Posted by: Sean Carter | May 31, 2014

Welcome to Eating Through Roseville!

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I began a mission in August of 2011 to eat everywhere* in Roseville. I completed this mission, in a way, in late April of 2014 when I visited the last open business on my list. I’ve now visited over 200 restaurants, cafes, diners, delis, bistros, etc.

I’m no food critic. My writing skills are mediocre at best and I really didn’t know that much about food when I began. I still don’t know very much but I’ve definitely learned a lot as I encountered dishes, ingredients and even entire cuisines that I had previously never tried before.

Originally my intent was simply to snap some quick photos of the food and post them to my personal Facebook page. It got a little bigger than that. I now have over 200 pages of write-ups and nearly 2500 photos documenting them. The above mosaic is built from these (click it for a bigger version).

Am I done? Not really. New places are always on the horizon and I intend to visit those too. Below there is a list of upcoming businesses that I am keeping an eye on. If you know of something that I’ve missed, new or otherwise, please leave me a comment on the Submit a New Restaurant page.

In addition to keeping up with new Roseville restaurants, I will now be venturing out into the surrounding areas to check out restaurants that are on my radar.  There’s no plan for these, it’s just a casual way to expand beyond the original scope.

Looking for a specific restaurant? Try the Completed Restaurants pages.

I’d like to thank all the people that have read and followed this blog over the past few years. Your comments, suggestions and criticisms helped direct me and your encouragement helped me find the motivation to keep going (on more than a few occasions). I am glad that you’ve found this to be informative/useful/entertaining. :)

So what’s next in Roseville?

  • Bankok Cafe
    • Where: Roseville Parkway at Taylor
    • What: Thai
    • When: Unknown
  • Porter’s House of Drafts
    • Where: Foothills at Pleasant Grove
    • What: Taproom?
    • When: May 2nd
  • Monsoon Cuisine of India
    • Where: Douglas at Santa Clara Dr (Near Ross)
    • What: Indian
    • When: NOW OPEN!
  • Old Town Pizza
    • Where: 120 Church St
    • What: Pizza
    • When: August
  • Pita Kitchen
    • Where: Douglas at Santa Clara Dr (Behind Dimple)
    • What: Greek
    • When: NOW OPEN!
  • White Lotus
    • Where: Baseline at Foothills
    • What: Indian?
    • When: Unknown
Posted by: Sean Carter | April 16, 2015

#223: Chaat Paradise Indian Vegetarian

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This evening was Chaat Paradise for dinner.  A new Indian vegetarian spot in the Renaissance Creek Shopping Center at Douglas & Sierra College.  It took the place of Asian Bliss, originally Mongolian Bliss.  The place continues to remain largely unchanged from the Mongolian restaurant.  In fact, they still have the original round grill.  These days it’s just used as a table in the kitchen though.

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I was joined by my mother & grandmother and we headed in a little after 5.  It was quiet inside, just one table was occupied.  We gradually made our way towards the back where the ordering counter was located with a menu hanging over it.  Both my mother and I had each checked out the menu online in advance, however the website only listed dish titles.  I know a handful of dishes but I definitely needed to see some more detail, same with the others.  Luckily the menu had a little description of each item.  That was a bit small though and we obviously looked like we needed some time to peruse it anyway so they offered for us to have a seat and bring us some menus.  In addition to the hanging board menu and some paper take-out menus they had a handful of laminated ones.   We were handed a few of these and someone completed some missing place settings and left us with a pitcher of water while we looked over them.

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Everything is pretty much a-la-carte here as far as I can tell.  Other than some of the items coming with rice, you just mix and match whatever you want.  The prices are all pretty low, anything from $2-8ish.  We had picked out several items and soon we had a gentleman at our table ready to take our order.  Normally you would order and pay up at the counter and take a number to an empty table, so this was a little different than usual, I would guess.  I listed off all the items we wanted and asked, towards the end, how big the portion sizes were and if he thought we should order more or less.  He indicated that one would be big enough for two to share.  That seemed like a lot, especially for the prices, but we went ahead with our selections.  We could always have leftovers for lunch.

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They didn’t have the TV on and there was no music so it was pretty quiet, aside from a little conversation here and there and the sound of a mixer on the front side of the kitchen.  After about 7 minutes I received my mango lassi (classic yogurt drink flavored with mango)[$2].  It came in the same little steel cups that were used for water.  I was kind of disappointed in the size for $2.  For 1.5-2x more you usually get a pretty huge glass in most places, this was maybe 6-8oz.  It was chilled and tasty, however.  A few minutes later our first item arrived.  This was the pav vada (deep fried stuffed potatoes served on bread)[$3].  It wasn’t much to look at until I cut it into three pieces to share.   It was fairly basic and potato-y but packed a surprising amount of spice.

