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A Local Favorite Since 1965! Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner We serve great Italian dinners, famous deli sandwiches, homemade pizzas & calzones and the freshest salads in town! Don’t forget our delicious breakfast served everyday starting at 6:00am. Our family has owned and operated the Italian Cottage for over 48 years. You can count on the same quality & consistency since day one, with some new & exciting specials: 10 oz Top Sirloin, Rustic Chicken Parmesean, Roasted Garlic, Pasta Ka-Boom, Tostada Stratta, Corned Beef Hash & Eggs, Eggs Benedict, Blueberry Pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy and more!

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2234 The Esplanade Chico 343-7000 6am - 11pm

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A CN&R Restaurant & Nightlife Guide FALL 2013/WINTER 2014 130 Main Street Downtown Chico www.UpperCrustChico.com (530) 895-3866

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elcome to Savor, the CN&R’s semi-annual guide to Chico’s thriving restaurant scene. Inside, you’ll find a categorized listing of the area’s eateries, helpful tips from savvy locals, a new section highlighting Chico’s first-rate nightlife opportunities and two special stories to whet your appetite.

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Asian....................................4

FEATURES Brunch made bubbly ............8

Breakfast Nooks..................6

Champagne brunch at Nash’s Restaurant is a reason to celebrate in itself.

Burgers, Delis & Dogs........12

Nightlife ..............................20 Happy hour, refined ...........22

Cafés & Bistros..................13 Eclectic Eats .......................14 Fine Dining ..........................17 Homestyle ..........................17 Italian..................................19 Mexican ..............................19 Pizza ..................................26 Sweets ...............................27 Vino....................................28

Drinks and dining during late-night happy hour at Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge.

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©2013 Chico Community Publishing The information in this dining guide is current as of August 2013. Listings and prices are subject to change at any time.

HappY GarDen Chinese restaurant

180 Cohasset road • (near the esplanade) 893-2574 or 893-5068 Fall 2013/Winter 2014 DINING GUIDE

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Ricardo’s Mexican Cocina

Asian

Chan Pheng’s Mandarin Cuisine

Aonami Sustainable Sushi

Chicoichi Ramen

1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 924-3168. Asian fusion and Japanese cuisine made mostly from North State ingredients and served in a sleek, modern atmosphere. $

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. $

Big Tuna Sushi Bistro

Cocodine Thai Cuisine

1140 Mangrove Ave., 894-6888. Serving Mandarin, Hunan and Szechwan cuisine. $$

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

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

Broadway Market & Deli

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

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. $

Chada Thai Cuisine

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

Egg Roll King

Enjoy Teriyaki

450 Broadway, 899-9344. Teriyaki combos and more for dining in or take-out at this downtown eatery. $

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 $$

Ginger’s Chinese Restaurant

Key To Symbols $ $$ $$$

Entrées less than $10 Entrées priced $10-$15 Entrées priced $15 and up

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

Happy Garden

180 Cohasset Road, 893-2574. Delicious Chinese cuisine served in

generous portions. $$

House of Bamboo

163 E. Second St., 893-8811. Vibrant Southeast Asian dishes made with

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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. $$

Kwando Restaurant

740 Mangrove Ave., 343-6788. An all-you-can-eat 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. $

INSIDER TIP House of Bamboo On my most recent birthday, I chose House of Bamboo for dinner. For my friends in attendance, my decision was no surprise—I’ve long been vocal in my appreciation for the modern Southeast Asian-fusion restaurant. Of items on the menu (which include Vietnamese, Thai and Chinese offerings), my personal favorites are the Chow Mein, Pineapple Fried Rice, Beef and Broccoli Sauté and Orange Sesame Chicken. A world away from sloppy, MSG-soaked take-out Chinese food, each dish is delicately prepared and never overly seasoned. As for the dessert menu, I can’t say—I’ve always been too full to consider it. —HOWARD HARDEE

Noodle House

Rice Bowl

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

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

Ojiya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Rice Wok

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. $$$

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

Panda Express

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

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

Peeking Chinese Restaurant

Sophia’s Authentic Thai Cuisine Teriyaki House

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

951 Nord Ave., 894-3040; 236 W. East Ave., 894-6127. A Japanese fastfood restaurant specializing in teriyaki. Nord location open daily; East Avenue location closed on Sunday. www.teriyakihousechico.com $

