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Breakfast Nooks..................5

Three chefs at new restaurants on the Chico scene bring local and sustainable ingredients to the forefront of their menus.

Burgers, Delis & Dogs.........6 Cafés & Bistros..................13 Eclectic Eats.......................13 Fine Dining ..........................15

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elcome to Savor, the CN&R’s semi-annual guide to Chico’s eclectic restaurants. Inside, you’ll find a categorized listing of the area’s eateries, helpful tips from local restaurant critics, a new section highlighting Chico’s booming street-food scene and two features to introduce you to some of our local chefs and cuisines. Bon appetit!

Nightlife................................16 Talkin’ about street food .......22 Vendors dish on their favorite eats.

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Homestyle ..........................19 Italian..................................19 Mexican ..............................21 Pizza ..................................22 Street Food........................23 Sweets ...............................27 Wine...................................28

Dining Guide Editor: Meredith J. Graham Design: Tina Flynn, Sandy Peters Cover & Listings Photos: Melanie MacTavish Sales Manager: Jamie DeGarmo Savor is published twice a year by the Chico News & Review, 530-894-2300, www.newsreview.com. ©2014 Chico Community Publishing The information in this dining guide is current as of February 2014. Listings and prices are subject to change at any time.

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Cocodine Thai Cuisine

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

Aonami Sustainable Sushi

1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 924-3168. 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. $

Egg Roll King

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

Enjoy Teriyaki

Big Tuna Sushi Bistro

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

Broadway Market & Deli

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

Chada Thai Cuisine

117 W. Second St., 342-7121. Serving authentic Thai dishes, including a vegetarian menu. Lunch, Monday-Thursday; dinner, Monday-Saturday. $$

450 Broadway, 899-9344. 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. $

Everyday Vietnamese Cuisine

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

Gen Kai Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar

605 Mangrove Ave., 345-7226. Try traditional Japanese dishes or the sushi bar at this longtime Chico favorite. www.genkaichico.net $$

Chan Pheng’s Mandarin Cuisine

Ginger’s Chinese Restaurant

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

2201 Pillsbury Road, 345-8862. Specializing in Szechuan, Mandarin and Hunan cuisine. $$

Chicoichi Ramen

Happy Garden

243 W. Ninth St., 891-9044. 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. $

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

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House of Bamboo

163 E. Second St., 893-8811. Vibrant Southeast Asian dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. www.chicohb.com $$

AONAMI SUSHI “While all of our food was very good, my kyuri ‘noodle’ dish turned out to be the highlight of my visit. Having forgone my usual choice of sunomono—the traditional Japanese pickledcucumber salad (which Aonami offers for $4)— to try the kyuri dish, I was thrilled to find that it was exquisitely delicious; the tangy miso sauce perfectly complemented the crisp, cool cuke noodles and grated raw beets topping them.”

Hula’s Chinese Bar-B-Q

2540 Esplanade, 342-8564; 1937 E. 20th St., 342-6304. All-you-can-eat Mongolian barbecue with fresh vegetables, noodles, meats and sauces. Beer and wine available. www.hulasbbq.com $$

Izakaya Ichiban

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

Japanese Blossoms

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

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Kwando Restaurant

740 Mangrove Ave., 343-6788. 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. $$

Mekkala Thai Cuisine

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

Noodle House

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

Ojiya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Teriyaki House

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

Thai Basil

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

Tong Fong Low

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

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

Panda Express

Tony’s Chinese Restaurant

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

Peeking Chinese Restaurant

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

Peter Chu’s Mandarin Cuisine

2424 Cohasset Road, 894-8276. Tasty Asian food at reasonable prices. www.peterchu-chico.com $$

Pho C & C

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

Rawbar Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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

Rice Bowl

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

Rice Wok

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

Sophia’s Authentic Thai Cuisine

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

Sushi King & Boba Tea Zone

2190 Esplanade, 892-8688. Sushi, boba tea and slushies. Drive-through or dine in. $

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

Turandot North China Gourmet Cuisine

1851 Esplanade, 893-1156. Manchurian cuisine at reasonable prices in an elegant atmosphere. Serving lunch and dinner. www.turandotrestaurant.com $$

Windy’s Chinese Restaurant

1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 343-1788. Serving a variety of Asian favorites, beer and wine. $

Wok ‘n’ Roll

1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 892-1868. Serving popular Chinese entrees and the only Hawaiian barbecue in town. Fast and delicious combos to keep your wallet and belly full. Introducing sushi rolls starting for less than $5. www.facebook.com/ChicoWoknRoll $

Breakfast Nooks Beatniks Coffee House & Breakfast Joint

1387 E. Eighth St., 894-2800. 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. www.chicobeatniks.com $

Breakfast Buzz

208 Cedar St., 343-3444. Breakfast burritos, omelets, French toast and more in a college atmosphere. www.breakfastbuzzchico.com $ DINING LIST continued on page 6 Spring/Summer 2014 DINING GUIDE

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Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works

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

Café Coda

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

Country Waffles

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

Italian Cottage

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

Mom’s

209 Salem St., 893-3447. Breakfast offerings include crepes, pancakes, omelets and scrambles. Lunch features burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads, as well as homemade tomato-basil soup. Now open for dinner Wednesday-Saturday. www.momschico.com $

Morning Thunder Café

352 Vallombrosa Ave., 342-9717. Chico’s popular breakfast (and lunch) café at the foot of Bidwell Park. $$

Nash’s 7th Avenue Omelette House

1717 Esplanade, 896-1147. Unique omelet selections made with fresh and local ingredients, as well as traditional breakfast fare. www.nashs restaurantchico.com $$

Roost Café

1144 Park Ave., 892-1281. 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. $$

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

Burgers, Delis & Dogs Applebee’s Grill & Bar

2030 Business Lane, 343-6888. Famous for barbecue riblets, grilled steaks and Oriental chicken salad. www.applebees.com $$

The Banshee

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

Beach Hut Deli

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

Big Al’s Drive In

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

Big Chico Burger

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

Burger Hut

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

Burgers & Brew

201 Broadway, 879-9100. Grass-fed beef burgers and world-class brews in a modern downtown setting. www.burgersbrew.com $$

The Cafe Restaurant

Scrambles

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

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ong before the “shop local” and “farm-to-fork” trends took hold in the U.S., Chicoans were spending their money at farmers’ markets and family-owned restaurants, because they cared about supporting their neighbors. Many of Chico’s restaurants have long valued using local ingredients on their menus. So it should come as no surprise that the new kids on the block not only emphasize good food, but they’re making every effort to fill their menus with local, sustainable items. The CN&R sat down with three chefs of sustainabilityfocused restaurants that have opened within the past year and a half to talk about their backgrounds and the importance of using local ingredients.

Jason Wilcox, The Winchester Goose Jason Wilcox grew up around food. His mom bought a restaurant when he was young—the nation’s first Sonic, in New Mexico—and she would invite him regularly to help her in the kitchen. Years later, while working as an art teacher, Wilcox went in to apply for a kitchen job and the rest is history. “I heard the clanking of the plates—just like when I was working in my mom’s restaurant—and I knew I was home,” he says. For the past decade, Wilcox has worked his way up the restaurant food chain. He recently moved to Chico to go to school for sports photography—another passion of his—but he couldn’t ignore the kitchen calling. Wilcox met owner Rob Rasner, who was preparing to open the Winchester Goose last fall, and they got to talking about food. “I told him my ideas and he said that was exactly what he wanted,” he says. “So, I quit school. This is what I love to do.” One of Wilcox’s priorities, when it comes to creating new dishes, is using fresh, local ingredients. He buys his pork from Llano Seco Rancho, his goat cheese from North Valley Farms and his trout from a provider in Lassen. “I want to help our community. I want our food to be about products that are bought and grown here,” Wilcox says. “When people know that’s what they’re getting, Above: Plates from (left to right) the Winchester Goose, Wine Time and Aonami Sustainable Sushi.

