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?

  • Chaat Paradise
    • Where: Sierra College at Douglas (Safeway Shopping Center)
    • What: Indian/Vegetarian
    • When: NOW OPEN!
  • Porter’s House of Drafts
    • Where: Foothills at Pleasant Grove
    • What: Taproom?
    • When: Early March
  • Guy’s For Lunch
    • Where: Pleasant Grove at Foothills
    • What: Deli
    • When: NOW OPEN!
  • Monsoon Cuisine of India
    • Where: Douglas at Santa Clara Dr (Near Ross)
    • What: Indian
    • When: NOW OPEN!
  • 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 | 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.

Posted by: Sean Carter | February 22, 2015

AM4: MOOYAH Burgers • Fries • Shakes

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I was craving a burger today and nearly went to Five Guys until I remembered right before I left that Mooyah had just opened up.  This burger joint is fairly large, so I’ll keep this brief as I try not to do big chains.  Since this is pretty new to the area I figured something in-between my normal post and photo-only would be OK.

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They opened up maybe a week or two ago in the same shopping center where Studio Movie Grill is located, at 80 & Sierra College in Rocklin.  The vibe is very similar to Five Guys with a slightly nicer feel to it.  Also like Five Guys they put their potatoes on display.  Actually more so as you could walk up to the boxes up front and grab one.  I wonder what they would say if you did.

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I ordered a double burger with cheddar cheese, bacon, avocados and Mooyah sauce.  Added fries and soda to make a combo.  Thy had just opened so the turnaround was pretty quick, maybe 4 minutes tops.

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The fries reminded me a lot of Five Guys fries, but much better because they weren’t soggy and grease-soaked.  They weren’t crispy, but they were definitely cooked much more than Five Guys’.

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The burger itself was pretty good.  I think they Mooyah sauce was some sort of thousand island type.  It was a bit tangy, so that made it different.  The cheese, avocado and bacon were all good although the cheese was not as melted as I’d like.  Different, I’d say, than most burgers with these toppings was that the juicy beef was still very much was center stage in terms of flavor, and it was quite good.  Overall it was very enjoyable.  Next time I’ll try a shake.

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Posted by: Sean Carter | February 10, 2015

#220: Mama Sophia’s Take N Bake Pizza

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Last night for dinner I went out to a new take’n’bake pizza place out on the extreme south-eastern side of Roseville.  Mama Sophia’s took the place of what was for a long time a Papa Murphy’s at Sierra College and E Roseville Pkwy.  That Papa Murphy’s moved over to Douglas in the Target shopping center some months ago.  This local business apparently started over on Elkhorn a while back.  That spot is under new management with a grand reopening in a couple weeks.  Their website only lists this Roseville location now, so I don’t know if they’ve moved or if they’re expanding and the website is just not showing both.

I arrived at about 5:30 and walked into a very quiet store.  Hearing the door, the one and only employee I saw during my visit came out from the back and greeted me up at the register.  I ordered my large pizza [$12], a half Mama’s Supreme (Mama’s sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sausage, bacon, olives, tomatoes, onion melody, bell peppers and mushrooms) and half Garlic Chicken Ranch (Ranch sauce, mozzarella cheese, grilled chicken, fresh sliced garlic, tomatoes and red onions).

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An interesting thing to note here, as I struggled to accurately list my toppings above, the menu they have displayed on the big LCDs compared with the paper menu I was given (with baking instructions on the other side) and the menu on their website do not match each other exactly.  For instance, the in-store menu only lists mozzarella and the other two call it a “house blend of cheese.”  There was obviously some cheddar sprinkled on top when I got my pie.  The paper menu says that the garlic chicken ranch should have pineapple while the in-store one doesn’t.  I would have been surprised and annoyed if it actually did have pineapple, but they mostly seemed to follow the menu I saw in the store.  Anyway, it’s something I would take note of and confirm any toppings if you are calling in an order.

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Up at the register I was told that they were out of red onions that night, so I told him to just throw some extra green onions on in their place.  We had to move down to the opposite end of the store to use a register there to pay for some reason.  Once that was done I took a seat on the one bench in the place and waited for about 5-6 minutes until he had finished and wrapped up my pizza.

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I headed home and popped it in the 425º oven as soon as it was warmed up.  15 minutes later it looked and smelled great.  I let it stand for a few minutes before cutting it up.  They apparently have three basic types of crust – original, pan and thin (they also have a stuffed crust and a gluten free crust).  I hadn’t noticed or asked and it wasn’t brought up at all when I ordered, so I am assuming this is original.  It was right in-between a thin and a big honkin’ filling pan crust.  The bottom had become perfectly golden and crisp and held the weight of a slice on it’s own just fine.  They were pretty heavy slices too.

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I first had a garlic chicken ranch slice.  The sauce was very mild and definitely creamy.  I found there to be quite a lot of cheese in which all but the lightest of toppings kind of sank into and were anchored into place as it cooled.  It was pretty decent overall.  The chicken was moist and was in a good quantity of big chunks.  I could taste the garlic but never saw any slices of it.

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The supreme side was good.  Specifically it was just a little more bold and complex in it’s flavors.  The red sauce was perhaps a bit uneven from bite to bite.  It was more of a spicy than tomato flavored sauce, but not too spicy.  The sausage and pepperoni were both delicious.  Bacon was absent.  Not sure if he forgot it or if this was another menu issue, though all three menus list bacon so I’m leaning towards a mistake.  All the produce was good and fresh.  There were a ton of mushrooms.

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I really enjoyed the crust, which is saying something because I usually only care for really thin crust.  There was a bit of seasoning sprinkled around the edges, which added a little extra bit of flavor as I crunched away at them towards the end.

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Overall I’d say it was good.  The price is very reasonable.  For $12 I got 3 meals out of a large.  Also as a nice surprise, either the tax was included upfront or, because it’s not being baked in the store, it’s not taxable.  I have no idea which is correct but it’s refreshing to be charged exactly what is on the menu and to deal with a nice round number.


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