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A guide to visiting and living in the jewel of the Sacramento Valley

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Welcome to town People 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!

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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 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 spring and summer in Chico, a wonderful time to explore this region and its environs. For visitors—and even those born and raised here—Discover Chico serves as a guide to this fair city, detailing the area’s signature events, providing a tour of various locations, such as downtown and beautiful Bidwell Park, and highlighting practical information about city services, demographics and politics. Put together by the Chico News & Review, an award-winning weekly newspaper, which happens to be the largest-circulated publication in the region, you'll learn about what makes the area special—and why many people who come here for a visit then decide to make this their permanent home. For starters, Chico is a friendly city with a great sense of community, the kind of place where strangers strike up a conversation on street corners and passersby say hello. This guide has everything you need to know to explore this vibrant city, from dining and nightlife options to agritourism and lodging destinations. Whether you're looking for a juicy burger, an adventure through gorgeous parks or a place to find your next favorite band while enjoying craft beer, think of this guide as your faithful companion. You'll soon see why so many people love Chico, and we hope you will, too. —CN&R staff

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EVENTS .......................................... 8

AGRITOURISM.......................... 62

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

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

DOWNTOWN .............................. 14

EXCURSIONS ............................. 68

Explore the hip and historic city center.

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

CAMPUS ........................................ 18

LODGING...................................... 72

Discover Chico’s educational opportunities and intellectual inspiration.

Rest up at a boutique hotel or at one of the many hotels and motels or RV campgrounds around town.


THE BASICS ................................ 76

Bidwell Park is the go-to spot in Chico for locals and visitors alike. There are other impressive green spaces in town, too.

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

MAPS ............................................... 28 We’ve included maps of downtown Chico and Butte County to orient visitors and newcomers to the area.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT..... 30 Check out the many arts and entertainment venues and their impressive offerings.

NIGHTLIFE .................................. 36 When the sun goes down, the music and bar scenes really heat up.

DINING.......................................... 42 Organized by category, this list of Chico eateries has options for all your cravings.

FAMILY FUN .............................. 58 Destinations guaranteed to keep children (of all ages) entertained.

Discover Chico editors and writers: Ernesto Rivera, Meredith J. Cooper, Jason Cassidy, Melissa Daugherty and Howard Hardee Design: Tina Flynn, Sandy Peters Photography: John Domogma, Ernesto Rivera Advertising manager: Jamie DeGarmo Advertising staff: Ruth Alderson, Brian Corbit, Jenni Lee, Faith de Leon and Laura Golino Discover Chico is published twice a year by the Chico News & Review, 530-894-2300, Copyright ©2016 Chico Community Publishing On the cover: Almendra Winery & Distillery Photo by Michelle Camy


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pring and summer in Chico offer some of the community’s can’t-miss events. The downtown Friday Night Concerts feature local favorites playing free shows at the City Plaza; the Thursday Night Market brings everyone downtown to enjoy the fruits of local growers, plus food trucks, entertainment and more; and arts and music producers provide something to do most every weekend.

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Tourism information

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

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

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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. Ste. 150, 891-5556,

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 concerts, art exhibits, theater performances, special events and more. 353 E. Second

With the university in close proximity to downtown Chico, there is always something going on. Check out Chico State’s School of the Arts and Chico Performances websites for up-to-date info on shows and exhibits. and

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

Silver Dollar Fairground From go-kart racing and science fairs to bridal shows and bull-riding, Silver Dollar Fairground offers a little bit of everything for everyone. 2357 Fair St., 895-4666, www.silver

Throughout the season Farmers’ and crafts markets For local produce sales yearround, check out the Chico Certified Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, rain or shine, in the parking lot at Second and Wall streets downtown. This market features a wide range of fresh, local fruits and veggies, crafts, locally prepared hot foods, top-notch coffee, etc. Hours: 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown Chico’s popular Thursday Night Market, sponsored by the Downtown Chico Business Association, is back in full swing for the spring and summer months. Free entertainment along with produce and other goods for sale. Hours: 6-9 p.m., April 2-Sept. 24. The North Valley Plaza Farmers’ Market offers produce year-round each Wednesday. Hours: 7:30 a.m.1 p.m. 893-3276. Another option in Chico is the EVENTS continued on page 10 Spring/Summer 2016 DISCOVER CHICO 9

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Chapmantown Friday Certified Farmers’ Market at Community Park. Hours: 2-5:30 p.m. Fridays, 1010 Cleveland Ave.,

Fork in the Road One Wednesday a month more than one dozen food trucks gather at Manzanita Place to serve up their specialties, accompanied by live music. Begins April 6, 5-8 p.m. 1705 Manzanita Ave., forkintheroad

Friday Night Concerts Fridays, May 6-Sept. 9, 67:30 p.m. Chico’s City Plaza fills with music of all sorts, from rock to jazz to reggae and funk. The Downtown Chico Business Association books popular local bands for this summer tradition. 345-6500, www.down

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

Picnic in the Plaza Join your fellow Chicoans for lunch on Tuesdays at the City Plaza, where there will be food trucks and entertainment.

Silver Dollar Speedway Most races are held on Friday and Saturday nights. For a full schedule, including everything from destruction derby to Pacific Sprints Fall Nationals, go to www.silver or call 891-6353.

March Chico Kite Day March 20, noon-4 p.m. A Chico springtime tradition sponsored by Bird in Hand, families fly colorful kites all afternoon. Prizes are awarded for the best homemade kites. Community Park, 1900 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

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April CAMMIES Music Festival April 21-May 1. Ten days of eclectic shows at a variety of variety of local venues featuring dozens of players from the area’s vibrant music scene. Capped off by a daylong CN&R-sponsored music festival/ award show, May 1, 2-7 p.m., south of Chico at the Patrick Ranch (10381 Midway, Durham). www.newsreview .com/cammies

California Nut Festival April 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This annual event features local farmers, winemakers, brewers, chefs and bakers with food and beverage samplings, live music on two stages and

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Chico Comedy Festival April 23-24. Second annual comedy festival, starting with a free show at City Plaza on Saturday (6 p.m.) and followed that evening by comedy sets a various venues around downtown. Capped off with special headliner at Sierra Nevada Big Room on Sunday. Search “Chico Comedy Festival” on Facebook for details.

Chico Wildflower Century April 24, 5:30 a.m. Chico Wildflower Century, a 100-mile ride through much of scenic Butte County, starts and finishes at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds in Chico. Nearly 4,000 cyclists participate in this annual race staged by the Chico Velo Cycling Club. Less demanding rides also available, such as the Mildflower 65 and the Childflower 12.

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this is the oldest environmental fair in Northern California, featuring informational booths on ecology, wildlife and environmental issues and animals, plus music, crafts, food and more. One-Mile picnic area in Lower Bidwell Park,

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Feather Fiesta Days May 2-9. Oroville’s hometown celebration for more than 70 years, Feather Fiesta Days includes a beer festival kickoff, parades, food vendors, activities for the kids, a car show and a chili cook-off. 538-2542,

Silver Dollar Fair May 26-30. Chico’s popular annual community fair at the Silver Dollar Fairgrounds features exhibits, livestock, a carnival midway, car races and music.