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maybe the food will taste a little better.” Wilcox also believes the produce and meats he receives are fresher, because they don’t have to travel as far. And he sees a benefit to crosspromoting. “I get my goat cheese from North Valley Farms in Corning. We put them on our menu, and they put us on their website,” he says. “So we’re supporting one another.”

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Some of Wilcox’s signature dishes are his Harvest Mac & Cheese and his “Trouter,” which he created for Radner, who is allergic to shellfish, as an alternative to clam chowder. “We smoke our own trout, then I make the trout stock from the bones,” he explains. In the end, it all comes back to community. “I couldn’t do it without Chico— it’s a great community,” Wilcox says. “I’ve been elsewhere, where people didn’t care about where their food came from. It’s nice to be in a community that cares.”

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Lisa Sereda, Wine Time Lisa Sereda is one of the countless among us who attended Chico State and then never left. In fact, she loved it here so much that her family, including her grandparents, decided to move with her. Sereda says she got her love of cooking from her grandmother, who recently passed away. “I remember when I was 4, my grandma took out all the spices—the flour, the sugar, everything—and told me I was in charge of making salad dressing,” she recalls. “She was my biggest influence. She taught me my palate.” After working for several years as a prep cook at La Hacienda, Sereda was offered the head chef position at a new spot in town, Wine Time. “They give me full free-

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dom with the menu,” she says. “The creativity is fun, but it can be challenging figuring out what’s in season, what’s good and different and what pairs well with a certain wine.” Wine Time’s menu is filled with small plates, meant for easy sharing. In addition, each item has a suggested wine to go with it. So, while Sereda gets the enviable task of tasting all of the restaurant’s wines—many of them local—she also must create dishes that complement them. She also works to use as many local ingredients as possible, including meat from Chico State’s University Farm, cheese from Orland Farmstead Creamery and produce from Vogel Farms. Oh, and almonds from her family’s orchard in Durham. “My dad is an almond farmer, and I truly believe that when you grow something with love and passion, it’s easier to make something great out of it,” she says. “I like knowing where my ingredients come from.

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Plus, if I need something right away, I can usually call and get it within a few hours.” Some of Sereda’s best sellers are her stuffed flank steak pinwheels—flank steak stuffed with prosciutto, gorgonzola and arugula—and the roasted beet salad, using pears, almonds, queso fresco, bacon and a red wine vinaigrette. “I lie up at night thinking of new things to make,” she says with a smile.

Jimmy Lee, Aonami Sustainable Sushi “It all started with a $240,000 tuna,” says Jimmy Lee, owner and chef at Aonami Sustainable Sushi. “It didn’t make sense that it would cost that much.” Lee is recalling his early days as a sushi chef in Sacramento. That fish, and a trip with his daughter to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, were what set him on the path to opening the 10th sustainable sushi restaurant in the United States. “I found out that the blue-fin tuna population was dwindling, and to catch a fish that size was rare,” he says. “Going to the aquarium and seeing a 500-pound tuna swim by is just so amazing. And to think that these tunas are endangered and maybe my daughter will never experience that again— that’s a crazy thought.” Lee started rolling sushi to pay the bills while attending Sacramento State. He immediately fell in love with it and dropped out of school. But when he brought the idea of serving sustainable fish to the chef


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at his restaurant, he was met with resistance. “It was just a matter of making money to them,” Lee says. The response in Chico has been much better. Lee says he even has one couple who came in shortly after he opened, in 2012, who said they’d stopped eating sushi years before because they were worried about the oceans and fish populations. Now they come in about once a month. Lee uses local produce whenever possible, and he recently hired someone who will help create a more seasonal menu to better utilize local ingredients. For Lee, this is a nobrainer, considering his uncle owns Lee’s Produce, which has a stall at Chico’s Saturday farmers’ market. “I like to see everyone grow together,” he says. “We’re a community and we have to support each other.” In addition to never serving fish that are on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s “red” list of unsustainable options, a full half of his menu—and a third of his sushi menu—is vegan. “The idea of sustainability is not just about eating sustainable fish, but also eating less fish,” Lee says. “A lot of people don’t miss the red-meat tunas or farmed salmon when they eat our fish. I also make a smoked tofu roll—when I eat it, I don’t miss any fish at all.” ●

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THE BANSHEE “Well before eating there, I gathered by word of mouth that the fish tacos, burger and the grilled-cheese sandwich were of particular awesomeness. And as I’ve become a semiregular myself, I must agree that the fish tacos are fantastic, and I’ve developed the opinion that The Banshee serves up the best burgers in Chico.”

The Cheesesteak Shop

995 Nord Ave., 345-2565. Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches made with rib-eye steak. Chicken options, too. www.cheesesteakshop.com $

Chico Locker & Sausage Co.

196 E. 14th St., 343-7370. Check out this full deli with a variety of topnotch sandwiches and salads, and pick up some traditional handmade sausage and specialty meats. www.chicolockersausage.com $

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1908 E. 20th St., 345-1687. Everything from steaks and margaritas to baby-back ribs. www.chilis.com $$

The Dog House

1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 894-3641; 1354 East Ave., 894-2242. Serving charcoal-grilled gourmet hot dogs and sausages as well as burgers and sandwiches. Indoor seating at East Avenue location. www.chicodoghouse.com $

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Oasis Bar & Grill

EJ’s Dogs & Subs

672 Mangrove Ave., 342-3456. A wide assortment of hot dogs and deli sandwiches. $

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

The End Zone

Panama Bar & Café

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

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

Fast Eddie’s

Quiznos Sub Shop

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

2471 Cohasset Road, 891-9500. Oven-toasted sandwiches made with quality meats, cheese and fresh produce. Open daily. www.quiznos.com $

The Graduate

1924 Mangrove Ave., 343-4930. Barbecue lunch and dinner items to go or eat there at the picnic tables. www.ssproduce.net $$

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

The Handle Bar

2070 E. 20th St., 894-2337. Offering a German-inspired pub menu to complement a host of specialty craft beers, including a fine regional selection. $

Kinder’s Custom Meats & Deli

221 Normal Ave., 342-3354. Try the marinated ball-tip steak sandwich, a Kinder’s specialty. Catering available. www.kindersbbq.com $$

S & S Barbeque & Deli Scotty’s Landing

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

Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ

131 Broadway, 891-6677. A small California chain specializing in barbecue beef, pork, chicken and turkey. www.smokinmosbbq.com $$

Spiteri’s Delicatessen

Kona’s Downtown

138 Main St., 893-4344. Inexpensive, delicious sandwiches and wraps. $

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

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SubStation Deli

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

2404 Park Ave., 343-9178. Enjoy the best sub in Chico made with fresh-baked rolls. Also serving fresh soup, chili and salads. www.substationchico.com $

Madison Bear Garden

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

Marcelli’s Sandwiches & More

215 W. First St., 892-1329. Choose from more than 24 premium deli sandwiches, like the Reuben or meatball, or from their selection of fresh salads. Catering available. www.marcellisandwiches.com $

Togo’s

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

Wingstop

Nobby’s

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

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Zot’s Hot Dogs

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

Cafes & Bistros 100th Monkey Café & Books

642 W. Fifth St., 343-0704. Serving sandwiches, wraps, desserts and coffee. $

Bellachino’s Espresso & Panini Café

800 Bruce Road, 892-2244. Espresso and coffee, breakfast and lunch wraps and sandwiches, soups, gourmet salads and pastries. Garden patio, on-site bakery and catering. $$

Bidwell Perk

664 E. First Ave., 899-1500. Serving coffee, tea and delectables in a café-style setting. www.bidwellperk.com $

Cabana Café

1293 E. First Ave., 893-2233. Inside In Motion Fitness, Cabana Café offers delicious paninis, wraps and grilled dishes, as well as a large salad bar and frozen-yogurt bar. $

Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse

Café Flo

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

Cal Java Coffee Roasters

Multiple locations. Serving pastries, teas and espresso drinks. www.caljavacoffee.com $

