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eople don’t just like Chico, they love Chico! It’s not uncommon for visitors to come here once and stay forever. It’s that kind of place. Chico is a magical community just a short drive north of San Francisco. Surrounded by orchards and rice fields, the community embraces its agricultural roots, carrying on a “buy local” legacy that started long before the popular farm-to-fork trend. Shop at any one of our famous farmers’ markets and you’ll nibble on locally grown nuts, fruits, veggies and more. Then, once you’ve tried our farm-fresh goodies, give our restaurants a try! Sip on a Chico-brewed chai tea, share a local beer with friends, and taste some of the delicious breads fresh from our ovens. Whether you love the twinkling lights and friendly sounds of outdoor patio dining or want to tuck into a gourmet restaurant off the beaten path, we have it all. We not only know how to eat in Chico, we also know

how to eat right! There’s a reason that Chico is known as a bike town: We love to ride! Just steps from downtown, Bidwell Park, the crown jewel of our community, offers a perfect, paved loop for weekend rides on a cruiser. In Upper Park, you’ll find adventurous trails for mountain bikes. Just outside of town, there are miles of rolling slopes with wide shoulders and faraway views of the mountains—perfect for road bikes. Didn’t bring your ride? Visit one of our many local cycling shops and you may find yourself sitting on the bike you’ve always wanted. Now that you’ve eaten and explored the great outdoors in Chico, how about visiting our museums, taking in a concert, or strolling through the beautiful Chico State campus? Known for its aesthetic beauty, Chico State brings lush, green

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charm to the community with iconic red brick buildings, art pieces and a rose garden. It’s a short walk from the shops, restaurants and events that routinely land downtown Chico on “best of” lists throughout the country. While you’re here, I hope you’re greeted with the friendly smiles that make Chico so special. We’re happy you’re here, and we’re happy that we’re here, too. Life feels sunnier and cheerier in Chico than it does in the bustle of big cities—and we like it that way. Whether you’re here for an hour, a week or a lifetime, enjoy all that Chico has to offer and welcome to our community! Thank you,

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elcome to fall and winter in beautiful Chico. Whether you’re visiting the area or making it your new home, rest assured you’ve landed in a vibrant community with plenty to see and do. The city and its surrounding environs abound with recreational, cultural and educational opportunities. There’s a lot to learn about these parts, so let Discover Chico help you get acclimated. Put together by the staff of the Chico News & Review, this guide is a go-to resource for information ranging from our area’s signature events and historic locations to practical information about city services and politics. Also, be sure each Thursday to pick up a copy of the award-winning weekly CN&R, Chico’s premier resource for community news and arts coverage, as well as analysis and commentary. We hope you enjoy your time exploring this special place. Welcome to town! —Melissa Daugherty, CN&R editor

CONTENTS EVENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

TOUR d’ART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Mark your calendar! There are events aplenty to entertain you.

Museums, galleries and even home studios prove art is part of Chico’s charm.

DOWNTOWN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 The hip and historic city center is the place to be.

CAMPUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Get schooled on Chico’s institutions of higher education.

PARKS & RECREATION . . . . 22 Explore Bidwell Park and other green spaces.

MAPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Acquaint yourself with Chico and Butte County.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT. . . 30

DINING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 This list of Chico eateries has all your cravings covered.

FAMILY FUN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Destinations guaranteed to keep children (of all ages) entertained.

Design: Tina Flynn, Sandy Peters

AGRITOURISM . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

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From fresh, locally grown produce to regional winemakers and brewers.

EXCURSIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Hit the road for a day trip to explore Chico’s scenic surroundings.

Check out the many arts and entertainment venues and their impressive offerings.

LODGING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

NIGHTLIFE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

THE BASICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

When the sun goes down, the music and bar scenes heat up.

Learn about the economy, schools and health care facilities, along with much, much more.

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Discover Chico editors and writers: Jason Cassidy, Meredith J. Cooper, Melissa Daugherty, Howard Hardee, Daniel Taylor and Ken Smith

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hico’s calendar of community events is especially packed during the fall months. As the temperatures drop and the season’s harvests come in, local businesses and organizations pull out all the stops to attract locals, families and students for fall fun and holiday cheer. So, get out and enjoy all the art, nature, music, history and special events that Chico provides.

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camps to classes for people of all ages. CARD also hosts several special events each year. 545 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-4711, www.chicorec.com

Chico Chamber of Commerce The Chico Chamber of Commerce offers a wide range of information on local shopping, lodging and recreation. Stop by the Visitor Center for maps and guides or for some friendly advice from knowledgeable locals. 441 Main St., suite 150., 891-5556, www.chicochamber.com

Chico Performances The public events promotion arm at Chico State brings worldclass artists to the stage of Laxson Auditorium—everyone from Andrew Bird to public radio’s Ira Glass— throughout the school year. Visit www.chicoperformances.com for the season schedule.

Chico News & Review The CN&R puts together this handy guide twice a year, but if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you probably want to pick up a free copy of the paper, which comes out on Thursdays, or check out the CN&R website, which includes an extensive list of activities, concerts, events and club meetings. www.newsreview.com/chico

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For those new to the area—and even the seasoned local—there are so many things to do in and around Chico that we can only list the highlights in this guide. Here are a few additional resources for events and activities:

Chico Area Recreation District (CARD) CARD runs many of the parks in Chico and is the go-to spot for everything from softball leagues to summer

With the university in close proximity to downtown Chico, there is always something going on. Check out Chico State’s Arts & Humanities calendar website for up-to-date info on art shows and exhibits at schoolofthearts-csuchico.com. If you’re interested in sporting events, go to www.chicowildcats.com.

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Silver Dollar Fairground From auto racing and carnivals to bridal shows and bull-riding, Silver Dollar Fairground offers a little bit of everything for everyone. 2357 Fair St., 895-4666, www.silver dollarfair.org

Uncle Dad’s Art Collective This collection of some of Chico’s busiest performers puts on a variety of original musical, theatrical and random events. Check their Facebook page for the latest updates: www.facebook.com/UncleDadChico

Throughout the season Farmers’ markets For local produce sales yearround, check out the centerpiece of local farmers’ markets—the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, rain or shine, in the parking lot at Second and Wall streets downtown. This market features a wide range of fresh, local fruits and veggies, crafts, locally prepared hot foods, top-notch coffee, beer tastings and more. Hours: 7:30 a.m.1 p.m. And the North Valley Plaza Farmers’ Market offers produce each Wednesday. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., year-round, rain or shine. 893-3276. www.chicofarmersmarket.com Another option in Chico is the Chapman Farmers’ Market, Fridays, 2-5 p.m., in Community Park, 1010 Cleveland Ave.

Chico Cemetery tours Take a tour of Chico’s cemetery. Free tours last an hour and a half and are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month. Registration is required. 881 Mangrove Ave., 345-7243 Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend

Winter migratory waterfowl tours Each year, from September through March, more than 150 spe-

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cies of birds, including mallards, cranes, geese and California gulls, migrate to Butte County. By following a self-guided tour, visitors can cover 100 miles of nature-filled preserves. Guided 90-minute walks— departing from the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area outside of Gridley—are available as well. Call 846-7505 (846-7505 on the weekends) or visit tinyurl.com/graywild for more info.

October Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest Sept. 30-Oct. 1 & Oct. 7-8. Sierra Nevada’s annual fall celebration has

been expanded to two weekends of Oktoberfest food, beer and music under the tent in the brewery’s hop field. Visit the website for more info: sierranevada.com/oktoberfest. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 1075 E. 20th St., 893-3520.

Pun’kin Patch at Maisie Jane’s Oct. 1-Oct. 31, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.5:30 p.m; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Self-guided scavenger hunts, pumpkin relays and pumpkin picking. Also on site: giant sunflowers and gourds. 3764 Hegan Lane, 899-7909, www.maisiejanes.com

TJ Farms Pumpkin Patch Oct. 1-31, Mon.-Fri., 2-6 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Pick your own of 16 different varieties of pumpkins (while supplies last) and enjoy hay rides and obstacle courses, a blacksmith shop, farm animals to feed and a bouncy house. Gift shop on site. 3600 Chico Ave., 343-2294, www.tjfarmsestates.com

Chico Beer Week Oct. 6-15. Chico News & Review and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. present Chico Beer Week 2016. For 10 days, Chico’s breweries, bars and resEVENTS continued on page 12

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taurants will host an array of special events in celebration of the area’s growing craft-beer scene. Chico Beer Week will feature tap takeovers, beer/food pairings, specialty releases, style nights, and a lot of other beer-related fun. It all starts with Brewfork, a craft beer and food truck rally hosted by the Chico News & Review Foundation and Fork in the Road at Patrick Ranch, Oct. 6, 5:308:30 p.m. www.chicobeerweek.net, www.facebook.com/chicobeerweek

Harvest sidewalk sale Oct. 7-8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown Chico. The Downtown Chico Business Association organizes this event, in concert with downtown stores, to offer shoppers great deals on merchandise before the holidays get into full swing.

Sierra Oro Farm Trail Passport Weekend Oct. 8-9, locations vary. Tour Butte County’s farms and wineries and taste the very best of their wares. www.sierraoro.org

Open Studios Art Tour Oct. 22-23 & 29-30, various locations. Chico Art Center’s popular annual event brings all of Chico’s visual artists into one art-walking guide, allowing patrons to visit the artist studios, galleries and other art spaces in Chico and throughout Butte County over the course of two weekends. Visit chicoartcenter.com for more info.

November Christmas Preview Nov. 20, 4-8 p.m., downtown Chico. For Chicoans, this annual tradition is the official kick-off of the holiday season. The Sunday before Thanksgiving, downtown shops get festively dressed up and filled with cheer to show off their holiday wares, and the streets are closed to traffic to allow the musicians, dancers, Santa and revelers to gather and enjoy a night of communal celebration.

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Glorious Sounds Of The Season

December Community Tree Lighting Dec. 2, 6-8 p.m. Enjoy a festive musical program, St. Nick arriving and the countdown to the lighting of the tree during this Chico tradition at the downtown City Plaza. www.downtownchico.com/dcba

Glorious Sounds of the Season Dec. 2-4. Chico State’s music and theater faculty and students perform a wide-ranging selection of holiday music—from jazz and musical theater to various string/brass/ woodwind ensembles and sing-along hymns—in this popular annual scholarship fundraiser. schoolofthearts-csuchico.com


January Polar Bear Swim Jan. 1, 1 p.m. Every year, many, many folks show up with their swim gear and a towel to start off a new year at Sycamore Pool at the One-Mile Recreation Area for this Chico tradition of swimming across the chilly creek. Why don’t you join them?

Snow Goose Festival of the Pacific Flyway Jan. 25-29. Bird-watch in one of the most diverse wildlife corridors of the Sacramento Valley. This popular four-day event includes field trips, presentations, workshops, a banquet and a silent auction. www.snowgoosefestival.org

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DOWNTOWN

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hico’s city center pulses with activity all day long. The oneway Main and Broadway streets, running north and south, respectively—and the streets bisecting them from First Street down to Fifth Street—are the primary thoroughfares that make up downtown. Thanks to the region’s vibrant eateries, retail stores, cafes, art galleries and bars, visitors and locals alike can spend hours exploring the bustling business district. There’s also a vibrant nightlife scene (see page 36) that keeps the town hopping well into the wee hours of the morning, especially on Thursdays through Saturdays when Chico State and Butte College are in session.

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Saturday Farmers’ Market

Start exploring! Follow this self-guided walking tour—the perfect way to get to know downtown Chico. As you admire the landmarks, take time along the way to browse, chow or wet your whistle at some of Chico’s finest establishments. See page 28 for a corresponding map.

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Chico Certified Farmers’ Market

If it’s Saturday, your first destination should be the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market. This year-round, open-air market is a great place to score fresh, local produce and a premium place to people-watch. It also features artisan crafts and food vendors, and there are often street musicians on hand to entertain.


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Chico Municipal Center

Next, head about two blocks south to the city’s administrative offices for a look at one of Chico’s most recognizable sculptures—”Our Hands,” a giant pair of hands with iconic images of Chico embedded on the surface—poised out front. Inside, the building hosts regular exhibitions of local art. Municipal Center hours: MondayFriday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 411 Main St., 896-7200, www.chico.ca.us

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Old Municipal Building

Swing around to the Main Street side of the block to the renovated Old Municipal Building, home to the Chico Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. Those offices are great places to get insider tips and free brochures for area attractions. Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.4 p.m. 441 Main St., 800-852-8570, chicochamber.com

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Senator Theatre

Just south on Main Street, you’ll find one of Chico’s most photographed buildings, the Senator Theatre. Built in 1928, the theater is a gem of art deco architecture and once hosted traveling vaudeville shows. It became a movie theater in the mid-20th century and now serves as the North State’s main stop for big-name touring bands. 517 Main St., 898-1497, www.jmaxproductions.net

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Downtown post office

Chico Museum with details from the Chico Through Time exhibit.

More than just a place to buy stamps, the United States Postal Service office on Fifth Street is a major downtown landmark, with its beautiful arched entrance and Renaissance revival architecture. It was built in 1916 and is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places. 141 W. Fifth St., 342-5038.

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Chico City Plaza

Just across Fifth Street from the post office is the Chico City Plaza, a one-block park that’s one of the public’s favorite outdoor gathering spaces. This is a great place to rest your feet, spot some of the city’s more colorful characters, or cool off in the fountain. Senator Theatre tower

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Stansbury Home

Head one block west to admire this gleaming-white Victorian home, built in 1883, at the corner of West Fifth and Salem streets. This is Chico’s most well-preserved example of late-19th century Italianate architecture. Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. 307 W. Fifth St., 895-3848, www.stansburyhome.org

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Hotel Diamond

The Hotel Diamond is a beautifully renovated homage to the original luxury hotel, which was constructed on this site in 1904. Now, the hotel offers standard rooms and luxury suites, and you don’t have to be a guest to enjoy its fine bar and restaurant. 220 W. Fourth St, 893-3100, www.hoteldiamondchico.com

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El Rey Theatre

Two blocks north you’ll find this historic venue built in 1905. It was a first-run movie theater for several decades until 2005, and is now used to host live music and the occasional film festival. 230 W. Second St., www.jmaxproduc tions.net 16 Discover chico Fall 2016/Winter 2017

Chico Museum

If you’re looking to dive into local history, then the Chico Museum—located just around the corner at Second and Salem streets— offers the perfect opportunity. Housed in a former Andrew Carnegie library, the museum celebrates the region’s history with Chico Through Time, a new permanent exhibit. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon4 p.m. 141 Salem St., 891-4336, www.chicomuseum.org

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Bidwell Mansion

Technically north of downtown, this elegant, three-story, 26-room, pink-and-brown Victorian mansion is Chico’s most famous landmark, named after Chico founder John Bidwell and his wife, Annie. The Bidwells hosted guests including President Rutherford B. Hayes, Gen. William Sherman, John Muir and Susan B. Anthony. On-the-hour tours and a local-history display are available in the visitor center. Proximity to the Children’s Playground ( 12 ) across the creek and the Gateway Science Museum ( 13 ) make this the perfect stop for an afternoon of family fun. Hours: Saturday-Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 525 Esplanade, 895-6144, www.parks.ca.gov l


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riginally founded in 1887 as the Northern Branch State Normal School, Chico State is today home to about 17,450 students, including graduate students. That’s the largest enrollment in the institution’s history, according to university spokesman Joe Wills. Nearby Butte College, the community college with a main campus in Oroville and a satellite in Chico, also boasts an impressive enrollment: more than 13,000 students. There, the student body can take classes to earn associate degrees, prepare for transfer to a four-year university or just expand their knowledge and skills. Chico also hosts several vocational schools.

