Guy Fieri’s Johnny Garlic’s

I’m pumped about this post! I’m trying to return the favor to Guy Fieri. For those of you who don’t know, he is the host of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. In the show Guy travels the U.S. to find the best mom and pop restaurants. Well, many people don’t know that Guy is from my neighborhood, Northern California. His restaurant Johnny Garlic’s started in Santa Rosa and Windsor. He just recently expanded to Roseville.

I’ve been going to this place for years! Everything at Johnny Garlic’s is to die for. First of all, they give every table fresh warm foccacia bread and a side of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I could seriously just eat the bread and be satisfied! For entrees, they offer salads, burgers, multiple cuts of meat, and pastas. My personal favorite is the chipotle shrimp and hotlinks pasta.

A unique thing that they offer is a daily special called “The Hunter’s Creation.” This changes everyday and includes rare types of game. Elk, alligator, quail, boar, ostrich, etc. If you like to live on the edge, this is the special for you. Might as well have a great restaurant cook something unique for you if you don’t leave your comfort zone too often! Oh, and one thing you need to remember about this place is that you have to save room for dessert!

Also, the service is always phenomenal. Great food, great service, just the kind of place that I love! If you’re ever in Northern California, make sure you stop by Johnny Garlic’s. It’s only in California, so take advantage of it if you’re passing through.

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Santa Rosa

Address: 1460 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa, California 95405

Phone: (707)571-1800

Windsor

Address: 8988 Brooks Rd. So., Windsor, California 95492

Phone: (707)836-8300

Roseville

Address: 10505 Fairway Dr., Roseville, California 95678

Phone: (916)789-2000

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Zano’s Family Italian and Pizzeria

This Italian restaurant in Truckee is a spot you must eat at! Straight classic Italian with a Chicago twist. The owner is Tim and his family. It’s a very family oriented place. Once you start coming here they make you feel like a part of their family. Tim cooks the food with his own hands and works the bar as well. If you go to Zano’s a few times, I guarantee they will know you by name, it’s that friendly of a place.

Let’s start talking food! Oh my god! You seriously cannot go wrong here! Soups and salads are fantastic. Their creamy gorgonzola dressing is my personal favorite. Pizza, ridiculous! The Aunt Dina is wonderful. It has meatballs, ricotta, and garlic. Simple, but absolutely perfect! For the main course, their four cheese manicotti is an easy choice. Last time I was there, I ordered the manicotti and it came out with a slice of pizza on top and then I hear Tim yell from the kitchen, “It’s a Chicago garnish!” Their service is unbeatable.

If you want a good deal go there for lunch. They offer a salad bar with any slice of pizza for $8. For lunch in Truckee you really can’t beat that! Their bar is great too. A very diverse selection of beers and wines. The atmosphere is anything you want it to be. You can sit in the main dinning area, the bar, private family rooms, and the outside patio as well.

If you’re in the area hanging out at the lakes during the summer or snowboarding or skiing in the winter, stop by Zano’s and become part of the family!

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Restaurant Vitals

Address: 11401 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, California 96161

Phone: (530)587-7411

Hours of Operation: Lunch (Thursday-Sunday) from 11:30AM, Dinner (nightly) from 4:00PM

Website: Zano’s Family Italian and Pizzeria