Mondo’s Café

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

Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse

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

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

Coffee Ranch

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

The Coffee Corner

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

Dutch Bros. Coffee

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

Empire Coffee

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

145 Main St., 894-6716. Coffee, tea, pastries and candy. www.peets.com $

Starbucks

Multiple locations. Serving coffee, espresso and pastries at a corner near you. www.starbucks.com $

Tin Roof Bakery & Café

627 Broadway, 345-1362. 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. $

Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery

Has Beans Creekside

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

Has Beans Internet Café & Galleria

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

501 Main St., 894-3033. 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. www.hasbeans.com $

Eclectic Eats

It’s a Grind Coffee House

Bacio Catering & Carry Out

6 W. Eaton Road, 332-9250. An Internet café with espresso, coffee, iced drinks, teas and more. www.facebook.com/itsagrindchico $

Java Detour

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

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

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Broadway Heights California Cuisine

300 Broadway, 899-8075. 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’seye-view of downtown Chico. www.broadwayheightschico.com $$

Gogi’s Café

230 Salem St., 891-3570. Indian-Pakistani appetizers, entrées, desserts and specialty drinks served in a café setting near Chico State. www.gogiscafe.webs.com $

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Multiple locations. Serving fresh-baked breads and pastries as well as sandwiches, panini, salads and soup. Closed Sunday. www.greatharvestchico.com $$

Bacio Catering & Carry Out

The Kitchen Table

1250 East Ave., 592-3480. Offering dinner options focusing on local, seasonal produce and sustainable meats and seafood. $$

Petra Mediterranean Cuisine

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

Outback Steakhouse

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

Pelican’s Roost Chowder House

1354 East Ave., 899-2762. Serving clam chowder and a wide variety of seafood and seasonal specials at affordable prices. $$

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The Pita Pit

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

Pluto’s

201 Main St., 343-0165. 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. www.plutosfreshfood.com $

The Pour House

855 East Ave., 893-3000. Delicious New American cuisine served in a tasteful-yet-casual atmosphere. www.chicopourhouse.com $$

Priya Indian Cuisine

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

Red Lobster

2010 Business Lane, 893-5595. Fresh fish, steak, pasta and seafood in a family environment. www.redlobster.com $$$

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Roots Catering & Restaurant

3221 Esplanade, 891-4500. Specializing in globally influenced entrées and fresh, handmade gluten-free and vegan selections for breakfast and lunch. Closed Saturdays. www.rootscatering.com $$

Sipho’s Restaurant & Café

1228 Dayton Road, 895-1866. Fresh, spicy, healthy Jamaican fare served at a groovy eatery on the edge of town. Patio dining available. www.siphosjamaica.com $$

Sultan’s Bistro

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

T. Tea Bar & Fusion Café

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

Basque Norte

3355 Esplanade, 891-5204. Family-owned since 1975, Basque Norte offers steak, lamb, chicken, quail, barbecued ribs and seafood served family-style in a rustic Basque atmosphere. www.basquenorte.com $$$

Christian Michaels Ristorante

192 E. Third St., 894-4005. 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. www.chicochristianmichaels.com $$$

Farwood Bar & Grill

705 Fifth St., at the corner of Highway 32 in Orland, 865-9900. 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. www.farwoodbarandgrill.com $$$

Wild Oak Cafe

Johnnie’s Restaurant

196 Cohasset Road, Ste. 150 (in the Garden Villa complex), 343-4876. 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.) www.facebook.com/wildoakcafe $$

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

Leon Bistro

817 Main St., 899-1105. 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. www.leonbistro.com $$$

Fine Dining 5th Street Steakhouse

345 W. Fifth St., 891-6328. A full-service steakhouse featuring USDA prime beef, fresh seafood, house-made desserts and an extensive wine list. Reservations not accepted Friday or Saturday. www.5thstreetsteakhouse.com $$$

Monks Wine Lounge & Bistro

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

The Albatross

3312 Esplanade, 809-1108. New American cuisine. Open daily at 4 p.m. for happy hour; dinner daily, beginning at 5 p.m. Also, Sunday champagne brunch from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Call for reservations and banquet info. $$$

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★Monstros Pizza & Subs

628 W. Sacramento Ave., 342-1111. This pizzaand-subs eatery has established itself as the go-to spot for punk-rock shows, catering to punks of all ages. www.monstrospizza.com

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Pubs, clubs & bars Argus Bar + Patio

212 W. Second St. Downtown Chico’s newest hotspot, Argus offers premium cocktails and a rotating lineup of food trucks that pull up to the back patio on weekends. www.argusbarandpatio.com

★The Banshee

132 W. Second St., 895-9670. Serving up a variety of delicious pub eats, along with an extensive menu of draft and bottled beers. www.bansheechico.com

The Beach

191 E. Second St., 898-9898. A nightclub and bar featuring an ultra-swanky VIP area on the second floor, and a large dance floor and access to The University Bar and Panama Bar and Café downstairs.

★Bella’s Sports Pub

134 Broadway, 893-5253. Great pub food and a huge beer selection along with sports on big-screen, high-definition TVs. www.bellassportspubchico.com

★Burgers & Brew

201 Broadway, 879-9100. Serving grass-fed beef burgers and a massive selection of worldclass brews, with an outdoor patio in addition to indoor seating. Open late on weekends.

★Café Coda

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

★Café Flo

365 E. Sixth St., 514-8888. An evolving seasonal menu as well as beer and coffee drinks. Look for regular live music, poetry readings and art shows. www.liveatflo.weebly.com

★Casino 99

1414 Park Ave., 892-2282. Chico’s only card room now offers blackjack, casino games and pub grub. www.casino99chico.com

Crazy Horse Saloon

303 Main St., 894-5408. Favored by the college crowd, the Crazy Horse comes complete with a second-floor patio, a large dance floor and even a mechanical bull to ride (after you sign some legal paperwork).

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★Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge

201 Broadway, 342-7000. Known for its hoppin’ late happy hour, Crush is an upscale option downtown with an awesome patio view of Second Street. www.chicocrush.com

1717 Esplanade, 896-1147. This restaurant/bar on The Esplanade attracts a crowd of regulars on weekends and features regular live blues jams. www.nashsrestaurant chico.com

★The DownLo

★Oasis Bar & Grill

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

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

★Panama Bar & Café

Duffy’s Tavern

Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge

337 Main St., 343-7718. Reminiscent of the great, grungy dives in San Francisco, Duffy’s features an old-school jukebox and an odd medley of wall decorations. Look for occasional rock shows, and Irish music on Fridays.

seafood, steaks and tapas, and cocktails. www.johnniesrestaurant.com $$$

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LaSalles

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

229 Broadway, 893-1891. A college-focused club featuring two stages—one in the main barroom and the other outside. Both feature cover bands, touring outfits and local musicians. www.lasallesbar.com

★The End Zone

Last Call Lounge

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

250 Cohasset Road, 345-7330. A sports bar serving up pub grub along with weekend brunch. www.theendzonechico.com

★The Graduate

344 W. Eighth St., 343-2790. One of the larger venues in town, this sports bar and restaurant offers a variety of affordable eats, brews, billiards and arcade games. www.thegraduatechico.com

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★The Handle Bar

★Madison Bear Garden

2070 E. 20th St., 894-2337. Offering a German-inspired pub menu to complement a host of specialty craft beers. www.facebook.com/handlebarchico

★The Holiday Inn Lounge

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

Joe’s Bar

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

★Johnnie’s Restaurant & Lounge

220 W. Fourth St., 895-1515. Located inside the historic Hotel Diamond, Johnnie’s offers

319 Main St., 892-2445. This bar and nightclub features a number of DJs and other live shows in an art-rich environment at its spacious downtown location. 316 W. Second St., 891-1639. This Chico classic’s tasty grill items draw families by day, while drink specials, karaoke and adult tricycle races attract students by night. www.madisonbeargarden.com

Maltese Bar & Tap Room

1600 Park Ave., 343-4915. This south Chico watering hole’s stainless-steel-and-wood décor gives it the look of a classic neighborhood bar, which it is. Drink and food specials vary. The bar also boasts a patio, a pool table and shuffleboard. www.themaltesebar.com

★Monks Wine Lounge & Bistro

128 W. Second St., 343-3408. Bringing a touch of sophistication to downtown, Monks offers an extensive wine list and various appetizers, tapas, and gourmet entrées, prepared with

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177 E. Second St., 895-8817. Offering appetizers and American pub food along with a full bar stocked with a wide array of teas made stiff. www.panamabarcafeinchico.com

★Park Avenue Bar & Grill

2010 Park Ave., 893-3500. Features delicious pub grub, pool tables, a patio and a full bar. Catering available.

Peeking Chinese Restaurant

243 W. Second St., 895-3888. A Chinese restaurant by day, Peeking transforms into a full-fledged dance venue on Friday nights during the Bassmint, a weekly electronica showcase. www.facebook.com/BassMintChico

Quackers Lounge

968 East Ave., 895-3825. A bar with a nice dance floor far from downtown, Quackers is full of regulars who are mostly above college-age.