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Chico State Campus tours are scheduled through the Admissions Office in the first-floor lobby of the Student Services Center. To make a reservation, log onto www.tinyurl.com/csuctour or call 898-6322. If you decide to take a stroll on your own, here are a few places on the Chico State campus worth noting:

Arts & Humanities Building Chico State’s newest building is home to a variety of arts-related spaces. Most prominent is the Janet Turner Print Museum, which houses an impressive collection of fine arts prints from artists including Dalí, Durer, Goya, Miro, Rembrandt, Renoir and Tamayo, as well as prints by the museum’s late benefactor, artist and Chico State art professor Janet Turner. The building also houses the Jacki Headley University Art Gallery, a student-centered exhibition space; the Paul and Yasuko Zingg Recital Hall, a 200-seat performance space; as well as public art pieces, including the iconic trompe l’oeil-style mural by famed muralist and Chico State alumnus John Pugh.


also hosts the major music, theater and dance events on campus, including the spring musical, North State Symphony Orchestra concerts and performances by world-class touring artists. University Box Office: 8986333. www.chicoperformances.com

Meriam Library Chico State’s Meriam Library is the state’s largest library north of Sacramento and an important regional information resource. It’s also home to the university’s special collections and archives, which provide an an impressive look at the history of northeastern California. 898-5862, www.csuchico.edu/library

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

Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology Located on the first floor of Meriam Library, this teaching museum features rotating exhibitions, photos and artifacts, with the aim of promoting respect and appreciation for human diversity. Admission free; donations welcome. Hours: September-May: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. June-July: MondayThursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 898-5397, www.csuchico.edu/anthmuseum

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Bell Memorial Union Students in the know call it the BMU. Owned and operated by the Associated Students, the BMU is home to the Chico State Wildcat Store, the Marketplace Cafe, an auditorium, study areas, a coffee shop and the Associated Students offices (as well as many of the organization’s programs). www.aschico.com

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

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hills between Oroville and Chico. In recent years, the campus core has changed dramatically, with a complete overhaul and expansion of the library, and the addition of three new state-of-the-art buildings. The impressive two-story Arts Building offers a keyboard lab, a full digital recording studio, a print studio, a cutting-edge graphic-design lab and the fabulous Black Box Theatre. Butte College’s satellite campus in Chico makes it possible for students to attend classes without making the drive to the main campus. Its newest addition is the Skyway Center in south Chico, home to the automotive-technology program. The accredited two-year college offers associate degrees and fully transferable general-education courses, as well as vocational-certificate programs. The college also has been recognized nationally for its commitment to sustainability practices; its arts building was certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council, the first in the North State to receive such recognition. It also has the distinction as the first college campus in the country to go grid-positive. Main campus: 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville, 895-2511; Chico Center: 2320 Forest Ave., 895-1352, www.butte.edu

Cal Northern School of Law The need for a law school with night classes in the North State

was filled by Cal Northern School of Law, accredited by the State Bar of California since 1992. The four-year course of study provides prospective attorneys with real-world training. 1395 Ridgewood Drive, Ste. 100, 891-6900, www.calnorthern.edu

Columbia College This private college is new to town and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees online in more than 20 different concentrations and caters to adults working full-time and nontraditional students. 2615 Forest Ave., Suite 120, 592-3196, www.ccis.edu/online

Chico Beauty College With new classes beginning every six weeks, Chico Beauty College, in partnership with Butte College, offers hands-on experience with hair, nail and skin-care services under the watchful eye of credentialed instructors. 1356 Longfellow Ave., 3434201, chicobeautycollege.net

OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute This college within a college (it’s hosted by Chico State) is geared toward students 50 and older who want to “learn for the love of it.” Classes—more than 100 of them— are taught by volunteer peer leaders and range from “Reading Homer’s Iliad” to “Español Para Gringos” to “Home Curing Olives.” rce.csuchico. edu/osher •

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PARKS

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ou could spend years exploring Bidwell Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the country, and many longtime locals do. It’s easy to find new perspectives on its many varied landscapes, whether you’re running, swimming, hiking or biking. It offers disc-golf courses, both rugged and easy walking trails through lush green spaces, picnic and barbecue spots and easily accessible swimming areas, such as, the iconic concrete swimming hole Sycamore Pool, at One-Mile Recreation Area. What’s more, Bidwell Park isn’t the only public recreation area in Chico worthy of return visits—not even close.

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Bidwell Park is a 3,670-acre preserve and the natural heart and soul of the community. Divided by Manzanita Avenue, the park comprises two distinct sections. The area to the west of Manzanita bordering Big Chico Creek is known as Lower Park, while the land to the east, which extends into the Sierra Nevada foothills, is known as Upper Park. Lower Park’s thick canopy of trees provides shade for its many grassy knolls and creekside hideaways. The landscape of Upper Park, which extends 5 miles along both sides of Big Chico Creek Canyon, ranges from lush riparian habitat to rugged rock faces. To reserve picnic areas, call 896-7800. For trail and road conditions, call 896-7899 or visit www.chico.ca.us (select “Bidwell Park”). Here are some special places within Bidwell Park:


Lower Park Caper Acres A much-beloved playground with swings, slides and a soft, spongy central area full of things for kids to climb on. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 500 S. Park Drive.

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

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

One-Mile Recreation Area Soaking up the sun, swimming in the creek-filled Sycamore Pool or picnicking beneath the towering valley oaks and white-barked sycamores is what One-Mile is all about. With its barbecues, horseshoe pits and playing fields, this iconic part of the park is located just a few blocks from downtown and is easily accessible by automobile through entrances on Fourth Street or Vallombrosa Way.

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

are held in the arena, which is open to the public Tuesday-Thursday. Accessible from Wildwood Avenue. 521-5352, www.chicoequestrian association.org

Five-Mile Recreation Area At the foot of Upper Bidwell Park, Five-Mile is a kicking-off point for forays deep into the canyon and a great destination on its own. Picnic tables, barbecues and ample space make it a popular spot for group gatherings. Accessible from Centennial Avenue.

Hooker Oak Recreation Area Home to the beautiful baseball facility Doryland Field, several softball fields, a children’s playground and the Sherwood Forest Kids’ Disc Golf Course (which is often full of adults). Take Vallombrosa Avenue east, turn left on Manzanita— Hooker Oak will be on your right.

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

North Rim Trail Skirting the north edge of Big Chico Creek canyon, the North Rim offers one of the area’s most popular

trails. The “B” Trail, which descends from the North Rim, offers rugged and scenic mountain biking and hiking. Take Wildwood Avenue off Manzanita Avenue, and then go 1.5 miles to the parking lot.

Peregrine Point Disc Golf Course Chico’s 18-hole disc golf course is a challenge for avid disc golfers and offers breathtaking views of Big Chico Creek Canyon. The course is about 4 miles past Bruce Road on Highway 32, with an entrance on the left.

Annie Bidwell Trail This less-traveled trail is one of the more rugged in Upper Bidwell Park. It runs from the old police pistol range, above Bidwell Park Golf Course and along the south side of the canyon (splitting off to more difficult Guardians and South Rim trails higher up). For a day hike, take Annie Bidwell Trail to the lesspopulated south side of Bear Hole and return on Upper Park Road or the creekside Yahi Trail. The trailhead is beyond Five-Mile, where Centennial Drive dead-ends at Chico Canyon Road.

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able for most vehicles in dry weather. The road runs 5 miles to the end of Upper Park along Big Chico Creek, which is fully accessible only by foot and bike; motorists reach a locked gate just past Bear Hole. Three trails parallel Upper Park Road to the north— Lower, Middle and Upper trails. The latter two are favored by mountain bikers and hikers alike for their up-and-down ruggedness and secluded scenery.

Wildwood Park This 17-acre park near the gateway to Upper Park features playground equipment, a walking path and the new Wildwood Pump Track, a 240-by-180-foot dirt course for BMX and mountain bikers. The site also has covered picnic areas and two softball fields. Located at 100 Wildwood Ave., off of Manzanita Avenue.

Yahi Trail Designated on trail markers as “easiest,” the Yahi Trail runs along Big Chico Creek in Upper Park. Constructed in 1967 by the local Yahi Group of the Sierra Club, the trail is notable for its lush, shady greenery and access to numerous

picturesque spots along the creek. Erosion is a problem on the Yahi, so no bikes or horses are allowed. It begins just east of Horseshoe Lake off Wildwood Avenue.

Other parks & playgrounds Baroni Park Located in a quiet southeast Chico neighborhood, family-friendly Baroni Park offers play equipment, a full-size basketball court and a large green space. On the corner of Baroni and Via Mission drives.

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

Chico Oxidation Ponds Wildlife Sanctuary

It might sound like an odd place to visit, but you can walk on the levees behind Chico’s Water Pollution Control Plant and find many species of local and migrating waterfowl and other birds and mammals. The trail loops around ponds for about 2 miles behind Big Chico Creek the plant, providing access to a viewing blind. Take West Fifth Street until it becomes Chico River Road just outside of town, and go another 3 miles until you see the plant on your left.

Comanche Trail A 1-mile selfguided loop through the Mendocino National Forest’s Genetic Resource & Conservation Center (commonly referred to as “the tree farm”) in south Chico. The walk 24 DISCOVER CHICO Fall 2016/Winter 2017


features many varieties of stately trees bordering a fast-flowing creek. Most of the trail is wheelchair accessible. Open weekdays during the day. Drive to the gate at the end of Cramer Lane. 895-1176

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DeGarmo Park This park in north Chico features the town’s only dog park, a fully fenced grassy area complete with doggie drinking fountains. For people, the site also includes three ball fields, walking paths, a playground, restrooms, benches and a sheltered picnic and concession area. Take The Esplanade north to Leora Court. 895-4711

Dorothy Johnson Neighborhood Center Located near the heart of Chico’s southside Chapmantown neighborhood, the center comprises 3 acres and features a fenced playground, outdoor basketball courts, a picnic area, an indoor basketball court and a pool table. 775 E. 16th St., 895-4707

Hancock Park Tucked away in a north Chico neighborhood, this grassy area off Marigold Avenue features walking paths and disc-golf baskets. 8954711

Humboldt Neighborhood Park Better known as “the skate park,” this area for skateboarding and inline skating features a 10,000-square-foot skate track equipped with a pyramid, a rail, a box, two 3-foot-wide steps, curbing and steel coping on which to shred. On Humboldt Avenue between Orient and Flume streets. 895-4711

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Oak Way Park This popular neighborhood park offers basketball courts, shaded picnic areas, lighted walking paths and plenty of open field for flag football or just a game of catch. At the corner of West Eighth Avenue and Highway 32. 895-4711

Peterson Park Peterson Park in north Chico features a basketball court, a children’s playground and picnic tables. Off Crater Lake Drive. 895-4711

Rotary Park Tiny Rotary Park includes a small playground, basketball court, picnic tables and barbecues that attract people of all ages throughout the day. The park is a frequent site for pick-up basketball games. West 16th Street and Broadway. 895-4711

Teichert Ponds Teichert Ponds is home to wood ducks, beavers, herons and other wildlife. The well-kept secret comprises three ponds and is visible on the east side of Highway 99, between the 20th Street and Highway 32 exits.

Verbena Fields This 21-acre, rough-hewn

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

Public golf courses Bidwell Park Golf Course A picturesque 18-hole, par-72 course in Chico’s Bidwell Park. Professional lessons are available, along with apparel and equipment. Open every day except Christmas from dawn to dusk. Stop into the on-site Bidwell Bar & Grill after your round and order some grub and a brew or cocktail. About a mile up Wildwood Avenue. 891-8417, www.golfbidwellpark.com

Dingerville USA Golf Known for its friendly staff, this nine-hole course near Palermo is open daily. 5813 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville, 533-9343, www.dingervilleusa.com

Oroville Golf & Event Center The nine-hole, par-33 Lake Oroville Golf Course requires collared Wildwood Park

shirts. Scheduling a tee time is also necessary after 5 p.m. 5131 Royal Oaks Drive, Oroville, 589-0777, facebook.com/LakeOrovilleGolf

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

The Links at Rolling Hills Worth the 45-minute drive from Chico, this scenic, John Daly Signature, 18-hole championship course at Rolling Hills Casino in Corning was recognized by Golfweek magazine. 2657 Barham Ave., 5284600, rollinghillscasino.com/golf

The Practice Tee at Sunset Hills This nine-hole course in north Chico has been renovated with sand traps and small target greens to go along with a driving range and practice putting course. 13301 Garner Lane, 809-0351, www.facebook.com/ thepracticeteeatsunsethills

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

Table Mountain Golf Course This public 18-hole course is flat and includes fast greens and wide fairways, providing ample landing areas. The facility offers two practice greens and a driving range. 2700 Oro Dam Blvd. West, Oroville, 5333922, www.tablemountain golf.com

Tuscan Ridge Golf Club The club’s challenging 18-hole championship golf course winds through lava rock over undulating foothill terrain bordering the Skyway between Chico and Paradise. The course is open to the public and memberships are available. 3100 Skyway, 624-7006, www.tuscanridgeclub.com • 26 Discover chico Fall 2016/Winter 2017


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Galleries & museums 1078 Gallery This artist-managed, nonprofit gallery and performance space has been at the heart of Chico’s avant garde since 1981. Check its website for details on its very busy schedule of arts exhibits and all-ages concerts. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12:30-5:30 p.m., plus regular evening performances and receptions. 820 Broadway, 343-1973, www.1078gallery.org

3rd Floor Art Gallery Chico State’s Associated Students organization runs this gallery, which features original student works throughout the school year. Located on the third floor of the Bell Memorial Union at Chico State, 8983380, www.as.csuchico.edu/index. php/3rd-floor-art-gallery

Art Etc. Downtown art shop featuring art supplies, framing services and rotating exhibits featuring local artists. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 122 W. Third St., 895-1161, www.facebook.com/artetcchico california

B-So Space Named for its location in the Chico State Art Department— “between the stairs and the office”—this gallery features rotating exhibits of Chico State student works. Call for hours. Ayres Hall, Chico State, 898-5331, www.csu chico.edu/art

Butte Art & Design Digital Outdoor Gallery (BAD DOG) The Butte Art & Design Digital Outdoor Gallery has two outdoor locations: at the Business Department on Butte College’s main campus and in downtown Chico at


Second and Broadway. 222 W. Second St.