July Chico’s Fourth of July Celebration

June Soroptimist International Microbrew Festival June 4, 2-6 p.m. The annual Microbrew Festival, hosted by Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho, features tasting opportunities from dozens of microbreweries and live music. Manzanita Place, 1705 Manzanita Ave.,

July 4, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For decades, this home-town Independence Day celebration has been a community-wide event for Chicoans of all ages. Featuring a pancake breakfast, food and crafts booths, a pie-eating contest, a horseshoe contest, family games with prizes and even a fife-and-drum band. Bring lawn chairs. One-Mile Recreation Area in Lower Bidwell Park,

Slice of Chico July 8-9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Enjoy sidewalk sales from downtown Chico merchants and free slices of ice-cold watermelon.

August Butte County Fair Aug. 25-28. The Butte County Fairgrounds in Gridley brings a good-time country fair with a rodeo, booths, carnival, destruction derby, livestock and more.


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rom boutique shopping and hip restaurants to arts and entertainment venues, downtown Chico has it all. A stroll through the city center provides visitors with a glimpse of locals’ favorite spots, including farmers’ markets, coffee shops, museums, art galleries and bars. The backdrop of the region’s historic architecture, juxtaposed with modern façades, including new outdoor patio dining, gives downtown an energetic vibe. Plus, the proximity to Lower Bidwell Park makes it the perfect end or beginning to any day.

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Start stepping! For a street-level view of downtown’s main sites, follow this self-guided walking tour—the perfect way to get to know the welcoming city center. As you admire the landmarks, take time to browse, chow or wet your whistle at some of Chico’s finest establishments along the way. See page 28 for a corresponding map.


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. Hours: Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., in the parking lot at Second and Wall streets, 893-3276,


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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,


Old Municipal Building

Swing around to the Main Street side of the block to the renovated Old Municipal Building, now 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


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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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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 wellpreserved example of late-19thcentury Italianate architecture and was home to one of Chico’s early doctors. Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m. 307 W. Fifth St., 895-3848,


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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


Chico Museum

If you’re looking to take a deeper look 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: WednesdaySunday, noon-4 p.m. 141 Salem St., 891-4336,


Bidwell Mansion

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ounded in 1887 by pioneers John and Annie Bidwell, Chico State is the second-oldest campus in the California State University system. Its academic excellence, beauty and close ties to the community make it a beloved institution throughout Butte County. In addition to Chico State, there are several other higher education and vocational training opportunities in the area, including Butte College, which offers students a gateway to transfer to a four-year institution, associate degrees and specialized certificates.

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Campus tours are scheduled through the Admissions Office in the first-floor lobby of the Student Services Center. To make a reservation, log onto 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:

Bell Memorial Union (BMU) 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 audi-

displays an impressive collection of fine art 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 Turner will move to the new Arts & Humanities building in the fall. For open hours or to make an appointment, call 898-4476 or visit

Laxson Auditorium A cornerstone of the historic quarter, this majestic auditorium also hosts the major music, theater and dance events on campus, including the spring musical, North State Symphony Orchestra concerts and performances by world-class touring artists. The auditorium also houses the Laxson Fine Art Gallery, which features works by students and some of the area’s most prominent artists. University Box Office: 898-6333. Laxson Fine Art Gallery: 898-5331.

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 provides an an impressive look at the history of northeastern California. 898-5862,

New Arts & Humanities Building torium, study areas, a coffee shop and the Associated Students offices (as well as many of the organization’s programs).

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

Janet Turner Print Museum Adjacent to the Museum of Anthropology in Meriam Library, the Janet Turner Print Museum

This new building that towers over the intersection of Salem and Second streets officially opens for the fall 2016 semester and will be home to classrooms, campus art galleries, a state-of-the-art recording studio, theater space and two public art pieces.

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

University Art Gallery A student-centered exhibition space in Trinity Hall that focuses on

original works by regional, national and international artists. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 898-5864. galleries/univgallery.html.

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,

More education Butte College Opened in 1968, the local community college has come a long way since its early years when classes were held in portable buildings. In the mid-1970s, Butte College moved to its spacious campus located on a 928-acre wildlife refuge in the foothills 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 disCAMPUS continued on page 21 Spring/Summer 2016 Discover chico 19



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hether you’re looking for a day of adventure or an afternoon of relaxation, Chico’s parks provide a perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. As one of the largest municipal parks in the country, Bidwell Park is beloved by everyone from runners and hikers to bikers and swimmers. It offers seemingly endless spaces to explore, including disc-golf courses, both rugged and flat trails, picnic and barbecue spots and swimming holes such as the popular Sycamore Pool at One-Mile Recreation Area. Elsewhere in town, quaint community parks offer additional play areas for kids, walking paths and more.

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Bidwell Park 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. And 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. (select “Bidwell Park”). Within Bidwell Park, there are special places:

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, along with creek access and picnic tables. 1978 E. Eighth St., 891-4671,

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 sycamore trees is what One-Mile is all about. With its barbecues, horseshoe pits and playing fields, this part of the park is located just a few blocks from downtown and is easily accessible for automobiles 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.

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

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

Hooker Oak Recreation Area Home to the beautiful baseball facility Doryland Field, several softball fields, a children’s playground 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 (go to for more info).

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 Trailhead & 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.

Upper Park Road Wildwood Avenue in Chico turns into a rocky, rutted dirt road 2 miles into Upper Bidwell Park, where it becomes Upper Park Road. It’s usuSycamore Pool

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ally passable for most vehicles in dry weather. The road runs 5 miles to the end of Upper Park along Big Chico Creek, with parking available at the lots at the various swimming holes along the way. Three trails parallel Upper Park Road to the north—Lower, Middle and Upper trails. The latter two are favored by mountain bikers and hikers alike for their up-and-down ruggedness and secluded scenery.

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

Yahi Trail

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 the plant. There is even a viewing blind. Take West Fifth Street until it becomes Chico River Road just outside of town, and go another 3 miles until you see the plant on your left.

Comanche Trail A 1-mile self-guided loop through the Mendocino National Forest’s Genetic Resource & Conservation Center (commonly referred to as “the tree farm”) in south Chico. The walk 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

Community Park Officially known as Community Park, but also called “20th Street Park,” this popular 20-acre space features tennis courts, baseball, softball and soccer fields, a large playground, barbecues, picnic tables and a sculpture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1900 Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, 895-4711

DeGarmo Park This park in north Chico features the town’s only dog park, a fully fenced grassy area with doggie drinking fountains and benches for relaxing. The site also includes three ball fields, walking paths, a playground, restrooms, benches and a sheltered

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

Other parks and 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 people watch or rest your feet. 24 Discover chico Spring/Summer 2016

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picnic and concession area. Take The Esplanade north to Leora Court.

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


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

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


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


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

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.

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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

Palermo is open daily. 5813 Pacific Heights Road, Oroville, 533-9343,

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

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

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,

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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, 342-4600, thepracticeteeatsunsethills

Sevillano Links Golf Course

course at Rolling Hills Casino in Corning was named “Best New Golf Course” by Golfweek magazine. 2657 Barham Ave., 528-4600,

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

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

Tuscan Ridge Golf Club The club’s challenging 18-hole championship golf course winds through 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, •

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n Chico, it’s easy to find the unique art that helps define so much of this vibrant community. Artists and art lovers alike flock to this town because of its community-oriented galleries, art shops, classes, museums, studios, theaters and markets that house and showcase impressive and eclectic creations. So go forth and explore. 30 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2016

Galleries & museums

floor of the Bell Memorial Union at Chico State, 898-3380, www.aschico .com/3rdfloorgallery

1078 Gallery

Art Etc.