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

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★Scotty’s Landing

12609 River Road, 710-2020. Off the beaten path, Scotty’s is where river rats go to drink a cold one and munch on something from the grill, or sing the night away during karaoke.

Spirits Lounge

4020 Olive Highway, Oroville (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-334-9400. Get a variety of entertainment all from the same seat— cheer for the home team while watching wide-screen TVs, dance to live music or hit a jackpot at the video machines located at the bar. www.goldcountrycasino.com

Studio Inn Cocktail Lounge

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

★Tackle Box Bar & Grill

379 E. Park Ave., 345-7499. A south Chico hotspot featuring exotic menu items, pool tables, peanuts, live music and a full bar. www.tackleboxchico.com

★Tannins Wine Bar & Bistro

234 W. Third St., 636-4468. One of Chico’s newer venues, Tannins offers an impressive wine list in addition to a menu focused on local, seasonal ingredients. www.tanninschico.com

★Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill

100 Broadway, 342-0425. Choose from an attractive long bar or Euro-café-style seating outside. The taco bar is a latenight fave, as are margaritas made with any one of 120 different tequilas. www.treshombreslongbarandgrill.com

University Bar

191 E. Second St., 898-0630. The U-Bar is a popular basement hangout that has everything you need in a college bar—cheap pints, pool tables, an air-hockey table and an extremely loud jukebox.

★The Winchester Goose

800 Broadway, 715-0099. 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. www.thewinchestergoose.com

Casinos Feather Falls Casino

3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3885. With gaming aplenty, this casino boasts a restaurant and brewery as well as a steady flow of touring musicians. www.featherfallscasino.com

Gold Country Casino

4020 Olive Highway, Oroville, 538-4560. This casino boasts an 87-room hotel, plenty of gaming and an array of other entertainment options including karaoke, bowling, comedy night, live music and wide-screen TVs. www.goldcountrycasino.com

Rolling Hills Casino

2655 Barham Ave., Corning, 528-3500. In addition to gaming and a variety of dining options, this complex just off I-5 in Corning offers an eclectic lineup of live entertainment. www.rollinghillscasino.com

Other hot spots Chico State

400 W. First St., 898-4636. The campus offers several places to catch a band, a play, or even a symphony. Laxson Auditorium hosts world-class musical acts and other performers through Chico Performances. www.chicoperformances.com

El Rey Theatre

230 W. Second St., 892-1838. This historic venue has housed a Vaudeville theater, an Elks Lodge and a movie theater. Now, it’s used primarily for touring performers. www.jmaxproductions.net

AMF Orchard Lanes

2397 Esplanade, 895-3257. More than a bowling alley, this entertainment center serves beer and has an arcade, a snack bar, pro shop and plenty of fun. www.amf.com/orchardlanes

Senator Theatre

517 Main St., 898-1497. The Senator hosts some big names in music like Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse, and Steve Aoki. www.jmaxproductions.net

Sierra Nevada Big Room

1075 E. 20th St., 896-2198. The Big Room concert venue hosts an eclectic mix of worldrenowned musical talent, from Victor Wooten to Jackie Greene, two to three times a month. www.sierranevada.com

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★Monstros Pizza & Subs

628 W. Sacramento Ave., 342-1111. This pizzaand-subs eatery has established itself as the go-to spot for punk-rock shows, catering to punks of all ages. www.monstrospizza.com

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Pubs, clubs & bars Argus Bar + Patio

212 W. Second St. Downtown Chico’s newest hotspot, Argus offers premium cocktails and a rotating lineup of food trucks that pull up to the back patio on weekends. www.argusbarandpatio.com

★The Banshee

132 W. Second St., 895-9670. Serving up a variety of delicious pub eats, along with an extensive menu of draft and bottled beers. www.bansheechico.com

The Beach

191 E. Second St., 898-9898. A nightclub and bar featuring an ultra-swanky VIP area on the second floor, and a large dance floor and access to The University Bar and Panama Bar and Café downstairs.

★Bella’s Sports Pub

134 Broadway, 893-5253. Great pub food and a huge beer selection along with sports on big-screen, high-definition TVs. www.bellassportspubchico.com

★Burgers & Brew

201 Broadway, 879-9100. Serving grass-fed beef burgers and a massive selection of worldclass brews, with an outdoor patio in addition to indoor seating. Open late on weekends.

★Café Coda

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

★Café Flo

365 E. Sixth St., 514-8888. An evolving seasonal menu as well as beer and coffee drinks. Look for regular live music, poetry readings and art shows. www.liveatflo.weebly.com

★Casino 99

1414 Park Ave., 892-2282. Chico’s only card room now offers blackjack, casino games and pub grub. www.casino99chico.com

Crazy Horse Saloon

303 Main St., 894-5408. Favored by the college crowd, the Crazy Horse comes complete with a second-floor patio, a large dance floor and even a mechanical bull to ride (after you sign some legal paperwork).

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★Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge

201 Broadway, 342-7000. Known for its hoppin’ late happy hour, Crush is an upscale option downtown with an awesome patio view of Second Street. www.chicocrush.com

1717 Esplanade, 896-1147. This restaurant/bar on The Esplanade attracts a crowd of regulars on weekends and features regular live blues jams. www.nashsrestaurant chico.com

★The DownLo

★Oasis Bar & Grill

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

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

★Panama Bar & Café

Duffy’s Tavern

Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge

337 Main St., 343-7718. Reminiscent of the great, grungy dives in San Francisco, Duffy’s features an old-school jukebox and an odd medley of wall decorations. Look for occasional rock shows, and Irish music on Fridays.

seafood, steaks and tapas, and cocktails. www.johnniesrestaurant.com $$$

Edwards Premium Spirits

LaSalles

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

229 Broadway, 893-1891. A college-focused club featuring two stages—one in the main barroom and the other outside. Both feature cover bands, touring outfits and local musicians. www.lasallesbar.com

★The End Zone

Last Call Lounge

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

250 Cohasset Road, 345-7330. A sports bar serving up pub grub along with weekend brunch. www.theendzonechico.com

★The Graduate

344 W. Eighth St., 343-2790. One of the larger venues in town, this sports bar and restaurant offers a variety of affordable eats, brews, billiards and arcade games. www.thegraduatechico.com

Lost on Main

★The Handle Bar

★Madison Bear Garden

2070 E. 20th St., 894-2337. Offering a German-inspired pub menu to complement a host of specialty craft beers. www.facebook.com/handlebarchico

★The Holiday Inn Lounge

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

Joe’s Bar

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

★Johnnie’s Restaurant & Lounge

220 W. Fourth St., 895-1515. Located inside the historic Hotel Diamond, Johnnie’s offers

319 Main St., 892-2445. This bar and nightclub features a number of DJs and other live shows in an art-rich environment at its spacious downtown location. 316 W. Second St., 891-1639. This Chico classic’s tasty grill items draw families by day, while drink specials, karaoke and adult tricycle races attract students by night. www.madisonbeargarden.com