Butte College Art Gallery This campus gallery shows contemporary works by locals and students. ARTS Building, Butte College. 895-2404, www.facebook.com/ butteartgallery

Chico Art Center Established in 1956, this nonprofit gallery produces regular group exhibits featuring local and visiting artists and offers classes for all levels. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 450 Orange St., Ste. 6, 895-8726, www.chicoartcenter.com

Chico Art School & Gallery Offers adults and children ongoing instruction in painting and drawing in various mediums. Classes taught by Janet Lombardi Blixt, regularly voted Best Local Artist by Chico News & Review readers. 336 Broadway, Ste. 20. 570-3895, www.chicoartschool.com

Chico Museum Housed in a 1905 Carnegie Library, the Chico Museum features permanent exhibits on Chico’s history, including a 19th-century Chinese temple. Suggested donation: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children 5-12. Open ThursdaySunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 141 Salem St., 891-4336, www.chicomuseum.org

Chico Paper Co. In the heart of downtown, this custom framing and retail shop features works by local artists, plus an excellent selection of greeting cards, handmade jewelry and more. Open weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. 345 Broadway, 891-0900, www.chico papercompany.com

Gateway Science Museum Steps away from Bidwell Mansion, Gateway offers rotating science and natural history exhibits as well as permanent displays on Ice Age skeletons, the Sacramento River watershed and the ecological regions surrounding the museum. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 625 Esplanade, 898-4121, www.csuchico.edu/gateway

Healing Art Gallery Housed in the halls of Enloe Regional Cancer Center, the Healing Art Gallery features exhibits by Northern California artists whose lives have been touched by cancer. Hours: Weekdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 265 Cohasset Road, 332-3856. www.enloe.org/community-health/ healing-art-gallery

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A member-driven maker space featuring an array of workspaces and state-of-the-art equipment (3-D printer, Shopbot, etc.) as well as rotating exhibits of works created in the lab. Hours vary. Open house Mondays, 6-8 p.m. Call or visit website for more info. 603 Orange St., 592-0609, www.ideafablabs.com

The Jacki Headley University Art Gallery “A laboratory and exhibition space for contemporary practices,” this gallery features exhibits by local, national and international artists. Arts & Humanities Building, Chico State. Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.4 p.m.; Saturday, noon-4 p.m. 898-5864, www.csuchico.edu/art/ galleries/univgallery.html

James Snidle Fine Arts & Appraisals Based in Chico and San Francisco, the James Snidle gallery houses a large collection of fine art and hosts regular exhibits highlighting contemporary artists from Chico and beyond. Snidle also offers fine-art and personal-property appraisals, plus art restoration and conservation. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., or by appointment. 254 E. Fourth St., 343-2930, www.jamessnidlefinearts.com

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Janet Turner Print Museum In addition to housing nearly 4,000 prints by such artists as Goya, Rembrandt and Renoir—as well as the museum’s namesake—this print museum hosts themed showcases of its collection as well as curated exhibits of contemporary works, including the Janet Turner National Print Competition and Exhibition. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.4 p.m., or by appointment. Arts & A & E continued on page 32

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Humanities Building, Chico State. 898-4476, www.janetturner.org

MFA Gallery New art department gallery situated between the Janet Turner Print Museum and The Jacki Headley University Art Gallery. Arts & Humanities Building, Chico State. www.schoolofthearts-csuchico.com

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This museum in the newly refurbished Veterans Hall building is expected to open in fall 2016. It will feature contemporary and modern art in a variety of media—paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, ceramics and more. 900 Esplanade, www.monca.org

Ninth Avenue Gallery & Studio Local-artist studio and gallery. 180 E. Ninth Ave., Ste. 1, 318-2105. Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.5 p.m. www.ninthavenuegallery.com

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Art glass at its finest. This Chico gallery offers a variety of world-class vases, bowls and assorted glassworks. Call for information about glassblowing demonstrations. 2161 Park Ave. Hours: MondaySaturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 893-0373, www.orientandflume.com

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Sally Dimas Art Gallery This shop/gallery features original paintings, art pottery, etchings and jewelry by local and regional artists. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., or by appointment. 493 East Ave., 345-3063

Satava Glass For more than three decades, Satava has created world-class handblown and solid-form glass art. Their glass vases and colorful jellyfish pieces are particularly popular. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.4 p.m. Studio-viewing hours: Tues.Thurs., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (call to confirm). 819 Wall St., 345-7985, www.satava.com/studio


The Vagabond Rose Gallery & Framing Marilyn Souza’s downtown gallery/shop features exhibits from local and regional artists. Call for hours. 236 Main St., 343-1110

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

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Blue Room Theatre This longstanding community theater in downtown Chico specializes in cutting-edge contemporary and classic works, with scripts ranging from the locally written to modern favorites. 139 W. First St. (upstairs), 895-3749, www.blueroomtheatre.com

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Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, Zingg Recital Hall) as well as a musical production in Laxson Auditorium each spring. Chico State campus, 898-6333, www.schooloftheartscsuchico.com

Chico Theater Company Chico Theater Company has been producing family-friendly musical theater productions since 2003. The company also produce nonmusical comedies and children’s theater shows. The theater is intimate with seating for 200 and a great view of the stage from anywhere in the house. 166 Eaton Road, Ste. F, 894-3282, www.chicotheater company.com

CUSD Center for the Arts Chico Unified School District’s Center for the Arts at Pleasant Valley High School hosts performances by local high schools as well as California Regional Theatre. 1475 East Ave., 891-3272, www.cfachico.com

Slow Theatre A different kind of company committed to a deliberate approach to

producing theater. Performances, including the annual Butcher Shop theater festival, are staged at various local venues. www.slowtheatre.com

Concerts & more Chico State Chico Performances presents world-class musical acts and other performers from around the globe in Laxson Auditorium, and the School of the Arts hosts student- and faculty-produced exhibits, theater, jazz concerts and the renowned North State Symphony. Chico State campus, 898-6333, www.chicoperfor mances.com; www.schooloftheartscsuchico.com

El Rey Theatre This historic venue has housed a Vaudeville theater, an Elks Lodge and a movie theater. It is now used primarily for concerts by touring performers—from Chris Stapleton to the Mother Hips—presented by JMax Productions. 230 W. Second St., www.jmaxproductions.net

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The Rendezvous A state-of-the-art performance space offering occasional public concerts featuring national touring folk, roots and Americana acts produced by North Valley Productions. It’s also an elegant venue that’s available to rent out for weddings and other events, 3269 Esplanade Ste. 142, 864-2525, www.chicorendezvous.com

Senator Theatre The ornate Senator Theatre not only offers some great concerts by nationally known touring bands, but it’s also a major Chico historical landmark. Devil Makes Three, POD and Rebelution have performed there. 517 Main St., www.jmax productions.net

Sierra Nevada Big Room The world-famous Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is home to a muchloved concert venue—the Big Room. Watch for an eclectic mix of national roots, Americana, funk and folk acts—from Jackie Greene to Delhi 2 Dublin—two to three times a month in the state-of-the-art, 350-seat facility. 1075 E. 20th St., 892-4647, www.sierranevada.com/brewery/ california/big-room

Movies Cinemark 14 Chico’s big theater, with 14 screens showing first-run films. 801 East Ave., 879-0143, www.cinemark.com

Chico State’s Little Theatre Throughout the school year, a wide variety of interesting U.S. and international films are offered through the University Film Series. Suggested donation: $3. Ayres 106, www.csuchico.edu/humanities center/index.shtml

Pageant Theatre This downtown Chico landmark presents art-house films and cult classics in a casual atmosphere. Get there early for the couches in the front row, and don’t miss out on Cheap Skate Mondays: all seats just $4. Now serving beer. 351 E. Sixth St., 343-0663, www.pageantchico.com l 34 Discover chico Fall 2016/Winter 2017


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hico is known for its vibrant nightlife, and for good reason. Just walk through downtown and you’ll find a variety of latenight haunts to satisfy just about anyone’s idea of a good time. Want to sip on a specialty cocktail with your sweetie? Done. In the mood to go dancing? Gotcha covered. Whether you want live music, DJs or even an openmic night, you’ll find it in Chico. Same goes for bar games like pool and foosball. So, get out there and have some fun!

Out on the town 5th Street Steakhouse

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A full-service steakhouse featuring USDA prime beef, fresh seafood and an extensive wine list. Head over for happy hour drinks and their famous sliders. 345 W. Fifth St., 891-6328, www.5thstreetsteakhouse.com

Argus Bar + Patio One of downtown Chico’s hipper hotspots, Argus offers premium cocktails and food from nearby Mediterranean restaurant Ali Baba. 212 W. Second St., www.argusbarandpatio.com

B Street Public House Delicious gastropub fare, along with an extensive list of craft brews and specialty cocktails. 117 Broadway, 8998203, www.bstreetpub.com


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

Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge Specializing in a combination of traditional and contemporary flavors mixed with fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Known for its happy hour and second-story patio overlooking downtown. 201 Broadway, 342-7000, www.chicocrush.com

Franky’s Locally owned for more than 20 years, serving pizza, Italian dishes, beer and wine. 506 Ivy St., 8989948, www.frankyschico.com

LaRocca Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting Room The oldest and largest producer of 100 percent, USDA-certified organic wine in the North State offers its fine wine selection in a satellite tasting room in downtown Chico. Open Wednesday-Sunday. 222 W. Second St., 899-9463, www.laroccavineyards.com

The Lost Dutchman Taproom A craft beer bar to complement Wine Time across the parking lot. A small menu of comfort foods, plus 19 beers on tap. Open Tues.-Sat. 25 Lost Dutchman Drive, www.lostdutchmantaproom.com

Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant

Keep it casual

Bistro fare, award-winning ales and lagers, an excellent wine list and a large outdoor patio, plus a world-class touring acts in the brewery’s Big Room. 1075 E. 20th St., 345-2739, www.sierranevada.com

The Banshee

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

Unwined at 980 One of Chico’s newest hotspots, Unwined at 980 offers a diverse selection of wines—including flights—alongside a menu of finedining fare. The restaurant also hosts winemaker dinners and special release parties. 980 Mangrove Ave., 809-2634, www.unwinedat980.com

Wine Time A renovated early-1900s pig barn is the home of this wine bar serving a variety of small plates, including farm-fresh salads, flatbreads and appetizers. Live music on Saturdays. Closed Sunday and Monday. 26 Lost Dutchman Drive, 899-9250, www.winetimechico.com

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

Bella’s Sports Pub Great pub food and a huge beer selection along with sports on bigscreen, high-definition TVs. 134 Broadway, 893-5253, www.bellas sportspubchico.com

Buffalo Wild Wings All the wings and fries and burgers and beers one could want, along with a healthy serving of sports on multiple TVs. buffalowildwings.com

Café Coda Serving beer and wine, Café Coda hosts occasional live music in the evening and live-jazz brunches Fridays at 11 a.m. 265 Humboldt Ave., 566-9476, cafecoda.com

The DownLo A sports bar with pub grub and sports on TV, The DownLo’s claim to fame is its expansive billiards room with 10 Diamond tables, darts and occasional live music and comedy shows. 319 Main St., 892-2473 NIGHTLIFE continued on page 38

The DownLo

The Pour House American cuisine served in a tasteful-yet-casual atmosphere featuring a full bar, several taps of craft beer and a big selection of wines by the glass. Also featuring a swanky patio with fire pit and huge TV screen great for catching the big game. 855 East Ave., 893-3000, www.chicopourhouse.com

Ramada Plaza Restaurant & Lounge This club inside the Ramada Plaza Hotel serves food, beer, wine and cocktails and typically draws a more mature crowd than the downtown bars. 685 Manzanita Court, 345-2491 Fall 2016/Winter 2017 DISCOVER CHICO 37


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A local institution, Duffy’s features an old-school jukebox and an odd medley of wall decorations. Wednesday is dance night (10 p.m.) and Friday happy hour (4 p.m.) features live traditional Irish music. 337 Main St., 343-7718

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

The Handle Bar Offering a German-inspired pub menu to complement a large selection of specialty craft beers. 2070 E. 20th St., 894-2337, facebook.com/ handlebarchico $

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

Madison Bear Garden Enjoy mouth-watering burgers and sandwiches and a selection of draft beers and cocktails. Open every day, right next to campus. Fun décor, billiards upstairs and a great outdoor patio. 316 W. Second St., 891-1639, madisonbeargarden.com

Maltese Bar & Tap Room This south Chico watering hole’s stainless-steel and wood décor gives it the look of a classic neighborhood

bar. It also boasts a nice patio and regular live music and other eclectic entertainment. 1600 Park Ave., 3434915, www.themaltesebar.com

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

Oasis Bar & Grill Great burgers, dogs and sandwiches along with seven pool tables—and regular leagues and tournaments—15 flat-screen TVs and a full bar. 1007 W. First St., 343-4305, www.oasisbarandgrill.net

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

Park Avenue Pub Features half-pound, groundprime burgers, fresh-cut french fries and a full bar. Catering available. 2010 Park Ave., 893-3500

Quackers Fire Bar & Grill A bar with a nice dance floor far from downtown, Quackers serves a full menu of pub-grub favorites. Karaoke and DJ dancing. Now with a spacious billiards room—and an L-shaped pool table! 968 East Ave., 895-3825

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

Scotty’s Landing 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. 12609 River Road, 710-2020.

Shenanigan’s Bar & Grill A great place to hang out on the north side of town, with a full menu of pub favorites, including wood-fired pizzas. A full bar and two pool tables in the basement. 3312 Esplanade, 809-1088, www.facebook. com/ShenanigansChico

Sipho’s Restaurant & Café Fresh, spicy, healthy Jamaican fare served at a groovy eatery on the edge of town. Dine inside or chill out on the patio, where Sipho’s holds occasional all-day reggae concerts. 1228 Dayton Road, 895-1866, www.siphosjamaica.com $$

Studio Inn Cocktail Lounge This no-frills bar on the north end of town next to Priya Indian Cuisine offers occasional live music and a great outdoor patio. 2582 Esplanade, 343-0662

Tackle Box Bar & Grill A south Chico hotspot featuring exotic appetizers like frog legs and fried alligator, along with traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner options and a full bar. Live music and pool tables, too. 379 E. Park Ave., 3457499, www.tackleboxchico.com

University Bar The U-Bar is a popular basement hangout located on the corner of Wall and Second streets downtown. It has everything you need in a college bar—cheap pints, pool tables, an air-hockey table and an extremely loud jukebox. 191 E. Second St., 898-0630, www.facebook.com/ theubar

The Winchester Goose The Winchester Goose is first and foremost a craft beer bar. But in case 40 DISCOVER CHICO Fall 2016/Winter 2017

you need something to go along with that IPA, saison or barrel-aged imperial stout, there’s an eclectic food menu, too. 800 Broadway, 7150099, www.thewinchestergoose.com

Woodstock’s Pizza Pizza, cold beer on tap, fresh salads, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts. Sports on TV and trivia night Wednesdays. Open till 1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, midnight the rest of the week. 166 E. Second St., 893-1500, www.woodstockschico.com

Clubbin’ The Beach The Beach features a swanky VIP area on the second floor, complete with couches and bottle service. Downstairs, you’ll find a large dance floor and access to The University Bar and Panama Bar & Cafe. 191 E. Second St., 898-9898, facebook.com/ thebeachchico

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

Lost on Main This bar and nightclub features some of the bigger-name, dancefriendly touring acts at its spacious downtown location. Also, they have lasers! 319 Main St., 891-1853

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

Casinos Casino 99 Chico’s only card room offers blackjack, casino games and pub grub. 1414 Park Ave., 892-2282

Feather Falls Casino With gaming aplenty, this casino frequently welcomes touring musi-

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cians and other entertainers. Eat at the cafe or buffet and stay the night at The Lodge, which has a fitness center and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool area. Check out the Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., featuring house-brewed beers, gourmet food (including fresh sushi and sashimi) and more live music. 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3855, www.featherfallscasino.com

Gold Country Casino 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. The facility also has a steakhouse, buffet, café and an espresso bar. 4020 Olive Highway, Oroville, (800) 803-1911, www.goldcountrycasino.com

Rolling Hills Casino 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, an 18-hole John Daly Signature course in the Scottish links style. 2655 Barham Ave., Corning, 528-3500, www.rollinghills casino.com


Other hotspots 1078 Gallery The 1078 Gallery—known for its eclectic art shows—is also a live-music hotspot, hosting rock, indie, punk jazz and acoustic acts. 820 Broadway, 343-1973, www.1078gallery.com