Peter Chu’s Mandarin Cuisine

Thai Basil

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 hip sushi bar and Asian grill offering a full bar, take-out, happy hour, affordable lunches. Reservations accepted. Closed Sunday. www.rawbarchico.com $$

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

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 $$

Tony’s Chinese Restaurant

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 Asian Food & Hawaiian BBQ Gen Kai Japanese Cuisine

1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 892-1868. Savory Chinese and Hawaiian entrees, combo plates and sushi rolls. Delivery or sit-down dining in a casual atmosphere. $ DINING LIST continued on page 6 Fall 2013/Winter 2014 DINING GUIDE

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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 $

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

INSIDER TIP Roost Café Homemade hollandaise sauce. If that’s not enough to get you out of bed, nothing is. And the Roost Café, a cozy Park Avenue breakfast nook, specializes in generous pourings of the tangy, buttery goodness on a variety of eggs Benedictstyle dishes—with choices that include ham, bacon, veggie, avocado, and—best of all— corned-beef hash on the nonpareil Irish Benedict. And, while I fully support the gut-filling goodness of either the home fries or hash browns that come with it, I always go with the steamed fresh spinach to provide the perfect balance for the rich morning specialty. —JASON CASSIDY

Nash’s 7th Avenue Omelette House

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

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

Italian Cottage

Roost Café

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

Morning Thunder Café

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

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. $$

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. $$

Sin of Cortez

2290 Esplanade, 879-9200. Enjoy specialty coffees or teas at one of Chico’s favorite breakfast and lunch places. www.sinofcortez.com $$ DINING LIST continued on page 12

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Champagne brunch at Nash’s Restaurant is a festive affair

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o matter which side of the bed you tend to rise from— the wrong or the right— there are few things guaranteed to put a rosy perspective on a new day like kicking it off with a champagne brunch. Chico has several options for this endeavor, one of the most popular being Nash’s Restaurant. Since 1994, the Esplanade eatery has been a Chico favorite of both year-round residents and the college crowd. Nash’s hosts its champagne brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., making it an excellent destination for those looking for a nosh and a nip before Mass, as well as later risers who may have celebrated a bit too heartily the previous night. Wait-

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times vary, but to the credit of the restaurant’s large and attentive staff, it usually doesn’t take more than a half-hour to be seated. There are three dining areas inside of Nash’s. The front dining room, which goes by the name Nash’s 7th Avenue Omelette House, resembles your average diner, and

Nash’s server Amy Clarke will make sure your champgne glass stays bottomless.

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barely hints at the central, main dining room lying just beyond, where large, exposed wood beams hold up a corrugated-metal ceiling and windows run the length of two walls, filling the room with sunlight. It’s a nice blend of modern and traditional ambiences, and the main dining room is clean, airy and—during brunch—bustling with activity. The third dining room—situated just off the restaurant’s full bar at the north end of the restaurant—is a lot darker and not nearly as loud, which may be preferable for those patrons wanting a little “hair of the dog.”

“Even if there’s no particular reason to make it a party, champagne brunch with friends and family is a reason to celebrate in itself.”

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The overall atmosphere at Nash’s during brunch is festive and friendly. On any given weekend, you’re likely to see several large parties toasting to weddings, engagements and anything else worth celebrating. Even if there’s no particular reason to make it a party, having champagne brunch with friends and family is a reason to celebrate in itself. Nash’s—at least at brunch time—is more suited for larger parties of four and up than for intimate outings. Once seated, brunch-goers can choose from a full breakfast menu featuring favorite standbys— scrambles ($8.95 to $9.95), eggs Benedict BRUNCH continued on page 10

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($7.95 for a half-order, $10.95 for a full order), biscuits and gravy ($8.95), and much more. If you prefer sweet over savory, try the French toast dipped in cinnamonand-vanilla egg batter ($7.95) or the “petite cakes”—small pancakes, as the name implies ($4.95 for a half-order, $6.95 for a full order). Specialties include various Mexican-inspired dishes and the chicken-fried chicken ($9.25)—a pounded chicken breast prepared like chicken-fried steak. Omelets are central to Nash’s menu, and the restaurant offers 10 varieties ($8.95 to $9.95) featuring traditional ingredients (i.e., the Jambon, featuring diced ham, sweet onions, and jack and cheddar cheeses), as well as more exotic choices (such as a pizza omelet with sliced pepperoni, green onions, black olives and mozzarella cheese). Egg whites can be substituted for an additional 75 cents, and most breakfasts come with choice of country potatoes or hash browns, “zucchini shreds” (a squash version of hashbrowns), fruit and choice of toast. And, of course, there’s the bub-