Maltese Bar & Tap Room

1600 Park Ave., 343-4915. This south Chico watering hole’s stainless-steel-and-wood décor gives it the look of a classic neighborhood bar, which it is. Drink and food specials vary. The bar also boasts a patio, a pool table and shuffleboard. www.themaltesebar.com

★Monks Wine Lounge & Bistro

128 W. Second St., 343-3408. Bringing a touch of sophistication to downtown, Monks offers an extensive wine list and various appetizers, tapas, and gourmet entrées, prepared with

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177 E. Second St., 895-8817. Offering appetizers and American pub food along with a full bar stocked with a wide array of teas made stiff. www.panamabarcafeinchico.com

★Park Avenue Bar & Grill

2010 Park Ave., 893-3500. Features delicious pub grub, pool tables, a patio and a full bar. Catering available.

Peeking Chinese Restaurant

243 W. Second St., 895-3888. A Chinese restaurant by day, Peeking transforms into a full-fledged dance venue on Friday nights during the Bassmint, a weekly electronica showcase. www.facebook.com/BassMintChico

Quackers Lounge

968 East Ave., 895-3825. A bar with a nice dance floor far from downtown, Quackers is full of regulars who are mostly above college-age.

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

Maltese Bar & Tap Room

★Scotty’s Landing

12609 River Road, 710-2020. Off the beaten path, Scotty’s is where river rats go to drink a cold one and munch on something from the grill, or sing the night away during karaoke.

Spirits Lounge

4020 Olive Highway, Oroville (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-334-9400. Get a variety of entertainment all from the same seat— cheer for the home team while watching wide-screen TVs, dance to live music or hit a jackpot at the video machines located at the bar. www.goldcountrycasino.com

Studio Inn Cocktail Lounge

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

★Tackle Box Bar & Grill

379 E. Park Ave., 345-7499. A south Chico hotspot featuring exotic menu items, pool tables, peanuts, live music and a full bar. www.tackleboxchico.com

★Tannins Wine Bar & Bistro

234 W. Third St., 636-4468. One of Chico’s newer venues, Tannins offers an impressive wine list in addition to a menu focused on local, seasonal ingredients. www.tanninschico.com

★Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill

100 Broadway, 342-0425. Choose from an attractive long bar or Euro-café-style seating outside. The taco bar is a latenight fave, as are margaritas made with any one of 120 different tequilas. www.treshombreslongbarandgrill.com

University Bar

191 E. Second St., 898-0630. The U-Bar is a popular basement hangout that has everything you need in a college bar—cheap pints, pool tables, an air-hockey table and an extremely loud jukebox.

★The Winchester Goose

800 Broadway, 715-0099. 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. www.thewinchestergoose.com

Casinos Feather Falls Casino

3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3885. With gaming aplenty, this casino boasts a restaurant and brewery as well as a steady flow of touring musicians. www.featherfallscasino.com

Gold Country Casino

4020 Olive Highway, Oroville, 538-4560. This casino boasts an 87-room hotel, plenty of gaming and an array of other entertainment options including karaoke, bowling, comedy night, live music and wide-screen TVs. www.goldcountrycasino.com

Rolling Hills Casino

2655 Barham Ave., Corning, 528-3500. In addition to gaming and a variety of dining options, this complex just off I-5 in Corning offers an eclectic lineup of live entertainment. www.rollinghillscasino.com

Other hot spots Chico State

400 W. First St., 898-4636. The campus offers several places to catch a band, a play, or even a symphony. Laxson Auditorium hosts world-class musical acts and other performers through Chico Performances. www.chicoperformances.com

El Rey Theatre

230 W. Second St., 892-1838. This historic venue has housed a Vaudeville theater, an Elks Lodge and a movie theater. Now, it’s used primarily for touring performers. www.jmaxproductions.net

AMF Orchard Lanes

2397 Esplanade, 895-3257. More than a bowling alley, this entertainment center serves beer and has an arcade, a snack bar, pro shop and plenty of fun. www.amf.com/orchardlanes

Senator Theatre

517 Main St., 898-1497. The Senator hosts some big names in music like Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse, and Steve Aoki. www.jmaxproductions.net

Sierra Nevada Big Room

1075 E. 20th St., 896-2198. The Big Room concert venue hosts an eclectic mix of worldrenowned musical talent, from Victor Wooten to Jackie Greene, two to three times a month. www.sierranevada.com

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Nash’s Restaurant

LEON BISTRO

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

“It’s one of our favorite places for a splurge, with chef Ann Leon always cooking up surprises and specials with local and seasonal ingredients, the service always perfect, the staff seemingly knowing exactly when to show up—and, just as important, when not to. Colette especially likes the dark interior and the booths, their long tables and the benches’ high wooden backs providing privacy and a sense of seclusion.”

Red Tavern

1250 Esplanade, 894-3463. A seasonal menu specializing in locally grown produce and artisan ingredients accompanied by a full bar, an eclectic wine list and bocce ball. www.redtavern.com $$$

Sicilian Café

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

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Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant

1075 E. 20th St., 345-2739. Bistro fare, award-winning ales and lagers, and an excellent wine list. www.sierranevada.com $$$

International House of Pancakes

Spice Creek Café

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

2040 Business Lane, 893-4988. Breakfast served all day, plus lunch and dinner featuring sandwiches and burgers. www.ihop.com $

The Steak House

540 Main St., 343-8383. Diner-style food at reasonable prices in a family atmosphere. $

4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-334-9400. Fine dining in a sleek, elegant atmosphere. The most tender cuts of hand selected steaks cooked to perfection, luscious lobster and gigantic prawns. Full bar and fine wines. www.goldcountrycasino.com $$$

Homestyle

Jack’s Family Restaurant Kalico Kitchen

2396 Esplanade, 343-3968. 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. www.kalicokitchenchico.com $$

Logan’s Roadhouse

1900 E. 20th St., 891-1098. Throw peanut shells on the floor as you wait for your steak, sandwich, burger, salad or a variety of other fare. www.logansroadhouse.com $$

Angie’s Diner

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

The Bountiful Buffet

4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-334-9400. The Bountiful Buffet serves a delectable selection of gourmet, specialty and home-style cuisine. Select from Asian, Italian and Mexican, delicious prime rib, seafoods, soups and salad bar. www.goldcountrycasino.com $

CJ’s Last Chance Diner

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

Marie Callender’s

1910 E. 20th St., 345-8800. Breakfast specials Monday-Friday. Sunday brunch, cocktails and fresh pies served in a casual atmosphere. www.mariecallenders.com $$

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen

1161 Mangrove Ave., 332-9322. 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! $

Russell’s Family Restaurant

Country Morning Bakery & Café

185 Cohasset Road, 343-5543. Featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, beer and wine. $$

Cozy Diner

Italian

2625 Aztec Drive, 899-0527. Cozy breakfast and lunch restaurant featuring delicious house-baked breads, pies, muffins and cinnamon rolls. Closed Sunday–Monday. $ 1695 Mangrove Ave., 895-1195. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Cozy Diner favorites: crepes, Cobb salad, prime-rib burger, broasted chicken, steak, espresso, beer and wine. www.cozydinerchico.com $

Denny’s

675 Manzanita Court, 345-1146. Straightforward meals served in a family atmosphere. www.dennys.com $

Hometown Buffet

Angelo’s Cucina Trinacria

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

California Pasta Productions

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

2021 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 899-1507. 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. www.hometownbuffet.com $$

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Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge

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

Burrito Bandito

Franky’s

Casa Ramos

Italian Cottage Restaurant

Chipotle Mexican Grill

Olive Garden

Chronic Tacos

506 Ivy St., 898-9948. Locally owned for 19 years, serving pizza, Italian dishes, beer and wine. Delivery through Entree Express. www.frankyschico.com $$ 2234 Esplanade, 343-7000; 2525 Dominic Drive, 342-7771. Family-owned and -operated since 1965, serving local favorites: sandwiches, pizza, pasta, salads and breakfast. www.theitaliancottage.com $$ 2020 Business Lane, 898-8075. Serving pasta and other Italian specialties, including drinks. www.olivegarden.com $$