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

Chico State The new Arts & Humanities building boasts the state-of-the-art Zingg Recital Hall, featuring performances produced by the School of the Arts, which also hosts concerts and plays in the Performing Arts Center next door. Laxson Auditorium hosts world-class musical acts and other performers from around the globe, thanks to the most prestigious promoter in town, Chico Performances. 400 W. First St., 898-4636, www.chicoperformances.com

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The Rendezvous An elegant venue that’s also available to rent out for weddings and other events, The Rendezvous offers occasional concerts open to the public. 3269 Esplanade Ste. 142, 864-2525, www.chicorendezvous.com

Senator Theatre The ornate Senator Theatre not only offers some great musical shows, but it’s also a major landmark in Chico’s history. Devil Makes Three, POD and Rebelution all have performed there. 517 Main St., 898-1497, ● www.jmaxproductions.net Fall 2016/Winter 2017 DISCOVER CHICO 41


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hether you’re an aficionado of fine arts or just someone who appreciates a good painting when you see one, you’ve probably noticed that Chico is a city that values visual art, local and otherwise. There are a number of impressive and publicly accessible art galleries and shows linked to the two local colleges, Chico State and Butte College. But Chico’s visual arts scene reaches beyond the scholastic, with a wide range or public, private and personal art spaces serving the equally eclectic mix of Chico artists and art lovers. Just a couple of blocks from Chico State in a former train depot, one of Chico’s longestrunning art institutions, the Chico Art Center, offers not just a space for artists to show their work—in both the center’s 800-square-foot gallery space and the neighboring Great Northern Coffee shop housed in an old Pullman train car—but also actively looks to serve the broader art community. “We want to help the community appreciate the importance of visual art in our society,” said Jana Lawton, a member of the Chico Art Center’s board of directors. “So we do that by showing them art, teaching them how to make art, and making art interesting by having events, speakers and bus trips to other places.” One of Chico Art Center’s signature events is its annual Open Studios Art Tour, during which local artists invite the public into their personal studios to gain insight into each individual’s process and technique. The 2016 Open Studios Art Tour takes place over two weekends, Oct. 22-23 and 29-30, and costs $10 per person. Chico artist Jim Williams has participated in the Open Studios Art Tour for the last two years. A painter who is also a docent at the recently established Museum of Northern California Art (monca), Williams relocated to Chico from Sacramento several years ago and


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said the studio tour was a great way to meet people involved in Chico’s creative world. “The art scene here is pretty vibrant; there are a lot of things happening,” Williams said. “We’re always trying to tell people how important it is to have an art community. And I think that there are still a lot of artists coming to the fore. There are still a lot of working artists out there, younger ones too, which is great because they have fresh ideas and a new way of looking at things; they come from a totally different experience.”

Some of Chico’s youngest artists can

Jim Williams in his studio be found in Butte College’s expansive Instructional Arts building. The facility includes studio spaces for a full range 1078 Gallery of classic fine art media—painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics—but also state-of-the-art digital art equipment and software. Design and multimedia instructor Daniel Donnelly is also an alumnus of Butte College and remembers when the available art facilities were substantially less impressive. “I went to Butte College about 31 years ago, and when I started teaching 14 years ago, I was teaching in the same portable buildings that I had taken classes in—that’s how old they were,” Donnelly said. “But now we have this incredible building here.” The art program at Butte College ensures that there are always new faces in the Chico art culture and new works being exhibited in galleries throughout Chico, Donnelly says. “I think we supply a lot of artists that don’t want to leave Chico,” Donnelly said. “We’re creating artists to fill the gaps of other older artists

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who may be leaving. We have to start replenishing Chico with some younger artists who are going to keep the art going. And I see Butte College’s art department as doing that.” Although supporting local creators is a priority for local art galleries, many balance featuring local work with the equally John Pugh’s “Academe” mural, Chico State Arts important task of & Humanities Building. bringing national and international artists to town. The 1078 Gallery, a volunteer-run nonprofit exhibition space, is one of the local galleries dedicated to showcasing a geographically and culturally diverse range of art. “We do show local artists, but we try to do a healthy mix of community shows, people who work in our region and pulling in people from everywhere,” said Joshua Olivera, a member of the 1078 Gallery’s Exhibitions Committee. “We just had a show from an artist from Hawaii at the beginning of the summer, and our last show was an artist based out of Oakland. We’re trying to have as much diversity in new ideas and works.” “In terms of places to see art, I’d say this is where the most innovating and progressive work is happening beyond the university,” added Trevor Lalaguna, also a member of the gallery’s Exhibitions Committee. “At 1078 Gallery, we’re bringing in regional and international artists as well, with shows revolving pretty much every month.” The 1078 is just one of several local art galleries showcasing new and innovative artwork. The Jacki Headley University Art Gallery on the Chico State campus is the latest addition to Chico’s arts community. Opened on the first floor of the university’s new Arts & Humanities Building in fall of 2016, the gallery is dedicated to contemporary artwork, from juried student exhibitions to work from internationally recognized artists such as Walczak & Heiss, the Denver-based interactive design collaborative behind the gallery’s first exhibition (and also creators of the 42-foot-wide “Facewall” sculpture on the building’s façade). Innovation isn’t just limited to artwork itself. The gallery at Idea Fab Labs—a member-driven community workspace used by makers, designers, artists, programmers and others interested in the latest in fabrication technology— showcases art made using 3-D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines and other technology-aided forms of creation. These are, of course, just a small selection of the many great places to find stunning visual art in Chico. From a young artist’s first show in a coffee shop to world-class art hanging in a hushed gallery, the Chico visual art scene has l something to offer every level of art enthusiast.

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DINING

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ne of the great things about Chico is that the city is chock-full of great places to eat. Moreover, the food landscape is growing and expanding to cater to the whims of local foodies. This fair burg is home to everything from downhome burger joints to exotic fine-dining establishments. So, whether you have a taste for cheap eats or refined food fare, Chico has you covered.

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

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

Boba TeaLicious Serving refreshing tapioca-pearl tea drinks in a variety of flavors, as well as smoothies, slushies and fusion teas. Seating available for enjoying ramen and other snacks. 225 Main St., Ste. M (inside the Garden Walk Mall), 966-2077 $


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

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

Chan Pheng’s Mandarin Cuisine Serving Mandarin, Hunan and Szechuan cuisine. Delivery available. 1140 Mangrove Ave., 894-6888 $

China House Chinese and Asian fusion food at a good price. 951 Nord Ave., 893-2988 $

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

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

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

Everyday Vietnamese Cuisine Vietnamese food, including a variety of pho, coffee and tea. Open daily, 11 a.m.10 p.m. 951 Nord Ave., Ste. A, 893-2888 $

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

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room, but mostly a to-go spot, open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 1600 Mangrove Ave., 809-1530, www.forcellabistro.com $$

House of Dumpling Specializing in Asian fusion fare, including burgers and wraps, in addition to traditional Chinese dishes and, of course, dumplings. A move is expected in the fall, so call ahead. Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 2599 Esplanade, 893-8888 $

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

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

Japanese Blossoms Voted Best Sushi in Chico, Japanese Blossoms serves up creative Japanese cuisine using local ingredients. In addition to sushi and sashimi, there’s a nice list of fully cooked entrees. Vegan and allergenfriendly dishes available. Open daily: lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and dinner, 5-9 p.m., with nightly happy hour specials. 2995 Esplanade #104, 891-9022, www.japaneseblossoms.com $$

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

Mekkala Thai Cuisine

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

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

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

Peter Chu’s Mandarin Cuisine Tasty Chinese food at reasonable prices. 2424 Cohasset Road, 894-8276, www.peterchu-chico.com $$

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

Pho Le One of Chico’s newest eateries, Pho Le serves up Vietnamese favorites, from signature pho noodle soups to rice plates and rice noodle bowls. Also a large selection of smoothies with boba tapioca balls. 2201 Pillsbury Road, 487-8933. $

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

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

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

Sushi King & Boba Tea Zone

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

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

Happy Garden

Momona Noodles + Bao

Teriyaki House

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

Momona is a relative newcomer on Chico’s restaurant scene. Specializing in ramen, bao (steamed buns) and other Asian-inspired dishes. 230 W. Third St. www.momonachico.com $$

A Japanese fast-food restaurant specializing in teriyaki. 236 W. East Ave., 894-6127; 2454 Notre Dame Blvd., 3433744, www.teriyakihousechico.com $

Thai Basil

Hashi Asian To Go

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

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

Ginger’s Chinese Restaurant

Hashi’s menu is simple: a short list of soups, bowls, salads and sandwiches, all with Asian flair. Regulars swear by the teriyaki chicken bowl, the tori ramen with marinated Vietnamese chicken and the Asian chicken salad. Sit-down available in the Forcella Italian Bistro dining

Ojiya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar Sit around the hibachi and watch the

Home of the sushi burrito. Also serving traditional sushi, boba tea and slushies. Drive-thru available. 2190 Esplanade, 892-8688 $

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DINING continued from page 47 large portions. Dine-in option as well. 1354 East Ave., 898-8424 $

Pho C & C

Tong Fong Low Offering authentic Chinese cuisine that locals can’t stop raving about. 2072 E. 20th St., 898-1388, tongfonglow.com $$

Windy’s Chinese Restaurant Serving a variety of Asian favorites, beer and wine. 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 343-1788 $

Wok ‘n’ Roll Serving popular Chinese entrees and the only Hawaiian barbecue in town. Fast and delicious combos to keep your wallet and belly full. Sushi rolls starting at less than $5. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 892-1868, $

Breakfast Nooks Beatniks Coffee House & Breakfast Joint

Serving breakfast every day—with an assortment of Benedicts, omelets, scrambles and excellent huevos rancheros—and a weekday lunch menu of salads, sandwiches and daily specials. 1387 E. Eighth St., 894-2800, www.chicobeatniks.com $

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

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

Café Coda Locally owned eatery serving breakfast including scrambles, omelets, burritos and more; lunch served weekdays. Frenchpress coffee, espresso, beer and wine. Occasional live music. 265 Humboldt Ave., 566-9476, www.cafecoda.com $$

Country Waffles Specializing in waffles. Breakfast and lunch daily. 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 345-9905 $$

Farmer’s Skillet Classic breakfast and lunch menu, served 6 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. 690 Rio Lindo Ave., 345-1149 $$

Italian Cottage Restaurant Serving delicious omelets since 1970. Also: eggs Benedict, cottage potatoes, fresh-cooked spinach, French toast, 48 DISCOVER CHICO Fall 2016/Winter 2017

homemade biscuits and gravy, Belgian waffles, blueberry pancakes and hash browns. 2234 Esplanade, 343-7000; 2525 Dominic Drive, 342-7771, www.theitaliancottage.com $$

Beach Hut Deli

Mom’s

Big Al’s Drive In

Satisfy cravings for Mom’s homecooked specialties morning, noon or evening. Featuring breakfast favorites, fresh salads and sandwiches and delicious supper creations. Conveniently located near campus. 209 Salem St., 893-3447, www.momschico.com $$

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

Nash’s 7th Avenue Omelette House Unique omelet selections made with fresh and local ingredients, as well as traditional breakfast fare. 1717 Esplanade, 896-1147, nashsrestaurantchico.com $$

The Roost Café

A variety of specialty sandwiches served up in a casual, beach-themed atmosphere. 146 W. Second St., 893-0633, www.beachhutdeli.com. $ Milkshakes are a triple-thick treat at this longtime Chico favorite. 1844 Esplanade, 342-2722 $

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

Burger Hut Burgers Serving fresh ground beef with no hormones and no antibiotics. All food is cooked to order and basted with Burger Hut signature barbecue sauce, paired with piping hot fries or onion rings and thick, hand-dipped milkshakes. 3211 Cohasset Road, 342-4555; 2451 Forest Ave., 891-1430, www.burgerhut.com $

Specialties include eggs Benedict, corned beef hash and roost burgers. Full espresso bar. Real food, real butter and real good home cooking. Where the locals go! Open daily 6 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Serving breakfast all day and lunch at 11 a.m. 1144 Park Ave., 892-1281 $$

Burgers & Brew

Sin of Cortez

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

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

Burgers, Delis & Dogs

Alpaca Bob’s Sandwich Adventures Unique sandwiches and other menu items, such as Thai dogs, Italian-style paninis, Soviet sauce and Cajun hotlinks. 672 Mangrove Ave., 342-3456 $

Grass-fed beef burgers and world-class brews in a modern downtown setting with a great outdoor patio. 301 Broadway, 879-9100, www.burgersbrew.com $$

The Cheesesteak Shop

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

The Dog House Serving charcoal-grilled gourmet hot dogs and sausages, as well as burgers and sandwiches. Two locations. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 894-3641; 1354 East Ave., 894-2242, chicodoghouse.com $


Fast Eddie’s

Serving up an eclectic menu of hot sandwiches, all with Ike’s signature “dirty sauce.” Vegan options available. 648 W. Fifth St., 924-3171, www.ilikeikesplace.com/chico $

Jersey Mike’s Subs An impressive menu of sub sandwiches, wraps and salads. 605 Mangrove Ave., 891-0117, www.jerseymikes.com $

Kathy’s Deli Delicious Philly cheesesteak and hot pastrami sandwiches, along with a mixture of American, Asian and Mediterranean dishes all with Southeast Asian flair. Serving pho, hand-rolled noodles and egg rolls daily. 671 Walnut St., 343-5925 $

Consistently Delicious!

