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Hi! My name is Sean.  I began a mission in August of 2011 to eat everywhere in Roseville (minus the big chains). 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 well 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. 🙂


Ever find yourself in Rancho Cordova?  Check out my new mission at Rancho Salads: A salad at a new restaurant every day in Rancho Cordova.


21 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey Sean! Just found your blog through the Roseville subreddit and I’m excited to be following you. I’m also a food lover, and love trying new, local restaurants, so I’m a bit jealous of your quest to hit every restaurant in Roseville.

    Are you staying strictly in Roseville or would you be willing to venture out to Lincoln? I ask because I’d like to suggest the burger from High Steaks within Thunder Valley Casino. It’s a $24 burger, the most I’ve ever paid for one, but also the best I’ve ever had. It’s massive and perfectly cooked, perfectly flavored, and perfectly juicy. I’m a burger enthusiast and this one is easily on the top of the list.

    1. Hey Kevin, thank’s for reading! Seems that r/roseville is driving a lot of visitors here. I love a good burger too so I’ll definitely be checking that one out, it sounds epic. I haven’t been to Thunder Valley in ages but I do find my way to Lincoln pretty regularly, so I’ll be sure to make a stop on the way. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Hi Sean! You are a close friend of my son, yes? I always love to have you at my table. Now I am interested in the tables you are going to. I asked for a suggestion of a place with great food and would be quiet enough for girl-talk. You gave me a couple choices and we picked Paul Martin’s. The marinated steak I had was to die for! We went on a Wednesday evening and it was obviously a favourite place for many people. The partitions really kept the noise down and we never had to raise our voices. I will keep checking your site now that I have looked at it. Cheers! Mama Christina

  3. Sean, just discovered your blog when watching Good Day. What a great idea. I agree, we get caught up in the big chains and forget to check out the others. Pacific Street is one of my favorites for breakfast. You have a new follower.

    1. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoy! I don’t usually get out of the house early enough on the weekends to go have breakfast but Pacific Street Cafe might be worth getting up a littler earlier now and then 😉

  4. Hi Sean, Great idea! After 15 years in Sac/Roseville area I have returned to my hometown of Lake Tahoe a few years ago and it’s pretty slim picking up here for eating out! I wish you success! What I do is collect coke rewards and post them on my site for kids, adults and schools who collect mcr points and participate in the coca-cola promotion…I would like to create an small article about your adventures and link back to your blog if you dont mind! heck if you run across coke caps pass em my way! Good luck! http://whatyagive.com/free-coke-codes

    1. Hi, that would be great, please feel free to write about it and let me know if you have any questions. I’ll keep an eye out for Coke caps, what a neat idea. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I live close to that Denny’s Cafe and though I have never eaten there… I’m glad you did to satisfy my curiosity. Seriously… How does it stay in business? Do you have plans to eat at The Place on Vernon street?

  6. Hi Sean!

    Just learned about your blog through the Roseville Patch! Let me know if you ever find yourself in Rocklin… we’d LOVE to have you check out Rubino’s Ristorante. 🙂

    Have a phenomenal day!!!
    Janise

  7. HI Sean,
    LeAnn with Cupcake A La Mode Roseville want to see if you would be interested in doing some pictures for our store. Let me know if you are interested!

  8. Hi Sean–
    I’m working with a start-up for food bloggers in Southern California called Tabelog (www.tabelog.us). They’re a subsidiary of the largest company in Japan Tabelog.com (similar to Yelp here in the US).

    We’re bringing their annual restaurant awards to the US that are judged solely by a panel of local food bloggers (all online). The winning restaurants get a framed 2014 award and the food bloggers get an “official judge” icon/etc and related PR for their blog. We’re looking for bloggers from the Southern California area to invite as an official judge. Is this something that you would be interested in?