Panighetti’s Eatery

2760 Esplanade, 809-1640. Offering big portions of moderately priced Italian food. www.panighettis.com $$

Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

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

216 W. East Ave., 894-0119; 2490 Fair St., 893-5050. Specializing in borrego (lamb shank) and fresh fajitas: steak, chicken and shrimp. www.casaramos.net $$ 620 Mangrove Ave., 343-8707; 1950 E. 20th St. (Chico Mall), 343-0706. Fast, made-to-order gourmet burritos and tacos with “endless” combinations of fillings. www.chipotle.com $ 119 W. Second St., 895-8226. Authentic burritos, tacos, tostada bowls, enchiladas and nachos served in a casual atmosphere in the heart of downtown. www.chronictacos.net $

El Patron Taqueria

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

El Rey Mexican Grill

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

Gordo Burrito

Mexican

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

La Cocina Economica

Aca Taco

133 Broadway, 894-0191 and 1000-D W. Sacramento Ave., 343-0909. Authentic Acapulco-style food, including tacos, burritos and housemade enchiladas. www.acatacochico.com $

Amigos De Acapulco

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

Bulldog Taqueria

2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 342-2584. Serving steak, pork and chicken burritos, quesadillas and tacos. www.juanmeanburrito.com $

995 Nord Ave., 592-3605. 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

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

La Comida

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

La Familia Restaurant

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

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La Hacienda

Teddy Malibu’s

2635 Esplanade, 893-8270. Traditional and contemporary Mexican cuisine. www.lahacienda-chico.com $$

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

Ricardo’s Mexican Cocina

2365 Esplanade, 895-9607. Specializing in fresh, delicious Mexican food, prepared from scratch and served in a cozy atmosphere. www.ricardosmexicancocina.com $$

Tortilla Flats

Serrano’s Mexican Grill

Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill

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

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

Sol Mexican Grill

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

100 Broadway, 342-0425. Fajitas, seafood tacos, pasta, fresh steaks and more than 120 tequilas available at the full bar. Sidewalk-café seating available. www.treshombresrestaurant.com $$

Pizza

Speedy Burrito Mexican Grill

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

Celestino’s New York Pizza

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

101 Salem St., 896-1234; 1354 East Ave., 345-7700 (Celestino’s New York Pizza & Pasta). 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. www.celestinospizza.com $$

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Tacos Cortés

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

Tacos Tijuana

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

Tacos Tonaya

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

Tacos Villa Acapulco

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

Farm Star Pizza

2359 Esplanade, 343-2056. 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. www.farmstarpizza.com $$

Grana

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

198 E. Second St., 809-2304. Artisan wood-fired pizzas and other scrumptious fare with a local focus—along with beer and wine—at this modern downtown hot spot. www.granachico.com $$

Taqueria Los Amigos

JT’s Oven

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

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Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza

1305 Mangrove Ave., 345-6403; 14 W. Eaton Road, 343-3993; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 898-1560. Take-and-bake pizza and breadsticks. www.papamurphys.com $$

Pizza Guys

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

Round Table Pizza

Multiple locations. Pizza selections and salads in a casual atmosphere. www.roundtablepizza.com $$

Sbarro

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

Woodstock’s Pizza

166 E. Second St., 893-1500. Award-winning pizza, cold beer on tap, fresh salads, appetizers, desserts and new sandwiches. Dine in, takeout and delivery. www.woodstockschico.com $$

Monstros Pizza & Subs

Street Food

Little Caesars Pizza

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

Mad Dash Pizza

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

Mamma Celeste’s Stone Baked Pizzeria

1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-1510. Serving signature Italian sandwiches, “Cracker Crust” pizza, and build-your-own calzones. www.mammacelestespizzeria.com $

Monstros Pizza & Subs

628 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-7672. Offering pizza and sub sandwiches. www.monstrospizza.com $

Mountain Mike’s Pizza

1722 Mangrove Ave., 893-1923; 1105 W. Fifth St., 899-9115. An extensive menu of specialty pizzas, along with a salad bar and sandwiches. www.mountainmikes.com $$

The Black Kettle

www.facebook.com/blackkettlechico, 354-1013. Serving up a menu that changes daily and features fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. $

Burritos El Caporal

3005 Esplanade, www.facebook.com/burritos.elcaporal1. Features traditional Mexican fare, including burritos, tacos and tamales. We hear their carne asada burrito supreme is to-die-for. $

Caribbean Cafe

www.facebook.com/caribbeancafechico, (415) 272-2166. Mobile food cart serving eastern Caribbean food. Catering available. $

Chico Chuckwagon

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“Top dish: pulled-pork tacos. They come with feta cheese, cilantro, hot sauce, crunchy onions and pulled pork. I think the pork with the feta cheese really gives it something extra that you don’t find in the sandwich.” —Kyle Madson, cook at Ike’s Smokehouse

“The carnitas plate, because the deep-fried pork with the spicy salsa is really good. The asada burritos and tacos are the most “It’s so hard to decide what my favorite popular, but the carniitem on our menu is, because our menu changes all the time. I get bored really eas- tas are my favorite.” —Blanca Reyes, ily. But I’d say for our customer base, it’s cook at Fiesta Taco the Taco Smash Supreme. It’s a blend of hot and cold foods. It starts with a bed of kale; it’s got hot smashed yams; taco-seasoned grass-fed ground beef; then it’s topped with local Pacific Crest Salsa; avocado; all the farmers’ market veggies including red onion, carrots, beets; local almond cheese and that’s it.” —Jenna Hunter, co-owner of The Hunter & The Farmer

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fries and acai bowls. Also serving up vegetarian options and a kid’s menu. Available for special events. $

Hungry Hound

Crazy Dog

www.facebook.com/CrazyDogChico. Yummy hot dogs, Polish sausages, hot links and veggie dogs, most often found at First and Ivy streets near the Chico State campus. $

Cupcake Crusader

www.cupcakecrusader.com, 899-1100. Mobile truck complements the brick-and-mortar store. (See page 27 for more.) $

Fiesta Taco

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

Gordo Burrito

Corners of Eighth and Pine streets and 20th Street and Park Avenue, www.facebook.com/GordoBurrito. Serving burritos, tostadas, tortas, tacos, quesadillas and chimichangas. Awesome shrimp specials and friendly service. $

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

THE HUNTER AND THE FARMER “As for the Taco Smash: Any person who has not yet tried the food-truck’s signature dish (and thus become one of the growing number of people who swear by its goodness) should do so. It is a thoroughly tasty and satisfying meal, and one has, after that last bite is gone, the satisfying, ‘clean’ feeling of having eaten something really nutritious.” —CHRISTINE G.K. LAPADO-BREGLIA, CN&R RESTAURANT CRITIC

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

The Hunter and the Farmer

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

Ike’s Smokehouse

www.ikessmokehouse.com. 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. $

Inday’s Filipino Food

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

Maria’s Gone Tamales

566-4085 or find it on Facebook. 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? $

Mayhem Gourmet Grilled Cheese

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

Pop’s Pizza

www.facebook.com/PopsPizzas. 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

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

Tacos El Paisa

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

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Wander

www.wanderfoods.com, 680-3871. 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 Wednesdays. Catering available. $

Weiner Man

Weiner Man

Find him on Facebook. The Weiner Man not only offers tasty hot dogs and bratwursts with a friendly smile, he also has become the defacto leader of the local street-food movement. Thanks, Weiner Man! $

Sweets Baskin-Robbins

Multiple locations. Offering ice cream, smoothies, shakes and cakes. www.baskinrobbins.com $

Tacos El Pinolero

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

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Tacos El Tapatio

Cold Stone Creamery

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

Tacos Puerto Vallarta

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

Tacos Ramirez

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

Tacos Tonaya #2

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

Tamale Tango

www.facebook.com/TamaleTango. 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. $

