art Gallery features exhibits by Northern California artists whose lives have been touched by cancer. Hours: Weekdays, 8 a.m.5:30 p.m. 265 Cohasset Road, 332-3856

James Snidle Fine Arts & Appraisals Based in Chico and San Francisco, the James Snidle gallery offers finearts and personal-property appraisals, gallery shows, art restoration and conservation as well as art shows featuring the works of exciting artists from Chico and beyond. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.5 p.m. 254 E. Fourth St., 343-2930,

Janet Turner Print Museum Besides some 2,000 prints from the famous Janet Turner, this print museum also showcases student print exhibits and sponsors the annual Janet Turner National Print Competition and Exhibition. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment. Meriam Library at Chico State, 898-5351, www.janet

Chico Museum Housed in a former 1904 Carnegie Library, the museum rotates its exhibits periodically. Admission $3 adults, $2 students/seniors, free kids 14 and younger. Open WednesdaySunday, noon-4 p.m. 141 Salem St., 891-4336,

Chico Paper Co. In the heart of downtown, this custom framing and retail shop features works by more than 25 prominent local artists, plus an excellent selection of greeting cards. Hours: Weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 345 Broadway, 8910900,

Gateway Science Museum Gateway offers a few science and natural history exhibits a semester. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon32 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2014

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Manas Artspace & Gallery This funky, new art-for-thepeople venue is managed by one of the area’s most energetic and eccentric artists, David “Dragonboy” Sutherland. 1441 Park Ave. 588-5183

Orient & Flume Art Glass Art glass at its finest. This Chico gallery offers interested buyers a variety of vases, bowls and assorted glassworks. Watch the glassblowers at their trade weekdays until 1 p.m. 2161 Park Ave. Hours: MondaySaturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 893-0373,

Sally Dimas Art Gallery Sally Dimas features original paintings, art pottery, etchings and jewelry by local and regional artists. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.5 p.m., or by appointment. 493 East Ave., 345-3063

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The Vagabond Rose Gallery & Framing This gallery, owned by Marilyn Souza for more than 25 years, features exhibits from local artists that rotate on a monthly basis. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 236 Main St., 343-1110

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology The museum offers exhibitions, lectures, children’s programs and K-12 outreach. Chico State students design and install the exhibits. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Meriam Library, first floor, 898-5397, anthmuseum

Movies Cinemark 14 Chico’s big theater, with 14 screens showing first-run films. 801 East Ave., (800) 326-3264 ext. 1101

El Rey Theatre This historic venue is the perfect place to re-watch cult favorites, such as Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski and Jaws. 230 W. Second St., 892-1838,

Little Theater Throughout the school year, a wide variety of interesting U.S. and international films are offered through the University Film Series. Suggested donation: $3. Ayres 106, 898-6341, hc/filmseries.html

Pageant Theatre This downtown Chico establishment presents art-house films in a casual atmosphere. Get there early for the couches in the front row, and don’t miss out on Cheapskate Mondays: all seats just $3. 351 E. Sixth St., 343-0663, 34 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2014

Theater Blue Room Theatre This outfit brings community theater to a professional level with wellproduced, cutting-edge and classical dramas and comedies featuring talented local actors, with scripts ranging from the locally written to the award-winning. Year-round productions, classes and workshops by the Blue Room Theatre Young Company offer opportunities for kids. 139 W. First St. (upstairs), 895-3749,

Butte College Black Box Theatre Each semester since the 1970s the community college has presented one drama or musical, ranging from classical to contemporary productions, and Butte College’s new state-of-theart Black Box Theatre is the ideal place to stage them. The actors also take to the classroom with the annual Shakespeare in the Schools touring production. 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, 895-2994

California Regional Theatre A newer addition to Chico’s theater scene, CRT produces large-scale musicals in CUSD’s Center for the Arts at Pleasant Valley High School and offers educational opportunities for children regularly throughout the year. 475 East Ave., 800-722-4522,

Chico State Department of Music and Theatre Throughout the academic year, the department presents plays in two

spaces (Harlen Adams Theatre and Wismer Theatre) inside the Performing Arts Center, as well as a musical production in Laxson Auditorium each spring. Chico State campus, 898-6333,

Chico Theater Company Chico Theater Company has been producing family-friendly musical theater productions for more than a decade. They also produce non-musical comedies and children’s theater shows. The theater is intimate with seating for only 200 and a great view of the stage from anywhere in the house. 166 Eaton Road, 894-3282,

CUSD Center for the Arts Chico Unified School District’s Center for the Arts at Pleasant Valley High School offers performances by local high schools as well as California Regional Theatre. 475 East Ave., 800-722-4522,

Rogue Theatre Rogue Theatre, which holds its performances at various venues around town, is a rebellious troupe producing challenging contemporary theater.

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hen it comes to nightlife, Chico— with its dozens of bars and clubs, and a number of big-time performance venues—is the place to be and be seen. You can hear live music, dance and stay entertained until the wee hours pretty much every night of the week. For those of you with a penchant for a little late-night gambling to go with your wining and dining, neighboring Oroville is home to two impressive casinos, and there’s another just up I-5 in Corning. 36 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2014

Bars, pubs & clubs The Banshee The Banshee is a downtown fixture, fashioned in Irish-pub style with a long bar and a vast assortment of foreign brews in bottles and on tap. The pub grub is first rate, to boot. 132 W. Second St., 895-9670

The Beach The Beach features an ultraswanky VIP area on the second floor, complete with a funky-shaped pool table, couches and specialty martini menu. Downstairs, you’ll find a large dance floor and access to The University Bar and Panama Bar & Cafe. 191 E. Second St., 898-9898,

Bella’s Sports Pub This downtown establishment is popular among sports fans looking to catch a game on one of several highdefinition big-screen TVs. Serves up a bunch of good pub-grub in addition to a wide selection of beers. 134 Broadway, 893-5253

Burgers & Brew Serving grass-fed beef burgers and world-class brews, this downtown establishment has an outdoor patio in addition to indoor seating. Open late on weekends. 201 Broadway, 879-9100

Café Coda Serving beer and wine, Café Coda hosts an eclectic variety of live music, from local acoustic and rock acts to national touring bands. 265 Humboldt Ave., 566-9476,

Café Flo Café Flo offers an evolving seasonal menu as well as beer and coffee drinks. Look for regular live music, poetry readings and art shows. 365 E. Sixth St., 514-8888,

Crazy Horse Saloon This large bar specializes in country music. There’s occasional live music and even a mechanical bull to ride (after you sign some legal paperwork). 303 Main St., 894-5408


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Well known for its hoppin’ late happy hour, this restaurant/bar is an upscale option downtown with an awesome patio view. 201 Broadway, 342-7000,


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The DownLo The DownLo’s claim to fame is its expansive billiards room with 10 Diamond tables, darts and occasional live music. This sports bar also features pub-grub and 17 televisions. 319 Main St., 892-2473

Duffy’s Tavern A local institution, Duffy’s features an old-school jukebox and an odd medley of wall decorations. There’s regular DJs playing dance music and occasional live rock shows too. 337 Main St., 343-7718

Edwards Premium Spirits This upscale bar shares an entryway (and owner) with Quackers. With a fireplace, fountain and premium spirits, this is certainly the quieter choice. Available for private parties. 968 East Ave., 895-3825

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The End Zone This sports bar and restaurant serves up more than a dozen appetizers, along with burgers, sandwiches, salads and weekend brunch. Open daily with late hours. 250 Cohasset Road, 345-7330


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The Graduate One of the larger venues in town, this sports bar and restaurant offers a variety of yummy eats. It’s located in the middle of the student neighborhood, but billiards and arcade games make it popular among families as well as the college crowd. 344 W. Eighth St., 343-2790,

The Handle Bar The Handle Bar offers a Germaninspired pub menu to compliment a host of specialty craft beers (with a focus on regional brews). 2070 E. 20th St., 894-2337, NIGHTLIFE continued on page 38 Spring/Summer 2014 DISCOVER CHICO 37

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The Holiday Inn Lounge This club inside the Holiday Inn serves food, beer, wine and cocktails and typically draws a more mature crowd than the downtown bars. 685 Manzanita Court, 345-2491

Joe’s Bar Recently redone, Joe’s Bar maintains its down-home atmosphere in the south-campus neighborhood, with wood chips on the floor and friendly bartenders. 749 W. Fifth St., 894-3612

Johnnie’s Restaurant Located inside the historic Hotel Diamond, Johnnie’s offers seafood, steaks and tapas, and cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily, Sunday brunch. 220 W. Fourth St., 895-1515

LaSalles LaSalles features two stages—one next to the dance floor in the main barroom and one on the outdoor patio under the trees. Both feature cover bands, touring outfits and local musicians. This is a college-focused club, but popular drink specials and musical acts attract a mixed clientele. 229 Broadway, 893-1891,

Last Call Lounge If you’re tired of the college scene, head out toward the airport and stop at this bar hiding in the Walgreens shopping center that features two pool tables and a smoking patio. 876 East Ave., 895-3213

Lost on Main This bar and nightclub features a number of DJs and other live shows in an art-rich environment at its spacious downtown location. Also, they have lasers! 319 Main St., 891-1853

Madison Bear Garden Outrageous hanging decorations make this Chico classic perhaps the worst place to be in the event of an earthquake. Tasty grill items and outside seating draw families by day, while drink specials, karaoke and adult tricycle races draw students by night. 316 W. Second St., 891-1639, 38 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2014

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Maltese Bar & Tap Room This south-Chico watering hole’s stainless-steel and wood décor gives it the look of a classic neighborhood bar. It also boasts a patio, a pool table and shuffleboard. 1600 Park Ave., 343-4915

Monks Wine Lounge & Bistro Bringing a touch of sophistication downtown, Monks offers an extensive wine list and various appetizers, tapas and delicious gourmet entrées prepared with fresh, organic ingredients. 128 W. Second St., 343-3408

Monstros Pizza & Subs This pizza-and-subs eatery has established itself as the go-to spot for punk-rock shows catering to punks of all ages. 628 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-7672

Nash’s Restaurant This restaurant/bar on The Esplanade attracts a crowd of regulars on weekends, and features a live blues jam on the first Wednesday of every month as well as occasional live music. www.nashsrestaurant Breakfast weekdays, brunch weekends. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly (except Sunday). 1717 Esplanade, 896-1147

Oasis Bar & Grill By the railroad tracks near the Chico State campus, the Oasis hosts both students and neighborhood reg-

ulars. There are daily drink specials, pub grub, shuffleboard, new pool tables and ping-pong. 1007 W. First St., 343-4305, www.oasisbarand

Panama Bar & Cafe Panama’s, as it’s known locally, offers a wide array of Long Islandstyle “teas” served in big glasses and made stiff. They also serve a decent selection of burgers, sandwiches, salads and other dishes to help soak up the booze. 177 E. Second St., 8958817,

Park Ave Pub A full bar, plus half-pound burgers and fresh-cut fries at this cozy south-Chico watering hole. 2010 Park Ave., 893-3500,

Peeking Chinese Restaurant A Chinese restaurant by day, Peeking transforms into a fullfledged dance venue on Friday nights during the Bassmint, a weekly electronica showcase. 243 W. Second St., 895-3888, bassmintchico

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Riley’s One of Chico’s most popular college bars with an emphasis on the Greek crowd. Riley’s is known for its “power hour” every Thursday from 9-10 p.m. when drinks start at a quarter and progressively increase by a quarter every 15 minutes. 702 W. Fifth St., 343-7459,

Scotty’s Landing Off the beaten path, Scotty’s Landing is a great place to drink a cold one and munch on something from the grill. You can also sing the night away during regular karaoke nights. Occasionally live bands perform on the deck overlooking the Sacramento River. 12609 River Road, 710-2020

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Studio Inn Cocktail Lounge This bar on the north end of town next to Priya Indian Cuisine offers occasional live music. 2582 Esplanade, 343-0662

Tackle Box Bar & Grill This is the place to go if you want a little fried alligator or frog legs (or a burger, for the less adventurous)— not to mention live rock, blues and country acts—with your brew. This south Chico hotspot serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a full bar. 375 E. Park Ave., 345-7499,

Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill Featuring an attractive long bar to cozy up to—by yourself or with a date—choose from over 120 different premium tequilas for a custom-made margarita. “Tres” offers delicious sitdown fare in addition to a yummy taco bar and wonderful Euro-cafestyle seating outside. 100 Broadway, 342-0425, www.treshombreslongbar

University Bar The U-Bar is a popular basement hangout located on the corner of Wall and Second streets. It has everything you need in a college bar— cheap pints, pool tables, an air-hockey table and an extremely loud juke40 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2014


karaoke, bowling, comedy night, live music and wide-screen TVs. The facility also has a steakhouse, buffet, café and an espresso bar. 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville, (800) 803-1911,

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Chico’s only card room now offers blackjack, casino games and pub grub. 1414 Park Ave., 892-2282

Feather Falls Casino With gaming aplenty, this casino frequently welcomes touring musicians and other entertainers. Eat at the cafe or buffet and stay the night at The Lodge, which has a fitness center and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool area. Check out the casino’s newest restaurant, the Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., featuring house-brewed beers, gourmet food (including fresh sushi and sashimi) and live music. 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3855, www.feath

Gold Country Casino This casino boasts an 87room hotel, plenty of gaming, and an array of other entertainment options, including