bly. Bottomless champagne is $4.75 when one orders a meal costing $7.95 or more. Nash’s crack team of servers is committed to keeping the glasses topped off, and it’s easy to get your fill in a one- to two-hour brunch sitting. For those who prefer to add a little sunshine to their champagne with orange juice, Mimosa-style, a small carafe


with enough to top a dozen glasses is available for $2.75. One heads-up is in order when gathering a party for a Nash’s adventure—there is a $2 charge to split checks, so it’s easier to either bring cash or come prepared to do a little math (several cards can be used on one bill). They also add an 18 percent gratuity to parties of six or more. Chico has a number of other fantastic brunch establishments as well. To name a few: On Saturdays and Sundays, Café Coda (265 Humboldt Ave., 566-9476) offers a full, excellent breakfast menu with an added bottomless glass of champagne for $4. The Italian Cottage (2234 Esplanade, 343-7000; 2525 Dominic Drive, 342-7771) is another local favorite (Sundays only, free glass of champagne with breakfast purchase and $1 refills). And for the college crowd, The Breakfast Buzz (208 Cedar St., 343-3444) is the go-to destination, offering bottomless champagne for $7.50 (when purchased with a meal) Friday through Sunday. ● Nash’s 7th Avenue Omelette House/ Nash’s Restaurant 1717 Esplanade 896-1147 Breakfast/champagne brunch: Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Sin of Cortez

Burgers, Delis & Dogs Applebee’s Grill & Bar

2030 Business Lane, 343-6888. Famous for barbecue riblets, grilled

steaks and Oriental chicken salad. www.jafoods.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 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 $

Chili’s Grill & Bar

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. Indoor seating at East Avenue location. www.chicodoghouse.com $

EJ’s Dogs & Subs

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

The End Zone

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 $$

Fast Eddie’s

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 $

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The Graduate

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. Kinder’s specialty is the marinated ball-tip steak sandwich. Catering available. www.kindersbbq.com $$

Kona’s Sandwiches

138 Main St., 893-4344; 965 Nord Ave., 894-1635. Inexpensive and delicious sandwiches and wraps. $

Madison Bear Garden

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 $

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 “cheese skirt.” Closed Sunday and Monday. $

Oasis Bar & Grill

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 $

Panama Bar & Café

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 $

Quiznos Sub Shop

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

S & S Barbeque & Deli

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

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

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 $$

Sub Station

160 Convair Court, 898-1020; 2404 Park Ave., 343-9178. Sub sandwiches and other deli-style foods. $

Cafe’s & 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. $

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

Subway

Multiple locations. “Eat fresh!” www.subway.com $

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

Togo’s

The Coffee Corner

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

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

Zot’s Hot Dogs

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

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

Dutch Bros. Coffee

Empire Coffee Burgers & Brew

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

Has Beans Creekside

1080 Humboldt Ave., 332-9645. Cozy Internet café and bakery. www.hasbeans.com $

Has Beans Internet Café & Galleria

501 Main St., 894-3033. Offering fresh-roasted coffees, teas, pastries, candy, wireless Internet café and gallery. www.hasbeans.com $

It’s a Grind

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

Java Detour

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

Mondo’s Café

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

Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse

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

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Peet’s Coffee & Tea

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 and fine coffees at its SOPO (south of the post office) location. $

Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery

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

Eclectic Eats Bacio Catering & Carry Out

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 $

Tin Roof Bakery & Café

Broadway Heights California Cuisine

300 Broadway, 899-8075. House-baked focaccia sandwiches, specialty salads, gourmet pizzas, California-style dinner entrées and fresh housemade desserts. www.broadwayheightschico.com $$

Five & Eye Island Grill

648 W. Fifth St., 343-4555. Sandwiches, wraps, burgers, fish and chips, salads, teriyaki bowls and quesadillas served at this island-themed eatery in the heart of the south-campus neighborhood. www.fiveandeye.net $