SICILIAN CAFE Since 1984 1020 Main St • Chico • 345-CAFE • Dinner Tue-Sun at 5pm • Gale Vineyards • Anchordoguy Olive Oil • S & S Organic Produce • West Coast Products •

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Orland Farmstead Creamery • Berkeley Olive • Tin Roof Bakery

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

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

Kona’s Hot and cold fresh-made sandwiches, homemade soups and cookies. Also offering 3- to 6-foot party subs for any occasion. 138 Main St., 893-4344; 965 Nord Ave., 894-1635 $

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

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

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

SubStation Deli Enjoy delicious subs made with freshbaked rolls. Also serving fresh soup, chili and salads. 2404 Park Ave., 343-9178, www.substationchico.com $

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

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

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

Zot’s Hot Dogs and Deli The last original tenant of the Garden Walk Mall (for 43 years!) in downtown Chico, mom-and-pop shop Zot’s Hot Dogs and Deli offers tradition, quality and affordability. 225 Main St. (inside Garden Walk Mall), 345-2820, www.zotsdogs.webs.com $

Casual Dining Applebee’s Grill & Bar

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

B Street Public House Delicious gastro pub fare, along with an extensive list of craft brews and specialty cocktails. Plus, brunch daily. 117 Broadway, 899-8203, www.bstreetpub.com $$

Bacio Catering & Carry Out A popular south Chico eatery that turns out an array of healthful, seasonal, local and delicious food. Take home or dine in. 1903 Park Ave., 345-7787, www.baciocatering.com $$

Bellachino’s Espresso & Panini Café

lunch and dinner, along with appetizers and a full bar. Sandwiches, burgers, salads and wraps. Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 3199 Golf Course Road, 891-8417, golfbidwellpark.com $

Country Morning Bakery & Café

Big Hot Crab A hot Cajun-style seafood restaurant on the edge of downtown. They serve shrimp in a bag! 701 Main St., 879-1822 $$

Broadway Heights California Cuisine Whether you’re in the mood for a gourmet salad or something comforting like Cajun meatloaf, Broadway Heights doesn’t disappoint. Enjoy it all daily with a bird’s-eye view of downtown Chico. Plus, happy hour specials. 300 Broadway, 899-8075, broadwayheightschico.com $$

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

Chili’s Grill & Bar Everything from steaks and margaritas to baby-back ribs. 1908 E. 20th St., 345-1687, www.chilis.com $$

soup. Closed Sunday. Multiple locations, www.greatharvestchico.com $$

CJ’s Last Chance Diner

Hudson’s Gastropub

Come in for some of the best smoked barbecue in town and burgers made fresh every day. Pure taste-bud-satisfying deliciousness. (Try their food truck, Ike’s Smokehouse, too!) 13670 Anderson Brothers Drive, 343-1901 $

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

Foodie Café Opened by the folks behind Chico Catering Co., this eatery by the airport offers a unique dining experience, from the repurposed furnishings to the eclectic breakfast and lunch items. Features specialized menus for hashes, burgers and sliders. Open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.3 p.m. 999 Marauder St., 433-5539, www.thefoodiecafe.com $

Fresh Twisted Café

The newest offering from Chico restaurateur Christian Steinbach, Hudson’s Gastropub offers an eclectic menu of small plates, pizzas and burgers alongside an impressive wine and beer list in a chic environment. 2760 Esplanade, 636-4562. $$

Logan’s Roadhouse From the rustic atmosphere, country music and all the sports you can watch on the many flat-screen TVs, Logan’s is the place to be. 1900 E. 20th St., 8911098, www.logansroadhouse.com $$

Midtown Local Celebrating Chico culture with coffee, beer, wine and casual fare. Serving breakfast and lunch daily. 365 E. Sixth St., 966-0054, www.midtownlocal.net $

Noodles & Co. Noodle dishes from all over the world in one spot. 1910 E. 20th St., 715-2095, www.noodles.com $

Also known as Hernandez Farms, Fresh Twisted Café offers fresh juices and nondairy smoothies that locals have come to love. Also serving up sandwiches and organic beef burgers. 156 Eaton Road, 809-2489 $

OM Foods

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

Bidwell Bar & Grill

Great Harvest Bread Co.

Outback Steakhouse

Located at the Bidwell Park Golf Course in Upper Bidwell Park. Serving breakfast,

Serving fresh-baked breads and pastries as well as sandwiches, panini, salads and

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Fresh, healthy, organic, vegetarian and vegan-friendly food stand. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., in the Safeway parking lot, 228-4074, www.facebook.com/ omfoodstm $


Rock House

setting. 1990 E. 20th St., 899-8112, www.outback.com $$

The Oven Marketplace & Café Serving up fresh baked goods in the mornings and custom-made sandwiches for lunch. Also a variety of coffee drinks. The Oven is also home to Chico Baking Co., which serves vegan and gluten-free items. 2560 Dominic Drive, 809-1021 $

PaCoo Fresh, reasonably priced food and coffee as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner. 642 W. Fifth St., 487-7228 $

Panera Bread Soup, sandwiches, baked goods and salads. 1910 E. 20th St., 894-5009, www.panerabread.com $

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

Breakfast, Lunch (and Dinner on weekends) Beautiful Garden Patio • Coffee Bar and Wine Tasting Friday Night Open Mic • Saturday Night Live Music Game Room 532-1889 • RockHouseHwy70.com 11865 Highway 70, 95965 Just 20 min northeast of Oroville

Pluto’s Fast and fresh food, made to order in downtown Chico. Salad bar, sandwiches, fries, hot sides and carved meats. 201 Main St., 343-0165, plutosfreshfood.com $

The Pour House Delicious New American cuisine served in a tasteful-yet-casual atmosphere featuring a full bar, several taps of craft beer and a big selection of wines by the glass. The patio’s features a huge screen for outdoor viewing. 855 East Ave., 8933000, www.chicopourhouse.com $$

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

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

T. Tea Bar & Fusion Café A selection of more than 40 teas and fusion favorites including hoisin barbecue salmon, London broil, pork tenderloin, sweet chili chicken bowls and wraps. 250 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-8100; and 555 Flying V St., Ste. 1, 809-1545, www.tbarchico.com $

Tin Roof Bakery & Café Long known for its hand-crafted breads, Tin Roof’s popular café serves upscale pastries, artisan sandwiches, healthful salads and fine coffees. 627 Broadway, 892-2893 $

Calendar of EvEnts Break Bread with a Farmer Friday November 4 • 6pm • Pat’s Barn It’s a chance to meet local Butte County Farmers for a BBQ Dinner & Pie Auction. Featuring Matthew Songmaker with December Bicyclists.

Antique Faire Saturday October 1 • 10am to 4pm Eighth & Main & Chico Antique Center Fiber Fusion & Stock Dog Trials October 7 & 8 • 8am to 4pm Sierra Oro Farm Trail Kids Farm Day October 15 • 10am to 4pm

Holiday Fine Arts & Gift Show December 2–4 Over 20 artists, jewelry, sculpture, oil, watercolor, glassware, mixed media, & more.

Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery Serving fine pastries, specialty cakes and pies from scratch, as well as lunch entrees, DINING continued on page 52 Fall 2016/Winter 2017 DISCOVER CHICO 51


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

Naked Lounge Tea & Coffeehouse Serving mouthwatering mochas, cappuccinos and fresh-brewed coffees along with premium loose-leaf teas and glutenfree treats. 118 W. Second St., 895-0676 $

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

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

Eclectic Eats Ali Baba It’s a Grind Coffee House

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Dutch Bros. Coffee

house-made soups, espresso and teas. Urban patio seating available. 130 Main St., 895-3866, www.uppercrustchico.com $

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

Wild Oak Café

Great Northern

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

Coffee Houses Bidwell Perk

Serving coffee, tea and delectables in a café-style setting. Now with a wine bar and later hours. 664 E. First Ave., 8991500, www.bidwellperk.com $

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

Chico Coffee Co. Conveniently located near the DMV. Serving breakfast and lunch. 107 Parmac Road, 592-3193 $

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

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Visit a restored 1940s passenger train car for handcrafted, organic specialty coffee and tea. Rotating display of local art. 434 Orange St., 899-8267 $

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

Has Beans Creekside

Mediterranean restaurant specializing in falafel, shwarma and kebabs. Also serving at Argus Bar + Patio. 138 Broadway St., 345-5000, www.alibabachico.com $

Gogi’s Café Indian-Pakistani appetizers, entrées, desserts and specialty drinks served in a café setting across the street from Chico State. 230 Salem St., 891-3570, www.gogiscafe.webs.com $

Inday’s Filipino Food Kamayan loosely translates into “shake hands,” but in terms of food it refers to eating with your hands, a centuries-old tradition that can still be seen today. Inday’s features Filipino specialties, from pork adobo to lumpia to halang halang. Now serving breakfast and lunch daily in addition to dinner on weekends. 1043 W. Eighth St., 520-2593, indays.weebly.com $

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

Priya Indian Cuisine

It’s a Grind Coffee House

Ready Chef Go Bistro & Market

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

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

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies Hawaiian coffees and smoothies, just as the name implies. Drive thru available. 615 Mangrove Ave, 864-8454 $

Specializing in northern and southern Indian cuisine, served in a comfortable setting. Try the lunch buffet. 2574 Esplanade, 899-1055 $$ Food that is local, fresh and sustainable. Ready Chef Go Bistro & Market has a deep appreciation for what Mother Nature provides for us. 980 Mangrove Ave., 806-2634, www.readychefgochico.com $$

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

Sipho’s Restaurant & Café Fresh, spicy, healthy Jamaican fare served at a groovy eatery on the edge of town. Patio dining available and occasion-


al live reggae music. 1228 Dayton Road, 895-1866, www.siphosjamaica.com $$

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

Fine Dining

Let us Make You

HAPPY with the Best Chinese Food! 2002-2010

5th Street Steakhouse

A full-service steakhouse featuring USDA prime beef, fresh seafood, house-made desserts and an extensive wine list. 345 W. Fifth St., 891-6328, www.5thstreetsteakhouse.com $$$

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

HAPPY GArden Chinese restaurant

Open Daily • Food to Go

180 Cohasset Road • (Near the Esplanade) 893-2574 or 893-5068 • HappyGardenChico.com

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

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

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

Rallo’s West This elegant restaurant has fine wines and craft beer on tap—perfect pairings for a cheese plate or a main-course crab cake. 234 W. Third St., 636-4468, facebook.com/ralloswest $$$

Red Tavern Offering delicious and innovative dishes based on influences from all over the world. Fresh, locally grown, seasonal, organic produce and meats. Full bar, including an extensive wine list, craft beer and creative signature cocktails. Relaxing outdoor patio, with a bocce court, all-night happy hour on Tuesdays and live music April-October. 1250 Esplanade, 894-3463, redtavern.com $$$

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

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

and chicken-fried steak and house-made meatloaf for dinner. 2396 Esplanade, 343-3968, kalicokitchenchico.com $$

Homestyle

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen

Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant

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

Russell’s Family Restaurant

Sicilian Café

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

Two Twenty Restaurant Located inside the Hotel Diamond, Two Twenty offers an eclectic menu of steak and seafood, gourmet burgers and pizzas and the enticing chicken and waffles. Breakfast daily, brunch on weekends, happy hour Tuesday-Saturday and dinner nightly. 220 W. Fourth St., 895-1515, www.twotwentyrestaurant.com $$$

Unwined at 980 Full-service restaurant/lounge, specializing in roasted wood-fired specialties from starters to meals. More than 60 different wines from around the world as well as craft beers on tap. 980 Mangrove Ave., 809-2634, unwinedat980.com $$$

Wine Time A renovated early-1900s pig barn is the home of this wine bar serving a variety of small plates, including farm-fresh salads, flatbreads and appetizers. Live music on Saturdays. Closed Sunday and

Russell’s Family Restaurant

Angie’s Bar and Grill

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

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

International House of Pancakes

New Orleans-style fast food, and signature sides. 1161 Mangrove Ave., 332-9322 $ Featuring breakfast, lunch and dinner specials, beer and wine. 185 Cohasset Road, 343-5543 $$

Italian

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

Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge

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

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

Jack’s Family Restaurant

Forcella Italian Bistro

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

Forcella offers scratch-made pastas and Italian entrees Monday-Saturday for dinner (restaurant transforms into Hashi Asian To Go for the weekday lunch hour). 1600 Mangrove Ave., 809-1530, www.forcellabistro.com $$

Kalico Kitchen Try Kalico’s breakfast skillets and breakfast burritos in the morning, club sandwiches and crispy chicken salad for lunch,

Franky’s Locally owned for more than 20 years, serving pizza, Italian dishes, beer and wine. Delivery through Entree Express. 506 Ivy St., 898-9948, frankyschico.com $$

Grana Wood Fired Foods Farm-to-table-inspired Italian ostería featuring locally sourced, sustainable small plates, salads, entrees and traditional Neapolitan-style pizza. Italianfocused, esoteric wine list and craft beers. 198 E. Second St., 809-2304, www.granachico.com $$

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

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

Panighetti’s Eatery Offering big portions of moderately priced Italian food. Large dining room, with a great outdoor patio as well. 1851 Esplanade, 809-1640, panighettis.com $$ DINING continued on page 57 54 Discover chico Fall 2016/Winter 2017


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

Mexican Aca Taco

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

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

Aztlan Mexican Food Known for its authentic tortas and other delicious Mexican dishes. 1645 Park Ave., 487-7062 $

Bulldog Taqueria Featuring an array of authentic, madefrom-scratch Mexican dishes, such as burritos, tacos, birria and chili verde. A great salsa bar, aguas frescas and large flat-screen TVs. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, open late on weekends. 995 Nord Ave., 592-3605; 119 W. Second St., 895-8226, www.bulldogtaqueria.com $

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

Casa Ramos Specializing in borrego (lamb shank) and fresh fajitas: steak, chicken and shrimp. 216 W. East Ave., 894-0119; 2490 Fair St., 893-5050, casaramos.net $$

Chipotle Mexican Grill Fast, made-to-order gourmet burritos and tacos with “endless” combinations of fillings. 620 Mangrove Ave., 3438707; 1950 E. 20th St., 343-0706, www.chipotle.com $

Cocina Cortes From sopes to chimichangas, Cocina Cortes serves up quality, authentic Mexican food for a great price. 1110 Dayton Road, 342-4189 $

Pete’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

served all day. 465 E. 20th St., Ste. 60, 342-4121 $

taco. 1141 Forest Ave., 342-3627 $$

Gordo Burrito

Offering authentic Mexican food with combination plates, fresh tortilla chips and salsa and more. 2365 Esplanade, 895-9607, www.ricardoschico.com $

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

La Cocina Economica

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

La Comida

Sol Mexican Grill

Mexican-style food made fresh daily and served quickly. Voted Best Cheap Eats by CN&R readers for over a decade. 954 Mangrove Ave., 345-2254, www.lacomidarestaurants.com $

Burritos, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas and chimichangas served in a relaxed north Chico location. Hang out with friends on the patio or in the cantina. Plus, there’s a mobile app. Family-run since 2011. 3269 Esplanade, 342-4616, www.solmexicangrill.com $

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

La Hacienda

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

Mariscos la Costa Mexican Seafood Grill

Featuring traditional Mexican food. Specialties are the flavorful molcajete, Sonoran hot dog and breakfast burritos

Serrano’s Mexican Grill

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

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

El Rey Mexican Grill

Ricardo’s Mexican Cocina

Having recently moved into a larger space on the same strip, Mariscos la Costa specializes in coastal Mexican fare and features shrimp, calamari, lobster, snapper and more. Think well beyond the fish

Speedy Burrito Mexican Grill Great-tasting, healthfully prepared Mexican cooking. Delivery available. Closed Saturday-Sunday, but available at the Saturday farmers’ market in downtown Chico. 1013 W. First St. (inside the gas station), 591-9236, www.chicospeedyburrito.com $

Tacos Cortés Inexpensive, authentic and generous amounts of Mexican food. Walk-up window and outdoor seating available. 1530 Park Ave., 342-3797 $ DINING continued on page 58 Fall 2016/Winter 2017 Discover chico 57


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Tacos Mary Home of the famous taquito burrito. 429 Ivy St., 892-8176 $

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

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

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

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

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

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

Farm Star Pizza 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, familyfriendly atmosphere. 2359 Esplanade, 343-2056, www.farmstarpizza.com $$

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

Little Caesars Pizza Pizza, breadsticks and more available for take-out. 598 E. Eighth St., 8948300; 118 W. East Ave., 894-5707, www.littlecaesars.com $

Mad Dash Pizza Yummy drive-thru eats featuring personal pizzas, wings with specialty sauces, and fresh-squeezed OJ shakes. Small outdoor dining area. 2391 Cohasset Road, 899-1010, www.maddashpizza.com $

Main Street Pizzeria Delicious pizza, especially for the late-night munchies. 331 Main St., 345-6246. $

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

Pizza

Monstros Pizza & Subs

With pizzas named after local landmarks, how can you go wrong? Also serving up salads, pasta, sandwiches and calzones. 800 Bruce Road Ste. 100, 8940400, www.bidwellparkpizza.com $$

Mountain Mike’s Pizza

Bidwell Park Pizza

Offering pizza and sub sandwiches. 628 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-7672, www.monstrospizza.com $ An extensive menu of specialty pizzas, along with a salad bar and sandwiches. 1722 Mangrove Ave., 893-1923;