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A few minutes later the mixed pakora (potato, onion, chili and cauliflower dipped in chickpea flour)[$3] was delivered.  This was a large appetizer for just $3.  The pieces were large, 2 was more than enough per person and we had a 7th to spare which I took home.  Served with it were green and tamarind chutneys.  The green was pretty mild while the tamarind was intensely sweet.  The pakora itself was fresh out of the frier, super hot and crisp.  Lots of potato in these.

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There was a bit of a break, 8ish minutes, and then the rest of our items all showed up together.  Here we had the hara bhara paratha (bread stuffed with cheese, potato, cauliflower & spices)[$3], sag paneer (home made cheese cooked with spinach and spices)[$7] and chilli paneer (home made cheese cooked with bell pepper & onions)[$7].  I was a little slow on the bread photo and someone grabbed a chunk.  I thought that was kind of boring, there wasn’t much to it and I didn’t really notice any cheese or spice to it.  The woman that delivered these last items brought out a little ramekin with a chilled yogurt dip for it.  This saved it in my opinion.

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The paneer dishes were both excellent.  A dish of rice was served with the sag paneer.  The cheese was very mild and dense as usual.  I quite enjoy it.  The spinach was delicious and smooth with a bit of spice that grew over a few bites.  The chilli paneer was very flavorful, with it’s bell peppers dominating.  It had the most spice of everything we ordered. Keep in mind that we ordered everything as mild, so I imagine you could get some serious heat here if you wanted.

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We waited on another dish for a little bit, paneer tikka masala, which the gentleman apparently missed as I was giving him our order.  He even confirmed that we had 5 items.  I just thought at the time he wasn’t counting the bread so that was my mistake.  We really didn’t need it anyway, we were all stuffed.  After the woman returned and gave us some boxes and a bag I went up to register to pay the whopping $27 bill.  Everyone we interacted with was super friendly.  The quality, quantity and overall value here is great and I know we will be back.  I hope they can stick it out longer than their predecessors.  Perhaps not having “Bliss” in the name will help.


Posted by: Sean Carter | March 29, 2015

#222: Guy’s For Lunch

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Yesterday I visited the new Guy’s For Lunch.  This is a deli run by Guy, his wife, and three daughters located on Pleasant Grove near Foothills, between Top It Off Frozen Yogurt and ZS Indian Market.  They opened just a few weeks ago and I’ve been looking forward to checking it out.  They are open from 11-3 Monday-Saturday leaving me a limited window to stop by, so I took the opportunity when it presented itself for lunch on Saturday.

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I arrived a little before 12:30 and the place was fairly busy.  The nice, new and clean dining room is small to medium-sized. There are a little over half a dozen 2 -4 seater tables, most of which were occupied, and a long counter with stools running along the wall towards the back that added a lot of compact seating.  A couple small tables out front rounded out the dine-in options.  As soon as you enter  you are in front of the ordering counter and the kitchen is right behind it.  To the right is a menu on the wall and a drink cooler with non-fountain drink options.

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I took a minute to skim over it and had a small struggle in choosing either the Hot Pastrami (thinly sliced with swiss and spicy mustard on sourdough) or the Pulled Pork (slow cooked with Guy’s spicy BBQ sauce on sourdough).  All the sandwiches are $7.99 and come with chips and a pickle.  You can also add cream cheese [$0.50], bacon [$1] and/or avocado [$1].  I settled on the pastrami and ordered a soda [$1.49] to go with it.  Of course I added all three extras.

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Once paid up, I moved over to the counter where no one was seated and filled my soda up near the back.  About this time I noticed that most of the cars in the front parking had left so I stepped outside to get a quick shot outside while there was nothing blocking the view. When I came back in I noticed a little plate at my spot at the counter.  Guy (the one and only) popped out the kitchen and said “potato salad shooter!” and gestured to it.  He had dropped these at at least a couple tables for people to try.  I thought this was really cool.  The single bite was positioned on a fork and ready to go.  It was nicely chilled and freakin’ delicious.  I’ll probably be ordering this on my next visit [$1.95 for a regular order].

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It was just about 6 or 7 minutes for my sandwich to arrive from the kitchen.  In-between the two halves was crisp pickle slice.  A bag of “Dirty” brand cracked pepper & sea salt potato chips rested at the back.  A decent amount of the thin pastrami was the bulk of the sandwich (perhaps not as much as I had hoped, but I had to take a step back and realize A. I was not a Beach Hut, and B. I was not paying Beach Hut prices).  All of my additions were hidden underneath.  Some bacon and a bit of avocado peeked out from a corner here and there.

