Thai Basil in Elk Grove is like stepping into Bangkok. Garlic and spices waft through the air. At the top of menu favorites at Thai Basil is Tom-Kha Gai or Thai Coconut Soup. The soup is mildly spicy, full of fresh flavors of garlic and cilantro. Chicken, shrimp or seafood can be added to the soup only adding to its heartiness.
El Novilero is one of Sacramento’s oldest Mexican Restaurants with delicious traditional fare. Known for flavorful pork carnitas, El Novillero offers a spicy change of pace from turkey and dressing. Nestled in a South Sacramento neighborhood, entering the eatery is like coming home. There’s nothing pretentious about El Novilero and staff is happy to seat guests right away. You’ll want to be seated in the main dining room where a huge fountain beckons wishes.
Tokyo Fro’s Rockin’ Sushi Bar on Freeport Blvd drew me initially because of the name. Once there I enjoyed the attack of its wild ambiance and menu infusion of the modern vernacular with traditional eats like Sexu-Al-bacore, Captain Save a Fro, Baddass and Mac Daddy Riceless just to name a few. Every dish was presented with a noticeable pride of art, infusion and surprise. It’s a great place to try something new with sushi veterans who will push a newbie to the edge.
Chops Steak Seafood & Bar. OMG! Can you say big? There is nothing small about Chops in downtown Sacramento. Like a traditional Thanksgiving meal, the portions are huge and delicious. Bring an appetite and expect to leave with a doggie bag. Chop! is famous for aged beef steak. It’s evident when you walk into this swanky eatery and see a huge walk-in vault with shanks of beef. Expect to stay a while as servers wait for your green light for the next offering from the Chops kitchen.
Texas West BBQ is small and a little dated but for fall-off-the-bone BBQ pork ribs with sweet and smoky sauce, who cares what the place looks like! I licked my fingers just to prolong the experience. Thick cut fries and Texas toast round out the experience of BBQ during Thanksgiving. Try it.
JJ’s Fish & Chicken is the spot in Sacramento for down home, southern fried fish, chicken, shrimp, sock it to me cake, peach cobbler, banana pudding, coleslaw and cornbread. Expect to order your meal shoulder-to-shoulder with equally hungry and noisy locals enjoying the smells from the fryer. Expedite things by ordering by phone. It’s totally worth it.
Luigi’s Pizza is the next best thing to being in Italy. This third generation business proudly makes their own Italian sausage and the crust is out of this world! Luigi’s has two locations to rival turkey leftovers this holiday.