Gogi’s Café

230 Salem St., 891-3570. Indian-Pakistani appetizers, entrées, desserts

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Leonardo’s

973 East Ave., 342-8840. Specializing in Spanish tapas, salads and paella, as well as delicacies from France, Italy and Greece. There’s a deli with specialty cheeses and meats, too. Take-out or eat on the premises. $$

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. $$

Petra Mediterranean Cuisine

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

The Pita Pit

INSIDER TIP Bacio Catering & Carry Out How, one might wonder, can a take-out food venue receive the high accolades one might think should be reserved for a sit-down eatery? It’s because the food at Bacio is so darned good. Owned by longtime Chico caterer Amanda Leveroni, Bacio whips up stellar fresh, healthful eats (and dessert items!) made with locally sourced ingredients. Try Bacio’s Salad Trifecta, or The Sandwich, made with free-range chicken or local organic pulled pork, and you’ll be hooked. Oh yes, and you actually can dine in at Bacio, at the counter or at one of their three cozy tables—two inside and one out.

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 $

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Sipho’s Restaurant & Café

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

Sultan’s Bistro

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

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. $$

Priya Indian Cuisine

T. Tea Bar & Fusion Café

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 $$$

Roots Catering & Restaurant

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 $

Wild Oak Café

196 Cohasset Road, Ste. 150, 343-4876. Offering organic grilled sandwiches, soups, and salads. $

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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 $$$

The Albatross

3312 Esplanade, 809-1108. New American cuisine for brunch, lunch and dinner accompanied by live music on weekends. $$$

Red Tavern

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 $$$

Johnnie’s Restaurant

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 $$$

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 $$

Nash’s Restaurant

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 $$

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

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 $$$

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 $$$

Homestyle Angie’s Diner

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

CJ’s Last Chance Diner

13670 Anderson Brothers Drive, 343-1901. Order a gourmet burger, the barrel-smoked tri-tip sandwich or the hot pastrami. Open MondaySaturday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. $$

Country Morning Bakery & Café

2625 Aztec Drive, 899-0527. Cozy breakfast and lunch restaurant featuring delicious house-baked breads, pies, muffins and cinnamon rolls. Closed Sunday and Monday. www.countrymorningbakery cafechico.com $

Cozy Diner

1695 Mangrove Ave., 895-1195. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Cozy 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

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.home townbuffet.com $$

International House of Pancakes

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

Jack’s Family Restaurant

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

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 $$

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pasta, salads and breakfast. www.theitaliancottage.com $$

Logan’s Roadhouse

Olive Garden

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 $$

2020 Business Lane, 898-8075. Serving pasta and other Italian specialties, including drinks. www.olivegarden.com $$

Marie Callender’s

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

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

Russell’s Family Restaurant

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

Panighetti’s Eatery

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 $$

Mexican

Italian

Aca Taco

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 $$

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 $$$

133 Broadway, 894-0191. Authentic Acapulco-style food, including tacos, burritos and house-made enchiladas. www.acatacochico.com $

Amigos De Acapulco

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

Arsenio’s Mexican Food

969 East Ave., 893-2767. Serving up carnitas, burritos and other traditional Mexican cuisine. $$

Burrito Bandito

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

Franky’s

Casa Ramos

Italian Cottage Restaurant

Chipotle Mexican Grill

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,

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. Fast, made-to-order gourmet burritos and tacos with “endless” combinations of fillings. www.chipotle.com $

Chronic Tacos

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 $

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Aca Taco

1354 East Ave., 343-9779; 2454 Notre Dame Blvd., 891-8888 (El Patron II). Authentic Mexican food served in a casual atmosphere. $

Bordered by Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ and Gypsy Rose Salon, Aca Taco on Broadway opened in 1993 and is still going strong. It’s a favorite among those who work downtown, as well as high school and college students. Prices are reasonable (from $1.15 for a mini taco to $6.50 for a chicken, beef or al pastor bowl), the food is tasty, and the service pleasant. The dining area has two bigscreen TVs and the kitchen is right behind the counter, so patrons can watch their food’s preparation. Your best bet is an order of taquitos ($4.25 for three) that come buried in sliced tomatoes, sour cream and shredded lettuce. —TOM GASCOYNE

El Rey Mexican Grill

465 E. 20th St., 342-4121. Affordable and delicious Mexican fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner. $

Gordo Burrito

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

La Cocina Economica

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

La Comida

954 Mangrove Ave., 345-2254. Mexican-style food served fast in a friendly atmosphere. www.lacomidarestaurants.com $ DINING LIST continued on page 26 Fall 2013/Winter 2014 DINING GUIDE

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Pubs, Clubs & bars

The DownLo

The Banshee

Duffy’s Tavern

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

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 world-class brews, this downtown establishment has an outdoor patio in addition to indoor seating. Open late on weekends.