In addition to gaming and a variety of dining options, this complex just off I-5 in Corning offers duck Sierra Nevada Big Room

hunting at the nearby Clear Creek Hunting Club and golf at Sevillano Links, an 18-hole John Daly Signature course in the Scottish links style. 2655 Barham Ave., Corning, 528-3500,

Other hot spots AMF Orchard Lanes More than a bowling alley, this entertainment center serves beer and has an arcade, a snack bar, pro shop and plenty of fun. 2397 Esplanade, 895-3257, orchardlanes

Chico State The campus offers several places to catch a band, or even a symphony, to liven up your evening. Laxson Auditorium hosts world-class musical acts and other performers from around the globe, thanks to the most prestigious promoter in town, Chico Performances. 400 W. First St., 8984636,

El Rey Theatre This historic venue has housed a Vaudeville theater, an Elks Lodge and a movie theater. It is now used primarily for touring performers and has resumed showing movies on weekends. 230 W. Second St., 3422727,





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Senator Theatre The ornate Senator Theatre not only offers some great musical shows, but it’s also a major landmark in Chico’s history. Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse, Sublime with Rome, Bright Eyes and Steve Aoki have all performed there—with many more to come throughout 2013-14. 517 Main St., 898-1497,

Sierra Nevada Big Room The world-famous Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is also home to a famous concert venue—the Big Room. Watch out for an eclectic mix of worldrenowned musical talent, from Victor Wooten to Jackie Greene, two to three times a month in the state-ofthe-art, 350-seat facility. 1075 E. 20th St., 345-2739, ●


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Get your grub on T

he number, quality and variety of restaurants in Chico will astound your taste buds. From Asian to Italian, and fine dining to fast food, there are dozens of excellent locales to sate your hunger. Chico boasts not only the usual chain restaurants, but also a large number of unique and exciting locally owned eateries, specific to this beautiful city. A good number of them even use produce and meats grown and raised locally. Want to try it all? Taste of Chico is an annual event scheduled for Sept. 14, 2014, including many of the city’s most celebrated restaurants, and accompanied by live entertainment. KEY TO SYMBOLS $ Entrées less than $10 $$ Entrées priced $10-$15 $$$ Entrées priced $15 and up

Enjoy Teriyaki

Noodle House

Rice Bowl

Delicious Korean specialties, including bibimbab and cellophane noodles. Also serving potstickers, tempura and teriyaki combos for dining in or taking out. Beer and sake served, open late on weekends. 450 Broadway, 899-9344 $

Delicious Vietnamese and Asian-fusion cuisine including soups, bowls and wraps. 605 Mangrove Ave., 345-2022, $

A sit-down restaurant serving Chinese and Japanese cuisine, including a sushi bar, beer and wine. 2804 Esplanade, 899-9098 $$

Ojiya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Rice Wok

Everyday Vietnamese Cuisine New restaurant on the west side of town offering Vietnamese food, coffee and tea. Open daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 951 Nord Ave., Ste. A, 893-2888 $

Gen Kai Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar Try traditional Japanese dishes or the sushi bar at this longtime Chico favorite. 605 Mangrove Ave., 345-7226, $$

Ginger’s Chinese Restaurant Specializing in Szechuan, Mandarin and Hunan cuisine. 2201 Pillsbury Road, 345-8862 $$

Sit around the hibachi and watch the chefs grill steaks, seafood and vegetarian fare. There’s a sushi bar, too. 2477 Forest Ave., 899-1199 $$$

Panda Express Serving up traditional Chinese favorites and other creations—fast. Drive-through available. 2443 Cohasset Road, 345-7389 $

Peeking Chinese Restaurant San Francisco chef Ken Zeng presents lunch and dinner specials in a unique atmosphere. Closed Sunday. 243 W. Second St., 895-3888 $$

Happy Garden This family-run restaurant specializes in delicious, healthy Chinese cuisine served in generous portions in a nice atmosphere. Dine-in or take-out available. 180 Cohasset Road, 893-2574 or 893-5068 $$

Asian Aonami Sustainable Sushi

Chan Pheng’s Mandarin Cuisine

Izakaya Ichiban

Asian fusion and Japanese cuisine made mostly from North State ingredients and served in a sleek, modern atmosphere. As the name implies, the fish is sustainable (nothing on the “red” list!). Lots of vegan options, too. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 924-3168 $

Big Tuna Sushi Bistro A cozy restaurant featuring traditional Japanese sushi, plus a variety of appetizers. 1722 Mangrove Ave., 345-4571 $$

Broadway Market & Deli Serving Chinese food with lunch, dinner and vegetarian specials available, along with an assortment of “bubble teas.” Eat in or take out. 128 Broadway, 899-8368, $

Chada Thai Cuisine Serving authentic Thai dishes, including

Serving Mandarin, Hunan and Szechuan cuisine. Delivery available. 1140 Mangrove Ave., 894-6888 $

Chicoichi Ramen Chicoichi Ramen features a simple menu of authentic ramen, donburi, salads and sushi in a comfortable Japanese setting. Patio dining available; live music on Friday evenings. 243 W. Ninth St., 891-9044 $

Cocodine Thai Cuisine Specializing in flavorful and healthy authentic central and northeastern (Issan) Thai cuisine. 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., Ste. 250, 891-1800 $$

Egg Roll King Chinese-style fast food; drive-through window and indoor seating available. 659 Palmetto Ave., 893-1838 $

The sister restaurant to Big Tuna Sushi Bistro, serving Japanese tapas and traditional Japanese cuisine. 2000 Notre Dame Blvd., 342-8500 $$

Japanese Blossoms Offering authentic Japanese food and a sushi bar. 2995 Esplanade, 891-9022 $$

Kwando Restaurant Featuring a hibachi grill and Chinese buffet featuring a huge sushi bar, salad bar, carving bar, oysters, shrimp, dim sum, soup, fish, desserts and appetizers. 740 Mangrove Ave., 343-6788 $$

Mekkala Thai Cuisine A family-owned and -operated Thai restaurant offering an elevated but casual dining experience. Lunch specials and take-out available. 1196 E. Lassen Ave., 636-4620 $

Sushi King & Boba Tea Zone Sushi, boba tea and slushies. Drivethrough or dine in. 2190 Esplanade, 892-8688 $

Teriyaki House A Japanese fast-food restaurant specializing in teriyaki. Now with three locations in Chico. 951 Nord Ave., 894-3040; 236 W. East Ave., 894-6127; 2454 Notre Dame Blvd., 343-3744, www.teriyakihouse $

Tong Fong Low

Hula’s Chinese Bar-B-Q

a vegetarian menu. Lunch, MondayThursday; dinner, Monday-Saturday. 117 W. Second St., 342-7121 $$

Authentic and delicious Thai food at reasonable prices. 305 Nord Ave., 342-8842, $$

All dishes made with fresh vegetables and choice of meat (or vegetarian) and spice level. Lunch, Monday-Friday; dinner, ThursdaySaturday. Closed Sunday. 121 Broadway, 343-6843 $$

Vibrant Southeast Asian dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. 163 E. Second St., 893-8811, $$ All-you-can-eat Mongolian barbecue with fresh vegetables, noodles, meats and sauces. Beer and wine available. 2540 Esplanade, 342-8564; 1937 E. 20th St., 342-6304, $$

Sophia’s Authentic Thai Cuisine

Thai Basil

House of Bamboo

Leon Bistro

Asian food served in generous portions quickly. Dine in or take-out. Online ordering available. Closed Sunday. 1354 East Ave., 892-8369, $$

An institution in Oroville, Tong Fong Low also has a location in Chico, offering authentic Chinese cuisine. 2072 E. 20th St., 898-1388, $$

Tony’s Chinese Restaurant

Aonami Sustainable Sushi

Peter Chu’s Mandarin Cuisine Tasty Asian food at reasonable prices. 2424 Cohasset Road, 894-8276, www.peter $$

Pho C & C

Formerly the Chang Hing House. Chinese food for dining in or takeout. Order online for delivery! 951 Nord Ave., 893-8888, www.tonys $

Turandot North China Gourmet Cuisine Manchurian cuisine at reasonable prices in an elegant atmosphere. Serving lunch and dinner. 1851 Esplanade, 893-1156, $$

A variety of Vietnamese cuisine, including soups, rolls, noodles and traditional grilled or barbecued meats. 3211 Cohasset Road, 892-1415 $$

Windy’s Chinese Restaurant

Rawbar Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Wok ‘n’ Roll

Downtown’s fab sushi bar and Asian grill offering a full bar, take-out, happy hour, affordable lunches. Reservations accepted. 346 Broadway, 897-0626, www.rawbar $$

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Get your grub on T

he number, quality and variety of restaurants in Chico will astound your taste buds. From Asian to Italian, and fine dining to fast food, there are dozens of excellent locales to sate your hunger. Chico boasts not only the usual chain restaurants, but also a large number of unique and exciting locally owned eateries, specific to this beautiful city. A good number of them even use produce and meats grown and raised locally. Want to try it all? Taste of Chico is an annual event scheduled for Sept. 14, 2014, including many of the city’s most celebrated restaurants, and accompanied by live entertainment. KEY TO SYMBOLS $ Entrées less than $10 $$ Entrées priced $10-$15 $$$ Entrées priced $15 and up

Enjoy Teriyaki

Noodle House

Rice Bowl

Delicious Korean specialties, including bibimbab and cellophane noodles. Also serving potstickers, tempura and teriyaki combos for dining in or taking out. Beer and sake served, open late on weekends. 450 Broadway, 899-9344 $

Delicious Vietnamese and Asian-fusion cuisine including soups, bowls and wraps. 605 Mangrove Ave., 345-2022, $

A sit-down restaurant serving Chinese and Japanese cuisine, including a sushi bar, beer and wine. 2804 Esplanade, 899-9098 $$

Ojiya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Rice Wok

Everyday Vietnamese Cuisine New restaurant on the west side of town offering Vietnamese food, coffee and tea. Open daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 951 Nord Ave., Ste. A, 893-2888 $

Gen Kai Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar Try traditional Japanese dishes or the sushi bar at this longtime Chico favorite. 605 Mangrove Ave., 345-7226, $$

Ginger’s Chinese Restaurant Specializing in Szechuan, Mandarin and Hunan cuisine. 2201 Pillsbury Road, 345-8862 $$

Sit around the hibachi and watch the chefs grill steaks, seafood and vegetarian fare. There’s a sushi bar, too. 2477 Forest Ave., 899-1199 $$$

Panda Express Serving up traditional Chinese favorites and other creations—fast. Drive-through available. 2443 Cohasset Road, 345-7389 $

Peeking Chinese Restaurant San Francisco chef Ken Zeng presents lunch and dinner specials in a unique atmosphere. Closed Sunday. 243 W. Second St., 895-3888 $$

Happy Garden This family-run restaurant specializes in delicious, healthy Chinese cuisine served in generous portions in a nice atmosphere. Dine-in or take-out available. 180 Cohasset Road, 893-2574 or 893-5068 $$

Asian Aonami Sustainable Sushi

Chan Pheng’s Mandarin Cuisine

Izakaya Ichiban

Asian fusion and Japanese cuisine made mostly from North State ingredients and served in a sleek, modern atmosphere. As the name implies, the fish is sustainable (nothing on the “red” list!). Lots of vegan options, too. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 924-3168 $

Big Tuna Sushi Bistro A cozy restaurant featuring traditional Japanese sushi, plus a variety of appetizers. 1722 Mangrove Ave., 345-4571 $$

Broadway Market & Deli Serving Chinese food with lunch, dinner and vegetarian specials available, along with an assortment of “bubble teas.” Eat in or take out. 128 Broadway, 899-8368, $

Chada Thai Cuisine Serving authentic Thai dishes, including

Serving Mandarin, Hunan and Szechuan cuisine. Delivery available. 1140 Mangrove Ave., 894-6888 $

Chicoichi Ramen Chicoichi Ramen features a simple menu of authentic ramen, donburi, salads and sushi in a comfortable Japanese setting. Patio dining available; live music on Friday evenings. 243 W. Ninth St., 891-9044 $

Cocodine Thai Cuisine Specializing in flavorful and healthy authentic central and northeastern (Issan) Thai cuisine. 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., Ste. 250, 891-1800 $$

Egg Roll King Chinese-style fast food; drive-through window and indoor seating available. 659 Palmetto Ave., 893-1838 $

The sister restaurant to Big Tuna Sushi Bistro, serving Japanese tapas and traditional Japanese cuisine. 2000 Notre Dame Blvd., 342-8500 $$

Japanese Blossoms Offering authentic Japanese food and a sushi bar. 2995 Esplanade, 891-9022 $$

Kwando Restaurant Featuring a hibachi grill and Chinese buffet featuring a huge sushi bar, salad bar, carving bar, oysters, shrimp, dim sum, soup, fish, desserts and appetizers. 740 Mangrove Ave., 343-6788 $$

Mekkala Thai Cuisine A family-owned and -operated Thai restaurant offering an elevated but casual dining experience. Lunch specials and take-out available. 1196 E. Lassen Ave., 636-4620 $

Sushi King & Boba Tea Zone Sushi, boba tea and slushies. Drivethrough or dine in. 2190 Esplanade, 892-8688 $

Teriyaki House A Japanese fast-food restaurant specializing in teriyaki. Now with three locations in Chico. 951 Nord Ave., 894-3040; 236 W. East Ave., 894-6127; 2454 Notre Dame Blvd., 343-3744, www.teriyakihouse $

Tong Fong Low

Hula’s Chinese Bar-B-Q

a vegetarian menu. Lunch, MondayThursday; dinner, Monday-Saturday. 117 W. Second St., 342-7121 $$