Celestino’s New York Pizza 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. Additional pasta menu at East Avenue location. 101 Salem St., 896-1234; and 1354 East Ave., 345-7700, www.celestinospizza.com $$

Chicago Deep Dish Pizza Co. Take-n-bake pizzas, Chicago-style. That means real deep dish, none of that wannabe stuff. Shop open Thurs.-Fri., noon-8 p.m. and Sat.-Sun., noon-6 p.m. Pies also available at other locations throughout the week. Check website for more info. 179 E. 13th St., 786-8111, www.chicagodeepdishpizzaco.com $$

Domino’s Hot, made-to-order pizzas, salads, breadsticks and Buffalo wings. Delivery or takeout. 324 Walnut St., 891-5888, www.dominos.com $ 58 DISCOVER CHICO Fall 2016/Winter 2017

Farm Star Pizza

1105 W. Fifth St., 899-9115, www.moun tainmikes.com $$

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza Take-and-bake pizza and breadsticks. 1305 Mangrove Ave., 345-6403; 14 W. Eaton Road, 343-3993; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 898-1560, papamurphys.com $$

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

Pizza Hut Pizza, pasta and wings for take-out or delivery. 1417 Mangrove Ave., 896-1955, www.pizzahut.com $$

Pop’s Pizza Top-quality ingredients, dough made from scratch and it’s all cooked to order. 2031 Forest Ave., 864-2760, www.pops pizzachico.com $$

Rolling Stone Pizza Located inside New Earth Market, sit down and enjoy a pie at the bar (they also serve beer) or order a pizza—cooked or ready to bake—to be prepared while you shop. Thin crust, toppings are top notch. Also available: gluten-free crust from local company Cali’Flour Foods. 864 East Ave., 891-9355, www.newearthmarket.com $$

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

Woodstock’s Pizza Award-winning pizza, cold beer on tap, fresh salads, appetizers, desserts and new sandwiches. Dine in, take-out and delivery. 166 E. Second St., 8931500, www.woodstockschico.com $$


Pub Fare The Banshee

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

Bella’s Sports Pub Great pub food and a huge beer selection along with sports on big-screen, high definition TVs. 134 Broadway, 8935253, www.bellassportspubchico.com $

Buffalo Wild Wings Newly opened in the North Valley Plaza, Buffalo Wild Wings offers all the wings and fries and burgers and beers one could want, along with a healthy serving of sports on multiple TVs. www.buffalowildwings.com $$

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

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

The Handle Bar Offering a German-inspired pub menu to complement a large selection of specialty craft beers. 2070 E. 20th St., 8942337, facebook.com/handlebarchico $

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Madison Bear Garden Enjoy mouth-watering burgers and sandwiches and a selection of draft beers and cocktails. Open every day, right next to campus. Fun décor, billiards upstairs and a great outdoor patio. 316 W. Second St., 891-1639, madisonbeargarden.com $

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Maltese Bar & Tap Room This south Chico watering hole’s stainless-steel and wood décor gives it the look of a classic neighborhood bar. It also boasts a nice patio and regular live music and other eclectic entertain ment. 1600 Park Ave., 343-4915, www.themaltesebar.com $

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Oasis Bar & Grill Great burgers, dogs and sandwiches along with seven pool tables—and regular leagues and tournaments—15 flatscreen TVs and a full bar. 1007 W. First St. 343-4305, www.oasisbarandgrill.net $

Panama Bar & Café Offering appetizers and American pub food (including 31 burgers) along with a full bar stocked with a huge selection of DINING continued on page 60

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The Black Kettle

service. Corners of Eighth and Pine streets and 20th Street and Park Avenue, www.facebook.com/GordoBurrito $

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

Ike’s Smokehouse 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. www.ikessmokehouse.com $

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

Quackers Fire Bar & Grill A bar with a nice dance floor far from downtown, Quackers serves a full menu of pub-grub favorites. Karaoke and DJ dancing. Now with a spacious billiards room—and an L-shaped pool table! 968 East Ave., 895-3825 $

Riley’s Bar & Grill Inexpensive pub-grub eats along with a full bar at this locally owned student hotspot. 702 W. Fifth St., 343-7459, www.rileysbar.com $

Scotty’s Landing 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. 12609 River Road, 710-2020 $

Shenanigan’s Bar & Grill A great place to hang out on the north side of town, with a full menu of pub grub favorites, including wood-fired pizzas, a full bar and two pool tables in the basement. 3312 Esplanade, 809-1088, www.facebook.com/ShenanigansChico $

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

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Street Food The Black Kettle

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

Maria’s Gone Tamales

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

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? 5664085 or find it on Facebook $

Burritos el Caporal

Mayhem Gourmet Grilled Cheese

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

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

Chicobi’s Fusion cuisine catering and concession truck featuring items like Jamaican jerk chicken tacos and Reuben flatbread pizzas. 828-3161, www.chicobis.com $

Chico Chuckwagon Offering delicious grilled sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, fries and acai bowls. Also serving up vegetarian options and a kid’s menu. Available for special events. 592-0550, www.facebook.com/ ChicoChuckwagon $

Cupcake Crusader Delicious cupcakes—in unique flavors as well as childhood favorites—made fresh and to order. www.thecupcake crusader.com $

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

Gordo Burrito Serving burritos, tostadas, tortas, tacos, quesadillas and chimichangas. Awesome shrimp specials and friendly

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

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

Slyderz Grill Burgers, wings, fries. Find it on Facebook. www.slyderzgrill.com $

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

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

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

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

Tacos Puerto Vallarta Featuring tacos, burritos, sopes, quesadillas, tostadas and tortas. Corner of the Esplanade and West 11th Avenue $ DINING continued on page 62


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Business Lane, 891-3492, www.krispy kreme.com $

Tacos Ramirez

La Flor de Michoacán Palatería y Nevería

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

A Mexican ice cream shop with many flavors and toppings, plus other sweet treats. 1080 W. Sacramento Ave., Ste. C; and 1354 East Ave.; 893-9999 $

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

Live Life Juice Co. Offering up pure, fresh, juice and elixirs daily. Live Life Juice Co. makes wonderfully tasty and healthful fruit and vegetable juice blends high in nutritional value while also affordable and convenient. 220 W. Sixth St., 566-3466, livelifejuiceco.com $

The Taco Truck Serving delicious, fresh Mexican fare. Often found in the All the Best Video parking lot on Cohasset Road, or on the back patio at Argus on weekends. www.facebook.com/TacoTruck $

Tamale Tango In addition to the unique tamales— shrimp and bacon, basil pesto chicken and cheese, to name a few—Tamale Tango also offers soups, taquitos and chile rellenos. Also on the menu: 100 percent organic and gluten-free tamales. www.facebook.com/TamaleTango $

Truckaroni Offering a menu of Italian goodness. www.facebook.com/truckaroni $

Wander Offering a circus-themed, rotating menu of locally sourced items. Offering sack-lunch dropoffs to businesses on Wednesdays. Catering available. 6803871, www.wanderfoods.com $

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

Sweets

Lovely Layers Cakery Live Life Juice Co.

Donut Nook Donuts, muffins, Danish, scones, cookies and espresso. Open 24 hours, except from 1-7 p.m., Sunday-Tuesday. 958 East Ave., 342-2118 $

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

Gelayo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato Frozen yogurt and gelato. 1380 East Ave., 345-7626 $

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

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

Baskin-Robbins

The Joker’s Bakery

Offering ice cream, smoothies, shakes and cakes. Multiple locations, www.baskinrobbins.com $ Specializing in cakes and cupcakes for all occassions. 752 East Ave, 354-0848 $

Gourmet, unique and artisanal cheesecakes. With 16 flavors and additional seasonal ones, you’re sure to find a flavor that will put a smile on your face. Store open by appointment only. Order by phone or online. (917) 885-8014, www.thejokersbakery.com $$

Cold Stone Creamery

Jon & Bon’s Yogurt Shoppe

Cinful Desserts

Premium ice cream, sorbet and cakes made fresh daily. Shakes, smoothies and banana splits, too. 146 Broadway, 8913331, www.coldstonecreamery.com $

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

Denine’s Cupcakes Specializing in “flavorful, pure cupcakes.” 116 Broadway, 809-4086. $ 62 Discover chico Fall 2016/Winter 2017

Jon & Bon’s has been serving up sweet sensations for over 34 years. Twelve flavors of frozen yogurt daily, along with ice cream, Hawaiian snow and smoothies. Open late. 300 Broadway, 899-9580; 1722 Mangrove Ave., 899-0484 $

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

Krispy Kreme Serving donuts and coffee. 2060

Freshly baked cupcakes and cookies available daily. Made-to-order specialty cakes and wedding cakes. Open TuesdaySaturday. 131 Meyers St., Ste. 120, 828-9931, www.lovelylayerscakery.com $

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

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

See’s Candies All your classic See’s goodies. Yum! 1947 E. 20th St., 891-3384 $

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

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

Tin Roof Bakery & Café If you’re in the mood for a flaky pastry or decadent tart, look no further than Tin Roof. Also serving up French macaroons, cookies and cakes, in addition to a full espresso bar. 627 Broadway, 892-2893 $

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


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FAMILY FUN

Have a blast

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hicoans don’t have to look far for fun activities for kids of all ages. There’s something for everyone in this town. Think air-hockey, mini-golf, batting cages, roller skating—and that’s just in one place, at the aptly named Funland! For those looking for outdoor play and exercise, the region’s public parks, many of which have sweet playground equipment, offer lots of space to have a blast. Chico is also home to museums, a great library and other indoor spaces to explore when it gets chilly outside.

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Kid-friendly activities AMF Orchard Lanes More than a bowling alley, this entertainment center has an arcade, snack bar with adult beverages, pro shop and plenty of family fun. 2397 Esplanade, 895-3257, www.amf.com/orchardlanes

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


Barry R. Kirshner Wildlife Foundation

and reptiles. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 4995 Durham-Pentz Road in Butte Valley (near Butte College), 533-1000, www.kirshner.org

Butte County Library

Children’s Park

The Chico branch of the county’s public library system offers regular story times for infants and children up to 12 years old. The library also is a great place for drop-in homework help from 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 1108 Sherman Ave., 891-2726, www.buttecounty.net/ bclibrary

Caper Acres A perennial favorite for children, this fairytale-themed playground features swings, slides, tunnels and play structures. At the center of the playground is an area with a soft, spongy groundcover that’s home to an impressive mosaic sea serpent made by local artist Robin Indar. Open 9 a.m.-sunset Tuesday-Sunday. Lower Bidwell Park, near One-Mile Recreation Area.

Chico Community Observatory The Chico Community Observatory is a delight for astronomers and amateur stargazers. The observatory is home to two huge telescopes and the world’s first outdoor planetarium. Open from sunset to park closing on clear nights Friday-Sunday. Located near Horseshoe Lake at Chico’s Upper Bidwell Park (off Wildwood Avenue on Observatory Way), 487-4071, www.facebook.com/ ChicoCommunityObservatory

Chico Creek Nature Center Established in 1982, the nonprofit Chico Creek Nature Center in Bidwell Park offers kids and adults a chance to interact with nature. Exhibits showcase the ecosystem of Bidwell Park, and creatures such as a red-tailed hawk and pond turtles Caper Acres

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are on hand. The center offers free nature walks to the public as well as camps and life-science programs for K-6 students. The Janeece Webb Living Animal Museum and Howard S. Tucker Exhibit Hall are located at 1968 E. Eighth St. Visit www.bidwell park.org or call 891-4671 for hours.

Children’s Playground Just steps from downtown, this city park adjacent to Chico State features lots of safe, modern playground equipment, picnic tables and a large grassy area for running and playing. It’s a good, shady place for an afternoon break from a busy day shopping downtown or touring campus. For those into disc golf (a popular Chico pastime), there’s a practice basket as well. 202 W. First St.

Farm Sanctuary, California Shelter

Gateway Science Museum

This 300-acre farm rescues animals such as pigs, cows, goats and turkeys and protects them from being harmed or turned into dinner. Check online for guided tour dates and times. 19080 Newville Road, Orland (30 miles west of Chico), 865-4617, www.farmsanctuary.org

Funland With a rollerskating rink, miniature golf and batting cages (what more could a kid want?), Funland/ Cal Skate Chico is great family fun for all ages. Don’t forget to stop

PIZZA

The Gateway Science Museum offers a range of ongoing and special exhibits focused on our region’s natural heritage, from local flora to Ice Age skeletons. Check website for fall and winter hours. Admission $5 kids 3-17, $7 adults, free for museum members and kids 2 and younger. 625 Esplanade (next door to Bidwell Mansion), 898-4121, www.csuchico. edu/gateway

Humboldt Neighborhood Park This 10,000-square-foot skateboarding and inline-skating park has plenty of ways to show off your

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skills, including a rail, a box, steps and bowls. Open 8 a.m.-sunset daily. Located between Orient and Flume streets along Humboldt Avenue.

by the arcade for video and ticket games. 2465 Carmichael Drive, 343-1601, www.funlandchico.com

PARADISE 6038 Clark Road Old Town Plaza 872-2233

PLAY

New state of the art arcade with prize redemption. Kid’s party packages. Party room for teams, groups & family gatherings.

RED BLUFF 116 W Belle Mill Road Belle Mill Landing 529-1760

National Yo-Yo Museum The National Yo-Yo Museum is the largest public display of yo-yos and yo-yo memorabilia in the United States. It’s home to the largest wooden yo-yo in the world, dubbed “Big-Yo,” as well as the Chico Yo-Yo Club, which encourages visitors to stop by its meetings from noon2 p.m. Saturdays (weather permitting) for a “walk the dog” lesson. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. MondaySaturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 320 Broadway (at the rear of Bird in Hand store), 893-0545, www.national yoyo.org •

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CHICO 964 Mangrove Ave • 343-4254 2027 Forest Ave • 342-7265

OROVILLE 1124 Oro Dam Blvd E 533-6710

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AGRITOURISM

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n Butte County, the harvest is bountiful. Just look around and you’ll find almond and walnut orchards, rice fields, more produce than you can sink your teeth into. But that’s not all—there are also plenty of food producers, meaning lots of local wine, beer, olive oil, meats, cheeses

Breweries Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. Located at Feather Falls Casino, this tribe-owned brewery is headed up by veteran brewmaster Roland Allen. There’s always a wide variety of regular and special-release beers on tap, including the amber Coyote Spirit and the Volcano Mudslide stout. Bar hours: Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-midnight; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Restaurant open daily at 11 a.m. 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3885, www.featherfalls casino.com/brewing-co 68 DISCOVER CHICO Fall 2016/Winter 2017

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and more. Farmers’ markets are great places to get acquainted with what our region has to offer, but many local farmers also open their doors to visitors who want to see what they do first-hand. So, go forth and explore the bounty of Butte County.

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

Miner’s Alley Brewing Co. This restaurant and brew house in the heart of downtown Oroville features a variety of craft beers brewed on-site, including a chocolate porter, IPA and citrus wheat. Also serving up

local wines. 2053 Montgomery St., 693-4388, www.minersalley brewingco.com

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. The ales and lagers available at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Taproom and Restaurant are world-famous. An extensive mini-glass sampler is a good way to familiarize yourself with Chico’s most celebrated brews. Three different guided tours are available, of the brewhouse, of the grounds (the Sustainability Tour, offered May-September) and an extensive Beer Geek Tour. Shorter, self-guided tours are also available.