Café Coda

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, darts and occasional live music.

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.

Edward’s Premium Spirits

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.

The End Zone

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

The Handle Bar

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

2070 E. 20th St., 894-2337. Offering a Germaninspired pub menu to complement a host of specialty craft beers.

Café Flo

The Hub

365 E. Sixth St., 514-8888. Flo offers 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).

685 Manzanita Court, 3452491. Formerly the On the Rocks Lounge, this club inside the Holiday Inn 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.

LaSalles

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

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.

Lost on Main

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. Also, they have lasers!

Madison Bear Garden

316 W. Second St., 891-1639. This Chico classic’s tasty grill items and outside seating draw families by day, while drink specials, karaoke and adult tricycle races draw 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.

Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge

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

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167 E. Third St., 327-8706. An all-ages venue hosting multiple rock, hip-hop, metal and punk shows each week. www.facebook.com/BandCreator

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Casinos Feather Falls Casino

3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3885. With gaming aplenty, this casino is complete with a fitness center, swimming pool, restaurant and brewery, and 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

Madison Bear Garden Drink and food specials vary. The bar also boasts a patio, a pool table and shuffleboard.

the Bassmint, a weekly electronica showcase. www.facebook.com/BassMintChico

Monks Wine Lounge & Bistro

Quackers Lounge

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 fresh, organic ingredients. www.monkswinelounge.com

Monstros Pizza & Subs

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

Nash’s Restaurant

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

Oasis Bar & Grill

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

Panama Bar & Café

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

Park Avenue Bar & Grill

2010 Park Ave., 893-3500. Features half-pound,

ground-prime burgers, fresh-cut French fries and a full bar. Catering available.

Peeking Chinese Restaurant

243 W. Second St., 895-3888. A Chinese restaurant by day, Peeking transforms into a fullfledged dance venue on Friday nights during

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 eats along with a full bar at this locally owned college hotspot. www.rileysbar.com

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.

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 appetizers like frog legs and fried alligator along with traditional break-

fast, lunch and dinner options and a full bar. www.tackleboxchico.com

Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill

100 Broadway, 342-0425. Choose from an attractive long bar or Euro-café-style seating outside, and order sit-down fare or a margarita made with any one of 120 different tequilas.

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 airhockey table and an extremely loud jukebox.

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 duck hunting at the nearby Clear Creek Hunting Club and golf at Sevillano Links. 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

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 world-renowned musical talent, from Victor Wooten to Jackie Greene, two to three times a month. www.sierranevada.com

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BY HOWARD HARDEE PHOTOS BY MELANIE MACTAVISH

HAPPY HOUR AT CRUSH OFFERS A CHIC LATE-NIGHT EXPERIENCE

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appy hours aren’t a novelty in Chico. In fact, if one were so inclined, inexpen-

sive drinks can be had every night of the week at any number of restaurants, bars or clubs. Even so, the late-night happy hour at Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge—offered every Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m. to midnight—stands out for several reasons.

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Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge 201 Broadway 342-7000 www.chicocrush.com Happy hour: 4:30-6:30 p.m. daily. Late-night happy hour: 10 p.m.-midnight, Friday and Saturday.


For starters, the posh, upscale Italian restaurant isn’t a college-oriented establishment. Its sleek, modern interior design—highlighted by a streaming double-sided water feature, low, candlelit lounge seating, a fine-dining area and a fully stocked, backlit bar—simply isn’t conducive to a raucous night out. And unlike many happy hours that start in the late afternoon and end in the early evening, Crush’s late-night happy hour is during prime time, when nightlife in downtown Chico is at its peak. And considering that Crush’s second-floor outdoor patio directly overlooks Second Street, it might just be the best place in downtown Chico to people-watch on busy weekend nights. On one such Saturday night, a female friend and I decided on drinks and a late-night bite at Crush. While the indoor lounge seating and spots