Authentic and delicious Thai food at reasonable prices. 305 Nord Ave., 342-8842, $$

All dishes made with fresh vegetables and choice of meat (or vegetarian) and spice level. Lunch, Monday-Friday; dinner, ThursdaySaturday. Closed Sunday. 121 Broadway, 343-6843 $$

Vibrant Southeast Asian dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. 163 E. Second St., 893-8811, $$ All-you-can-eat Mongolian barbecue with fresh vegetables, noodles, meats and sauces. Beer and wine available. 2540 Esplanade, 342-8564; 1937 E. 20th St., 342-6304, $$

Sophia’s Authentic Thai Cuisine

Thai Basil

House of Bamboo

Leon Bistro

Asian food served in generous portions quickly. Dine in or take-out. Online ordering available. Closed Sunday. 1354 East Ave., 892-8369, $$

An institution in Oroville, Tong Fong Low also has a location in Chico, offering authentic Chinese cuisine. 2072 E. 20th St., 898-1388, $$

Tony’s Chinese Restaurant

Aonami Sustainable Sushi

Peter Chu’s Mandarin Cuisine Tasty Asian food at reasonable prices. 2424 Cohasset Road, 894-8276, www.peter $$

Pho C & C

Formerly the Chang Hing House. Chinese food for dining in or takeout. Order online for delivery! 951 Nord Ave., 893-8888, www.tonys $

Turandot North China Gourmet Cuisine Manchurian cuisine at reasonable prices in an elegant atmosphere. Serving lunch and dinner. 1851 Esplanade, 893-1156, $$

A variety of Vietnamese cuisine, including soups, rolls, noodles and traditional grilled or barbecued meats. 3211 Cohasset Road, 892-1415 $$

Windy’s Chinese Restaurant

Rawbar Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Wok ‘n’ Roll

Downtown’s fab sushi bar and Asian grill offering a full bar, take-out, happy hour, affordable lunches. Reservations accepted. 346 Broadway, 897-0626, www.rawbar $$

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Breakfast Nooks Beatniks Coffee House & Breakfast Joint Serving breakfast every day—with an assortment of Benedicts, omelets, scrambles, and excellent huevos rancheros—and a weekday lunch menu of salads, sandwiches and daily specials. 1387 E. Eighth St., 894-2800 $

Breakfast Buzz Breakfast burritos, omelets, French toast and more in a college atmosphere. 208 Cedar St., 343-3444 www.breakfast $

Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works Offering 25 types of New York-style bagels and 11 flavors of cream cheese, as well as deli sandwiches, smoothies and espresso. 117 W. Second St., 345-3443 $

Café Coda Serving breakfast including scrambles, omelets, burritos and more; lunch served weekdays. 265 Humboldt Ave., 566-9476 $$

Country Waffles Specializing in waffles. Breakfast and lunch daily. 690 Rio Lindo Ave., 345-1149; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 345-9905 $$

Italian Cottage Serving delicious omelets since 1970. Also: eggs Benedict, cottage potatoes, fresh-cooked spinach, French toast, homemade biscuits and gravy, Belgian waffles, blueberry pancakes and hash browns. 2234 Esplanade, 343-7000; 2525 Dominic Drive, 342-7771 $$

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Roost Café

Milkshakes are a triple-thick treat at this longtime Chico favorite. 1844 Esplanade, 342-2722 $

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This cozy, old-school diner serves real food, real butter and real good home cooking. Cozy, cool counter seating, as well as a small, homey dining room. 1144 Park Ave., 892-1281 $$

Big Chico Burger A casual restaurant serving fresh chuck patties, hot dogs, sandwiches and salads. 1550 East Ave., 891-6100 $$

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A “Best of Chico” living legend with a “Build Your Own Burger” bar. 3211 Cohasset Road, 342-4555; 2451 Forest Ave., 891-1430 $


Serving up its famous three-egg scrambles, plus eggs Benedict and homemade quiche. Champagne served daily. Full-service espresso bar. 880 East Ave., 892-8963 $$

Sin of Cortez Enjoy specialty coffees or teas at one of Chico’s favorite breakfast and lunch places. 2290 Esplanade, 879-9200 www.sinof $$

Burgers, Delis & Dogs Applebee’s Grill & Bar Famous for barbecue riblets, grilled steaks and Oriental chicken salad. 2030 Business Lane, 343-6888 $$

The Banshee Serving up burgers and a variety of other pub eats, along with an extensive menu of draft and bottled beers. 132 W. Second St., 895-9670 www.banshee $$

Beach Hut Deli A variety of specialty sandwiches served up in a casual, beach-themed atmosphere. 146 W. Second St., 893-0633 www.beach $

Burgers & Brew Grass-fed beef burgers and world-class brews in a modern downtown setting. 201 Broadway, 879-9100 $$

The Cafe Restaurant You’ll find quality service and the freshest ingredients, including USDA Choice beef. Great burgers and a build-your-ownomelet bar. 4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-334-9400 $$

The Cheesesteak Shop Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches made with rib-eye steak. Chicken options, too. 995 Nord Ave., 345-2565 $

Chico Locker & Sausage Co. Check out this full deli with a variety of top-notch sandwiches and salads, and pick up some traditional handmade sausage and specialty meats. 196 E. 14th St., 343-7370 $

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Serving charcoal-grilled gourmet hot dogs and sausages, as well as burgers and sandwiches. Indoor seating at East Avenue location. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 8943641; 1354 East Ave., 894-2242 $

EJ’s Dogs & Subs A wide assortment of hot dogs and deli sandwiches. 672 Mangrove Ave., 342-3456 $


The End Zone A sports bar serving up more than a dozen appetizers, along with burgers, sandwiches, salads and weekend brunch. 250 Cohasset Road, 345-7330 www.theend $$

HAPPY GArden Chinese restaurant

Open Daily • Food to Go

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Fast Eddie’s Featuring tri-tip and pulled-pork sandwiches in addition to a large menu of specialty sandwiches, all made on local bread. 788 East Ave., 342-8555 www.fasteddies $

The Graduate Try a Grad Burger, salad, steak, or one of the 50 beers on tap at this rollicking local favorite. 344 W. Eighth St., 343-2790 $$

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Kona’s on Nord Hot and cold fresh-made sandwiches, homemade soups and cookies. Also offering 3- to 6-foot party subs for any occasion. Delivery available. 965 Nord Ave., 894-1635 $

Madison Bear Garden Try their famous Bear Burgers, buffalo wings or a scrumptious salad. Close to campus. 316 W. Second St., 891-1639 $



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2044 Forest Ave. (inside Walmart), 879-1725 $

Their motto is, “Nobody does burgers better than Nobby’s.” Enough said. Wait— ask them about their famous “cheese skirt.” Closed Sunday and Monday. 1444 Park Ave., 342-2285 $


Oasis Bar & Grill Great burgers, dogs and sandwiches along with pool, ping-pong, shuffleboard, 15 flat-screen TVs and a full bar. 1007 W. First St., 343-4305 www.oasisbarand $

Wingstop has taken chicken wings to a whole new level by saucing and tossing them in a choice of 10 mouthwatering flavors. Not fast food—these wings are made with care and served up piping hot. 734 Mangrove Ave., 332-9464 $

Panama Bar & Café

Zot’s Hot Dogs

Offering appetizers and American pub food (including 31 burgers) along with a full bar stocked with a wide array of teas made stiff. 177 E. Second St., 895-8817 $

Port of Subs Sliced fresh sandwiches! 2036 Forest Ave. (inside the Shell station), 895-1780 $

Quiznos Sub Shop Oven-toasted sandwiches made with quality meats, cheese and fresh produce. Open daily. 2471 Cohasset Road, 891-9500 $

S & S Barbeque & Deli Barbecue lunch and dinner items to go or eat there at the picnic tables. 1924 Mangrove Ave., 343-4930 $$

Scotty’s Landing Try a River Burger, fresh fish and chips or a homemade soup and salad on Scotty’s deck overlooking the Sacramento River. 12609 River Road, 710-2020 $$

Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ A small California chain specializing in barbecue beef, pork, chicken and turkey. 131 Broadway, 891-6677 www.smokinmos $$

Spiteri’s Delicatessen A longtime Chico fave, Spiteri’s serves all your favorite sandwiches, along with daily specialty salads and beer and wine. Closed Sunday. 971 East Ave., 891-4797 $$

SubStation Deli Enjoy the best sub in Chico made with fresh-baked rolls. Also serving fresh soup, chili and salads. 2404 Park Ave., $

Subway “Eat fresh!” 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 342-9777; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 8934782; 1947 E. 20th St., 343-5803; 1398 East Ave., 894-8757; 240 W. East Ave., 894-6779; 722 Mangrove Ave., 891-1400;

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Sandwiches, soups and salads. Catering, too. 241 W. East Ave., 891-1131; 2009 Forest Ave., 345-7331 $


Steamed hot dogs, deli sandwiches, salad bar and house-made soups. 225 Main St. (inside Garden Walk Mall), 345-2820 $

Cafes & Bistros 100th Monkey Café & Books Serving espresso, breakfast burritos, sub sandwiches, salads and sweets. Also features a juice bar. 642 W. Fifth St., 3430704 $

Bellachino’s Espresso & Panini Café Espresso and coffee, breakfast and lunch wraps and sandwiches, soups, gourmet salads and pastries. Garden patio, on-site bakery and catering. 800 Bruce Road, 8922244 $$

Bidwell Perk Serving coffee, tea and delectables in a café-style setting. 664 E. First Ave., 8991500, $

Cabana Café Inside In Motion Fitness, Cabana Café offers delicious paninis, wraps and grilled dishes, as well as a large salad bar and frozen-yogurt bar. 1293 E. First Ave., 8932233 $

Café Flo Serving food and pastries with an emphasis on local and organic ingredients as well as coffee, beer and wine. 365 E. Sixth St., 514-8888 $$

Cal Java Coffee Roasters Serving pastries, teas and espresso drinks. Multiple locations, $

The Coffee Corner Coffee, tea and pastries. 206 Walnut St., Ste. A, 809-2157 $

Coffee Ranch Featuring Pablo’s Coffee, finely crafted espresso drinks, tea, fresh baked goods and protein smoothies. Outside patio seating. Open daily. 1288 E. First Ave., Ste. 100, 809-9338, $

Dutch Bros. Coffee A drive-through featuring mochas, lattes, smoothies, the “Dutch Freeze” and various baked treats. Multiple locations, $

Empire Coffee Visit a restored 1940s passenger train car for handcrafted, organic specialty coffee and tea. 434 Orange St., 899-8267 $

Has Beans Creekside Cozy Internet café, coffee roastery and bakery serving specialty coffees and teas. Large patio with outdoor seating. Delivery available. 1080 Humboldt Ave., 345-6379, $

Has Beans Internet Café & Galleria Offering fresh-roasted coffees, a large variety of teas, fresh-baked pastries, candy and more. Also offering Internet access and an art gallery. Delivery available. 501 Main St., 894-3033, $

It’s a Grind Coffee House An Internet café with espresso, coffee, iced drinks, teas and more. 6 W. Eaton Road, 332-9250, itsagrindchico $

Java Detour A drive-through offering espresso, coffee drinks, smoothies and Italian sodas. 1055 Mangrove Ave., 893-2828; 2519 Esplanade, 566-9556 $

Mondo’s Café Gourmet espresso and coffee, fresh pastries and bagels. 995 Nord Ave., 895-0878 $$

Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse Mouthwatering mochas, cappuccinos, premium loose-leaf teas and gluten-free treats served with maniacal attention to detail. Check out their divine Bowl of Soul. 118 W. Second St., 895-0676 $

Peet’s Coffee & Tea Coffee, tea, pastries and candy. 145 Main St., 894-6716, $

Starbucks Serving coffee, espresso and pastries at a corner near you. Multiple locations, $

Tin Roof Bakery & Café Long known for its hand-crafted breads, Tin Roof has expanded into a café serving upscale pastries, artisan sandwiches, healthful salads and fine coffees at its SOPO (south of the post office) location. 627 Broadway, 345-1362 $

Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery Serving fine pastries, specialty cakes and pies from scratch, as well as lunch entrees, house-made soups, espresso and teas. Urban patio seating available. 130 Main St., 895-3866, www.uppercrust $



Eclectic Eats Bacio Catering & Carry Out


A popular south Chico eatery that turns out an array of healthful, seasonal, local and delicious food. Take home or eat on the premises. 1903 Park Ave., 345-7787, $

Broadway Heights California Cuisine Enjoy house-baked focaccia sandwiches, homemade soups, specialty salads, appetizers, gourmet pizzas, dinner entrées and ecclectic beers from around the world, all with a bird’s-eye-view of downtown Chico. 300 Broadway, 899-8075, $$

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Gogi’s Café Indian-Pakistani appetizers, entrées, desserts and specialty drinks served in a café setting near Chico State. 230 Salem St., 891-3570, $

Great Harvest Bread Co. Serving fresh-baked breads and pastries as well as sandwiches, panini, salads and soup. Closed Sunday. Multiple locations, $$

The Kitchen Table Offering dinner options focusing on local, seasonal produce and sustainable meats and seafood. 1250 East Ave., 5923480 $$

Outback Steakhouse Serving fresh steaks, seafood and chicken in an Australian-themed setting. 1990 E. 20th St., 899-8112, $$

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Pelican’s Roost Chowder House Serving clam chowder and a wide variety of seafood and seasonal specials at affordable prices. 1354 East Ave., 899-2762 $$

Petra Mediterranean Cuisine Mediterranean food fare, including falafel, shawarma and kebabs served for lunch and dinner. Closed Sundays. 138 Broadway, 899-9958 $

The Pita Pit From falafel to Philly cheesesteak, they roll pitas with your choice of meats, fresh veggies, cheeses and sauces. 240 Broadway, 899-2847, $



Since 1965!