This artist-managed, nonprofit gallery has been offering “exciting exhibitions of contemporary and experimental artworks in visual, musical, literary, film and performance mediums” in Chico since 1981. Check its website for details of the offerings on its very busy schedule of exhibits and all-ages concerts. Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 12:30-5:30 p.m., plus regular evening performances and receptions. 820 Broadway, 343-1973,

3rd Floor Art Gallery Chico State’s Associated Students runs this gallery, which features original student works throughout the school year. Located on the third

Downtown shop featuring art supplies, framing services and rotating exhibits featuring local artists. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.5 p.m. 122 W. Third St., 895-1161,

The Art House An urban art garden/gallery with sculptures and ceramics by Dave and Jana Lawton. Call for hours or to schedule a visit. 325 Nord Ave., 894-1843

B-So Space Named for its location in the Chico State Art Department— “between the stairs and the office”— this gallery features weekly rotating exhibits of Chico State student

Created4Acause, a Work Training Center project that showcases retail products built by adults with developmental disabilities. They also offer pottery-painting to the public. Call for times or to make an appointment. 830 Broadway, 894-5227,

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,

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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 and Best Instructor/Professor in Chico. 336 Broadway, Ste. 20. 570-3895,

Chico Museum

El Rey Theatre

works. Call for hours. Ayres Hall, Chico State, 898-5331,

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Housed in a 1905 Carnegie Library, the Chico Museum features permanent exhibits on Chico’s history. 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,

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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.

In the heart of downtown, this custom framing and retail shop features works by local artists, plus an excellent selection of greeting cards and handmade jewelry. Hours: 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

Butte College Art Gallery

Gateway Science Museum

Campus gallery showing new contemporary works by locals and students. ARTS Building, Butte College. 895-2404, butteartgallery

Chico All Fired Up/ Created4Acause Chico All Fired Up is a clayworking studio that is part of

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 ecoregions surrounding the museum. Hours: WednesdaySunday, noon-5 p.m.

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625 Esplanade, 898-4121,

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, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. 265 Cohasset Road, 332-3856

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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 Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Call or visit website for more info. 603 Orange St., 592-0609,

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,

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In addition to housing some 3,500 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. Meriam Library, first floor, at Chico State, will be moving to the new Arts & Humanities Building at the beginning of the fall semester. 898-4476,

Laxson Fine Arts Gallery Located upstairs in Laxson

Butte College Art Gallery

Auditorium, this gallery features rotating exhibits of Chico State student works. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Laxson Auditorium, Chico State, 898-5331,

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.

Orient & Flume Art Glass 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,

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. 819 Wall St., 345-7985,

University Art Gallery A student-centered gallery exhibiting local, national and international artists. 100 Trinity Hall, Chico State campus. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 898-5864, www.csuchico .edu/art/galleries/univgallery.html

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

Original Paintings • Etchings • Hand Blown Glass • Jewelry Sculpture • Hand Carved Wooden Bowls By Local Artists 493 East Ave. Suite 1 • Chico, CA 95928 • (530) 345-3063 Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat 11am - 4pm or by appt.

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,

Theater 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,

Butte College Black Box Theatre Butte College presents one drama or musical, ranging from classical to contemporary productions, each semester in its state-of-the-art Black Box Theatre. 3536 Butte Campus Drive, 895-2994, drama

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District’s Center for the Arts (475 East Ave.) and offers educational opportunities for children regularly throughout the year. 800-722-4522,

Chico Performances Chico State’s public-events arm hosts a wide range of styles of world-class and local performances in Laxson Auditorium. In addition to regular musical acts, there are dance programs, theatrical performances, acrobats and more. 898-6333,

Chico State Department of Music and Theatre Throughout the academic year, the department presents a variety of classic, experimental and contemporary plays in two spaces (Harlen Adams Theatre and Wismer Theatre) inside the Performing Arts Center, as well as a musical production in Laxson Auditorium each spring. Chico State campus, 898-6333,

Chico Theater Company Chico Theater Company has been producing family-friendly musical theater productions for more than a decade. They also produce 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, 8943282, www.chicotheatercompany .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. 475 East Ave., 891-3272,

Slow Theatre A different kind of theater company committed to a deliberate approach to producing theater. Performances staged at various local venues.,

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Chico’s history. 517 Main St., www.

Chico State

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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;

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 presented by JMax Productions. 230 W. Second St.,

The Rendezvous A state-of-the-art performance space offering regular 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,

Senator Theatre The ornate Senator Theatre not only offers some great concerts by nationally known touring bands (produced mainly by JMax Productions), but it’s also a major landmark in

The world-famous Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is also home to a famous concert venue—the Big Room. Watch for an eclectic mix of national roots, Americana, funk and folk acts—from Tommy Castro 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,

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

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 106 106, 898-5122, humanitiescenter/index.shtml

Pageant Theatre This downtown Chico landmark presents art-house films 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. l

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When the sun goes down

The Beach


o say that Chico has a lot to offer night owls would be an understatment. Whether you’re in the mood for a craft beer, a glass of cabernet or a Moscow Mule, bartenders in town are happy to oblige. And heck, if you prefer a pitcher of Bud Light and a kamikaze served out of a test tube, you can find that here, too. Entertainment also abounds, from DJ dancing and live bands to karaoke and open-mic comedy. If you’d prefer to create your own entertainment, there’s no shortage of bar games. Shoot some pool, throw some darts, ride a mechanical bull or try your hand at trivia. Party on! 36 DISCOVER CHICO Spring/Summer 2016

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★ 5th Street Steakhouse 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.5thstreetsteak

★ Argus Bar + Patio One of downtown Chico’s newer hotspots, Argus offers premium cocktails and food trucks that pull into the back patio on weekends. 212 W. Second St.,

★ B Street Public House This new downtown eatery is owned by the same folks who brought us The Banshee. Delicious gastropub fare, along with an extensive list of craft brews and specialty cocktails. 117 Broadway, 899-8203, www.bstreet

★ 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,

H Tres Hombres Long Bar & Grill

healthy serving of sports on multiple TVs.

H Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge

Fajitas, seafood tacos, pasta, fresh steaks and more than 120 tequilas available at the full bar. Sidewalkcafé seating available. 100 Broadway, 342-0425, www.treshombresrestau

H Café Coda

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,

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

H 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

H The Lost Dutchman Taproom One of Chico’s newest watering holes, the Lost Dutchman Taproom is cozy and inviting, with an eclectic, ever-changing list of craft beers on tap and a knowledgeable staff ready to make recommendations. 3219 Esplanade, 809-1797, www.lost

H 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,

H Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant 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,

H Ramada Plaza Restaurant & Lounge

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,

H The DownLo

This club inside the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center serves food, beer, wine and cocktails and typically draws a more mature crowd than the downtown bars. 685 Manzanita Court, 345-2491

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

H Unwined at 980

Duffy’s Tavern

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

A local institution, Duffy’s features an old-school jukebox and an odd medley of wall decorations. Each Wednesday is dance night (10 p.m.) and Friday happy hour (4 p.m.) features live traditional Irish music. 337 Main St., 343-7718 NIGHTLIFE continued on page 38

H 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,

Keep it casual H 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,

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

H 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

Stand-up comedy at The DownLo

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H The End Zone

~ On the Sacramento River ~ • Open 11am Daily • Lunch & Dinner • Live Music • Private Events on Waterfront Venue

12609 River Road • 530-710-2020

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

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

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

H 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, www.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., 343-4915,

H 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, monstrospizzachico

H 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,

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H 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,

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

H Quackers 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

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

H 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.