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at the bar were spoken for by the time we got there (around 10:30 p.m.), we found ourselves a prime vantage point on Crush’s patio, pulling a pair of stools up to the railing facing Second Street. The attire was noticeably more formal than at most local bars and clubs: A few patrons wore baseball caps and flipflops, but cocktail dresses and collared shirts were the dress of choice for the majority of the clientele. The patio was busy, but not uncomfortably so. Within a couple of minutes, a server made her way to us and took our drink orders. The happy-hour drink menu has plenty of options. Specialty drinks, which include items such as the Crush Sweet Tea, One Night Stand, Moscow Mule, Crush Cosmo and Crush Martini, are all priced at $4. Meanwhile, glasses of house chardonnay and house cabernet run $5, bottles of beer can be purchased for $2, and draft beers are $2.50. I ordered a mojito, while my friend asked for a lemon-drop martini, both of which were in the specialty-drinks section. While we waited for our drinks, we looked over the happy-hour

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“Crush’s late-night happy hour is during prime time, when nightlife in downtown Chico is at its peak.” food menu. During Crush’s regular happy hour, offered every day from 4:30-6:30 p.m., the menu includes items such as garlic cheese bread ($3.50), grilled artichokes ($7), scampi arrabbiata ($7.50), brick-oven meatballs ($6.50), and seven kinds of pizza. However, only the pizzas are available during the late-night happy hour, so when the server returned, we ordered the Wild Mushroom Pizza, which was $7.50. My mojito came with crushed mint leaves, while the rim of my companion’s lemon-drop martini was frosted with a ring of sugar. We offered each other a sip of one another’s drinks, agreeing that both were excellent—not too sweet and still stiff. While we waited for the pizza,


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we watched the hustle and bustle of downtown Chico. As is typical of such a night, the street below was noisy—a pedicab driver with a Chihuahua in his front basket made several passes on Second Street, blasting Michael Jackson tunes from his bike’s enormous speakers. Not long after, a motorcyclist suddenly revving his Harley Davidson’s engine on the street directly below us was loud enough to make everyone on the patio jump in their seats. We placed an order for two glasses of house chardonnay when the mushroom pizza arrived, having finished our cocktails. The pizza, though not large enough to feed more than two people, was melt-inyour-mouth delicious; since my dining partner wasn’t particularly hungry, and I was very much so, I ate the entire pie, save one slice. Though my friend and I are far from wine aficionados, we agreed the chardonnay was a good choice to top off our evening. Having spent a good hour chatting, sipping our drinks and watching downtown in full swing at one of Chico’s most appealing late-night venues, we felt plenty satisfied leaving without having spent more than $30. ●

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La Familia Restaurant

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

La Hacienda

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

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 $$

Serrano’s Mexican Grill

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 $

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

Taqueria Los Amigos

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

Teddy Malibu’s

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. $

Tortilla Flats

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

Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill

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 $$

Speedy Burrito Mexican Grill

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

Pizza

Tacos Cortés

Celestino’s New York Pizza

1530 Park Ave., 342-3797. Inexpensive, authentic and generous amounts of Mexican food. $

Tacos Mary

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

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.celestinospizzachico.com $$

Domino’s Pizza

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. $

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

Tacos Tonaya

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

2359 Esplanade, 343-2056. Delicious handmade craft pizzas, along with beer and wine. www.farmstarpizza.com $$

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JT’s Oven

1380 East Ave., 892-1122. Preparing pizza and subs available for pick-up and delivery. www.jtsoven.com $

These days, when I have a taste for pizza, I most often head to a restaurant with artisan pies. One of my favorites is downtown’s Grana, where pizzas are served piping hot from the eatery’s wood-fired oven. Grana offers a selection of gourmet-meat pizzas, including the Fall Harvest—prosciutto, truffle oil, chanterelle and oyster mushrooms, and fresh mozzarella cheese. Lately, however, I’ve been opting for vegetarian fare, such as the Garden—fresh mozzarella, spinach, cauliflower, green onion, crimini mushrooms, garlic, and pecorino cheese on a tomato base. Grana purchases many of its ingredients from local sources, such as the farmers’ markets, and that seasonal selection is evident in the restaurant’s fresh, delicious menu offerings. —MELISSA DAUGHERTY

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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 $$

