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Best of Sacramento 2008

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Our subscribers have spoken, telling us what they think is tops in the Sacramento area. From best TV reporter to best rock radio station, best place to get a massage to best place to get a tattoo, best local sports team to best locally owned women’s boutique, it’s all here and more. Our editors have chimed in, too, with 30 picks that help make the region reign supreme. Read on to discover this year’s very best of Sacramento.

 

 

Food & Drink

Best Restaurant Name You Gotta Love: Pizza & Chicken Love Letter
You might think you’re lost in translation when you read the sign for Pizza & Chicken Love Letter. But it’s a Korean restaurant, and in Korean culture, according to Dr. Brian Lim of Sacramento State, this isn’t a joke but a normal name. And what exactly are Korean-style pizza and chicken like? So spicy they scorch the tongue? The answer is no, says restaurant owner Patty Coyle, who adds that her best-selling item is sweet-potato pizza. 2990 Bradshaw Road, Sacramento; (916) 369-2009

Best Tea Service: Turkish Tea at Anatolian Table
Turkish culture comes alive when you order Anatolian Table Restaurant’s Turkish tea. Derived from the Black Sea region of Turkey, the black tea is served hot in dainty, tulip-shape glasses and is brought to your table on a traditional Turkish serving tray. Rocklin may be miles away from the exotic city of Istanbul, but this tea will give you a taste of what life in Turkey is like. 6815 Lonetree Blvd., Suite 105, Rocklin; (916) 772-3020; anatoliantable.com

 

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Shopping and Services

Best Place To Get a Jump on Things: Sky High Sports
Kids bouncing off the walls? Turn them loose at Sky High Sports, where wall-to-wall trampolines provide a safe place to do back flips, front flips, play dodgeball or just jump themselves silly. Actually, anyone aiming to get into shape may want to give trampolining a try: Even our friends who are workout queens swear they were exhausted after just a few minutes. 11327 Folsom Blvd., Rancho Cordova; (916) 853-5867; jumpskyhigh.com

Best New Place To Give Your Credit Card a Workout: Fountains at Roseville
Hey, big spender: You’ve got a new place to put it on plastic. This grand outdoor “lifestyle center” opened in June with a mix of stores we’ve seen before—Chico’s, Coldwater Creek, White House/Black Market—alongside a few that are new to the region—the artsy fashion boutique Anthropologie and that culinary crème de la crème, Sur La Table. It’s also home to the region’s second Whole Foods Market. In the middle of it all: a fountain, where you can catch a water show, complete with Vegas-style music and lights. But tuck your credit card away—this one’s on the house. Roseville Parkway at Galleria Boulevard, Roseville; thefountainsatroseville.com

Best Folsom Fashion Find: Tea Stain Clothing
There’s not a drop of Darjeeling in these long- and short-sleeve T-shirts and tanks, but their hues are subtle, like tea stains—hence the name. This Folsom-based wholesale men’s and women’s clothing business was started last year by husband-and-wife team Devin and Ashley Hajek, who were fed up with flashy fashions and wanted to create something simpler and more sophisticated. They sell their products online and in stores both national and local, including Dara Denim (midtown and Granite Bay) and NV Her Boutique in Folsom. teastainclothing.com

Best Place To Rev Up Nostalgia: Sacramento Vintage Ford
This veritable palace for vintage cars and trucks, street rod and hot rod products could easily ignite the awe of even a nonauto buff. Cruising around the squeaky-clean 70,000-square-foot facility, you’ll see everything from cream-puff cars on display—the original shiny black Batmobile recently parked here—to every part, tire or accessory needed to turn an old Model T, T-Bird or truck back into mint condition. You’ll also find gifts galore, from miniature model cars to license plate frames and automotive art. Although Vintage Ford opened in 1969, the motif is ’50s all the way, including a “Happy Days”-style soda shop where you can refuel on a chocolate malt before taking another spin around the showroom. 2484 Mercantile Drive; Rancho Cordova; (916) 853-2244; vintageford.com

Best Mom and Pop Auto Body Shop: Bertolucci’s Body & Fender Shop
Richard Bertolucci started this family-owned and -operated auto body shop 60 years ago, and there are plenty of people who have been loyal to it for just as long. It’s not just the attention to detail in making banged-up cars look like new that keeps them coming back, say customers, but the way the Bertolucci family treats everyone like family. 1717 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 454-4433; bertoluccis.com

Best Passport to Provence: Georgeanne Brennan’s Cooking Classes
A passport once was required for Georgeanne Brennan’s cooking classes, held in the palate-pleasing region of Provence. But not anymore: The weakened economy has prompted the award-winning cookbook author to move operations stateside, to her bucolic farm in Winters. With a huge garden and an abundance of fruit trees and grape vines—plus a lovely farm kitchen, surrounded by lemon trees—it certainly feels like the French countryside, but all you need is a set of wheels to get there. Classes are held monthly, on weekends. georgeannebrennan.com

Best New Hotel for Hipsters: The Greens Hotel
With rooms named “A” through “Z”—no numbingly normal numbers, please—The Greens Hotel shouts out its defiantly hip spirit. That ultracool sheen extends to the rooms, with primary-color motifs, sleekly modern Limn furniture (Limn store owner Dan Friedlander owns Greens) and wall art straight out of MOMA. And rest assured: The retro-modern Greens lives up to its name by using eco-friendly housekeeping practices. 1700 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento; (916) 921-1736; thegreenshotel.com

Best Addition to Downtown: The Citizen Hotel
A dingy stretch of J Street gets a massive boost this fall with the highly anticipated opening of the city’s first high-rise boutique hotel. The developer, Joie de Vivre Hospitality of San Francisco, spent beaucoup bucks renovating the old Cal Western Life office building. A ground-floor restaurant called Grange opens later this year with acclaimed Atlanta chef Michael Tuohy at the helm. 926 J St., Sacramento; (916) 447-2700; jdvhotels.com

Best Fun for the Faraway Fan: All American Sports Fan
Transplanted sports fans find plenty to cheer about at All American Sports Fan, where geographic diversity rules. You’ll find a Red Sox T-shirt for the displaced northeasterner, a Seattle Seahawks blanket for the former northwesterner and a Minnesota Vikings key chain for the guy who just moved here from St. Paul. The family-run shop, around since the ’70s, has an old, dusty feel befitting its Old Sac location and often serves as a final stop for those who’ve hit all the flashy sports stores in town and come up empty. 1021 Front St., Old Sacramento; (916) 442-5066; aasportsfan.com

 

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