H 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.

Studio Inn Cocktail Lounge

and trivia night Wednesdays. Open till 1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday, midnight the rest of the week. 166 E. Second St., 893-1500,

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


H 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,

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,

University Bar

Crazy Horse Saloon

The U-Bar is a popular basement hangout located on the corner of Wall and Second streets. It has everything you need in a college bar—cheap pints, pool tables, an airhockey table and an extremely loud jukebox. 191 E. Second St., 8980630,

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

H Woodstock’s Pizza Award-winning pizza, cold beer on tap, fresh salads, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts. Sports on TV Tackle Box Bar & Grill

The Beach

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,

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 musicians and other entertainers. Eat at the cafe or buffet and stay the night at The Lodge, which has a fitness center and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool area. Check out the Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co., featuring house-brewed beers, gourmet food (including fresh sushi and 40 Discover chico Spring/Summer 2016

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sashimi) and live music. 3 Alverda Drive, Oroville, 533-3855,

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,

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,

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,

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, lanes

Chico State The campus offers several places to catch a band, or even a symphony, to liven up your evening. Laxson Auditorium hosts world-class musical acts and other performers from around the globe, thanks to the most prestigious promoter in town, Chico Performances. 400 W. First St., 898-4636, www.chicoperformances .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 national touring performers. 230 W. Second St., 342-2727,

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

Senator Theatre The ornate Senator Theatre not only offers some great musical shows, but it’s also a major landmark in Chico’s history. Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse, Bright Eyes and Steve Aoki have all performed there. 517 Main St., 898-1497, www.jmaxproductions .net • Spring/Summer 2016 Discover chico 41



House of Bamboo

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

$ $$ $$$

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

House of Dumpling

Specializing in Asian fusion fare, including Asian burgers and wraps, in addition to traditional Chinese dishes and, of course, dumplings. 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, $$

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

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


hico is filled with the perfect combination of people who love to eat and those who love to cook. The alwaysexpanding food scene includes bakeries, coffee shops, pizza and burger spots, gastro pubs, food trucks, elegant dining and everything in between. With access to fresh, local ingredients and a commitment to satisfy the hungriest of customers, local restaurants are always ready to offer their culinary treats and friendly service.

Edible delights

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

Mekkala Thai Cuisine

Priya Indian Cuisine

Asian Aonami Sustainable Sushi

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

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Broadway, 899-8368, $

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 $

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 $

Chinese and Asian fusion food. 951 Nord Ave., 893-2988 $

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

Cocodine Thai Cuisine

Ginger’s Chinese Restaurant

Egg Roll King

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

Momona Noodles + Bao

Having just opened at the beginning of September, Momona is brandspanking new on Chico’s restaurant scene. Specializing in ramen, bao (steamed buns) and other Asian-inspired dishes. 230 W. Third St. $$

Noodle House

Delicious Vietnamese and Asian-

Ojiya Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

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

Panda Express

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

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.peter $$

Pho C & C

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

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, $$

Rice Bowl

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

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Cocodine Thai Cuisine

Gen Kai Japanese Cuisine & Sushi Bar

China House

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

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 $

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

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

Happy Garden

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Sophia’s Authentic Thai Cuisine

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

Sushi King & Boba Tea Zone

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

Teriyaki House

A Japanese fast-food restaurant specializing in teriyaki. 236 W. East Ave., 8946127; 2454 Notre Dame Blvd., 343-3744, $

Thai Basil

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 $$

Thai Express

The perfect excuse to curl up at home with a big bowl of pad Thai. Good food, large portions. Dine-in option as well. 1354 East Ave., 898-8424 $

Tong Fong Low

Offering authentic Chinese cuisine that locals can’t stop raving about. 2072 E. 20th St., 898-1388, www.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, $

Breakfast Buzz

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

Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works Offering 25 types of New York-style

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Momona Noodles + Bao

bagels and 11 flavors of cream cheese, as well as deli sandwiches, smoothies and espresso. 117 W. Second St., 345-3443, $

Café Coda

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

Country Waffles

Specializing in waffles. Breakfast and lunch daily. 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 3459905 $$

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


Satisfy cravings for Mom’s home-cooked specialties morning, noon or evening, as this popular downtown eatery is now open for dinner. Featuring breakfast favorites, fresh salads and sandwiches and delicious supper creations. Conveniently located near campus. 209 Salem St., 893-3447, $$

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, $$

The Roost Café

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 $$

Sin of Cortez

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

Burgers, Delis & Dogs Alpaca Bob’s Sandwich Adventures

Unique sandwiches and food featuring Thai dogs, Italian-style paninis, Soviet sauce and Cajun hotlinks. 672 Mangrove Ave., 342-3456 $

Beach Hut Deli

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

Big Al’s Drive In

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, bigchico $

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., 8911430, $

Burgers & Brew

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

The Cheesesteak Shop

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

Chico Locker & Sausage Co.

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, $

Fast Eddie’s

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

Jersey Mike’s Subs

An impressive menu of sub sandwiches, wraps and salads. 605 Mangrove Ave., 891-0117, $

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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, $

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Burger Hut Burgers


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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 $


Kinder’s Custom Meats & Deli


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



Their motto is, “Nobody does burgers better than Nobby’s.” Enough said. Wait— ask them about their “cheese skirt.” Closed


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 $

Oroville 533-1488 Chico 898-1388

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Pita Pit

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

Port of Subs

Sliced fresh sandwiches! 2036 Forest Ave. (inside the Sinclair Gas station), 895-1780 $

S & S Barbeque & Deli

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

Smokin’ Mo’s BBQ

Family-owned Southern-style barbecue, Smokin’ Mo’s is a fixture in downtown Chico. Ribs, chicken, tri-tip and more, all slow smoked for hours. Plus four savory barbecue sauces to slather on your favorite “Q.” 131 Broadway, 891-6677, www. $$

Spiteri’s Delicatessen

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

SubStation Deli

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


“Eat fresh!” 1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 342-9777; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 893-4782; 1947 E. 20th St., 343-5803; 1398 East Ave., 894-8757; 240 W. East Ave., 894-6779; 722 Mangrove Ave., 8911400; 2044 Forest Ave. (inside Walmart), 879-1725, $


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


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, $

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Casual Dining Applebee’s Grill & Bar

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

B Street Public House

This new downtown eatery is owned by the same folks who brought us The Banshee. Delicious gastro pub fare, along with an extensive list of craft brews and specialty cocktails. Now serving breakfast, too! 117 Broadway, 899-8203, www. $$

Bacio Catering & Carry Out

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

Bellachino’s Espresso & Panini Café

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

Bidwell Bar & Grill

Located at the Bidwell Park Golf Course in Upper Bidwell Park. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with appetizers and a full bar. Sandwiches, burgers, salads and wraps. Open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. MondayThursday and 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. FridaySunday. 3199 Golf Course Road, 891-8417, $

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 $$

Chili’s Grill & Bar

Everything from steaks and margaritas to baby-back ribs. 1908 E. 20th St., 3451687, $$

CJ’s Last Chance Diner

Come in for some of the best smoked barbecue in town and burgers made fresh every day. Pure taste-bud-satisfying deliciousness. (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 $

Broadway Heights California Cuisine

Foodie Café

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’seye-view of downtown Chico. Now serving happy hour specials.300 Broadway, 8998075, $$

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, among a host of other café staples. Open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 999 Marauder St., 433-5539, $

Cabana Café

Fresh Twisted Café

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

The Cafe Restaurant

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

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 $

Great Harvest Bread Co.