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Little Caesars Pizza

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. www.maddashpizza.com $

Main Street Pizza

331 Main St., 345-6246. Late-night pizza. $

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.mamma celestespizzeria.com $

Monstros Pizza & Subs

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


Farm Star Pizza

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 $$

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza

The Cookie Shoppe

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

Cupcake Crusader

Multiple locations. Take-and-bake pizza and breadsticks. www.papamurphys.com $$

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 $

Pizza Guys

Donut Nook

2471 Cohasset Road, 894-8888. Pizzas, pasta, salads, wings and

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

Pizza King & Boba Tea Zone

Donut Rising

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

Round Table Pizza

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 $

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

Donut Wheel

Sbarro

Gelayo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato

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 $$

Sweets Baskin-Robbins

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

Brain Freeze Yogurt

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

Cold Stone Creamery

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 $

2404 Esplanade, 345-4528. Serving delicious donuts. $ 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. $

Kiwi Blast Frozen Yogurt

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

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Powell’s Sweet Shoppe

La Flor de Michoacán Palatería y Nevería

Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy

2060 Business Lane, 891-3492. Serving donuts and coffee. www.krispykreme.com $ 1080 W. Sacramento Ave., Ste. C, 893-9999. A Mexican ice cream shop with many flavors and toppings, plus other sweet treats. $

Lovely Layers Cakery

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

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

Synergy Health & Wellness

Mim’s Bakery

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

Orange Julius

Vino

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

Donut Rising

Creekside Cellars

250 Vallombrosa Ave., 894-7696. A wine-and-cheese shop offering wine tasting with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and outdoor seating. Store open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tasting room open Thursday-Saturday, 4-7 p.m. www.creeksidecellars.com $$

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 $

Tannins Wine Bar & Bistro

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

Wine Time

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 $$ ●

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INDEX 5th Street Steakhouse ...................17 100th Monkey Café & Books..........13 Aca Taco ........................................19 Amigos De Acapulco......................19 Angelo’s Cucina Trinacria...............19 Angie’s Diner..................................17 The Albatross.................................17 Aonami Sustainable Sushi...............4 Applebee’s Grill & Bar...................12 Arsenio’s Mexican Food.................19 Bacio Catering & Carry Out ..........14 The Banshee ............................12, 20 Baskin-Robbins..............................27 Basque Norte ................................17 The Beach .....................................12 Beach Hut Deli ...............................12 Beatniks Coffee House & Breakfast Joint............................6 Bellachino’s Espresso & Panini Café .................13 Bella’s Sports Pub.........................20 Bidwell Perk ...................................13 Big Al’s Drive In ..............................12 Big Chico Burger............................12 Big Tuna Sushi Bistro.......................4 Brain Freeze Yogurt ......................27 Breakfast Buzz................................6 Broadway Heights California Cuisine...........................14 Broadway Market & Deli.................4 Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works ....................................6 Burger Hut .....................................12 Burgers & Brew.......................12, 20 Burrito Bandito ..............................19 Cabana Café ..................................13 Café Coda .................................6, 20 Café Flo.........................................20 Cal Java Coffee Roasters ..............13 California Pasta Productions .........19 Casa Ramos ..................................19 Casino 99 ......................................20 Celestino’s New York Pizza..............................26 Chada Thai Cuisine..........................4 Chan Pheng’s Mandarin Cuisine ............................4 The Cheesesteak Shop..................12 Chicoichi Ramen .............................4 Chico Locker & Sausage Co..........12 Chico State ....................................21 Chili’s Grill & Bar............................12 Chipotle Mexican Grill ....................19 Christian Michaels Ristorante........17 Chronic Tacos ................................19 CJ’s Last Chance Diner..................17 Cocodine Thai Cuisine.....................4 The Coffee Corner.........................13 Cold Stone Creamery ...................27 The Cookie Shoppe .......................27 Country Morning Bakery & Cafe ...........................................17 Country Waffles ..............................6 Cozy Diner .....................................17 Crazy Horse Saloon......................20 Creekside Cellars .........................28 Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge..................................19, 20 Cupcake Crusader........................27 Denny’s ..........................................17 DEX ...............................................20