    Thanks in advance!
    Brock

  9. Sean, I discovered your blog as I was doing research about that spot which is set to open soon Crawish Factory?
    Your pictures are FANTASTIC, they make me hungry and are not any good for my faulty dieting attempts. Keep on writing and we will keep on reading.

    I’m also eager for you to try the new Brasilian steak house on Pleasant Grove that just opened.

  10. Hey Sean, thanks so much for visiting the Deli Delicious/Colorado Grill dual brand in Roseville! As you noted, we are still new to the area and working out the hiccups. Glad you enjoyed the food and we really appreciate your time ad effort. Great blog!

  11. Totally impressed with your commitment to your task – trying every restaurant in Roseville – and the quality of your website, the look and accessibility, scope and detail. Are you familiar with Jonathan Gold, in Los Angeles? You should be, since he does about the same thing as you but gets paid for it and might be the only food writer who has won a Pulitzer. And in Los Angeles, since it is impossible for any ten people working simultaneously to try every restaurant in L.A., Gold tries mostly odd ball, ethnic and very local places, places that he thinks might express a particular neighborhood. There are many, many “neighborhoods” in Los Angeles – ethnic, social, economic, geographic concentrations, all needing restaurants or at least risk takers needing places to open up their fooderies.

    Back to Roseville, I just spent three days in a Roseville Holiday Inn Express. I was working in Sacramento. I cannot find a good place to eat in Sacramento and sure wish I would have had your list when I was up there. I actually found you looking for a review of Taqueria Tapatio on Douglas, which I thought was pretty good (you found it lacking).

    In Chinese restaurants, do you ever order Mapo Tofu? That is my favorite Chinese dish and my personal yardstick, but very hard to find and even harder to find a good version. Any ideas? I come to Sacramento area at least once a month. I’ve totally given up on the Natomas (airport) side of Sacramento and so I am now staying in the easterly areas, such as Roseville, which I found pleasant in general.

    Anyway, good luck with your website. I hope it leads you to fame and fortune since it is clear that you have put your heart and soul . . . and tummy into it big time!

    Ray
    Altadena, CA

    1. Hi Ray, thank you for the kind words! I haven’t heard of Jonathan, but I don’t get down to LA very often. Writers like him got me into food in the first place though, so I’m sure I’d love his stuff, I’ll check it out.

      I’ve never had (or even heard of for that matter) Mapo Tofu, but I will be putting it on my short list for sure. I just looked through menus for the most likely places in Roseville and found it at Chopsticks, Leo’s Kitchen, Panda Restaurant, and Wong’s Garden. Rose Garden I would think would have it as well, but I can’t find a menu for them and I went there long enough ago that I wasn’t scanning menus at the time. So it’s definitely around up here, wether or not it’s any good is another question! If I were to recommend one of these place for you to check out on a future visit I’d start with Leo’s Kitchen or Wong’s Garden (Wong’s is very near the taqueria you went to).

      Again, thanks for commenting and I hope to hear your thoughts on other restaurants when you visit again 🙂

      -Sean

  12. Hey Sean

    It was a pleasure meeting you in our store the other day. And want to thank you for reviewing our new foods for people and planet, that sure means a lot to us, however your review shakes out.

    Also, I wanted to say that I just love your site and approach to reviewing restaurants! You have really made it easy to navigate and fun for me to check out and decide on where to eat around here … I am a total newbie to the area. And I love your graphic design too, it fits perfectly with your approach and style, so my compliments on that as well.

    I am looking forward to trying your favorites on sushi and Chinese. And having spent a lot of time in the barbeque belt (Texas, North Carolina, Kansas City, etc.) well that is truly the one food category that I am very hard to please on and it’s hard to find good BBQ when I am traveling so you have made my day by your recommendation for Lucille’s. So nui mahalos for letting us know about that one too, I can’t wait to try it!

    So we will spread the word about your excellent site and I will look forward to following your interesting ETR adventures.

    Much aloha, Bob (Dr. Bob’s Donuts & Doyos)

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