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

Let us Make You

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., 891-1098, $$

HAPPY with the Best Chinese Food!

Midtown Local

Celebrating Chico culture with coffee, beer, wine and casual fare. Serving breakfast and lunch daily. 365 E. Sixth St., 9660054, $

Noodles & Co.


Noodle dishes from all over the world in one spot. 1910 E. 20th St., 715-2095, $


OM Foods

Chinese restaurant

Open Daily • Food to Go

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

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

Outback Steakhouse

Serving fresh steaks, seafood and chicken in an Australian-themed 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 $


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

Panera Bread

Serving up soup, sandwiches, baked goods and salads. 1910 E. 20th St., 8945009, $

Pelican’s Roost Chowder House

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


Fast and fresh food, made-to-order in downtown Chico. Salad bar, sandwiches, fries, hot sides and carved meats. 201 Main St., 343-0165, www.plutosfresh $

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 been updated, too, and now features a huge outdoor screen. 855 East Ave., 893-3000, $$







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Red Lobster

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

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, $

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 at its SOPO (south of the post office) location. 627 Broadway, 892-2893 $

Upper Crust Bakery & Eatery

Leon Bistro

Dutch Bros. Coffee

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

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

Great Northern

Wild Oak Café

Has Beans Coffee & Tea Co.

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), 343-4876, wildoakcafe $$

Coffeehouses Bidwell Perk

Serving coffee, tea and delectables in a café-style setting. Now with a wine bar and later hours. 664 E. First Ave., 899-1500, $

Cal Java Coffee Roasters

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

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, $

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

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

It’s a Grind Coffee House

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

Java Detour

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

Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee & Smoothies

Hawaiian coffees and smoothies. 615 Mangrove Ave, 864-8454 $

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 gluten-free treats. 118 W. Second St., 895-0676 $

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

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


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

Eclectic Eats Ali Baba

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurant specializing in falafel, shwarma and kebabs. 138 Broadway St., 345-5000., $

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. $

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. Served traditional-style on Fridays and Saturdays only. Reservations required. 1043 W. Eighth St., 520-2593, $

Priya Indian Cuisine

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

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Rallo’s West

This elegant new 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, $$$

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, allnight happy hour on Tuesdays and live music April-October. 1250 Esplanade, 8943463, $$$

Sicilian Café

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

Sierra Nevada Taproom & Restaurant

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

The Steak House

Fine dining in a sleek, elegant atmosphere. You can expect the most tender cuts of steaks cooked to perfection, luscious lobster and gigantic prawns. Full bar and fine wines. 4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-3349400, $$$

Two Twenty Restaurant

Located inside the Hotel Diamond, Two Twenty recently opened with an eclectic menu of steak and seafood, gourmet burgers and pizzas and the enticing chicken and waffles. Breakfast, brunch on weekends and dinner. 220 W. Fourth St., 8951515, $$$

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, $$$.

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, $$

Two Twenty Restaurant

Homestyle Angie’s Bar and Grill

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

The Bountiful Buffet

Serving a delectable selection of gourmet, specialty and home-style cuisine. Select from Asian, Italian and Mexican, prime rib, seafood, soups and salad bar. 4020 Olive Highway (inside Gold Country Casino), 800-334-9400, $

Cozy Diner

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Cozy Diner favorites: crepes,

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Cobb salad, prime-rib burger, broasted chicken, steak, espresso, beer and wine. 1695 Mangrove Ave., 895-1195, $


Straightforward meals served in a family atmosphere. 675 Manzanita Court, 3451146, $

International House of Pancakes

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

Jack’s Family Restaurant

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

Kalico Kitchen

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

Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen

New Orleans-style fast food, with authentic spicy chicken, chicken tenders, seafood and signature sides like red beans and rice. 1161 Mangrove Ave., 332-9322 $

Russell’s Family Restaurant

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, $$

Crush Italian Cuisine & Lounge

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

Forcella Italian Bistro

A new eatery, Forcella offers scratch-made pastas and Italian entrees. 1600 Mangrove Ave., 809-1530, $$


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

Grana Wood Fired Foods

Farm-to-table-inspired Italian ostería featuring locally sourced, sustainable small plates, salads, entrees and traditional Neapolitan-style pizza. Italian-focused, esoteric wine list and craft beers. 198 E. Second St., 809-2304, $$

Italian Cottage Restaurant

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

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, $$

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, $

La Comida

Mexican-style food made fresh daily and served quickly. Voted Best Cheap Eats by CN&R readers 13 years in a row. 954 Mangrove Ave., 345-2254, www.lacomida $

La Familia Restaurant

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

La Hacienda

Aztlan Mexican Food

Mariscos la Costa Mexican Seafood Grill

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

Burrito Bandito

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

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, $$

Chipotle Mexican Grill

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

El Patron Taqueria

Authentic Mexican food served in a casual atmosphere. 1354 East Ave., 3439779 $

El Rey Mexican Grill

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

Panighetti’s Eatery

Gordo Burrito

Offering big portions of moderately priced Italian food. Large dining room, with a great outdoor patio as well. 1851 Esplanade, 8091640, $$

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

Amigos de Acapulco

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

Olive Garden

La Cocina Economica

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

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

Seafood, Mexican-style, from shrimp and lobster to halibut and octopus. 1141 Forest Ave., 342-3627 $$

Ricardo’s Mexican Cocina

Offering authentic Mexican food with combination plates, fresh tortilla chips and salsa and more. 2365 Esplanade, 8959607, $

Serrano’s Mexican Grill

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

Sol Mexican Grill

Burritos, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas and chimichangas served in a relaxed north Chico location. Voted Best Mexican Cuisine in Chico for 2014. 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. $

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, $

Tacos Cortés

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

Tacos Mary

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

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Pizza Bidwell Park Pizza

With pizzas named after local landmarks, how can you go wrong? Also serving up salads, pasta, sandwiches and calzones. 800 Bruce Road Ste. 100, 894-0400, www.bidwell $

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, $$


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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 $$

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

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, 3432056, $$

Monstros Pizza & Subs

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

Mountain Mike’s Pizza

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

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, $$

Pizza Guys

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

Pizza Hut

New to Chico. Pizza, pasta and wings for take-out or delivery. 1417 Mangrove Ave., 896-1955, $$

Pop’s Pizza

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

Round Table Pizza

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

Woodstock’s Pizza

JT’s Oven

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

Little Caesars Pizza

Pub Fare

Preparing pizza and subs available for pick-up and delivery. 1380 East Ave., 8921122, $ Pizza, breadsticks and more available for take-out. 598 E. Eighth St., 894-8300; 118 W. East Ave., 894-5707, www.little $

Mad Dash Pizza

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, $

Yummy drive-through eats featuring personal pizzas, wings with specialty sauces, and fresh-squeezed OJ shakes. Small outdoor dining area. 2391 Cohasset Road, 899-1010, $

