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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Andy Nguyen’s Vegetarian Restaurant

Located on the outskirts of downtown Sacramento is a little restaurant called Andy Nguyen’s. It’s on Broadway, but don’t drive too fast because you’ll probably miss it. Although it seems like a hole in the wall, this place is a gem. It’s loaded with Asian inspired dishes that are vegetarian and vegan.

To start off your meal, they offer a great selection of appetizers. If you’re going there for the first time I highly recommend the Good Karma Sampler. It has a spring roll, a vegan egg roll, tempura okra, soy baby-back ribs, and the chef’s special (which is constantly changing). Each have their own fantastic dipping sauce and the ribs even have a makeshift bamboo shoot “rib bone.” Absolutely amazing!

The main course includes great stir fry and pho dishes. You really cannot miss here. An interesting choice is their Ten Thousand Buddhas burger. Yes, burger. It’s soy beef topped with a daikon radish and carrot slaw. Perfect mix of spicy and sweet! The side includes tempura fries. Also, they offer a crazy, ever changing selection of freshly made drinks. Fresh fruit and some tender, love, and care are the ingredients. I could talk about these complex and tasty dishes all day, but I don’t have all day, so just get out there and try them for yourself!

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Restaurant Vitals

Address: 2007 Broadway, Sacramento, CA 95818

Phone: (916)736-1157

Hours of Operation: Sunday-Monday 11AM – 9PM, Tuesday-Thursday 11AM-9:30PM, Friday-Saturday 11AM-10PM