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Open Sun-Thu 6am–9pm, Fri-Sat til 10pm

2234 The Esplanade 530-343-7000 Open daily 6am–11pm

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ribs and seafood served family-style in a rustic Basque atmosphere. 3355 Esplanade, 891-5204, $$$

Christian Michaels Ristorante Featuring a California-style, Mediterranean and Italian menu, with a full bar and extensive wine list. Happy hour, 4-6 p.m. daily. Reservations recommended. 192 E. Third St., 894-4005, $$$

Farwood Bar & Grill Features hand-cut USDA Black Angus Choice beef, locally made and seasonal ingredients and friendly service. Menu includes delicious burgers, main-course salads, pasta, seafood, local wines and beers, and a full bar. Salad dressings, sauces and desserts made fresh daily. 705 Fifth St., at the corner of Highway 32 in Orland, 8659900, $$$

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A selection of more than 40 teas and fusion favorites including rice and salad bowls, wraps and sides. 250 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-8100, $

Part of a small, San Francisco-based chain, this popular downtown dining spot features fresh, build-your-own salads and sandwiches, as well as yummy sides and desserts. 201 Main St., 343-0165, $

The Pour House Delicious New American cuisine served in a tasteful-yet-casual atmosphere. 855 East Ave., 893-3000, www.chicopour $$

Priya Indian Cuisine Specializing in northern and southern Indian cuisine, served in a comfortable setting. Try the lunch buffet. 2574 Esplanade, 899-1055 $$

Red Lobster Fresh fish, steak, pasta and seafood in a family environment. 2010 Business Lane, 893-5595, $$$

Roots Catering & Restaurant Specializing in globally influenced entrées and fresh, handmade gluten-free and vegan selections for breakfast and lunch. Closed Saturdays. 3221 Esplanade, 891-4500, $$

Wild Oak Cafe Offering fresh and local food. Homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, raw juice bar, coffee and much more. Menu features gluten-free, vegan and paleo options.) 196 Cohasset Road, Ste. 150 (in the Garden Villa complex), 3434876, $$

Fine Dining 5th Street Steakhouse A full-service steakhouse featuring USDA prime beef, fresh seafood, housemade desserts and an extensive wine list. Reservations not accepted Friday or Saturday. 345 W. Fifth St., 891-6328, $$$

Basque Norte Family-owned since 1975, Basque Norte offers steak, lamb, chicken, quail, barbecued

Johnnie’s Restaurant Located inside the historic Hotel Diamond, Johnnie’s offers seafood, steaks and tapas, and cocktails. 220 W. Fourth St., 895-1515, www.johnnies $$$

Leon Bistro Freshly prepared California bistro cuisine made from locally sourced and organic ingredients. Menu items include steaks, fish, poultry and vegetarian options. Closed Monday and Tuesday. 817 Main St., 899-1105, $$$

Monks Wine Lounge & Bistro Known for its excellent, extensive wine list, a seasonal menu featuring locally sourced, organic ingredients and a delicious array of appetizers and tapas. 128 W. Second St., 343-3408, www.monkswine $$

Nash’s Restaurant Fresh, creative, California cuisine with casual and fine-dining options. Breakfast weekdays, brunch weekends. Lunch weekdays, dinner nightly (except Sunday). 1717 Esplanade, 896-1147, www.nashs $$

Sipho’s Restaurant & Café Fresh, spicy, healthy Jamaican fare served at a groovy eatery on the edge of town. Patio dining available. 1228 Dayton Road, 895-1866, $$

Sultan’s Bistro Offering gyros/pita wraps, shish kebab, falafel, hummus, baba ghanouj, Greek salads and appetizers, burgers and home fries, along with a large vegetarian selection. 300 Broadway, 345-7455 $$

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Red Tavern A seasonal menu specializing in locally grown produce and artisan ingredients accompanied by a full bar, an eclectic wine list and bocce ball. 1250 Esplanade, 8943463, $$$

Sicilian Café A Chico favorite offering a variety of antipasti, seafood, pastas, chicken, veal and beef, decadent desserts and an extensive wine list. 1020 Main St., 345-2233,

Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant Bistro fare, award-winning ales and lagers, and an excellent wine list. 1075 E. 20th St., 345-2739, $$$

Spice Creek Café An exotic food mecca offering fresh seafood, steak, breads, fresh desserts and an extensive wine list. 230 W. Third St., 891-9951, $$$

The Steak House

Homestyle Angie’s Diner Inside Casino 99, Angie’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day. 175 E. 20th St., 592-2282 $

The Bountiful Buffet The Bountiful Buffet serves a delectable selection of gourmet, specialty and homestyle cuisine. Select from Asian, Italian and Mexican, delicious prime rib, seafood, soups and salad bar. 4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-3349400, $

CJ’s Last Chance Diner Come in for some of the best smoked barbecue in town and burgers made fresh every day. Pure taste-bud satisfying deliciousness. 13670 Anderson Brothers Drive, 343-1901 $

Country Morning Bakery & Café Cozy breakfast and lunch restaurant featuring delicious house-baked breads, pies, muffins and cinnamon rolls. Closed Sunday and Monday. 2625 Aztec Drive, 899-0527 $

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AUTHENTIC THAI & VEGETARIAN CUISINE The best Thai food you’ll find, short of Thailand

Cozy Diner Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Cozy Diner favorites: crepes, Cobb salad, prime-rib burger, broasted chicken, steak, espresso, beer and wine. 1695 Mangrove Ave., 895-1195, $

Denny’s Straightforward meals served in a family atmosphere. 675 Manzanita Court, 345-1146, $

Hometown Buffet Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5-9:00pm Fri–Sat. 5–9:30pm

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An all-you-can-eat buffet serving an array of food choices, such as steak, seafood, veggie dishes and a salad bar. Drink and dessert included. 2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 8991507, $$

International House of Pancakes Breakfast served all day, plus lunch and dinner featuring sandwiches and burgers. 2040 Business Lane, 893-4988, $


Jack’s Family Restaurant

Serving delicious signature Italian dishes, such as veal scallopini marsala, chicken piccata, fettuccine alfredo and calamari. 407 Walnut St., 899-9996, $$$

Diner-style food at reasonable prices in a family atmosphere. 540 Main St., 3438383 $

Kalico Kitchen

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Logan’s Roadhouse

Specializing in a combination of traditional and contemporary flavors mixed with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. 201 Broadway, 342-7000, www.chico $$$

Throw peanut shells on the floor as you wait for your steak, sandwich, burger, salad or a variety of other fare. 1900 E. 20th St., 891-1098, www.logansroad $$ Breakfast specials Monday-Friday. Sunday brunch, cocktails and fresh pies served in a casual atmosphere. 1910 E. 20th St., 345-8800, www.marie $$

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Angelo’s Cucina Trinacria

Try Kalico’s breakfast skillets and breakfast burritos in the morning, club sandwiches and crispy chicken salad for lunch, and chicken-fried steak and house-made meatloaf for dinner. 2396 Esplanade, 3433968, $$

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Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen shows off its New Orleans heritage with authentic spicy chicken, chicken tenders, seafood and signature sides like red beans and rice. A piece of Louisiana in every meal! 1161 Mangrove Ave., 332-9322 $

Russell’s Family Restaurant Featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, beer and wine. 185 Cohasset Road, 343-5543 $$

Serving Italian lunches and dinners, such as pasta, seafood, chicken, soups and salads. 118 W. East Ave., 343-6999, $$

Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge

Franky’s Locally owned for 19 years, serving pizza, Italian dishes, beer and wine. Delivery through Entree Express. 506 Ivy St., 898-9948, $$

Italian Cottage Restaurant Family-owned and -operated since 1965, serving local favorites: sandwiches, pizza, pasta, salads and breakfast. 2234 Esplanade, 343-7000; 2525 Dominic Drive, 342-7771, $$

Olive Garden Serving pasta and other Italian specialties, including drinks. 2020 Business Lane, 898-8075, $$

Panighetti’s Eatery Offering big portions of moderately priced Italian food. 2760 Esplanade, 8091640, $$






Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Gordo Burrito

Speedy Burrito Mexican Grill

Serving the same gourmet pizza, pastas and salads made popular by Original Pete’s in Sacramento. 2495 Carmichael Drive, 891-0611, $$

Giant tacos, burritos and other authentic Mexican food served up quickly. Closed Sunday. 1295 E. Eighth St., 809-1211 $

Great-tasting, healthfully prepared Mexican cooking. Delivery available. 1031 Nord Ave., 896-0141, www.chicospeedy $


A local favorite offering affordable and authentic Mexican breakfast, lunch and dinner, conveniently located in downtown Chico. 905 Wall St., 809-0370 $

Aca Taco Authentic Acapulco-style food, including tacos, burritos and house-made enchiladas. 133 Broadway, 894-0191; 1000-D W. Sacramento Ave., 343-0909, www.acataco $

La Cocina Economica

La Comida

Tacos Cortés Inexpensive, authentic and generous amounts of Mexican food. Walk-up window and outdoor seating available. 1530 Park Ave., 342-3797 $

Mexican-style food served fast in a friendly atmosphere. 954 Mangrove Ave., 345-2254, $

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La Familia Restaurant

Tacos Tijuana

Mexican favorites include their special enchiladas and chile rellenos. 820 Oroville Ave., 898-8488 $

Serving a variety of Mexican food, such as fajitas, carnitas and burritos. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 898-9029, www.lafamilia $

Bulldog Taqueria

La Hacienda

Serving tacos, combination plates and breakfast burritos along with birria, posole and menudo on weekends. Try their delicious homemade flan for dessert. 1441 Park Ave., 343-6762 $

Amigos De Acapulco

A hit on the Mexican-food scene in Oroville, Bulldog Taqueria now has a second restaurant in Chico, featuring an array of authentic, made-from-scratch Mexican dishes, such as burritos, tacos, birria and chili verde. A great salsa bar, aguas frescas and large flat-screen TVs. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, open late on weekends. 995 Nord Ave., 592-3605, $

Traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine. 2635 Esplanade, 893-8270, $$

Burrito Bandito Serving steak, pork and chicken burritos, quesadillas and tacos. 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 342-2584, $

Casa Ramos Specializing in borrego (lamb shank) and fresh fajitas: steak, chicken and shrimp. 216 W. East Ave., 894-0119; 2490 Fair St., $$

Ricardo’s Mexican Cocina

Tacos Tonaya Offering tacos, burritos, nachos, enchiladas, sopes and more. 244 Walnut St., 893-8972 $

Specializing in fresh, delicious Mexican food, prepared from scratch and served in a cozy atmosphere. 2365 Esplanade, 8959607, $$

Tacos Villa Acapulco

Serrano’s Mexican Grill

Taqueria Los Amigos

Customize-’em-yourself, authentic-style burritos made with fresh ingredients. Located near the university. 645 W. Fifth St., 343-1928 $

Delicious family-style Mexican food on the way to Hamilton City. Closed Sundays. 3524 Highway 32, 342-9113 $

Sol Mexican Grill

Try their grilled fresh fish, chicken and steak tacos, burritos and salads. Also featuring chicken fajitas, carnitas, full salsa bar and $1 Coronitas. 1002 W. Fifth St., 894-8226 $

Tacos, burritos, tostada salads, chili rellenos, tortas, enchiladas, chimichangas and churros, as well as beer, wine and margaritas. 3269 Esplanade, 342-4616, $

Chipotle Mexican Grill

An authentic taste of Mexico, serving traditional tacos, burritos and special combos. 1141 Forest Ave., 892-2858 $

Teddy Malibu’s

Tortilla Flats A Mexican restaurant with a patio, full bar and banquet room. 2601 Esplanade, 345-6053 $

Fast, made-to-order gourmet burritos and tacos with “endless” combinations of fillings. 620 Mangrove Ave., 343-8707; 1950 E. 20th St., 343-0706, $

Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill Fajitas, seafood tacos, pasta, fresh steaks and more than 120 tequilas available at the full bar. Sidewalk-café seating available. 100 Broadway, 342-0425, $$

Chronic Tacos Authentic burritos, tacos, tostada bowls, enchiladas and nachos served in a casual atmosphere in the heart of downtown. 119 W. Second St., 895-8226, $


El Patron Taqueria

Celestino’s New York Pizza

Authentic Mexican food served in a casual atmosphere. 1354 East Ave., 343-9779 $

Award-winning New York-style pizza available by the slice or as a full pie, along with fresh salads, hot sandwiches, lasagna, calzones and more. 101 Salem St., 896-1234, $$

El Rey Mexican Grill Featuring traditional Mexican food. Specialties are the flavorful molcajete, Sonoran hot dog and breakfast burritos served all day. 465 E. 20th St., Ste. 60, 342-4121 $

Reportedly home of the biggest burrito in Chico. 429 Ivy St., 892-8176 $

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Celestino’s New York Pizza & Pasta Serving up the same award-winning pies and delicious pastas on the north end of town. 1354 East Ave., 345-7700, $$

Domino’s Pizza

1305 Mangrove Ave., 345-6403; 14 W. Eaton Road, 343-3993; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 898-1560, $$