Bella’s Sports Pub

Main Street Pizzeria

Buffalo Wild Wings

Delicious pizza, especially for the latenight 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, $

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

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 TV. $$

The DownLo

A sports bar with pub grub and 17 televisions, The DownLo’s claim to fame is its

expansive billiards room with 10 Diamond tables, darts and occasional live music 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., 894-2337 $

Madison Bear Garden

Home of the world famous Bear Burger. Enjoy mouth-watering burgers and sandwiches while enjoying cold beer. Open every day, right next to campus. Fun décor, billiards upstairs and a great outdoor patio. 316 W. Second St., 891-1639, $


William Moon, D.D.S. 227 W. 6th St. • Chico • 530.342.3525

Oasis Bar & Grill

Great burgers, dogs and sandwiches along with six pool tables, 15 flat-screen TVs and a full bar. 1007 W. First St. 3434305, $

Panama Bar & Café

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

Park Avenue Bar & Grill

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

Quackers Bar & Grill

A bar with a nice dance floor far from downtown, Quackers now serves a full menu of pub-grub favorites. Karaoke and DJ dancing. 968 East Ave., 895-3825


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

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. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2015. 12609 River Road, 710-2020.

Shenanigan’s Bar & Grill

A hotspot on the north end of town, with a menu filled with pub grub favorites, including wood-fired pizzas, good drinks and great customer service. 3312 Esplanade, 809-1088, ShenanigansChico $$

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Cocktails, Beer & Wine • Catering • Banquet Rooms

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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, $

The Winchester Goose

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

Street Food The Black Kettle

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

Burritos El Caporal

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, cafechico $


Fusion cuisine catering and concession truck featuring items like Jamaican jerk chicken tacos and Reuben flatbread pizzas. 828-3161, $

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, ChicoChuckwagon $

Crazy Dog

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

Cupcake Crusader

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

Fiesta Taco

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

Street Food

Gordo Burrito

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

Grub Station

Satisfyingly healthy, Grub Station serves up delicious burgers and salads with nutrition in mind. GrubStation $

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. $

Hungry Hound

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

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. $

Inday’s Filipino Food

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

Maria’s Gone Tamales

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

Mayhem Gourmet Grilled Cheese

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

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. $

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 $

Tacos Ramirez

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

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Tacos Tonaya #2

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

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. $

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. TamaleTango $

Taste of Hmong

Hmong specialties, including spring rolls and papaya salad. 2501 S. Whitman Place, 513-9753 $

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Denine’s Cupcakes

Specializing in “flavorful, pure cupcakes.” 116 Broadway, 809-4086. $

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 $

Early Bird Donuts

Time-tested and taste-bud approved. 1008 W. Sacramento Ave., Ste. A1, 533-7065 $

Gelayo Frozen Yogurt & Gelato

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


Helen’s Donut Nook

Offering a menu of Italian goodness. $

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


Jamba Juice

Offering a circus-themed, rotating menu of locally sourced items. Offering sack-lunch dropoffs to businesses on Wednesdays. Catering available. 680-3871, $

Weiner Man

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

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

Jon & Bon’s Yogurt Shoppe

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


Krispy Kreme

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

Cinful Desserts

Specializing in cakes and cupcakes for all occassions. 752 East Ave, 354-0848 $

Cold Stone Creamery

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

The Cookie Shoppe

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

CoCo Gluten-Free Baking Company

Gluten-free sweets and desserts. Check Facebook for locations and ordering infor-

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Shubert’s Ice Cream & Candy

A frozen-yogurt shop in the heart of college land. 645 W. Fifth St., 343-2828 $ Serving donuts and coffee. 2060 Business Lane, 891-3492, $

Powell’s Sweet Shoppe

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

See’s Candies

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, $

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Sweet Cottage

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

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 $

Lovely Layers Cakery

Tin Roof Bakery & Café

Freshly baked cupcakes and cookies available daily. Made-to-order specialty cakes and wedding cakes. Open TuesdaySaturday. 131 Meyers St. Ste. 120, 8289931, $

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, $

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

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n Chico, it’s easy to find familyfriendly activities to fill any weekend. From the kid-favorite fairy-tale-themed Caper Acres to Children’s Playground, the city’s public parks offer many ways to keep the little ones active. For cooling off indoors, the Gateway Science Museum at Chico State offers rotating interactive exhibits and events, and the National Yo-Yo Museum features lessons for all ages. Browse these pages to satisfy cravings for adventure for explorers of all ages.

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

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

Chico Creek Nature Center

Humboldt Neighborhood Park

Butte County Library 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., 891-2762, bclibrary

Caper Acres A perennial favorite for children, this fairy-tale-themed playground features swings, slides, tunnels and play structures. At the center of the playground is an area with a soft, spongy ground cover 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.

Caper Acres

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, 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

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 or call 891-4671 for hours.

Children’s Playground Children’s Playground features lots of 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. FAMILY FUN continued on page 60 Spring/Summer 2016 Discover chico 59

spring and summer hours. Admission $3 kids 3-17, $6 adults, free for museum members and kids 2 and younger. 625 Esplanade (next door to Bidwell Mansion), 898-4121, www.

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

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

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

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

Gateway Science Museum The Gateway Science Museum offers a range of ongoing and special exhibits focused on our region’s natural heritage, from local flora to Ice Age skeletons. Check website for

Orthodontics Exclusively B. Scott Hood, D.D.S., M.S., Inc. Professional, Friendly, & Experienced Dr. Hood and his staff are committed to providing children, teens and adults with the highest quality care and brightest smiles! Dr. Hood is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics Specializing in Braces and a certified provider for InvisalignTM. 2755 Esplanade Chico CA 95973 Phone 530.343.7021 • Fax 530.343.3672 5657 Clark Rd #5 Paradise CA 95969 Phone 530.877.4951 •

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The National Yo-Yo Museum is the largest public display of yoyos and yo-yo memorabilia in the United States. It’s home to the largest wooden yo-yo in the world, dubbed National “Big-Yo,” as well as the Yo-Yo Museum Chico Yo-Yo Club, which encourages visitors to stop by its meetings from noon-2 p.m. Saturdays (weather permitting) for a “walk the dog” lesson. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 320 Broadway (at the rear of Bird in Hand store), 893-0545, •


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n Butte County, it’s easy to find amazing large and small family farms waiting to offer tours of their orchards or rice fields. In addition to the gorgeous agricultural scenery unique to the Sacramento Valley, local farmers and food producers offer a personal farm-to-fork experience featuring delicious foods including fruits, olive oil, beer, wine and nuts.