Check the website for times and reservations. 1075 E. 20th St., 893-3520, www.sierranevada.com

Wineries & distilleries Almendra Winery & Distillery Almendra Winery & Distillery offers locally grown wines on tap and mandarin- and almond-infused wine spirits in a rustic environment. Their tasting room offers wine tasting events and wine by the glass and bottle. Also on tap are wines from Bertagna Son Kissed Vineyards. Tasting hours: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.5 p.m., Fri. till 9 p.m. Group tours by appointment. 9275 Midway, Durham, 343-6893, almendrawinery.com

Bangor Ranch Vineyard & Winery

month or by appointment. 9975 Garden Creek Road, Durham, 345-3714, www.dogcreekcellars.com

Gale Vineyards Steve and Creasia Gale’s boutique winery is nestled among the shadegiving oak trees on their 6-acre property just a short drive south of Chico. The grapes used in Gale Vineyards’ wines are organically grown on-site and processed in a cool straw-bale facility. Tasting by appointment. 9345 Stanford Lane, Durham, 891-1264, www.galevineyards.com

Grey Fox Vineyards Grey Fox winery also offers a relaxing live-oak picnic area. The tasting room is open noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 90 Grey Fox Lane, Oroville, 589-3920, www.greyfox.net

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Bangor Ranch is run by longtime home-winemaker-turned-professional Gary Paul Fox and features an impressive selection of wines, from cabernets to syrahs to barberas. The vineyards are home to nebbiolo and mourvèdre grapes, and a centuryold olive orchard provides fruit for Bangor Ranch’s estate-grown olive oils. Tasting hours: Sat.-Sun., noon5 p.m. 5768 La Porte Road, Bangor; (510) 658-2056; bangor-ranch.com

As the name implies, the Hickman vineyard and winery is a family affair. With the first grapes planted over a decade ago, the winery officially opened in 2011 and features estate-grown zinfandels along with a wide selection of reds as well as a few whites. The beautiful estate is available for weddings and other special events. Tasting hours: Sat.-Sun., noon-5 p.m. 77 Orange Ave., Bangor, 679-0679; hickmanfamilyvineyards.com

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Tasting for the Chico winery at Almendra. Tasting hours: Tues.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 9275 Midway, Durham; 343-6893; almendrawinery.com

Cobble Ridge Distillery Run by the Hickman Family in Bangor, the Cobble Ridge Distillery embraces the area’s Gold Rush history as well as the fruit—in this case wine grapes—of the region with handcrafted grappa moonshine. On the horizon: rum and neutral brandy. Tasting hours: Sat.-Sun., noon5 p.m. 555 Avocado Road, Bangor; 603-1501; www.cobbleridge distillery.com

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

Founded in 1992 by John and Amy Hasle, HoneyRun Winery produces five types of honey wines and meads—blackberry, elderberry, cherry, cranberry and dry mead. HoneyRun’s wines have no added sulfites or preservatives and are certified kosher. “Simple tastings” available most weekdays, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., but call ahead. 2309 Park Ave., 345-6405, www.honeyrunwinery.com

LaRocca Vineyards Family-owned LaRocca Vineyards is the oldest and largest producer of 100 percent, USDA-certified organic wine in the North State. If you can’t make it to the vineyards in Forest Ranch, visit the tasting room in downtown Chico. Tasting room hours: Weds.-Fri., 1:30-8 p.m.; Sat. noon-8 p.m.; Sun. 1:30-6 p.m. 222 W. Second St. Vineyards: 12360 Doe Mill Road, Forest Ranch, 899-9463, www.laroccavineyards.com

Long Creek Winery & Ranch Long Creek Winery is more than your average tasting room—it’s an adventure. Experience the estategrown Long Creek wines as well as the newest in the Vaquero brand lineup. Take a self-guided walking tour of the ranch, where you can see the vineyards, olive and mandarin orchards and the working cattle ranch. Then sit back and enjoy a glass of wine in the oak grove bordering the ranch’s 2-acre pond. Tasting hours: Sat.-Sun., noon5 p.m. 323 Ward Blvd., Oroville, 5893415, www.longcreekwinery.com

Nesseré Vineyards Nestled just 10 minutes from downtown Chico in Durham, the family-run Nesseré Vineyards makes several estate-grown wines as well as those using hand-picked grapes from around the region. The tasting room is comfortably situated amongst the vineyard, offering a comfortable location for a special occasion. Tasting hours: Sat.-Sun., noon5 p.m. 3471 Durham-Dayton Highway, Durham; 345-9904; nesserevineyards.com

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

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

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variety of wines made with Northern California grapes that are crushed, fermented, barreled and aged on the premises. Tasting room hours: Weds. 2-8 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. noon-7 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. 760 Safford St., Oroville, 534-1785, www.purpleline winery.com

Quilici Vineyards This 10-acre family-run winery in the Sierra foothills has been around for more than 20 years. Tastings are available without charge with the purchase of wine (or $3 without). Tasting by appointment only. 72 Quail Hill Place, Oroville, 589-5088, www.quilicivineyards.com

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

Spencer-Shirey Wines Spencer-Shirey Wines is a boutique winery nestled in a serene valley of the north Sierra foothills. Open Sat. and Sun., noon-5 p.m. 6857 La Porte Road, Bangor, 2053579, spencershireywines.com

Straw House Cellars Straw House Cellars, run by grower and winemaker Tom Chase, is nestled in Butte Valley and specializes in a robust tempranillo. Tastings by appointment. 4378 Myvalli Drive, Butte Valley; 2823763; strawhousecellars.com

Olive oil Berkeley Olive Grove 1913 Named for the group of UC Berkeley professors who invested in Butte County land in 1913 and went on to form the Berkeley Olive Association, this producer of awardwinning organic olive oils is owned and run by Oroville locals Darro and Olivia Grieco. Tours and tastings by appointment. You can also “adopt” one of the olive trees, harvest your own olives, and learn curing methods. 8 Rocky Drive, Oroville, 5331814, www.berkeleyolivegrove.com

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

Lodestar Farms Lodestar Farms, run by the Johansson family, has produced its extra-virgin, California-style olive oil since 1993. Visit Lodestar’s tasting room to try its Late Harvest Mission, lemon and garlic olive oils, as well as its balsamic dipping oil. The tasting room is open noon-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. 3719 Foothill Blvd., Oroville, 534-6548, www.lodestar farms.com

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Lucero Olive Oil Mill Lucero Olive Oil is located in the nearby town of Corning and features a mill, bottling room and tasting room/retail store in which to try its internationally acclaimed olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Hours: daily from 9 a.m.5 p.m., tours available by appointment. 2120 Loleta Ave., Corning, (877) 330-2190, www.luceroolive oil.com

Fruits, nuts, vegetables and more Chaffin Family Orchards This productive, fifth-generation family farm boasts a little of everything—apricots, figs and pomegranates; extra-virgin olive oil; heirloom-fruit jams; pasture-raised chicken eggs; and grass-fed beef and goat meat. The organic, sustainability-focused farm also offers yarn available from the fleece of its Shetland sheep. Farm tours and field trips by appointment. 606 Coal Canyon Road, Oroville, 533-1676, www.chaffinfamilyorchards.com

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This favorite local beverage can be found in many a coffee shop— and at the Saturday Chico Certified Farmers’ Market. If that’s not enough (and it never is), the first Sunday


of each month the friendly folks at Chico Chai open up their brewery for free tours and tastings, 10 a.m.2 p.m. 1919 Park Ave., 897-0822, www.chicochaitea.com

The Lavender Ranch The Lavender Ranch offers a little taste (and scent!) of the south of France in the southern part of Butte County. Take a walk through the lavender fields and experience the beauty. Then go home with a few sachets or lotions and relive the tranquility. Tours offered April-October. Call for dates and times. Store hours: Mon.Thurs., 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 17 W. Rio Bonito Road, Biggs, 868-5151, www.laven derranch.com

Lundberg Family Farms Since 1937, the organic rice farmers at Lundberg Family Farms have championed environmental stewardship. Their products now include rice cakes, risottos, pastas, brown-rice syrup, flour, and glutenfree and non-GMO options, which you can purchase at the superswanky visitor center. Group and individual tours available by appointment. 5311 Midway, Richvale, 538-3500, www.lundberg.com

Mooney Farms Olive trees, fragrant lavender plants and fountains welcome visitors to family-run Mooney Farms’ lovely tasting room—a great place to sample healthy Mediterranean-inspired eats,

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including sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and pasta sauce from their awardwinning Bella Sun Luci line. Gift baskets and work by local artists also available. 1220 Fortress St., 899-2661, www.mooneyfarms.com

Patrick Ranch Museum Patrick Ranch serves as an “interactive agricultural and natural history learning center.� Its stately Glenwood Farmhouse, built in 1877, houses the indoor museum, but the expansive acreage surrounding it boasts all the trappings of a working farm, including antique tractors and outbuildings, bucolic fields and a chicken coop. The ranch also hosts many popular community events. Museum hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., from mid-February through December. Gift shop hours: Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 10381 Midway, 342-4359, www.patrickranchmuseum.org

Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese Co. The family-owned and -operated Pedrozo Dairy & Cheese Co. produces small batches of gouda-style farmstead cheeses from the milk of their small herd of pasture-grazed cows. Try their Northern Gold (a buttery, semi-firm cheese) or Black Butte Reserve, an award-winning, intense, aged hard cheese. Bring the kids along to see how cheese is made and visit the farm animals, but call ahead. 7713 Country Road 24, Orland, 514-3837, www.realfarm steadcheese.com

TJ Farms The 15-acre farm is only 3 miles from downtown Chico, but seems like a world away. The immaculate grounds include waterfalls, foun-

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tains, ivy-covered trellises, a gazebo and more. TJ Farms has a pumpkin patch in the fall for kids, and features an on-site gift shop (open during seasonal events) that sells jams, mustards, vinegars, dressings and pickles. Call for a private tour. 3600 Chico Ave., 343-2294, www.tjfarmsestates.com

University Farm

Keep it local Butte County Wine Co. For those who want to taste some of the best that the region’s wineries have to offer but can’t make it out to the vineyards, stop by Butte County Wine Co., a hip new wine bar smack in the middle of historic downtown Oroville. Also serving local microbrews. Open Weds.-Sun. 1440 Myers St., 712-9305.

products. 818 Main St., 891-1713, www.chiconatural.com

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

This working 800-acre farm on the outskirts of Chico is used as a teaching facility for Chico State’s University Farm agriculture students. Chickens, cows, sheep and pigs all call the University Farm home, and organic vegetables and other crops take up the rest of the space. Open to the public only on special occasions. But the Meats Lab is open year-round and offers affordable, fresh, USDA-inspected meat. 311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane, 8986343, www.csuchico. edu/ag/farm/

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Chico’s newest grocery store, New Earth Market, offers a wide array of local foods, from wines and cheeses to jams and oils. 864 East Ave., 891-9355, www.new earthmarket.com

Noble Orchards offers tree-ripened stone fruits—cherries, peaches, pluots and nectarines—during the JulySeptember season, and 17 varieties of apples including various heirloom varieties from September to March. Visit the packing shed/farmstand for fruit, apple butter and gift boxes from July through March. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5p.m., weekends 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 7050 Pentz Road, Paradise, 877-4784, facebook.com/ nobleorchards

The Worm Farm Head down to the Worm Farm to see how red worms are raised or sign up for a worm-bin workshop. Don’t eat the worms, but you sure as heck can enjoy the robust vegetables and fruits grown in soil amended with nutritious, worm-casting compost. 9033 Esquon Road, Durham, 8941276, www.thewormfarm.net

Chico Certified farmers’ markets The Saturday farmers’ market in downtown Chico is the best time and place to plug into the community and to the bounty of locally grown agriculture in this region. There are actually two certified markets in Chico: Saturdays, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. downtown Chico, at Second and Wall streets, and Wednesdays 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. North Valley Plaza parking lot, Pillsbury Road (adjacent to Trader Joe’s). www.chicofarmers market.com

Chico Natural Foods Cooperative Located in downtown Chico, this cooperative is open to the public and has a wide variety of locally grown produce and other locally made

Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products has been producing hand-crafted quality almond products, as well as other nut products, since 1993. The quaint country store features a range of gift baskets featuring all manner of local goods, from artisan foods to giftware. Open Mon.Fri., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Extended hours around the holidays. 1324 Dayton Road, 809-2436, www.maisiejanes.com

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Olive Pit If you’re an olive lover, or a nut lover, or even a balsamic vinegar lover, Olive Pit is worth a visit. Taste a wide variety of flavored oils and vinegars, and check out the new wine and craft-beer tasting room. Open daily at 7 a.m. 2156 Solano St., Corning, 824-4667, www.olivepit.com

S&S Organic Produce & Natural Foods Locally known as simply S&S, this full-service grocery store started out as a roadside produce stand. Its focus is on organic, nutritious foods and it has a dedication to supporting local growers and craftspeople. Open daily. 1924 Mangrove Ave., 343-4930, www.ssproduce.net • Fall 2016/Winter 2017 Discover chico 73


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ith Chico as your base 4,000-acre reserve, BCCER offers camp, adventure is but public hikes and is available for group and private tours. There is a stone’s throw away. There Big Bald Rock also a self-guided tour available, Explore this geological formaare rapids for kayaking, with pamphlets on BCCER’s webtion on an easy walk along Big site. From Chico, take Highway rocks for climbing, crystalBald Rock Trail or by taking a 32 east. From the intersection of clear pools for diving, trails far more extensive and challeng- Bruce Road, travel 9.7 miles and hike to the bottom of the turn left at the green 3521 sign for hiking or mountain bik- ing canyon on Dome Trail, where an onto a paved, single-lane road. upstream slog along the middle ing, and much more all Sign in at the check-in gate. 898of the Feather River reveals 5010, www.csuchico.edu/bccer easily reached during a day fork a series of idyllic swimming holes and eventually Curtain Falls. But trip. Don’t be tentative— Bille Park Nature Trail The Dome Trail is not Located at the back edge take the plunge, scrape your beware: well-maintained and poison oak is of the Bille Park expansion in ever-present. The trail heads are knees, get dirt under your Paradise, this half-mile, one-way from different points on fingernails. Most of all, take accessed hiking trail is steep in some places Bald Rock Road in the Berry Creek but offers spectacular views of time to soak in the amazarea, nestled in the foothills east Butte Creek Canyon. Bille Park is Lake Oroville. 534-6500, ing natural beauty of Butte of at 501 Bille Road, Paradise. A sepberrycreekca.org/recreation arate entrance closer to the trail is County and beyond. Here located at 6261 W. Wagstaff Road. are some suggestions to get Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve Butte Creek Trail you on your way. In addition to preserving the natural habitats on the nearly

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to Butte Creek. Turn off the Skyway onto Humbug Road just past De Sabla and pick up the trail head on your left after crossing the bridge. Allow for 30 minutes down to the creek and about 90 on the way up, accounting for huffing, puffing and water breaks.

Camelot Equestrian Park Bring your horse(s) to 1,600acre Camelot Equestrian Park, which features horse and hiking trails, picnic areas, water troughs throughout the park, a beautiful shaded campground, turnouts and paddocks for traveling horses and several arenas and riding courses. 1985 Clark Road (Highway 191), Butte Valley, 521-2122, www. camelotequestrianpark.com

Centerville Visit the historic Centerville Schoolhouse and Colman Museum (13458 Centerville Road, 893-9667). Open Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

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

Feather Falls While the main attraction is unquestionably the majestic 410-foot waterfall midway through this 9-mile round-trip hike, the trail also offers stunning views of Big Bald Rock looming above the Plumas National Forest and the middle fork of the Feather River. The hike is moderately difficult and poison oak grows along the trail. 534-6500, tinyurl.com/ featherfalls.