Pizza Guys Pizzas, pasta, salads, wings and more for take-out or delivery. 2471 Cohasset Road, 894-8888, $$

Round Table Pizza

Hot, made-to-order pizzas, salads, breadsticks and Buffalo wings. Delivery and takeout available. 324 Walnut St., 891-5888, $

Pizza selections and salads in a casual atmosphere. Multiple locations, $$

Farm Star Pizza

Serving pizza, calzones, rolls and pasta salad. 1950 E. 20th St. (inside Chico Mall), 345-7266, $

Artisan pizzas where the farmer is the star. Featuring local, organic, seasonal toppings; fresh, organic salads; and beer and wine served in a casual, fun, family-friendly atmosphere. 2359 Esplanade, 343-2056, $$

Grana Artisan wood-fired pizzas and other scrumptious fare with a local focus—along with beer and wine—at this modern downtown hot spot. 198 E. Second St., 8092304, $$

JT’s Oven Preparing pizza and subs available for pick-up and delivery. 1380 East Ave., 8921122, $

Little Caesars Pizza Pizza, breadsticks and more available for take-out. 598 E. Eighth St., 894-8300; 118 W. East Ave., 894-5707, www.little $

Mad Dash Pizza Yummy drive-through eats featuring personal pizzas, wings with specialty sauces, and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Small outdoor dining area. 2391 Cohasset Road, 899-1010, $

Mamma Celeste’s Stone Baked Pizzeria Serving signature Italian sandwiches, “Cracker Crust” pizza, and build-your-own calzones. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 3451510, $

Monstros Pizza & Subs Offering pizza and sub sandwiches. 628 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-7672, www.mon $

Mountain Mike’s Pizza An extensive menu of specialty pizzas, along with a salad bar and sandwiches. 1722 Mangrove Ave., 893-1923; 1105 W. Fifth St., 899-9115, www.mountain $$

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Woodstock’s Pizza Award-winning pizza, cold beer on tap, fresh salads, appetizers, desserts and new sandwiches. Dine in, take-out and delivery. 166 E. Second St., 893-1500, www.wood $$

Bella’s Sports Pub Great pub food and a huge beer selection along with sports on big-screen, highdefinition TVs. 134 Broadway, 893-5253, $

The DownLo A sports bar with pub grub and 17 televisions, The DownLo’s claim to fame is its expansive billiards room with 10 Diamond tables, darts and occasional live music. 319 Main St., 892-2473 $

The End Zone A sports bar serving up more than a dozen appetizers, along with burgers, sandwiches, salads and weekend brunch. 250 Cohasset Road, 345-7330, $

The Handle Bar Offering a German-inspired pub menu to complement a host of specialty craft beers. 2070 E. 20th St., 894-2337 $

Oasis Bar & Grill

Pub Grub The Banshee Serving up burgers and a variety of other pub eats, along with an extensive menu of draft and bottled beers. 132 W. Second St., 895-9670, www.banshee $

Winchester Goose

Great burgers, dogs and sandwiches along with pool, ping-pong, shuffleboard, 15 flat-screen TVs and a full bar. 1007 W. First St. 343-4305, www.oasisbarand

Panama Bar & Café Offering appetizers and American pub food (including 31 burgers) along with a full bar stocked with a wide array of teas made stiff. 177 E. Second St., 895-8817, $

Park Avenue Bar & Grill Features half-pound, ground-prime burgers, fresh-cut French fries and a full bar. Catering available. 2010 Park Ave., 893-3500 $

Riley’s Inexpensive pub-grub eats along with a full bar at this locally owned college hotspot. 702 W. Fifth St., 343-7459, $

Tackle Box Bar & Grill A south-Chico hotspot featuring exotic appetizers like frog legs and fried alligator, along with traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner options and a full bar. 379 E. Park Ave., 345-7499, $

The Winchester Goose The Winchester Goose is first and foremost a craft beer bar. But in case you need something to wash down that IPA with, there’s an eclectic food menu, too. And mustaches. Lots of mustaches. 800 Broadway, 715-0099. www.thewinchester

Street Food Annie’s Asian Mobile Grill Delicious Korean food, including jop chae noodles and Korean tacos. 966-7183, find it on Facebook. $

The Black Kettle Serving up a menu that changes daily and features fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. 354-1013, blackkettlechico $

Burritos El Caporal

Geiger’s Street Food Chico Facebook page, everyone knows where his cart—and every other truck in town—is located daily. $

Cupcake Crusader Mobile truck complements the brickand-mortar store. (See page XX for more.) 899-1100, $

Fiesta Taco Delicious al pastor, carne asada and pork tacos and burritos. Corner of Nord and West Sacramento avenues $

Gordo Burrito Serving burritos, tostadas, tortas, tacos, quesadillas and chimichangas. Awesome shrimp specials and friendly service. Corners of Eighth and Pine streets and 20th Street and Park Avenue, www.face $

Here Today Coffee Cart For the past 13 years, this popular coffee cart and impromptu cafe have made a home just outside the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Delicious coffee, brewed to order, along with homemade treats. $

Hungry Hound Serving hot dogs and brats to hungry students. Arcadian Avenue, near Chico State’s Holt Hall $

The Hunter and the Farmer The Hunter and the Farmer serves up Paleo-inspired, locally sourced gourmet meals to go. The Taco Smash is a wellknown favorite. www.thehunterandthe $

Ike’s Smokehouse

Features traditional Mexican fare, including burritos, tacos and tamales. We hear their carne asada burrito supreme is to-die-for. 3005 Esplanade,$

Ike’s Smokehouse offers the flavorful barbecue taste diners have come to expect from CJ’s Last Chance Diner, on a smaller, more mobile scale. Specializing in beef, chicken and pork on a bun or in a wrap. $

Caribbean Cafe

Inday’s Filipino Food

Chico Chuckwagon Offering delicious grilled sandwiches, including Philly cheesesteak, hot pastrami, turkey club, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese, as well as french fries and acai bowls. Also serving up vegetarian options and a kid’s menu. Available for special events. 592-0550, $

Crazy Dog Yummy hot dogs, Polish sausages, hot links and veggie dogs, most often found at First and Ivy streets near the Chico State campus. Thanks to John “Crazy Dog”

Inday’s offers a full lineup of Filipino specialties, from pork adobo to lumpia to halang halang, among other items. $

Maria’s Gone Tamales Serving authentic, corn-husk-wrapped tamales in a variety of flavors, from pork and chicken to pineapple and strawberry. Who doesn’t want to go tamales? 566-4085 or find it on Facebook $

Mayhem Gourmet Grilled Cheese Exactly what its name implies—grilled, melty, cheesy goodness. Find it on Facebook $

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Pop’s Pizza The menu at Pop’s Pizza is ever-changing, with a few standbys—pepperoni!—on tap at all times. Top-quality ingredients, dough made from scratch and it’s all cooked to order in a moveable wood-fire oven. $

Scrappy Dog This late-night favorite serves up classic hot dogs and brats to hungry patrons of the downtown bar scene. $

Tacos El Grullense Traditional Mexican fare, including tacos, burritos and tortas. Corner of East Park Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway $

Tacos El Paisa Featuring killer shrimp tacos as well as burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Corner of Walnut and Second streets $

Tacos El Pinolero Featuring tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Cash only. 275 E. Park Ave.; the corner of the Esplanade and Tonea Way $

Tacos El Tapatio Serving tacos, huge loaded burritos, quesadillas and tortas. 1367 Longfellow Ave., 828-2449 $

Wednesdays. Catering available. 680-3871, $

Weiner Man The Weiner Man offers tasty hot dogs and bratwursts with a friendly smile to the late-night crowd downtown. Find him on Facebook $

Sweets Baskin-Robbins Offering ice cream, smoothies, shakes and cakes. Multiple locations, www.baskin $

Brain Freeze Yogurt Serving frozen yogurt and ice cream. 2760 Esplanade, 636-4525 $

Cold Stone Creamery Premium ice cream, sorbet and cakes made fresh daily with your choice of fruit, candy, nuts or syrup “mix-ins.” Shakes, smoothies and banana splits, too. 146 Broadway, 891-3331, www.coldstonecream $

The Cookie Shoppe Featuring gourmet cookies and gift items. Closed weekends. 1600 Mangrove Ave., 899-3385, www.thecookie $

Cupcake Crusader

Featuring tacos, burritos, sopes, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Corner of the Esplanade and West 11th Avenue $

Delicious cupcakes—in unique flavors as well as childhood favorites—made fresh daily and to order. Also serving coffee and tea. 752 East Ave., 899-1100, www.thecup $

Tacos Ramirez

Donut Nook

Tacos Puerto Vallarta

Classic taco-truck fare: tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Corner of Nord and Stewart avenues $

Tacos Tonaya #2 Featuring tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Loyal customers swear by the California burrito. Corner of Walnut and East Third streets $

Tamale Tango In addition to the unique tamales— shrimp and bacon, basil pesto chicken and cheese, to name a few—Tamale Tango also offers soups, taquitos and chile rellenos. $


Donuts, muffins, Danish, scones, cookies and espresso. Closed from 1-8:30 p.m., Sunday-Tuesday. 958 East Ave., 342-2118 $

Donut Rising This artisan shop features specialty donuts, such as the gummy-bear-topped Terr Bear and the bacon-topped O’Canada Bar. 1008 Sacramento Ave., Ste. A1, 894-7847, $

Donut Wheel Serving delicious donuts, pastries and ham and cheese sandwiches, homemade fresh daily. Delivery available for orders of 10 dozen or more. 2404 Esplanade, 3454528 $

The newest food truck in town, Truckaroni offers a menu of Italian goodness. $

Gelayo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato


Hernandez Farm

The newest food truck to hit Chico’s streets, offering a circus-themed, rotating menu of locally sourced items. Offering sack-lunch dropoffs to businesses on

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Frozen yogurt and gelato. 1380 East Ave., 345-7626 $ Fresh juices and non-dairy smoothies in addition to a small sandwich and salad menu. Fresh produce for sale as well. 156 Eaton Road, 809-2489 $

Helen’s Donut Nook Serving fresh donuts and coffee daily until 2 p.m. 807 Main St., 343-4031 $

Jamba Juice Fresh juices and smoothies with vitamin enhancers, plus nutritious breads and wheat grass. Multiple locations, www.jam $

Jon & Bon’s Yogurt Shoppe Delicious frozen yogurt, smoothies, ice cream, frozen coffee drinks and Hawaiian snow. 300 Broadway, 899-9580; 1722 Mangrove Ave., 899-0484 $

Kiwi Blast Frozen Yogurt A frozen-yogurt shop in the heart of college land. 645 W. Fifth St., 343-2828 $

Krispy Kreme Serving donuts and coffee. 2060 Business Lane, 891-3492, www.krispy $

La Flor de Michoacán Palatería y Nevería A Mexican ice cream shop with many flavors and toppings, plus other sweet treats. 1080 W. Sacramento Ave., Ste. C, 893-9999 $

Lovely Layers Cakery Cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more made to order (and delivered). Closed Sunday and Monday. 131 Meyers St., 828-9931, $

Mim’s Bakery Carefully crafted baked goodies—such as cakes and petit fours—made from scratch for a quick treat, or in bulk for special occasions. 890 Humboldt Ave., 345-3331, $

Orange Julius Julius drinks, fruits, smoothies, pita sandwiches, hot dogs and nachos. 1950 E. 20th St. (inside Chico Mall), 894-8304, $

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe An old-fashioned candy store with more than 5,000 treats, including gelatos and sorbettos. 121 W. Third St., 332-9866, $

See’s Candies The place in Chico to get all your classic See’s goodies. Yum! 1947 E. 20th St., 8913384 $

Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy This local favorite has produced ice cream and confections for 75 years and running. Enjoy banana splits or root beer floats on the benches and at the tables out front. Open till 10 p.m. daily! 178 E. Seventh St., 342-7163, $

Sweet Cottage A longtime Saturday farmers’ market staple, Sweet Cottage finally has a storefront, meaning locals can now find the “Pie Lady’s” pies, quiches, artisan jams, lemonades, organic loose teas and ice cream sandwiches daily. 220 Broadway, 513-2044 $

Synergy Health & Wellness A nutritional club serving healthful three-part meals—aloe, teas and smoothies. 225 Main St. (inside Garden Walk Mall), 570-1707, www.synergyhealth $

Tin Roof Bakery & Café If you’re in the mood for a flaky pastry or decadent tart, look no further than Tin Roof. Also serving up French macarons, cookies and cakes, in addition to a full espresso bar. 627 Broadway, 345-1362 $

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Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery Serving fine pastries, specialty cakes and pies from scratch, as well as cookies and cupcakes. 130 Main St., 895-3866, $

Wine LaRocca Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting Room The oldest and largest producer of 100 percent, USDA-certified organic wine in the North State recently brought their fine wine selection to a satellite tasting room in downtown Chico. Tasting room is open Wednesday-Sunday. 222 W. Second St., 899-9463, $

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Purple Line Urban Winery Purple Line Urban Winery opened in November 2013 and is family-owned and operated. The tasting room features housemade wines and live music. Available for private events. 760 Safford St. in downtown Oroville, 534-1785, www.purple $$

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Tannins Wine Bar & Bistro Tannins occupies the space that formerly housed Caffé Malvina. An extensive wine menu is complemented by a selection of moderately priced small plates made with locally sourced ingredients. 234 W. Third St., 636-4468 $$

Wine Time A renovated early-1900s pig barn is the home of this wine bar serving a variety of small plates, including farm-fresh salads, flatbreads and appetizers. Reservations recommended. Closed Sunday and Monday. 26 Lost Dutchman Drive, 899-9250, $$ ●

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FAMILY FUN Chico Creek Nature Center

Young at heart


here are a number of excellent attractions for younger visitors to Chico, including parks, museums, and exotic as well as native wild animals. Whether your mini-mes enjoy bowling, skating, yo-yoing or learning new things about science and nature, there are plenty of spots here just for them. Of course, that’s not to say the adults won’t also enjoy these fun-filled destinations! Families of all ages and sizes can actionpack a day with the kid-friendly activities offered here, where fun and exciting educational opportunities abound.