Almendra Winery & Distillery Almendra Winery & Distillery offers locally grown wines on tap and mandarin- and almond-infused wine spirits in a rustic environment (spirits will start flowing this spring). 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: TuesdaySunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 9275 Midway, Durham, 343-6893,

Dog Creek Cellars Opened in 2011 by Cline Organics in Durham, Dog Creek Cellars offers a nice variety of estate-grown wines made from certified organic grapes. Tasting room is open from noon5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month or by appointment. 9975 Garden Creek Road, Durham, 345-3714,

Emerald “C” Vineyards Emerald “C” Vineyards’ historic

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farmhouse was once the hangout of Errol Flynn, who came to Chico in the 1930s to film The Adventures of Robin Hood. Grapes are grown on site and are used to make a refreshing variety of wines. Tastings available by appointment. Online sales available. 3756 Keefer Road, 894-0894,

Feather Falls Casino Brewing Co. Located at Feather Falls Casino, this 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

Feather River Brewing Co. This award-winning microbrewery in the wooded Sierra-foothill community of Magalia (above Paradise) features a smooth Honey Ale, a popular Raging Rapids Ale and a

winter-seasonal Dark Canyon Ale. Call to arrange a tour, and for directions. 873-0734, www.featherriver

Gale Vineyards Steve and Creasia Gale’s boutique winery is nestled among the shadegiving oak trees on their 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.galevine

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

HoneyRun Winery Founded in 1992 by John and Amy Hasle, HoneyRun Winery produces five types of honey 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.honeyrun

Purple Line Urban Winery

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: Wednesday-Friday, 1:30-8 p.m.; Saturday noon-8 p.m.; Sunday 1:30-6 p.m. 222 W. Second St. Vineyards: 12360 Doe Mill Road, Forest Ranch, 899-9463,

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: Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. 323 Ward Blvd., Oroville, 589-3415, www.longcreek

New Clairvaux Vineyard

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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

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, winery/winery00148.aspx

Purple Line Urban Winery Located just off Montgomery Street in downtown Oroville, Purple Line Urban Winery offers a delicious variety of wines made with Northern California grapes that are crushed, fermented, barreled and aged on the premises. Tasting room hours: Wednesday 2-8 p.m., ThursdaySaturday noon-7 p.m., Sunday noon5 p.m. 760 Safford St., Oroville, 5341785,

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, 5895088, AGRITOURISM continued on page 64 Spring/Summer 2016 Discover chico 63

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

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

Beer Geek Tour. Shorter self-guided tours also available. Check the website for times and reservations. 1075 E. 20th St., 893-3520,

Spencer-Shirey Wines is a boutique winery nestled in a serene valley of the north Sierra foothills. Open Saturday and Sunday, noon5 p.m. 6857 La Porte Road, Bangor, 205-3579,

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

Western Pacific Brewing Co.

Lodestar Farms

Spencer-Shirey Wines

Housed in a former train depot, Western Pacific features “wild game and crazy cocktails,” plus housemade craft beers on tap. 2191 High St., Oroville, 534-9101, facebook. com/western.brewing

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Lucero Olive Oil Mill

Butte View Olive Co.

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,

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

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

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

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 (from spring through Christmas), 7:30 a.m.2 p.m. North Valley Plaza parking lot, Pillsbury Road (adjacent to Trader Joe’s).

Chico Chai This favorite local beverage can be found in many a coffee shop—

and at the Saturday Chico Certified Farmers’ Market. If that’s not enough (and it never is), the first Sunday of each month the friendly folks at Chico Chai open up their brewery for free tours and tastings, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1919 Park Ave., 897-0822,

The Lavender Ranch The Lavender Ranch offers a little taste (and scent!) of the south of France in the southern part of the 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: MondayThursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 17 W. Rio Bonito Road, Biggs, 868-5151,

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

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tomatoes, pesto and pasta sauce from their award-winning Bella Sun Luci line. Gift baskets and work by local artists also available. 1220 Fortress St., 899-2661,

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,

Patrick Ranch Museum

University Farm

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

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

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

Vincent Noble Orchard Co. Noble Orchards offers tree-ripened stone fruits—cherries, peaches, pluots and nectarines—during the July-September 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: Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-

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

Made in Chico The name of this downtown store says it all. Made in Chico specializes in locally made gifts, including foodstuffs ranging from jams and spreads to nuts and rice chips. Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.4 p.m. 127 W. Third St., 894-7009,

Maisie Jane’s Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products is run by Maisie Jane Bertagna Hurtado, a fourth-generation farmer and advocate of local food and farming. Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.4:30 p.m. Extended hours around the holidays. 1324 Dayton Road, 809-2436,

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,

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,

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TJ Farms The 15-acre farm is only 3 miles from downtown Chico, but seems like a world away. The immaculate grounds include waterfalls, fountains, ivy-covered trellises, a gazebo and more. TJ Farms has a pumpkin

5p.m., weekends 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 7050 Pentz Road, Paradise, 8774784,

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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. Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.8 p.m., Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.8 p.m. 1924 Mangrove Ave., 343-4930, • Spring/Summer 2016 Discover chico 67


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Butte County Big Bald Rock Explore this geological formation on an easy walk along Big Bald Rock Trail or by taking a far more extensive and challenging hike to the bottom of the canyon on Dome Trail, where an upstream slog along the middle fork of the Feather River reveals a series of idyllic swimming holes and eventually Curtain Falls. But beware: The Dome Trail is not well-maintained, and poison oak is ever-present. The trail heads are accessed from different points on Bald Rock Road in the Berry Creek area, nestled in the foothills east of Lake Oroville. 534-6500, berrycreek

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve In addition to preserving the natural habitats on the nearly 4,000-acre reserve, BCCER offers public hikes and is available for group and private tours. There is also a self-guided tour available,

with pamphlets on BCCER’s website. From Chico, take Highway 32 east. From the intersection of Bruce Road, travel 9.7 miles and turn left at the green 3521 sign onto a paved, single-lane road. Sign in at the check-in gate. 898-5010, www.

Bille Park Nature Trail Located at the back edge of the Bille Park expansion in Paradise, this half-mile, one-way hiking trail is steep in some places but offers spectacular views of Butte Creek Canyon. Bille Park is at 501 Bille Road, Paradise. A separate entrance closer to the trail is located at 6261 W. Wagstaff Road.

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

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, featherfalls.

Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve

Freeman Bicycle Trail

Honey Run Covered Bridge

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

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. Bridge hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1670 Honey Run Road, www.honey

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,

Lake Oroville 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 (774-7934, For larger boat rentals, including houseboats, check out Bidwell Canyon Marina (589-9175, or Lake Oroville Marina (1-800-2555561, Lake Oroville info: 538-2542,

Loafer Creek Horse Camp

Honey Run Covered Bridge Photo by steve McDonalD

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ity, a horse washing station and horse tethering and feeding stations. A trail map, developed by the Lake Oroville Mounted Assistance Unit, is available for $1.50. Loafer Creek Road, 538-2217

Sacramento River Famous for its fishing, this waterway is home to many endangered animals, including species of migratory birds. It’s not uncommon to see an array of predatory birds, including osprey, red-tailed hawks and bald eagles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages several sites along the river, providing a bounty of recreational activities like camping, boating, bird watching, photography, hiking and biking.

Table Mountain This flat-topped “mountain” is actually two plateaus—North and South Table Mountain—featuring waterfalls, caves, lava formations and the impressive Coal Canyon. In the spring, Table Mountain’s wildflowers are in full bloom and the waterfalls—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 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. 865-5283

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

Ishi Wilderness Area 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 to 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 Lake and Potato Patch are popular spots, and both include RV hookups. From Chico, take Highway 32 east. 2572151, www.fs.usda .gov/lassen

Plumas National Forest

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Located just east of Oroville, Plumas National Forest is home to numerous lakes and streams, valleys and peaks, and is a hotspot for outdoor enthusiasts. Camping, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and hunting are favorite activities here.

For the truly adventurous, there’s the Plumas Backcountry Discovery Trail, accessible to SUVs and fourwheel-drive vehicles. Campgrounds open June-October. Take Highway 70 toward Quincy. 283-2050, www.