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

Gray Lodge Wildlife Area Located 10 miles west of Gridley near the Sutter Buttes (at Pennington and Rutherford roads), the Gray Lodge Wildlife Area is made up of more than 9,000 acres of seasonal wetlands favored by birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway, as well as local species. The area features 80 miles of roads, 50 miles of walking/cycling trails and a small wildlife museum. 846-7505, www.tinyurl.com/graywild Fall 2016/Winter 2017 Discover chico 75


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Honey Run Covered Bridge

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Originally built in 1887, Honey Run Covered Bridge is the only trispan bridge in the U.S. and one of the few remaining covered bridges in California. Located between Chico and Paradise on Butte Creek, this is a beautiful spot for a picnic or a dip. 1670 Honey Run Road, 891-1838

Relish the outdoors with your equestrian companion at Loafer Creek Horse Camp at Lake Oroville. There is a 17.5-mile loop trail, along with 15 campsites (two horses per site), a restroom with shower facility, a horse washing station and horse tethering and feeding stations. Loafer Creek Road, 538-2217

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California’s second-largest reservoir offers activities like boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming and camping. Visit the museum at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center (917 Kelly Ridge Road, 538-2219) or check out the expansive view of the Sierras and the Sacramento Valley from one of the two high-powered telescopes at the top of a 47-foot tower. Classes and equipment rentals are available at the Forebay Aquatic Center (7747934, www.forebayaquatic center.com). For larger boat rentals, including houseboats, check out Bidwell Canyon Marina (589-9175, www.bidwellcanyonmarina.com) or Lake Oroville Marina (1-800-2555561, www.lakeorovillemarina.com). Lake Oroville info: 538-2542, www.lakeoroville.net 76 Discover chico Fall 2016/Winter 2017

Just south of the Lake Oroville Afterbay, the Oroville Wildlife Area, overseen by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, offers plenty of activities for the whole family. Camping, boating, fishing and hunting are popular pastimes. There’s also a shooting range. 945 Oro Dam Blvd. W., www.wildlife.ca.gov

Sacramento River Famous for its fishing, this waterway is home to many endangered animals, including species of migratory birds. It’s common to see an array of predatory birds, including osprey, red-tailed hawks and bald eagles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages several sites along the river, providing a bounty of recreational activities like camping,

boating, bird watching, photography, hiking and biking.

Stirling City Just up the hill from Paradise, Stirling City offers a step back through history. Visit Clotilde-Merlo Park, one of the most charming and beautiful spots in Butte County. Take Skyway to Stirling City. Turn right at the P Line road, then left at the R Line road. Then stop by the historic Stirling City Hotel for a bite to eat. 16975 Skyway, 873-0858

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

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And beyond Black Butte Lake Recreation Area Tent and RV camping available at two sites, with access to fishing, sailing and water-skiing, as well as more than 20 miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails. Equestrian trails and a disc-golf course also onsite. About a 45-minute drive east, past Orland. 865-4781

Caribou Wilderness Located within Lassen National Forest and maintained by the National Park Service, the Caribou Wilderness is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Great for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, fishing and rock climbing. 258-2141

Ishi Wilderness Area Adventurers can explore deep canyons, rugged lava formations and valley plateaus at the Ishi Wilderness Area, just 20 miles northeast of Chico. Limited campsites, but backcountry camping is available. From Chico, take Cohasset Road north. About 6 miles from where the pavement ends, bear right and head down a steep hill for a mile until you see a sign for the Deer and Mill creek trailheads. 258-2141

Lassen National Forest Lassen National Forest is more than a million acres of pristine wilderness, including about 350 miles of maintained hiking and backpacking trails. There are nearly 50 campsites, including several along Highway 32. Eagle

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LODGING

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Boutiques Durham House Inn Just a 10-minute drive from Chico, the Durham House Inn is a beautiful 1874 Italianate Victorian listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home-turned-B&B features three elegant rooms and a cottage decorated with period furniture, as well as beautiful and expansive grounds. 2280 Durham Dayton Highway, Durham, 342-5900, www.durhamhouseinn.com

Goodman House This five-room colonial revival foursquare home built in 1906 is conveniently situated on the corner of East Fourth Avenue and The Esplanade, near Chico State and downtown. In addition to fine lodging, the bed and breakfast’s website boasts a unique bonus for chill-seekers—it is allegedly haunted by the ghost of former resident George Vogelsang. 1362 Esplanade, 566-0256, www.goodmanhouse.net


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Hotel Diamond Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chico, the historic Hotel Diamond—which dates to 1904—underwent a thorough renovation in 2001 to restore it to its former glory. The 43 rooms are rustic but elegant, and the first floor boasts Two Twenty Restaurant, serving up delicious cocktails and fine dining fare. 220 W. Fourth St., 893-3100, www.hoteldiamondchico.com

Best Western Heritage Inn 25 Heritage Lane, 894-8600

Hotel James Chico’s first true boutique hotel, the Hotel James, was designed with wine lovers in mind. Each of the five suites is named after a different type of wine, and it is located next door to the elegant Wine Time restaurant and newly opened Lost Dutchman Taproom. The hotel is also petfriendly. 10 Lost Dutchman Drive, 894-5743, www.hoteljameschico.com

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Safari Inn

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Rodeway Inn

725 Broadway, 343-4527

Motel 6

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Residence Inn by Marriott

2212 Park Ave., 342-5704

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Regency Inn

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University Inn 630 Main St., 895-1323, www.universityinnchico.com

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

Dingerville USA RV Resort 5813 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville, 533-9343, www.dingervilleusa.com

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sk a dozen locals to name their favorite thing about Chico and you’re likely to get a dozen different answers. For that reason—and many others—the town attracts a diverse population with a wide array of interests. If you’re new to town, or just visiting, take a look at some of Chico’s basic amenities, from health care to schools. We’ve even put together some interesting tidbits about the area’s demographics and an introduction to local politics. Welcome! 84 DISCOVER CHICO Fall 2016/Winter 2017

POPULATION

Chico’s population—92,464 in January 2016, according to the city’s website—is a little misleading. That’s because there are pockets of unincorporated land within the city limits. That will change within the next five years when two of those pockets—Chapmantown and the Mulberry districts—are annexed into the city. Currently, residents of those areas use county services, can’t vote in city elections, and are in the process of getting hooked up to the city sewer system. The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau (from July 2015) counted Butte County’s population is just over 225,000.

HOUSING

Compared with the Bay Area or Los Angeles, rents in Chico are quite reasonable. Expect to pay at least $600 a month to rent a one-bedroom apartment; $750-plus for a two-bedroom in reasonable shape. Typically, houses are at least $1,000 a month. Chico’s home market has rebounded significantly since the Great Recession. The median value of homes in Chico is $291,000 according to online real estate tracker Zillow.


DEMOGRAPHICS

According to 2015 Census numbers, Chico’s population is 86.5 percent white. Census information also tallied the city’s population as 15.7 percent Hispanic, with Asians, Native Americans and blacks comprising the remaining percentage. The median age of Chico residents hovers around 30—no surprise for a college town— while Butte County residents’ median age is 36.9.

STAYING SAFE

Chico is served by the Chico Police Department, while unincorporated pockets inside city boundaries are served by the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. Chico PD’s nonemergency line is 897-4900. The Chico State campus is also patrolled by its own law-enforcement entity, the University Police Department. The city of Chico Fire Department, besides fighting fires, also has specialized teams that perform technical rescues and respond to drowning accidents and hazardous-materials calls.

WEATHER

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

GETTING AROUND

The bus-transit system serving Chico, Oroville and Butte County is Butte Regional Transit, or the “B-Line.” Tickets cost $1.50 and $2 for in-town and regional services, respectively. Students ages 6 to 18 get a discounted fare ($1 and $1.50, respectively, for in-town and regional rides). Children younger than 6 years old ride free (limited to two children per family). Chico State students, faculty and staff ride for free. Check blinetransit.com for complete fare and route information. The B-Line runs seven days a week, except on certain holidays; some

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routes do not operate every day. Seniors and the mobility-impaired may catch a ride from the B-Line Paratransit (342-0221). Of course, there are numerous cab companies available to take you where need to go. Greyhound and Amtrak leave from the train station at 450 Orange St. in Chico. If you’re driving, Highway 99 is the main arterial route through Butte County, running in a north/ south direction, mainly serving Chico. Highway 70 is the main route serving Oroville, also running north/south. Highway 149 connects the two highways and cities. And Highway 32 stretches from central Chico westward over the Sacramento River to intersect with Interstate 5, and also into the mountainous regions to the northeast.

library

An important aspect of any community is its public library. The Butte County Library system is composed of six excellent facilities and a bookmobile. Literacy services and veterans resources are also available. For more information and library hours, call 855-379-4097 or visit buttecounty.net/bclibrary. Visit the well-stocked Chico branch of the Butte County Library at 1108 Sherman Ave., 891-2726.

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EConomy

Government, the university and services such as health care and retail trade continue to be the largest employers in Butte County, but dominant behind the scenes is the $450-million-a-year agriculture industry (walnuts, almonds and rice, in particular). According to recent data, the average per-capita income was $24,775, and the median household income was $42,334. While Butte County wages are notoriously low, the cost of living here is considerably lower than in Sacramento or the Bay Area. Butte County’s unemployment rate came in at 7.4 percent in July 2016, according to the state Employment Development Department.

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You may be aware of California’s reputation as perhaps the most politically volatile state in the union. Don’t expect any less from the politics that play out in Chico and the rest of Butte County. Newcomers may be surprised by the passion locals display on all sides of issues related to political elections, bond measures and land use. But the more impassioned the populace, the more likely the town is worth shouting about, and that is certainly the case with Chico.

The city is led by a seven-member City Council with each serving a four-year term. Elections are staggered every two years—three seats in one cycle and four the next. Campaigners are often boisterous and bold, and some candidates raise in excess of $40,000. Council members are elected at large and thus do not represent separate geographical districts, though there have been rumblings of late to change that. The Chico City Council is a weakmayor system, meaning the mayor is not elected to that office by voters but rather is appointed by the other council members and possesses only figurative power. An appointed city manager—currently Mark Orme— administers the day-to-day functioning of city government. One of the other important governing bodies in the area is Butte County’s five-member Board of Supervisors. Most of the county offices are in Oroville. Two of the five elected supervisors—Maureen Kirk and Larry Wahl—represent Chico because of its relatively large population. Like City Council meetings, the supervisors’ meetings can be heated affairs.

Chico Municipal Center The municipal center houses administrative offices for the city of Chico. Open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 411 Main St., chico.ca.us


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

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Chico Immediate Care Medical Center

695 Oleander Ave., 879-3665, buttecounty.net/publichealth/clinic/ clinc.html

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health & wellness

Enloe Rehabilitation Center

Hospitals Enloe Medical Center 1531 Esplanade, 332-7300, enloe.org

Feather River Hospital 5974 Pentz Road, Paradise, 877-9361, frhosp.org

Orchard Hospital 240 Spruce St., Gridley, 846-9000, orchardhospital.com

Oroville Hospital 2767 Olive Highway, Oroville, 533-8500, orovillehospital.com

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Convenient Care Health Center 670 Rio Lindo Ave., Ste. 300, 899-7120

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

Enloe Prompt Care 888 Lakeside Village Commons Drive, 332-6400; and 560 Cohasset Road, 332-6850

Northern Valley Indian Health 845 W. East Ave., 896-9400, nvih.org

Premiere Primary Care 251 Cohasset Road, Ste.301, 809-0674, premiereprimarycare.com

Shalom Free Clinic 1010 Mangrove Ave., Ste. D (medical health care visits); 265 E. Washington Ave. (mental health and alternative health care), shalomfreeclinic.org

Skypark Walk-In Medical Center

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Planned Parenthood 3100 Cohasset Road, 342-8367, plannedparenthood.org

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

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

PREGNANCY RESOURCES Better Babies Prenatal Center 500 Cohasset Road, 894-5585, betterbabies.org

Paradise Midwifery Services 771 Buschmann Road, Ste. L, Paradise, 872-7579

Enloe Mother & Baby Education Center & Boutique

SENIOR CARE

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Arcadia Home Care & Staffing 2057 Forest Ave., 566-9025, norcalarcadia.com

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BEHAVIORAL & MENTAL HEALTH Butte County Behavioral Health Adult outpatient center: 560 Cohasset Ave., 891-2784, butte county.net/behavioralhealth Crisis line: 800-334-6622 or 891-2810; friendship line for older adults: 800-971-0016; Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ): 866-488-7386

Chico Community Counseling Center 500 Cohasset Road, Ste. 15, 891-2945,

Enloe Behavioral Health 560 Cohasset Road, 332-5250

Way Language Immersion, Open Structure and Academics Plus. Test scores and other state measures of achievement are kept at the district offices at 1163 E. Seventh St. (891-3000). CUSD offers a home-schooling program and oversees several charter schools. The Inspire School of Arts and Sciences—an “internal” CUSD charter school—offers an innovative high school curriculum as an alternative to conventional high school. The CUSD also oversees a community day school, which, by referrals, takes in students who have been on probation or suspension. chicousd.org

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

Chico Country Day School

EDUCATION PUBLIC SCHOOLS Chico Unified School District Formed in 1964, the Chico Unified School District has a policy of letting parents send their students to the schools of their choice, as long as there’s room. The CUSD includes 11 elementary schools, one K-8 open-structure-classroom school, three junior highs and three high schools (including a continuation school). Several campuses have special programs, such as Two-

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Forest Ranch Charter School Kindergarten-eighth grade. 15815 Cedar Creek Road, Forest Ranch, 891-3154, forestranch charter.org

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

John Muir Charter School (Youthbuild) Ages 16-25. 2145 Park Ave, Ste. 13, 809-2498, johnmuircs.com

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Wildflower Open Classroom Kindergarten-eighth grade. 2414 Cohasset Road, Ste. 3, 892-1676, wildflowerschool.com

Private schools Chico Christian School Kindergarten-eighth grade, plus preschool. 2801 Notre Dame Blvd., 879-8989, chicochristian.org

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2016-17 Season SEPTEMBER 10 Chico World Music Festival 11 Colvin & Earle 13 Shanghai Acrobats 22 Dr. Dolittle Jr. 25 La Boheme 26 Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers OCTOBER 5 Dave Rawlings Machine 8 Parsons Dance 14 It Gets Better: LGBTQ Celebration 27 Capitol Steps 30 Verona Quartet NOVEMBER 3 Whose Live Anyway? 12 David Sedaris

MARCH 5 Enso String Quartet 18 Dervish 25 Lucky Plush 28 Movie: Dirty Dancing 30 Spotlight Performances APRIL 1 Rhythmic Circus 2 Broadway Boogie 13-14 Banff Film Festival 30 Tosca MAY 25 Annie Jr.

20 Asleep at the Wheel & Hot Club of Cowtown 27 Lucia di Lammermoor DECEMBER 1 - 4 A Very Chico Nutcracker 9 Jake Shimabukuro 11 Lee Ann Womack JANUARY 21 Booker T Jones: Stax Revue FEBRUARY 3 -4 Abbey Road: UDAC 9 Las Cafeteras 12 17 19 26

Elixir of Love BiRDMAN LiVE: Antonio Sanchez The Nile Project Poemjazz Robert Pinsky & Laurence Hobgood

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