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Kid-friendly activities AMF Orchard Lanes More than a bowling alley, this entertainment center has an arcade, snack bar, pro shop and plenty of family fun. 2397 Esplanade, 8953257,

Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation This nonprofit organization cares for endangered and exotic animals that cannot be released into the wild, and teaches responsible ownership of companion animals. Take a self-guided tour of the 19-acre sanctuary, which includes Bengal tigers,

Children’s Playground


African lions, leopards, foxes, lynxes, exotic birds, bears and reptiles. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 4995 Durham-Pentz Road in Butte Valley (near Butte College), 5331000,

Butte County Library The Chico branch of the county’s public library system offers regular story times for ages from birth to 12. The library also is a great place for drop-in homework help from 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 1108 Sherman Ave., 891-2762,

Caper Acres A perennial favorite for children, this fairy-tale-themed playground features swings, slides, tunnels, a play structure and soft, spongy, ground cover. Let Junior go wild and climb on the impressive mosaic sea serpent made by local artist Robin Indar. Open 9 a.m.-sunset TuesdaySunday. Lower Bidwell Park, near One-Mile Recreation Area, 896-7800

Chico Creek Nature Center Established in 1982, the nonprofit Chico Creek Nature Center in Bidwell Park offers all ages a chance to interact with nature. Exhibits showcase the ecosystem of Bidwell Park and creatures such as a red-tailed hawk and pond turtles are on hand. The center offers free nature walks to the public as well as camps and life-science programs for K-6 students. Howard S. Tucker Exhibit Hall is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. ThursdaySunday. Janeece Webb Living Animal Museum is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. 1968 East Eighth St., 891-4671,

lots of playground equipment, picnic tables and a large grassy area for romping. It’s a good, shady place for an afternoon break from a busy day shopping downtown or touring campus. For those into disc golf (a popular Chico pastime), there’s a practice basket as well. 202 W. First St.

Farm Sanctuary, California Shelter This 300-acre farm rescues animals such as pigs, cows, goats and turkeys and protects them from being harmed or turned into dinner. Check online for public guided tour dates and times. 19080 Newville

Children’s Playground The Children’s Playground features

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Farm Sanctuary, California Shelter

Chico Community Observatory The Chico Community Observatory is a delight for astronomers and amateur stargazers. The observatory is home to two huge telescopes and the world’s first outdoor planetarium. Open from sunset to park closing on clear nights Thursday-Sunday. Located near Horseshoe Lake at Chico’s Upper Bidwell Park (off Wildwood Avenue on Observatory Way), 343-5635, www.chico

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Located between Orient and Flume streets along Humboldt Avenue.

National Yo-Yo Museum The National Yo-Yo Museum is the largest public display of yo-yos and yo-yo memorabilia in the United States. It’s home to the largest wooden yo-yo in the world, dubbed “BigYo,” as well as the Chico Yo-Yo Club, which encourages visitors to stop by its meetings from noon-2 p.m. Saturdays (weather permitting) for a “walk the dog” lesson. Open 10 a.m.6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 320 Broadway (in the rear of Bird in Hand store), 8930545, ●

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Road, Orland (30 miles west of Chico), 865-4617, www.farmsanctu

Funland With a roller skating rink, miniature golf and batting cages (what more could a kid want?) Funland/Cal Skate Chico is great family fun for all ages. Don’t forget to stop by the arcade for video and ticket games. 2465 Carmichael Drive, 343-1601,

Gateway Science Museum The Gateway Science Museum

offers a range of ongoing and special exhibits focused on our region’s natural heritage, from local flora to ice age skeletons. Noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Admission $3 kids 3-17, $6 adults, free for museum members and kids 2 and younger. 625 Esplanade (next door to Bidwell Mansion), 898-4121,

Humboldt Neighborhood Park This 10,000-square-foot skateboarding and inline skating park has plenty of ways to show off your skills, including a rail, a box, steps and bowls. Open 8 a.m.-sunset daily.

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Out on the farm


gritourism is an industry that involves visiting working farms and sampling their offerings. So it should come as no surprise that Chico and its environs have much to offer in this regard, from wineries and fruit orchards to olive oil and other farms. For a large sampling of edibles from the surrounding area, try the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market. If you’d rather narrow your interests to a specific type of produce, we offer you this guide to the surrounding area and its offerings. Enjoy! 60 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2014

University Farm

Beer and wine Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards grows only the highest quality, organic grapes harvested from the vineyards that they meticulously farm themselves. Small-case production allows for high attention to detail. Enjoy a glass of wine under the shady willow tree amongst the grapevines, almond orchards and cattle. Open seasonally the first weekend of the month April-October, noon-5 p.m. 3363 Hegan Lane, 3438014,

Dog Creek Cellars Opened in 2011 by Cline Organics in Durham, Dog Creek Cellars offers a nice variety of estate-grown wines made from certified organic grapes. Tasting room is open from noon5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month or by appointment. 9975

Garden Creek Road, Durham, 3453714,

Emerald “C” Vineyards Emerald “C” Vineyards’ historic farmhouse was once the hangout of Errol Flynn, who came to Chico to film Robin Hood. Grapes are grown on site and create a refreshing variety of wines. Tastings available by appointment. Online sales available. 3756 Keefer Road, 894-0894,

Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. Located at Feather Falls Casino, this tribal-owned brewery is headed up by veteran brewmaster Roland Allen. Seven beers on tap, including the amber Coyote Spirit and the darker Broken Arrow. Bar hours: Sunday-Tuesday, 9 a.m.-midnight; Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Restaurant open daily at 11 a.m. 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3885,

Feather River Brewing Co. This award-winning microbrewery in the wooded Sierra-foothill community of Magalia (above Paradise) features a smooth Honey Ale, a popular Raging Rapids Ale and a winter-seasonal Dark Canyon Ale. Call to arrange a tour, and for directions. 873-0734, www.featherriver

Gale Vineyards Steve and Creasia Gale’s boutique winery is nestled among the shadegiving oak trees on their six-acre property just a short drive south of Chico. The grapes used in Gale Vineyards’ wines are organically grown on site and processed in a cool straw-bale facility. Tasting by appointment. 9345 Stanford Lane, Durham, 891-1264,

Tasting room hours: WednesdayFriday, 1:30-8 p.m.; Saturday noon8 p.m.; Sunday 1:30-6 p.m. 222 W. Second St. Vineyards: 12360 Doe Mill Road, Forest Ranch, 1-800-808-WINE,

Long Creek Winery & Ranch Long Creek Winery is more than your average tasting room—it’s an adventure. Experience the estategrown Long Creek wines as well as the newest in the Vaquero Brand lineup. Take a self-guided walking tour of the ranch, where you can see the vineyards, olive and mandarin orchards and the working cattle ranch. Then sit back and enjoy a glass of wine in the oak grove bordering the ranch’s 2-acre pond. Open Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 323 Ward Blvd., Oroville, 589-3415,

Grey Fox Vineyards

Odyssey Winery and Vineyards This attractive, Greek-style winery is owned by local dentist Norm Rosene and his wife, Janice. Odyssey features wines made from organic grapes grown on site, a selection of work by local artists, and an array of locally produced foods. The tasting room is open Saturdays, 1-6 p.m., from May to December. 6237 Cohasset Road, 891-9463, winery00148.aspx

Purple Line Urban Winery Located just off Montgomery Street in downtown Oroville, the newly opened Purple Line Urban Winery offers a delicious variety of wines nade with Northern California grapes that are crushed, fermented, barreled and aged on the premises.

New Clairvaux Vineyard

Owned by the Arrigoni and Cecchi families, Grey Fox was voted best winery in Oroville by the U.S. Local Business Association in 2008 and 2009. The winery also offers a relaxing live-oak picnic area. The tasting room is open noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 90 Grey Fox Lane, Oroville, 589-3920,

HoneyRun Winery Founded in 1992 by John and Amy Hasle, HoneyRun Winery produces five types of honey wine, or mead—blackberry, elderberry, cherry, cranberry and dry mead. HoneyRun’s wines have no added sulfites or preservatives and are certified kosher. “Simple tastings” available most weekdays, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., but call ahead. 2309 Park Ave., 3456405,

LaRocca Vineyards Family-owned LaRocca Vineyards is the oldest and largest producer of 100 percent, USDA-certified organic wine in the North State. Of note, the winery’s organic sparkling wine is created in the traditional méthode champenoise. If you can’t make it to the vineyards in Forest Ranch, visit the tasting room in downtown Chico.

New Clairvaux Vineyard New Clairvaux Vineyard is run by fifth-generation winemaker Aimee Sunseri along with the Trappist monks of the on-site monastery. The first Cistercian winery in North America, New Clairvaux has a variety of offerings, including a blend called Abbot’s Reserve. The tasting room is open every day (excluding Holy Days) 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 26240 Seventh St., Vina, 839-2200, www.newclair

Tasting room hours: Wednesday 2-8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday noon7 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. 760 Safford St., Oroville, 534-1785,

Quilici Vineyards This 10-acre family-run winery in the Sierra foothills has been around for more than 20 years. Quilici’s varietals are available to taste without charge with the purchase of wine. Otherwise, the fee is $3. Tasting by AGRITOURISM continued on page 62 Spring/Summer 2014 DISCOVER CHICO 61

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appointment only. 72 Quail Hill Place, Oroville, 589-5088, www.quilici

Roney Wines This small family-run winery in north Chico gathers grapes from around Northern California to create a variety of delicious reds. Tastings available by appointment. 5900 Anita Road, 518-9333,

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. The ales and lagers available at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Taproom and Restaurant are world-famous. An extensive mini-glass sampler is a good way to familiarize yourself with Chico’s most celebrated brews. Three different guided tours available, of the brewhouse, of the grounds (the Sustainability Tour, offered MaySeptember) and an extensive Beer Geek Tour. Shorter self-guided tours also available. Check the website for times and reservations. 1075 E. 20th St., 893-3520,

Western Pacific Brewing & Dining Housed in a former train depot, Western Pacific Brewing and Dining offers six housemade craft beers on tap, including Belden Golden Ale, Pulga Pale Ale and Chilcoot IPA, as well as a satisfying lunch and dinner menu. 2191 High St., Oroville, 5349101, www.westernpacific

Olive oil

Butte View Olive Co.

Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 Named for the group of UC Berkeley professors who invested in Butte County land in 1913 and went on to form the Berkeley Olive Association, this producer of awardwinning organic olive oils is owned and run by Oroville locals Darro and Olivia Grieco. Tours and tastings by appointment. You can also “adopt” one of the olive trees, harvest your own olives, and learn curing methods. Call for directions. 533-1814,

Butte View Olive Co. presses delicious, boutique olive oils from the olives grown in its Palermo and Wyandotte orchards. Taste Butte View’s yummy Mission and Ascolano olive oils, as well as its delicious flavored olive oils—lemon, blood orange, basil and rosemary—in the facility’s tasting/bottling room. Tours, tastings and shopping by appointment phoned in a day or two in advance. 2950 Louis Ave., Oroville, 534-8320

Lodestar Farms Lodestar Farms, run by the Johansson family, has produced its extra-virgin, California-style olive oil

Lucero Olive Oil Mill

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since 1993. Visit Lodestar’s tasting room to try its Late Harvest Mission, lemon and garlic olive oils, as well as its tasty balsamic dipping oil. The tasting room is open noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 3719 Foothill Blvd., Oroville, 534-6548, www.lodestar



Lucero Olive Oil Mill Fourth-generation Northern California olive grower Dewey Lucero’s Lucero Olive Oil is located in the nearby town of Corning and features a mill, bottling room and tasting room/retail store in which to try its internationally acclaimed olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Hours: daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., tours available by appointment. 2120 Loleta Ave., Corning, 824-2190,

Fruits, nuts, vegetables and more Chaffin Family Orchards This productive, fifth-generation family farm boasts a little of everything—apricots, figs and pomegranates; extra-virgin olive oil; heirloomfruit jams; pasture-raised chicken eggs; and grass-fed beef and goat meat. The organic, sustainabilityfocused farm also offers yarn available from the fleece of its Shetland sheep. Farm tours and field trips by appointment. 606 Coal Canyon Road,

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Oroville, 533-8239, www.chaffin

Chico Chai This favorite local beverage can be found in many a coffee shop—and at the Saturday Chico Certified Farmers’ Market. If that’s not enough (and it never is), the first Sunday of each month the friendly folks at Chico Chai open up their brewery for tours and tastings, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1919 Park Ave., 897-0822, www.chico

Lavender Ranch The Lavender Ranch offers a little taste (and scent!) of the south of France just south of Chico. Take a walk through the lavender fields and


experience the beauty. Then go home with a few sachets or lotions and relive the tranquility. Tours offered April-October. Call for dates and times. Store hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 17 W Rio Bonito Road, Biggs, 868-5151, www.lavender