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

Sutter Buttes Just south of Chico, near Marysville, lie the Sutter Buttes, the “smallest mountain range in the world.” The Buttes were considered a sacred place by many local Native American tribes and are now privately owned. Guided hikes are available through Middle Mountain Interpretive Hikes. 846-5142,

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

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hen it’s time to call it a day, there are many places in town to relax, rest up and catch some Z’s. Chico is home to RV and camping sites, frugal motels, quaint B&Bs and luxurious treat-yo-self hotels ready to become a home away from home for any type of traveler. If you’re looking for a hotel in the heart of downtown, Hotel Diamond’s the historic and elegant way to go. For the budget-conscious, there are plenty of hotels and motels just blocks from Chico’s downtown core.

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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 hometurned-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,

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 chillseekers—it is allegedly haunted by the ghost of former resident George Vogelsang. 1362 Esplanade, 566-0256,

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

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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,

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,

Haven Inn

Ramada Inn

2212 Park Avenue, 342-5704

Hotels & motels

Heritage Inn Express

American Inn

Matador Motel

2573 Esplanade, 566-1000

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

Best Western Heritage Inn 25 Heritage Lane, 894-8600

Courtyard by Marriott 2481 Carmichael Drive, 894-6699

685 Manzanita Court, 345-2491

Regency Inn

725 Broadway, 343-4527

2566 Esplanade, Carmichael Drive, 898-0134

1934 Esplanade, 342-7543

Motel 6 665 Manzanita Court, 345-5500

Oxford Suites 2035 Business Lane, 899-9090,

Quality Inn 715 Main St., 343-7911

Residence Inn by Marriott 2485 Carmichael Drive, 894-5500

Rodeway Inn 1717 Park Avenue, 342-9472

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Lake Oroville Gold Country RV Community 3864 Olive Highway, Oroville, 534-1133

Quail Trails Village RV Park 5110 Pentz Road #2, Paradise, 877-6581,

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

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655 Manzanita Court, 345-2533,

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

2231 Esplanade, 343-1621

University Inn

Almond Tree RV Park

630 Main St., 895-1323,

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

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

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sk locals to name their favorite thing about Chico and you’ll get different answers. Some may say it’s the canopy of trees towering over the city, others may say it’s the beauty of Bidwell Park or the great sense of community. People love the farmers’ markets, the vibrant downtown, the affordable cost of living, the arts and entertainment scene. It’s hard to pick just one thing, and in Chico, you’ll never have to.

POPULATION Chico’s population—89,634, according to a recent state Department of Finance estimate—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 district—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. Butte County’s population is about 224,000.

HOUSING Compared with the Bay Area or L.A., rents in Chico are quite reasonable. Expect to pay at least $600 a

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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. According to the info website, the median value of homes in Chico is $269,100.

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

BEING 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 lawenforcement 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 for complete fare and route information. The B-Line runs seven days a week, except on certain holidays; some routes do not operate every day. Seniors and the mobility-impaired may catch a ride from the 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. The largest airport in Butte County is the Chico Municipal Airport, which has no commercial air services. If you’re driving, Highway 99 is the main arterial route through Butte County, running in a north/ THE BASICS continued on page 78

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south direction, mainly serving Chico. Highway 70 is the main route serving Oroville, also running north/south. Highway 149 connects the two highways and cities. And Highway 32 stretches from central Chico westward over the Sacramento River, hooking up with I-5, and also 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 538-7198 or visit butte Visit the well-stocked Chico branch of the Butte County Library at 1108 Sherman Ave., 891-2762.

According to recent data, the average per-capita income was $25,415, and the median household income was $44,491. 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 7.5 percent in July 2015, according to the state Employment Development Department.

politiCs 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

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-milliona-year agriculture industry (walnuts, almonds and rice, in particular).

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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 weak-mayor system, meaning the mayor—currently Mark Sorensen— 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.,

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,

health & wellness Hospitals Enloe Medical Center 1531 Esplanade, 332-7300,

Feather River Hospital

oroville Hospital 2767 Olive Highway, Oroville, 533-8500,

CliniCs ampla Health Medical and pediatrics: 680 Cohasset Road, 342-4395; dental: 236 W. East Ave., Ste. H, 342-6065,

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

Chico immediate Care Medical Center 376 Vallombrosa Ave., 8911676,

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

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

Feather River Hospital

northern Valley indian Health (nViH) 845 W. East Ave, 896-9400,

premiere primary Care

Enloe outpatient Center

888 Lakeside Village Commons, 809-0674

orchard Hospital

888 Lakeside Village Commons Drive, 332-6400

shalom Free Clinic

240 Spruce St., Gridley, 846-9000,

Enloe prompt Care

974 Pentz Road, Paradise, 877-9361,

560 Cohasset Road, 332-6850

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other facilities american chi center for health 1290 Esplanade Ste. 1, 342-2895,

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senior care

butte home health & hospice

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

Passages center 25 Main St., Ste. 202, 898-5923,

behavioral & Mental health butte county behavioral health

Women’s resource clinic

Adult outpatient center: 560 Cohasset Ave., 891-2784; youth outpatient center: 500 Cohasset Road, Ste. 15, 891-2945, Crisis line: 800-334-6622 or 891-2810; friendship line for older adults: 800-971-0016; Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ): 866-488-7386

115 W. Second Ave., 897-6101; 24-hour hotline: 897-6100

enloe behavioral health

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740 Flume St., 345-5566,

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charter schools

Public schools

Kindergarten-eighth grade. 450 W. East Ave., 879-7483,

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

blue oak charter school

Kindergarten-eighth grade. 102 W. 11th St., 895-2650, chicocountry

chico Montessori children’s house Kindergarten-sixth grade. 814 Glenn St., 342-5518,

core butte charter school 260 Cohasset Road, Ste. 120, 894-3952,

Forest ranch charter school Kindergarten-eighth grade. 15815 Cedar Creek Road, Forest Ranch, 891-3154,

inspire school of arts & sciences

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Pivot Charter School Sixth-12th grade. 2550 Lakewest Drive, Ste. 30, 877-544-1423 or 636-4479,

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

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

78 Belle Mill Rd, Red Bluff 530-527-6166

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

Notre Dame School Kindergarten-eighth grade. 435 Hazel St., 342-2502, ndschico. org

Pleasant valley Baptist School Kindergarten-12th grade. 13539 Garner Lane, 343-2949,

Progressive Schoolhouse Kindergarten-eighth grade. 2400 Notre Dame Blvd., 345-5665

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

Oroville adult education 2750 Mitchell Ave., Oroville, 538-5350,

regional & Continuing education (Chico State) Programs include Open University (for nonenrolled students), ElderCollege (for students 60 and older) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Center (for those 50 and older). 400 W. First St., 898-6105, • 82 Discover chico Spring/Summer 2016


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Did you know that wrong-way riding is a leading cause of cyclist deaths and cycle/vehicle accidents? Many people believe that they are safer riding the wrong way because they can see cars and drivers can see them. However, studies and statistics show time and again that wrong-way riding is up to 10 times more dangerous to the cyclist than riding with traffic. This is largely due to the much greater combined speed on impact, when riding the wrong way. Cyclists fare best when they act, and are treated, as drivers of vehicles. So stay safe and ride with traffic! As a cyclist, you have THE SAME rights and responsibilities as a car driver.

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