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The sourdough was nice and crisp around the edges with a soft middle and and good flavor.  The swiss was a bit on the light side and I didn’t really notice it very much.  It even kind of blended in with the mayo and I didn’t realize it was there at first.  There were about 4 slices of bacon under the pastrami which were tasty.  The cream cheese did it’s job and added it’s smooth flavor and texture to the whole thing.  I was mostly disappointed by the avocado, which was pretty thin and didn’t feel quite worth the $1 adder.  The pastrami was pretty great though.  It was loaded with rich, smokey flavor.  I decided to look back on my Beach Hut comparison yet again because this beef was delicious and definitely holds it’s own at a lower price.  Side by side with the pastrami, in terms of deliciousness, I would say was the spicy mustard.  It was great and the heat kind of snuck up on me by the end of the sandwich.

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The chips were good, exceedingly crisp and quite salty.  I even ate the pickle, which I often ignore, and enjoyed that as well.  Overall a satisfying lunch, but I will likely avoid the avocado next time.  As I was finishing the last couple bites Guy swung by once more, this time with a pulled pork shooter.  Good lord, this was ah-mazing!  It sold me on returning sooner rather than later because I have to have that pulled pork sandwich now.  The BBQ sauce was rich, sweet and spicy and left me wanting more, much more.  I haven’t even had the sandwich itself and I’d already recommend it.

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Posted by: Sean Carter | March 14, 2015

#221: Chando’s Tacos

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Has it really been 3 weeks?  I guess I’ve been busier than I thought!  Things have been happening here in Roseville.  A few restaurants have opened and a couple have closed.  I’ll be updating all the appropriate pages in the next day or so.  Chandos Tacos opened quietly about a month ago and I didn’t notice until today.  This one has been a long time coming and I was excited to go check it out for dinner.

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I’m not sure if the food trucks preceded their permanent locations (of which they now have three in the Sacramento area) or not.  The first (and only) time I had Chando’s was at one of the first food truck events on Vernon a few years ago.  This latest location is situated between Starbucks and Taj Oven on Pleasant Grove near 65.

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I headed in at about 5:15PM to a very busy dining room.  Actually there weren’t that many people seated, the line was nearly to the door though.  A lot of people seemed to be getting food to go.  The line made the place feel small, although there was a lot of seating and it definitely opened up a bit when the line was shorter later on.  It fluctuated wildly throughout my visit.  At times there were just a few people, others the line was literally out the door.  More than a few people saw this and decided to go somewhere else.  Making things worse, it moved very slowly.

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I had about 15 minutes to go over the menu and decide what I would get.  While in line I watched the kitchen though the glass and saw lots of different meats being cooked over the flame grill and saw a particularly delicious looking reddish meat stacked and spinning slowly on a vertical rotisserie.  The menu is fairly simple and is not much different than their food truck, though the truck only had a few meat choices.  Here they have over double the meats to choose from.  Beer is on the way as soon as they get the license.

Once I got to the register I ordered up a carnitas taco [$1.95], a chicken quesadilla [$6.99] and asked what the spinning meat was and was told it was adobada.  I ordered a tostada [$1.85] with that.  A fountain drink [$1.95] rounded out my order and I signed on the touch screen that was spun around for me.  The cashier was proficient and quick, so I have to assume the reason the line moved so slowly was people asking questions once they got up there.

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I grabbed a seat at a spare patio table that was inside near the door and waited only 6 minutes for my name to be shouted out from the pickup side of the kitchen.  I had a feeling I had probably ordered too much.  At first glance when I went to grab my food it didn’t seem to be too much.  Then I picked up the quesadilla.  It was HEAVY.

I started with the small items.  The taco comes with fresh cilantro, diced onions, guacamole and salsa.  The guac looked a little thin but was super creamy and delicious.  The carnitas was flavorful and in good supply underneath the toppings.  It was a simple and tasty taco.

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The tostada was a fried corn tortilla loaded with the tender adobada and the same toppings as the taco.  This was also really good, the adobada was rich, coated with the red marinade and had just a slight sweetness from the pineapple they cook it with.  The tostada shell was super crisp.

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On to the huge quesadilla.  There were four large pieces of this thing and all of them were packed with creamy melted jack cheese, pico-de-gallo, guacamole, sour cream and salsa.  Damn this was good.  Everything contributed equally, including the juicy chicken which carried with it a little charred flavor from the grill.  You could easily make a meal of this alone.

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I was really pleased with my visit to Chando’s.  The line was actually worth it.  I suspect they will be very busy for a long time.  This little shopping center has really filled out nicely with a lot of great and diverse eateries (sushi, wings and cheesesteaks, burgers, Indian, and Brazilian).  It’ll be interesting to see what eventually takes the unique building left by Sonic.

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