Lundberg Family Farms Since 1937, the organic rice farmers at Lundberg Family Farms have championed environmental stewardship. Their products now include rice cakes, risottos, pastas, brown-rice syrup, flour, and gluten-free and nonGMO options, which you can purchase at the super-swanky visitor center. AGRITOURISM continued on page 65

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Group and individual tours available by appointment weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 5311 Midway, Richvale, 538-3500,

Mooney Farms Olive trees, fragrant lavender plants and fountains welcome visitors to family-run Mooney Farms’ lovely tasting room—a great place to sample its healthy Mediterranean-inspired eats, including sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and pasta sauce from Mooney’s award-winning Bella Sun Luci line. Gift baskets and work by local artists also available. 1220 Fortress St., 899-2661,

Patrick Ranch Museum Patrick Ranch serves as an “interactive agricultural and natural history learning center.” Its stately Glenwood Farmhouse, built in 1877, houses the indoor museum, but the expansive acreage surrounding it boasts all the trappings of a working farm, including old-time tractors and outbuildings, bucolic fields and a chicken coop. Hours: Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 10381 Midway, 3424359,

Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese Co. The family-owned and -operated Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese Co. produces small batches of gouda-style farmstead cheeses from the milk of their small herd of pasture-grazed cows. Try their Northern Gold (a buttery, semi-firm cheese) or Black Butte Reserve, an award-winning, intense, aged hard cheese. Bring the kids along to see how cheese is made and visit the farm animals. 7713 Road 24,

Orland, 514-3837, www.realfarmstead

The Worm Farm Head down to the Worm Farm to see how red worms are raised or sign up for a worm-bin workshop. While worms are not meant to be eaten, you sure as heck can enjoy the robust vegetables and fruits grown in soil amended with nutritious, worm-casting compost. 9033 Esquon Road, Durham, 894-1276,

TJ Farms The 15-acre farm is only three miles from downtown Chico, but seems like a world away. The immaculate grounds include waterfalls, fountains, ivy-covered trellises, a gazebo and more. The on-site gift shop (open during seasonal events) sells jams, mustards, vinegars, dressings and pickles. Call for a private tour. 3600 Chico Ave., 343-2294,

University Farm This working 800-acre farm on the outskirts of Chico is used as a teaching facility for Chico State’s agriculture students. Chickens, cows, sheep and pigs all call the University Farm home, and organic vegetables and other crops take up the rest of the space. Open to the public only on special occasions. But the Meats Lab is open year-round and offers affordable, fresh, USDA-inspected meat. 311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane, 898-6028, farm/index.shtml

Vincent Noble Orchard Co. Noble Orchards offers tree-ripened stone fruits—cherries, peaches, plu-

Made in Chico

ots and nectarines—during the JulySeptember season, and 17 varieties of apples including various heirloom varieties from September to March. Visit the packing shed/farmstand for fruit, apple butter and gift boxes from July through March. 7050 Pentz Road, Paradise, 877-4784

Locally made Chico Natural Foods Cooperative Located in downtown Chico, this cooperative is open to the public and has a wide variety of locally grown produce and other locally made products. 818 Main St., 891-1713,

Made in Chico The name of this downtown store says it all. Made in Chico specializes in locally made gifts, including foodstuffs ranging from jams and spreads to nuts and rice chips. 127 W. Third St., 894-7009,

Maisie Jane’s Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products is run by Maisie Jane Bertagna Hurtado, a fourth-generation farmer and believer in the goodness of local food and farming. Open Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 1324 Dayton Road, 899-7909, www.maisie

Olive Pit If you’re an olive lover, or a nut lover, or even a balsamic vinegar lover, Olive Pit is worth a visit. Taste a wide variety of flavored oils and vinegars, and check out the new wine and craft beer tasting room. Features many local products. 2156 Solano St., Corning, 824-4667,

S&S Organic Produce & Natural Foods Locally known as simply S & S, this full-service grocery store started out as a roadside produce stand. Its focus is on organic, nutritious foods and it has a dedication to supporting local growers and craftspeople. 1924 Mangrove Ave., 343-4930 ●

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Downtown Chico 13 11 12 1st


Chico State

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1 Chico Certified Farmers’ Market


Hotel Diamond

2 Chico City Municipal Center


El Rey Theatre

3 Old Municipal Building

10 Chico Museum

4 Senator Theatre

11 Bidwell Mansion

5 Downtown Post Office 6 Chico City Plaza

12 Children's Playground 13 Gateway Science Museum

7 Stansbury Home

Public parking

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7 Sacramento

To give you a feel for the area, we’ve included some regional highlights: 1 Patrick Ranch Museum

5 Loafer Creek Horse Camp

2 Butte College

6 Gale Vineyards

3 Table Mountain

7 Lodestar Farms

4 Honey Run Covered Bridge

8 The Worm Farm

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Dare to explore

Big Bald Rock


he Chico area boasts a wealth of varied topographical environments. From the fertile flatlands where agritourism thrives to the rugged canyons where thrill-seekers find adventure, there are a host of opportunities for exploring. Whether it’s horseback riding, hiking, biking, camping or a quiet walk that catches your whimsy, there are expansive opportunities to fulfill your venturing needs. Lake Oroville as well as the Sacramento River offer excellent water escapes for the more amphibious among us. Whatever your pleasure, adventure is out there!

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Butte County Big Bald Rock A half-mile hike from the trailhead offers a view of an impressive rock formation similar to the worldfamous rock faces in Yosemite National Park. A more extensive hike to the bottom of the Feather River Canyon reveals distant Feather Falls and access to ideal swimming holes. Follow the Oro-Quincy Highway out of Oroville for about 18 miles; take a right at Bald Rock Road. The trailhead will be on your right after about six miles.

Table Mountain

Honey Run Covered Bridge

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve In addition to working to preserve the natural habitat of the nearly 4,000-acre preserve, BCCER offers public hikes and is available for groups and private tours. There is also a self-guided tour available, with pamphlets on BCCER’s website. From Chico, take Highway 32 east. From the intersection of Bruce Road, travel 9.7 miles and turn left at the green 3521 sign onto a paved, single-lane road. Sign in at the check-in gate. 898-5010,

Bille Park Nature Trail Located at the back edge of the Bille Park expansion in Paradise, this half-mile, one-way hiking trail is

steep in some places but offers spectacular views of Butte Creek Canyon. Keep watch for artifacts from indigenous tribes, such as a boulder used for grinding. Bille Park is at 501 Bille Road, Paradise. A separate entrance nearer to the trail is located at 6261 W. Wagstaff Road.

Butte Creek Trail Known for its scenery, Butte Creek Trail offers a rugged path down to Butte Creek. To reach the trailhead, turn off the Skyway onto Humbug Road just past De Sabla and pick up the trailhead on your left after crossing the bridge. Allow for 30 minutes down to the creek and about 90 on the way up, accounting for rest and water breaks.

Camelot Equestrian Park Bring your horse(s) out to 1,600acre Camelot Equestrian Park, which features horse and hiking trails, picnic areas, water troughs throughout the park, a beautiful shaded campground, turnouts and paddocks for traveling horses and several arenas and riding courses. 1985 Clark Road (Highway 191), Butte Valley, 518-5914,

Centerville Travel back in time with a visit to the historic Centerville Schoolhouse and Colman Museum (13458 Centerville Road, 893-9667). Open Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. A little farther up Centerville Road is the historic Centerville Cemetery, EXCURSIONS continued on page 70 Spring/Summer 2014 DISCOVER CHICO 69

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which dates back to the 1800s. Then mosey up the road to where it crosses the Centerville flume. Park and walk along the flume, which supplies water to the historic Centerville power plant. It’s easy hiking, and the canyon views are spectacular.

Freeman Bicycle Trail Completed in 1996, the 41-mile trail offers scenic off-road riding, and panoramic views of Oroville, the Sutter Buttes and the Sacramento Valley. Pick up a map at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center. 917 Kelly Ridge Road, 538-2219

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Located 10 miles west of Gridley near the Sutter Buttes (at Pennington and Rutherford roads), the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is made up of more than 9,000 acres of seasonal wetlands favored by birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway, as well as local species. The area features 80 miles of roads, 50 miles of walking/cycling trails and a small wildlife museum. 846-7505,

Honey Run Covered Bridge Originally built in 1887, Honey Run Covered Bridge is the only trispan bridge in the United States and one of the few remaining covered bridges in California. Located between Chico and Paradise on Butte Creek, this is a beautiful spot for a picnic or a dip. Hours: 9 a.m.-sunset. 1670 Honey Run Road, 895-1243,

Lake Oroville California’s second-largest reservoir, Lake Oroville offers activities like boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming and camping. Visit the museum at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center (917 Kelly Ridge Road, 538-2219) or check out the expansive view of the Sierras and the Sacramento Valley from one of the two high-powered telescopes at the top of a 47-foot tower. Classes and equipment rentals available at the Forebay Aquatic Center, 774-7934, www.forebayaquatic For larger boat rentals, including houseboats, check out 70 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2014

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Bidwell Canyon Marina (589-9175, or Lake Oroville Marina (877-2414, Lake Oroville info: 538-2542, www.lake

Loafer Creek Horse Camp Horse lovers can relish the outdoors with their equestrian companions at Loafer Creek Horse Camp at Lake Oroville. There is a 17.5-mile loop trail, along with 15 campsites (two horses per site), a restroom with shower facility, a horse washing station and horse tethering and feeding stations. A trail map, developed by the Lake Oroville Mounted Assistance Unit, is available for $1.50. Loafer Creek Road, 538-2217

Paradise Flumes The flumes trail flanks the north fork of the Feather River and offers nature lovers excellent scenic views, as well as opportunities to see a variety of birds and wildflowers. The trail is mostly on PG&E land, rather than in a formal park, so no rangers. In Paradise, access the flumes behind Feather River Hospital or by taking Pentz Road north to Dean Road, then turning left at the “T” and continuing until you reach a gravel parking lot.

Sacramento River Famous for its fishing, this waterway is home to many endangered animals, including species of migratory birds. It’s not uncommon to see an

array of predatory birds, including osprey, red-tailed hawks and bald eagles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages several sites along the river, providing a bounty of recreational activities like camping, bird watching, photography, hiking and biking.

Table Mountain This flat-topped “mountain” is actually two plateaus—North and South Table Mountain—featuring waterfalls, caves, lava formations and the impressive Coal Canyon. In the spring, Table Mountain’s wildflowers are in full bloom and the waterfalls are at their most spectacular. Take Highway 70 to Oroville and exit at Grand Avenue. Take a right on Grand, and then a left on Table Mountain Boulevard.

And beyond Black Butte Reservoir Tent and RV camping available at two sites, with access to fishing, sailing and water-skiing, as well as more than 20 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails. Equestrian trails and a disc-golf course also on site. 19225 Newville Road, Orland, 865-4781

Caribou Wilderness Located within Lassen National Forest, but maintained separately by the National Park Service, the

Caribou Wilderness is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Great for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing and rock climbing. 258-2141

Ishi Wilderness Area Outdoor adventurers can explore deep canyons, rugged lava formations and valley plateaus at the Ishi Wilderness Area, just 20 miles northeast of Chico. Limited improved campsites, but back-country camping available. From Chico, take Cohasset Road north. About six miles from where the pavement ends, bear right and head down a steep hill for a mile until you see a sign to the Deer and Mill creek trailheads. 258-2141

Lassen National Forest

June-October. Take Highway 70 toward Quincy. 283-2050,

Stirling City Just up the hill from Paradise, Stirling City offers a step back through history. Visit Clotilde-Merlo Park, one of the most charming and beautiful spots in Butte County. It’s open May through the first week in October from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., but call (873-1658) on weekends to make sure it isn’t closed for a wedding. Take Skyway to Stirling City. Turn right at the P Line road, then left at the R Line road. Then stop by the historic hotel for a bite to eat. 16975 Skyway, 873-0858

Lassen National Forest sits on more than a million acres of pristine wilderness, including more than 350 miles of maintained hiking and backpacking trails. There are nearly 50 campsites, including several along Highway 32. Eagle Lake and Potato Patch are popular spots, and both include RV hookups. From Chico, take Highway 32 east. 257-2151,

Sutter Buttes

Plumas National Forest

Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area

Located just east of Oroville, Plumas National Forest is home to numerous lakes and streams, valleys and peaks, and is a hot spot for outdoor enthusiasts. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and hunting are favorite activities here. For the truly adventurous, there’s the Plumas Backcountry Discovery Trail, accessible to SUVs and four-wheeldrive vehicles. Campgrounds open

Just south of Chico near Marysville lie the Sutter Buttes, the “smallest mountain range in the world.” The Buttes were considered a sacred place by many local Native American tribes and are now privately owned. Hikes and other activities are available through the Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust. 6716116,

A beautiful location along the Sacramento River for boating, fishing, camping and hiking, with views of Mount Lassen, Mount Shasta and the Trinity Alps. Also home to a nature preserve, which is a winter home to the bald eagle. From Chico, take Highway 99 north to South Avenue, 839-2112 ●

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t the end of a busy day exploring the wonderful sights and sundry around Chico, a little relaxation is in order. Affordable motels and familiar chains are available, of course, but if you’re looking for a nice, pampered stay at a cozy bed and breakfast, Chico is the place. Offering you exemplary service and quality rooms, Chico bed and breakfasts come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and with varying senses of humor. In this guide, you will find all the details to make the perfect choice for your stay.