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La Hacienda ..................................26 LaRocca Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting Room........................28 LaSalles.........................................20 Last Call Lounge............................20 Leon Bistro ....................................17 Leonardo’s.....................................15 Little Caesar’s Pizza......................26 Logan’s Roadhouse........................19 Lost on Main..................................20 Lovely Layers Cakery. ...................28 Mad Dash Pizza.............................26 Madison Bear Garden..............12, 20 Main Street Pizza ..........................26 Maletese Bar & Tap Room.............21 Mamma Celeste’s Stone Baked Pizzeria ..............................26 Marcelli’s Sandwiches & More ..........................................12 Marie Callender’s...........................19 Mekkala Thai Cuisine .......................5 Mim’s Bakery ................................28 Mom’s .............................................6 Mondo’s Café.................................13 Monks Wine Lounge & Bistro....17, 21 Monstros Pizza & Subs ...........21, 26 Morning Thunder Café ....................6 Mountain Mike’s Pizza....................27 Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse…...........................13 Nash’s 7th Avenue Omelette House ..............................6 Nash’s Restaurant.....................17, 21 Nobby’s..........................................12 Noodle House .................................5 Oasis Bar & Grill.......................12, 21 Ojiya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar.....................................5 Olive Garden..................................19 Orange Julius ................................28 Orchard Lanes...............................21 Outback Steakhouse......................15 Panama Bar & Café .................12, 21 Panda Express ................................5 Panighetti’s Eatery .........................19 Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza ........................27 Park Avenue Bar & Grill................20 Peeking Chinese Restaurant .................................5, 21 Peet’s Coffee & Tea .......................14 Pelican’s Roost Chowder House .............................15 Peter Chu’s Mandarin Cuisine ............................5 Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse.....................................19 Petra Mediterranean Cuisine ...........................................15 Pho C & C .......................................5 The Pita Pit.....................................15 Pizza Guys .....................................27 Pizza King & Boba Tea Zone...............................27 Pluto’s ............................................15 The Pour House .............................15 Powell’s Sweet Shoppe .................28 Priya Indian Cuisine........................15 Quackers Lounge ...........................21 Quiznos Sub Shop..........................13 Rawbar Restaurant & Sushi Bar.....................................5 Red Lobster ...................................15

Red Tavern .....................................17 Ricardo’s Mexican Cocina...........................................26 Rice Bowl ........................................5 Rice Wok .........................................5 Riley’s.............................................21 Rolling Hills Casino .........................21 The Roost Café ...............................6 Roots Catering...............................15 Round Table Pizza .........................27 Russell’s Family Restaurant.....................................19 S&S Barbeque & Deli....................13 Sbarro...........................................27 Scotty’s Landing........................13, 21 Scrambles.......................................6 Senator Theatre ............................21 Serrano’s Mexican Grill.................26 Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy......28 Sicilian Café ...................................17 Sierra Nevada Big Room ...............21 Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant .................................17 Sin of Cortez...................................6 Sipho’s Restaurant & Café ............15 Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ..........................13 Sol Mexican Grill ...........................26 Sophia’s Authentic Thai Cuisine.....................................5 Speedy Burrito Mexican Grill .................................26 Spice Creek Café...........................17 Spiteri’s Delicatessen ....................13 Starbucks ......................................14 Studio Inn Cocktail Lounge.............21 Sub Station ....................................13 Subway ..........................................13 Sultan’s Bistro................................15 Synergy Health & Wellness...........28 T Bar & Fusion Cafe.......................15 Tackle Box Bar & Grill....................21 Tacos Cortés.................................26 Tacos Mary....................................26 Tacos Tijuana.................................26 Tacos Tonaya.................................26 Tacos Villa Acapulco......................26 Tannins Wine Bar & Bistro ............28 Taqueria Los Amigos.....................26 Teddy Malibu’s...............................26 Teriyaki House.................................5 Thai Basil.........................................5 Tin Roof Bakery & Café.................14 Togo’s.............................................13 Tong Fong Low.................................5 Tony’s Chinese Restaurant ......................................5 Tortilla Flats...................................26 Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill .......................21, 26 Turandot North China Gourmet Cuisine .............................5 University Bar ................................21 Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery ........................................14 Windy’s Chinese Restaurant ......................................5 Wild Oak Café ................................15 Wine Time .....................................28 Wok ‘n’ Roll Asian Food & Hawaiian BBQ..............................5 Woodstock’s Pizza.........................27 Zot’s Hot Dogs ...............................13

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