30 Best Dishes

Posted on October 31

Photography by Rachel Valley

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Buta Bara Don
Yoshi Japanese Tapas Restaurant
In this bowlful of comfort, a large mound of rice is topped with slices of delicious, fork-tender pork belly, sweet-tart pickled cucumber slices and a cooked egg, and enlivened with delicate black strands of seaweed, fragrant sautéed yellow onions and thinly sliced green onion. Ask for a mugful of green tea to accompany this nurturing dish and you'll skip out with revived spirits. 9174 Franklin Blvd., Elk Grove; (916) 391-6822; yoshijapaneserestaurant.net


Charcuterie Plate
The Cellar Wine Bar
If you're a wine aficionado, you know how pleasant it is to have small, tasty nibbles to accompany your favorite beverage. The Cellar does a terrific job of providing enophiles with a raft of wine-friendly foods, including beautiful charcuterie plates. Choose from a great selection of cheeses and meats, ranging from Australian feta and Beehive honey-aged cheddar to local smoked Magret duck breast and Spanish chorizo. The charcuterie plates include baguette slices, tangy little cornichons, fresh apple slices, a generous daub of membrillo (quince paste), Marcona almonds and a miniature bowl of mixed olives. 3907 Park Drive, El Dorado Hills; (916) 933-3103; thecellarwinebar.com


Salumi Pizza
Tulí Bistro
Lusty and electrifyingly delicious, this thin-crust pizza will rev your taste buds into high gear. Slathered with zesty fire-roasted tomato sauce and loaded with artisanal "peperone," salami and hot coppa, this dynamic pizza is one of the best I've tried in the region. Wash it down with a big, spicy local Zinfandel or some really cold beer. 2031 S St., Sacramento; (916) 451-8854; tulibistro.com


Daily Quiche
Fox & Goose Public House
Tasty quiche is hard to find, especially one that is filled with lots of wholesome goodies. When I'm in the mood for a rib-sticking, distinctive quiche, I head to Fox & Goose, which bakes up a different version every day. Veggies you may find in your quiche range from broccoli, butternut squash (really!) and red bell peppers to spinach and mushrooms, and it may be a vegetarian selection or contain turkey, bacon, ham or sausage. But expect the crust to be sturdy and flavorful and the slice to be thick and generous. 1001 R St., Sacramento; (916) 443-8825; foxandgoose.com


Bourbon Burger
de Vere's Irish Pub
This meaty treasure sounds boozy, but it's not. Messy and spectacularly flavorful, the burger is composed of a first-rate, house-ground chuck patty laid on a chewy-fluffy bun. Smothered in melted smoked cheddar cheese, the dish is lavished with a spicy bourbon-bacon barbecue sauce and finished off with lettuce, a couple of juicy tomato slices and—the pièce de résistance—sweet, crusty fried onions. Be prepared to do a lot of finger licking as you work your way through this fabulous burger, and enjoy it with one of de Vere's fresh draught beers. 1531 L St., Sacramento; (916) 231-9947; deverespub.com


Handcut Rosemary Noodles
Paragary's Bar and Oven
Wide and silky, the herb-flecked noodles are tossed with bits of pancetta, baby artichokes, big chunks of seared chicken and sweet leeks. Garlicky and rustic, this longtime customer favorite is even more enjoyable when savored outside on the restaurant's bucolic patio. 1401 28th St., Sacramento; (916) 457-5737; paragarys.com


Duck Confit Tots
Shady Lady Saloon
Irresistibly crusty on the outside and soft on the inside, Shady Lady's duck confit tots bear little resemblance to the school cafeteria version of your youth. Richly flavored and punctuated with melt-in-your-mouth duck cracklings, these delectable nuggets come with an earthy smoked paprika-lemon aïoli. Partner the tots with one of the saloon's excellent handcrafted cocktails. 1409 R St., Sacramento; (916) 231-9121; shadyladybar.com


Pikilia Platter
Greek Village Inn
I'm always in the mood for Greek Village Inn's vivacious, bold cuisine. The pikilia platter offers a wonderful combination of flavors and textures, from the moist, delectable curls of gyros meat and crackly spanakopita and tiropita (a luscious cheese-stuffed filo pastry) to nubbly, grape leaf-wrapped dolmathes and crumbly chunks of feta. This is a fun dish for grazers, and the warm pita bread that's provided with the platter invites you to build your very own Greek sandwich. 65 University Ave., Sacramento; (916) 922-6334


Meat Lover's Lasagna
Il Forno Classico
This scrumptious slab of goodness—large enough to provide you with two (or maybe even three) meals—is prepared with Italian sausage, prosciutto and ground beef. Ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses add a creamy component, and the richness is balanced by the judicious addition of spinach and sautéed mushrooms. Drenched in a robust marinara sauce, this lasagna is well worth the trip to Gold River. 2121 Golden Centre Lane, Gold River; (916) 858-0651; ilfornoclassico.com


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