Bed & breakfasts Cory’s Country Inn This peaceful getaway spot features three exclusive art-gallery rooms, a chef-prepared breakfast-toorder and a “secret garden.” 4673 Nord Highway, 345-2955,

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Durham House Inn Just a 10-minute drive from Chico, the Durham House Inn is a beautiful 1874 Italianate Victorian that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Three elegant rooms and a cottage, all furnished in period furniture. Expansive grounds with fruit trees and a large dining room. 2280 Durham Dayton Highway, Durham, 342-5900,


Goodman House This lovely, turn-of-the-last-century, five-room bed-and-breakfast is conveniently situated on the corner of East Fourth Avenue and The Esplanade, near Chico State and downtown. 1362 Esplanade, 566-0256,


Johnson’s Country Inn Surrounded by a garden and orchards, this wellappointed, four-room bed-and-breakfast is only five minutes by car from downtown Chico and the university. 3935 Morehead Ave, 342-3073 www.north

The Grateful Bed A full candlelit breakfast awaits you at this cleverly named, charming, two-story 1905 Victorian bedand-breakfast located in the Avenues. No pets, or children younger than 12. 1462 Arcadian Ave, 3422464,


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Hotels & motels America’s Best Value Inn 740 Broadway, 343-3286

Best Western Heritage Inn 25 Heritage Lane, 894-8600

Courtyard by Marriott 2481 Carmichael Drive, 894-6699,

Heritage Inn Express 725 Broadway, 343-4527

Holiday Inn 685 Manzanita Court, 345-2491,

Hotel Diamond 220 W. Fourth St., 893-3100,

Matador Motel 1934 Esplanade, 342-7543

Motel 6 665 Manzanita Court, 345-5500

Oxford Suites 2035 Business Lane, 899-9090

Quality Inn Near Chico State 715 Main St., 343-7911

Residence Inn by Marriott 2485 Carmichael Drive, 894-5500

Safari Inn

Dingerville USA RV Resort 5813 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville, 533-9343,

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area 917 Kelly Ridge Road, Oroville, 538-2219

Feather Falls Casino KOA

2352 Esplanade, 343-3201,

3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-9020

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655 Manzanita Court, 345-2533

Town House Motel 2231 Esplanade, 343-1621

Vagabond Inn 630 Main St., 895-1323,

RV camping Almond Tree RV Park 3124 Esplanade, 899-1271

5110 Pentz Road #2, Paradise, 877-6581,

Riffles RV Campgrounds 4488 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville, 534-5550

River One RV Park 751 Oro Dam Blvd. West, Oroville, 533-8679,

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ooking for a fresh start? Chico has opportunities for people of all backgrounds and all walks of life. Driving, walking or biking around town will give you an idea of the many and varied offerings this wonderful city provides. For those unfamiliar with the area, we’ve compiled all the info on demographics, health care, schools, transportation, local politics and more for your consideration. So, dive in and get to know Chico a little better. And let us be the first to say, “Welcome!”


The population of the city of Chico—86,187 at the 2010 census— is a little misleading. That’s because there are pockets of unincorporated land scattered about. Residents of those areas use county services, can’t vote in city elections, and most likely are not hooked up to the city sewer system. The population of what’s known as the Chico Metropolitan Area is more than 200,000, and that includes the communities of Durham, Paradise, Magalia and Richvale.


Compared to the Bay Area or L.A., rents in Chico are quite reasonable. Expect to pay at least $600 a month to rent a one-bedroom apartment; $750-plus for a two-bedroom in reasonable shape. Typically, houses are at least $1,000 a month. According to the market analysis company, the median housing sale price in Chico is currently $257,000.

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Like most North Valley towns, Chico is predominantly white—80.8 percent, to be exact. Recent census information also tallied the city’s population as 15.4 percent Hispanic, with Asians, Native Americans and AfricanAmericans comprising the remaining percentage. The median age of Chico residents hovers around 30—no surprise for a college town—while Butte County residents’ median age is 35.8.


Chico is served by the Chico Police Department, while unincorporated pockets inside city boundaries are served by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Chico PD’s non-emergency line is 897-4911. The Chico State campus is also patrolled by its own law-enforcement entity, the University Police Department. The city of Chico Fire Department, besides doing the demanding job of fighting fires, also has specialized teams that perform technical rescues

and respond to drowning accidents and hazardous-materials calls.

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Moderate temperatures in spring and fall make those seasons favorites for outdoor types. If you don’t like hot summers, you’re out of luck. Chico’s summer temperatures will rise past the 100-degree mark on occasion, with balmy days sprinkled throughout the season. Winters are fairly mild and wet, with the most rainfall coming in January. The average annual rainfall is about 27 inches.


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The bus-transit systems for Chico, Oroville and Butte County is the Butte Regional Transit, or the “B-Line.” Tickets cost $1.40 and $1.80 for in-town and regional services, respectively. Students ages 6 to 18 get a discounted fare. Children younger than 6 ride free (limited to two children per family). Chico State students, faculty and staff ride for free. Check for complete fare and route information. The B-Line runs seven days a week, except on certain holidays; some routes do not operate every day. Seniors and the mobility-impaired may catch a ride from the Chico Clipper (342-0221). Of course, there are numerous cab companies available to transport you where need to go. Greyhound and Amtrak leave from the train station at 450 Orange St. in Chico. The largest airport in Butte County is the Chico Municipal Airport, which is serviced by United’s SkyWest with about four flights to and from San Francisco each day. If you’re driving, Highway 99 is the main arterial route through Butte County, running in a north/south direction, mainly serving Chico. Highway 70 is the main route serving Oroville, also running north/south. Highway 149 connects the two highways and cities. And Highway 32 stretches from central Chico westward over the Sacramento River, hooking up with I-5, and also eastward into the mountainous northeast regions.



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An important aspect of any community is its public library. The Butte County Library system is composed of six excellent facilities and a bookmobile. Literacy services are also available. For more information and library hours, call 538-7198 or visit Visit the well-stocked Chico branch of the Butte County Library at 1108 Sherman Ave., 891-2762.


Government, the university and services such as health care and retail trade continue to be the largest employers in Butte County, but dominant behind the scenes is the $450million-a-year agriculture industry (almonds and rice, in particular). According to recent census information, the average per-capita income was $23,611, and the median household income was $41,632. While Butte County wages are notoriously low, the cost of living here is lower than in Sacramento or the Bay Area. Butte County’s unemployment rate came in at 9.1 percent in December 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


You may have noticed that California has earned a reputation as perhaps the most politically volatile state in the union. Don’t expect any less from the politics that play out in Chico and the rest of Butte County. Newcomers may be surprised by the passion locals exhibit on all sides of issues related to political elections, bond measures and land use. But the more impassioned the populace, the more likely the town is worth shouting about, and that is certainly the case with Chico. The city is led by a seven-member City Council; each member serves a four-year term. Elections are staggered every two years—three seats in one cycle and four the next. Campaigners are often boisterous and bold, and candidates oftentimes raise

$20,000 or more to gain a position that pays $600 a month. Council members are elected at large and thus do not represent separate geographical districts. The Chico City Council is a weakmayor system, meaning the mayor— currently Scott Gruendl—is not elected to that office by voters but rather is appointed by the elected City Council and possesses only figurative power. An appointed city manager administers the day-to-day functioning of city government. Along with the City Council, Chico is governed by the Butte County Board of Supervisors. Most of the county offices are in Oroville. Two of the five elected supervisors represent Chico because of its relatively large population. Like City Council meetings, the supervisors’ meetings can be heated affairs regarding what is best for the people who live here.

Chico Municipal Center The municipal center houses administrative offices for the city of Chico. Open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 411 Main St.,

City Council chambers The public is encouraged to attend City Council meetings, held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. 421 Main St., city clerk: 896-7250,

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HEALTH & WELLNESS HOSPITALS Enloe Medical Center 1531 Esplanade, 332-7300,

Feather River Hospital 974 Pentz Road, Paradise, 877-9361,

Oroville Hospital

Enloe Medical Center

2767 Olive Highway, Oroville, 533-8500,

Northern Valley Indian Health (NVIH)

Orchard Hospital

845 W. East Ave, 896-9400,

240 Spruce St., Gridley, 846-5671,

CLINICS Ampla Health Medical and pediatrics: 680 Cohasset Road, 342-4395; dental: 236 W. East Avenue, Ste. H, 342-6065,

Butte County Public Health Clinic 695 Oleander Ave., 879-3665, clinic/clinc.html

Chico Immediate Care Medical Center 376 Vallombrosa Ave., 891-1676

Convenient Care Health Center

NVIH Children’s Health Center 277 Cohasset Road, 332-6000

Shalom Free Clinic 1190 E. First Ave., 518-8300,

Skypark Walk-In Medical Center 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 899-9500

OTHER FACILITIES American Chi Center for Health 1290 Esplanade #1, 342-2895,

Chico Community Acupuncture

670 Rio Lindo Ave., Ste. 300, 8997120,

1815 Mangrove Ave., 345-5300,

Enloe Outpatient Center

Chico Surgery Center

888 Lakeside Village Commons Drive, 332-6400

615 W. East Ave., 895-1800,

Enloe Prompt Care

Enloe Regional Cancer Center

560 Cohasset Road, 332-4111

265 Cohasset Road, 332-4700

Enloe Medical Center— Behavioral Health 560 Cohasset Road, 332-5250

Enloe Rehabilitation Center 340 W. East Ave., 332-6138

The Pinwheel Community Acupuncture Project 740 Flume St., 345-5566,

Skyway Surgery Center 121 Raley Blvd., 230-2000

WOMEN’S WELLNESS & FAMILY PLANNING Planned Parenthood 3100 Cohasset Road, 342-8367

Women’s Health Specialists 1469 Humboldt Road, 891-1917

Women’s Resource Clinic 115 W. Second Ave., 897-6101; 24-hour hotline: 897-6100

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Enloe Home Care & Hospice

Paradise Midwifery Services

1390 E. Lassen Ave., 332-6050 (home care), 332-6060 (hospice)

771 Buschmann Road, Paradise, 872-7579

Enloe Mother & Baby Care Center 1531 Esplanade, 332-3970,

Enloe Mother & Baby Education Center & Boutique

5350 Skyway, Paradise

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BEHAVIORAL/ MENTAL HEALTH Butte County Behavioral Health

2057 Forest Ave., 566-9025,

Butte Home Health & Hospice

Enloe Medical Center— Behavioral Health

Arcadia Home Care & Staffing (530) 872-7653

2491 Carmichael Drive, 898-5923,

Adult outpatient center: 560 Cohasset Ave., 891-2784; youth outpatient center: 500 Cohasset Road, Ste. 15, 891-2945, Crisis line: 800-334-6622 or 8912810; friendship line for older adults: 800-971-0016; Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ): 866-488-7386


Passages Adult Resource Center

10 Constitution Drive, 895-0462,

560 Cohasset Road, 332-5250

EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Chico Unified School District Formed in 1964, the Chico Unified School District currently serves approximately 12,000 students. The district has a policy of letting parents send their students to the schools of their choice, as long as there’s room. The CUSD includes 11 elementary schools, one K-8 openstructure-classroom school, three junior highs and three high schools (including a continuation school). Several campuses have special programs, such as Two-Way Language Immersion, Open Structure and Academics Plus. Test scores and other state measures of achievement are kept at the district offices at 1163 E. Seventh St. (891-3000). The CUSD offers a home-schooling program and oversees several charter schools. The Inspire School of Arts and Sciences—an “internal” CUSD charter school—offers an innovative high-school curriculum as an alternative to conventional high school. The CUSD also oversees a community day school, which, by referrals, takes in students who have been on probation or suspension.

CHARTER SCHOOLS Blue Oak Charter School Kindergarten-eighth grade. 450 W. East Ave., 879-7483, www.blueoak

Chico Country Day School Kindergarten-eighth grade. 102 W. 11th St., 895-2650, www.chico

CORE Butte Charter School 260 Cohasset Road, Ste. 120, 894-3952,

Forest Ranch Charter School Kindergarten-eighth grade. 15815 Cedar Creek Road, Forest Ranch, 8913154,


Inspire School of Arts & Sciences Ninth-12th grade. Chico High School campus, 901 Esplanade, 891-3090,


Nord Country School Kindergarten-sixth grade. 5554 California St., 891-3138, www.nord

Pivot Charter School Sixth-12th grade. 2550 Lakewest Drive, Ste. 30, 877-544-1423 or 6364479,


Sherwood Montessori Kindergarten-eighth grade. 746 Moss Ave., 345-6600, www.sherwood

Wildflower Open Classroom Kindergarten-eighth grade. 2414 Cohasset Road, Ste. 3, 892-9317,


PRIVATE SCHOOLS Champion Christian School Seventh-12th grade. 1184 East Ave., 345-8008, www.champion


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Chico Montessori Children’s House Kindergarten-sixth grade. 814 Glenn St., 342-5518, www.chico

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Kindergarten-12th grade. 850 Palmetto Ave., 354-3101,

ADULT EDUCATION John Muir Charter School (California Conservation Corps) Ages 16-25. 2725 Highway 32, Ste. F, 961-9693

Oroville Adult Education 2750 Mitchell Ave., Oroville, 538-5350,

Regional & Continuing Education (Chico State) Programs include Open University (for non-enrolled students), ElderCollege (for students 60 and older) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Center (for those 50 and older). 400 W. First St., 898-6105, ●

Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital is now:

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