2760 Esplanade, 636-4525. Serving frozen yogurt and ice cream. $ 146 Broadway, 891-3331. 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. www.coldstonecreamery.com $

The Cookie Shoppe

1600 Mangrove Ave., 899-3385. Featuring gourmet cookies and gift items. Closed weekends. www.thecookieshoppe.com $

Cupcake Crusader

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

Donut Nook

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

Donut Rising

1008 Sacramento Ave., Ste. A1, 894-7847. This artisan shop features specialty donuts, such as the gummy-bear-topped Terr Bear and the bacon-topped O’Canada Bar. www.donutrising.com $ DINING LIST continued on page 28

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121 W. Third St., 332-9866. An old-fashioned candy store with more than 5,000 treats, including gelatos and sorbettos. www.powellsss.com $

SHUBERT’S “Henri is a huge fan of Shubert’s Ice Cream and Candy (obviously) .... I love their homemade ice cream and have tried most flavors. My favorites, all delicious on waffle cones: chocolate chip, toasted almond, Chico mint (milk chocolate with pieces of Shubert’s green homemade mints), and amaretto, although on occasion the yummy bittersweet chocolate or Mt. Shasta (chocolate ice cream with coconut) call my name.” —HENRI BOURRIDE, CN&R RESTAURANT CRITIC

See’s Candies

1947 E. 20th St., 891-3384. The place in Chico to get all your classic See’s goodies. Yum! $

Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy

178 E. Seventh St., 342-7163. 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! www.shuberts.com $

Sweet Cottage

220 Broadway, 513-2044. 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. $

Synergy Health & Wellness

Donut Wheel

2404 Esplanade, 345-4528. Serving delicious donuts, pastries and ham and cheese sandwiches, homemade fresh daily. Delivery available for orders of 10 dozen or more. $

Gelayo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato

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

Wine

1380 East Ave., 345-7626. Frozen yogurt and gelato. $

Hernandez Farm

156 Eaton Road, 809-2489. Fresh juices and non-dairy smoothies in addition to a small sandwich and salad menu. Fresh produce for sale as well. $

Helen’s Donut Nook

807 Main St., 343-4031. Serving fresh donuts and coffee daily until 2 p.m. $

Jamba Juice

Multiple locations. Fresh juices and smoothies with vitamin enhancers, plus nutritious breads and wheat grass. www.jambajuice.com $

Jon & Bon’s Yogurt Shoppe

300 Broadway, 899-9580; 1722 Mangrove Ave., 899-0484. Delicious frozen yogurt, smoothies, ice cream, frozen coffee drinks and Hawaiian snow. $

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LaRocca Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting Room

222 W. Second St., 899-9463. 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. www.laroccavineyards.com $

Purple Line Urban Winery

760 Safford St. in downtown Oroville, 534-1785. 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. www.purplelinewinery.com $$

Tannins Wine Bar & Bistro

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

234 W. Third St., 636-4468. An extensive wine menu is complemented by a selection of moderately priced small plates made with locally sourced ingredients. $$

Krispy Kreme

Wine Time

2060 Business Lane, 891-3492. Serving donuts and coffee. www.krispykreme.com $

La Flor de Michoacán Palatería y Nevería

1080 W. Sacramento Ave., Ste. C, 893-9999. A Mexican ice cream shop with many flavors and toppings, plus other sweet treats. $

26 Lost Dutchman Drive, 899-9250. 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. www.winetimechico.com $$

Lovely Layers Cakery

131 Meyers St., 828-9931. Cakes, cupcakes, cookies and more made to order (and delivered). Closed Sunday and Monday. www.lovelylayerscakery.com $

Mim’s Bakery

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

Orange Julius

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

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INDEX 5th Street Steakhouse ...................15 100th Monkey Café & Books ..........13 Aca Taco ........................................21 AMF Orchard Lanes.......................17 Amigos De Acapulco......................21 Angelo’s Cucina Trinacria...............19 Angie’s Diner .................................19 The Albatross ................................15 Aonami Sustainable Sushi ...........4, 8 Applebee’s Grill & Bar ....................6 Argus Bar + Patio..........................16 Arsenio’s Mexican Food.................19 Bacio Catering & Carry Out ..........13 The Banshee ..............................6, 16 Baskin-Robbins .............................27 Basque Norte ................................15 The Beach .....................................16 Beach Hut Deli ................................6 Beatniks Coffee House & Breakfast Joint............................5 Bellachino’s Espresso & Panini Café .................13 Bella’s Sports Pub .........................16 Bidwell Perk...................................13 Big Al’s Drive In ...............................6 Big Chico Burger.............................6 Big Tuna Sushi Bistro.......................4 The Black Kettle.......................23, 24 The Bountiful Buffet .......................19 Brain Freeze Yogurt ......................27 Breakfast Buzz ...............................5 Broadway Heights California Cuisine...........................14 Broadway Market & Deli.................4 Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works .........6 Bulldog Taqueria ............................21 Burgers & Brew ........................6, 16 Burrito Bandito..............................21 Burritos El Caporal .......................23 Cabana Café..................................13 Café Coda..................................6, 16 Café Flo ....................................13, 16 The Cafe Restaurant.......................6 Cal Java Coffee Roasters ..............13 California Pasta Productions .........19 Caribbean Cafe.............................23 Casa Ramos ..................................21 Casino 99.......................................16 Celestino’s New York Pizza .............................22 Chada Thai Cuisine .........................4 Chan Pheng’s Mandarin Cuisine ......4 The Cheesesteak Shop ..................12 Chicoichi Ramen .............................4 Chico Chuckwagon........................23 Chico Locker & Sausage Co. .........12 Chico State ....................................17 Chili’s Grill & Bar ...........................12 Chipotle Mexican Grill ....................21 Christian Michaels Ristorante........15 Chronic Tacos................................21 CJ’s Last Chance Diner..................19 Cocodine Thai Cuisine.....................4 The Coffee Corner.........................13 Coffee Ranch.................................13 Cold Stone Creamery ...................27 The Cookie Shoppe .......................27 Country Morning Bakery & Cafe ...........................................19 Country Waffles..............................6 Cozy Diner.....................................19 Crazy Dog.....................................26 Crazy Horse Saloon ......................16

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Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge ..................................16, 21 Cupcake Crusader ..................26, 27 Denny’s..........................................19 The Dog House ..............................12 Domino’s Pizza..............................22 Donut Nook ...................................27 Donut Rising ..................................27 Donut Wheel .................................28 The Down Lo ..................................16 Duffy’s Tavern ................................16 Dutch Bros. Coffee ........................13 Edwards Premium Spirits ..............16 Egg Roll King ...................................4 EJ’s Dogs & Subs...........................12 El Patron Taqueria .........................21 El Rey Mexican Grill .......................21 El Rey Theatre ...............................17 Empire Coffee ...............................13 The End Zone............................12, 16 Enjoy Teriyaki ..................................4 Everyday Vietnamese Cuisine .........4 Farm Star Pizza ............................22 Farwood Bar & Grill ......................15 Fast Eddie’s....................................12 Feather Falls Casino ......................21 Fiesta Taco ..............................25, 26 Five & Eye Island Grill ....................14 Franky’s .........................................21 Gelayo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato.....28 Gen Kai Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar ....................................4 Ginger’s Chinese Restaurant ..........4 Gogi’s Café ....................................14 Gold Country Casino .....................21 Gordo Burrito ..........................21, 26 The Graduate ...........................12, 16 Grana............................................22 Great Harvest Bread Co................14 The Handle Bar.........................12, 16 Happy Garden.................................4 Has Beens Creekside ....................13 Has Beans Internet Café & Galleria ......................................13 Here Today Coffee Cart ................26 Hernandez Farm ...........................28 Helen’s Donut Nook.......................28 Hometown Buffet...........................19 House of Bamboo ...........................5 The Holiday Inn Lounge ..................16 Hula’s Chinese Bar-B-Q...................5 Hungry Hound ...............................26 The Hunter and the Farmer.....25, 26 IHOP ..............................................19 Ike’s Smokehouse....................25, 26 Inday’s Filipino Food ......................26 Italian Cottage ...............................21 It’s a Grind Coffee House...............13 Izakaya Ichiban ................................5 Jack’s Family Restaurant ...............19 Jamba Juice ..................................28 Japanese Blossoms ........................5 Java Detour ...................................13 Joe’s Bar .......................................16 Johnnie’s Restaurant ................15, 16 Jon & Bon’s Yogurt Shoppe ..........28 JT’s Oven ......................................22 Kalico Kitchen ................................19 Kinder’s Custom Meats & Deli.......12 The Kitchen Table ..........................14 Kiwi Blast Frozen Yogurt ...............28 Kona’s Downtown ..........................12 Kona’s on Nord ..............................12

Krispy Kreme ................................28 Kwando Restaurant.........................5 La Cocina Economica ....................21 La Comida .....................................21 La Familia Restaurant ....................21 La Flor de Michoacan....................28 La Hacienda ..................................22 LaRocca Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting Room........................28 LaSalles .........................................16 Last Call Lounge ............................16 Leon Bistro ....................................15 Leonardo’s.....................................15 Little Caesar’s Pizza......................23 Logan’s Roadhouse........................19 Lost on Main ..................................16 Lovely Layers Cakery. ...................28 Mad Dash Pizza.............................23 Madison Bear Garden ..............12, 16 Maltese Bar & Tap Room...............16 Mamma Celeste’s Stone Baked Pizzeria ..............................23 Marcelli’s Sandwiches & More ..........................................12 Maria’s Gone Tamales ...................26 Marie Callender’s ..........................19 Mayhem Gourmet Grilled Cheese .26 Mekkala Thai Cuisine.......................5 Mim’s Bakery ................................28 Mom’s .............................................6 Mondo’s Café.................................13 Monks Wine Lounge & Bistro....15, 16 Monstros Pizza & Subs ............17, 23 Morning Thunder Café ....................6 Mountain Mike’s Pizza ...................23 Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse ..............................13 Nash’s 7th Avenue Omelette House..............................6 Nash’s Restaurant.....................17, 19 Nobby’s .........................................12 Noodle House .................................5 Oasis Bar & Grill.......................12, 17 Ojiya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar ....................................5 Olive Garden..................................21 Orange Julius ................................28 Outback Steakhouse......................14 Panama Bar & Café..................12, 17 Panda Express ................................5 Panighetti’s Eatery.........................21 Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza ........................23 Park Avenue Bar & Grill.................17 Peeking Chinese Restaurant ......5, 17 Peet’s Coffee & Tea .......................13 Pelican’s Roost Chowder House ....14 Peter Chu’s Mandarin Cuisine .........5 Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse ...21 Petra Mediterranean Cuisine.........14 Pho C & C .......................................5 The Pita Pit ....................................14 Pizza Guys.....................................23 Pluto’s............................................14 Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen............19 Pop’s Pizza ....................................26 The Pour House .............................14 Powell’s Sweet Shoppe .................28 Priya Indian Cuisine........................14 Purple Line Urban Winery .............28 Quackers Lounge ...........................17 Quiznos Sub Shop..........................12 Rawbar Restaurant & Sushi Bar.....5 Red Lobster...................................14 Red Tavern.....................................19 Ricardo’s Mexican Cocina.............22 Rice Bowl ........................................5 Rice Wok .........................................5

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Riley’s ............................................17 Rolling Hills Casino.........................21 The Roost Café ...............................6 Roots Catering...............................15 Round Table Pizza .........................23 Russell’s Family Restaurant.....................................19 S&S Barbeque & Deli....................12 Sbarro ..........................................23 Scotty’s Landing .......................12, 17 Scrambles ......................................6 Scrappy Dog .................................26 See’s Candies ...............................28 Senator Theatre ............................17 Serrano’s Mexican Grill.................22 Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy ......28 Sicilian Café ...................................19 Sierra Nevada Big Room ...............17 Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant.................................19 Sin of Cortez...................................6 Sipho’s Restaurant & Café ............15 Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ..........................12 Sol Mexican Grill ...........................22 Sophia’s Authentic Thai Cuisine.....................................5 Speedy Burrito Mexican Grill ........22 Spice Creek Café...........................19 Spirits Lounge................................17 Spiteri’s Delicatessen ....................12 Starbucks ......................................13 The Steak House............................19 Studio Inn Cocktail Lounge .............17 SubStation Deli ..............................12 Subway ..........................................12 Sultan’s Bistro ...............................15 Sushi King & Boba Tea Zone..........27 Sweet Cottage ..............................28 Synergy Health & Wellness ...........28 T Bar & Fusion Cafe ......................15 Tackle Box Bar & Grill....................17 Tacos Cortés ................................22 Tacos El Grullense.........................26 Tacos El Paisa ...............................26 Tacos Mary ...................................22 Tacos Puerto Vallarta....................27 Tacos Ramirez...............................27 Tacos Tijuana ................................22 Tacos Tonaya.................................22 Tacos Tonaya #2............................27 Tacos Villa Acapulco......................22 Tamale Tango.................................27 Tannins Wine Bar & Bistro .............17 Taqueria Los Amigos .....................22 Teddy Malibu’s...............................22 Teriyaki House.................................5 Thai Basil.........................................5 Tin Roof Bakery & Café .................13 Togo’s ............................................12 Tong Fong Low.................................5 Tony’s Chinese Restaurant..............5 Tortilla Flats ..................................22 Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill......17 Turandot North China Gourmet Cuisine .............................5 University Bar................................17 Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery .......13 Wander .........................................27 Weiner Man ...................................27 Windy’s Chinese Restaurant ...........5 Wild Oak Café ................................15 The Winchester Goose...............8, 17 Wine Time .................................8, 28 Wingstop........................................12 Wok ‘n’ Roll......................................5 Woodstock’s Pizza ........................23 Zot’s Hot Dogs ...............................13


Dear CNR Reader, At The Steak House we have a saying that “Traditions begin tonight!” Come see for yourself why we are proud to be one of the finest restaurants in Butte County. Located on the sixth floor of Gold Country Casino & Hotel, our newly remodeled 3-tier dining room features tables adorned with crystal stemware, white tablecloths, premium flatware and a wine list with 110 choices that are sure to please any aficionado. Our full service bar is the perfect area to decompress with a cocktail, enjoy some crispy calamari and, if you’re lucky, catch a beautiful sunset over Table Mountain from our 20-foot panoramic windows. Regarding our menu, I’m very excited to tell you about our fantastic beef program focused on Certified Angus Beef that is born, bred and fed in the Midwest. This is the most consistent product on the market today, anywhere. All of our steaks are hand cut when you order them and are aged a minimum of 28 days to ensure ultimate flavor, tenderness and quality. You really have to taste the difference. We’ve also recently launched a dry aged beef program over the past year that is unique to our Steak House, bringing forth what is now truly the “Dawning of a Dry Age”. Our seafood is ordered fresh daily by Chef Armstrong and includes oysters on the half shell, 12 ounce Australian lobster tails, Alaskan king crab, jumbo prawns, diver scallops, Atlantic salmon, and seasonal favorites of sea bass and halibut. The menu changes to match the season because we always focus on “fresh”, but if seafood isn’t for you don’t worry because we also serve juicy prime rib daily. Then cap off your evening with a snifter of brandy while enjoying a tableside flaming Bananas Foster. Luckily we have hotel rooms available because you y may y never want to leave, and on weekends reservations are highly recommended! Make tonight a special occasion and discover why our service and commitment to excellence sets us apart from our competition in being named the #1 rated restaurant on Trip Advisor for the Oroville area. I hope to see you soon.

Cheers! Grant Townsend Director of Food & Beverage Gold Country Casino & Hotel

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