Yolo Berry Yogurt: Merry Fruit Flavors!
Sitting right across the street from the Farmers Market is Yolo Berry Yogurt. I had heard about this place before from one of the interns at the office so when being parked directly in front of the store I took it as a sign. It looks like the store was a conversion from a single family house. Inside the place are several large tanks of yogurt with fruit flavors. Then of course are all of the fixings. I went for the Mango Tango. Wow! It really tasted like the fruit. I was impressed.
They charge 39 cents an ounce. I had no idea how much mine was going to be until I weighed in. Fortunately my heart went back to normal went the bill came to something like $4.68 plus tax.
Favorite Dish: The mango tango yogurt.
Sophia's Thai Kitchen: So-So Thai in A Nice Location
Walking into Sophia's Thai Kitchen for lunch the first thing that struck me was the great location. Nustled into the back of a cool little center Sophia's sits on the first floor with both indoor and outdoor seating. Bright orange colors and simple chairs make you feel like you are actually in a foreign land.
The lunch menu had a wide range of choices. I went for the jungle curry. The curry consisted of a mix of green with green beans, snow peas, red and green bell peppers and seasoned with basil. I wished it was more highly seasoned. It came with rice. I thought the taste was ok but nothing sensational. I ordered a Thai Iced Coffee which I thought was very good it had just the right taste for Thai Coffee.
The service was good and the waitress was helpful. The place was busy even on a weekday. All and all I thought the place was a little expensive for what you got. However the location was very nice and I can imagine that the place is popular for dinner.
There is also a full-service nice looking bar inside.
Sophia's is open for lunch from 11:30 to 2 pm Monday through Saturday and 12 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. For dinner it is open 5 tp 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
P.S. I came back later in the afternoon for the picture when the restaurant was preparing for the dinner opening.
Favorite Dish: Thai Iced Tea was very good, jungle curry was o.k.
Burgers and Brew: Good Burgers at B & B
I had taken my son to the Burgers and Brew on R Street in Sacramento and had a great meal so when I saw the one in Davis I wondered if they were up to the same standard.
The Burgers and Brew, just one of three, in Davis is located at the corner of 3rd & C Street. It is in a small house like setting. The main door to the restaurant at the time was a plastic time screen.
Thinking that the place would not be very crowded at 2 pm on a Wednesday proved to be wrong. Nearly all of the tables inside and outside were occupied. However you order from the bar area and then are seated. Thinking I was in my twenties again I decided to let it all go and order the spicy guacamole cheeseburger.
In just a few minutes it arrived hot on a sesame seed bun. This monster consisted of a half pound of medium rare beef with homemade guacamole, jalapeno mayo, and pepper jack cheese. I cut into pieces so as not to slobber and spill all over. It was a success and the burger tasted great. The burger comes with your choice of green salad or french fries. Knowing that I already had over 1,000 calories there I went for the salad with a vinagrette. It was ok.
I couldn't eat all of that burger so I took just under half of it back for the night.
The place also has a good selection of beers on tap. I only had water. Single driver and all :)
I asked for a senior discount and the counter person just laughed at me :)
Favorite Dish: Spicy guacamole cheeseburger. It could feed two older folks like me. The fries were getting good reviews from other tables but I passed.
Sudwerk: Great Brewpub
Sudwerk is a good brewpub and microbrewery with good food and some very good beer.
The place itself is ok, the best things being the cnetral bar around the brewing equipment and the outdoor seating. Otherwise, it's a fairly generic suburban building.
The location is not great, out of the way, not near any houses, in an old industrial part of town that has changed but still a bit remote and inacessible, next to the loud freeway and in the shadow of Pole Line Rd overpass. One cannot really walk hither or even plesantly ride a bike, pushing one to drive by car a bad thing for a beer place.
There are two good points about the location. First, the parking is mostly under the overpass, providing a lot of shade. This is especially good in Davis because, being in the Central Valley, its summers are HOT and sunny. Any car left in the sun on a normal summer day is like a furnace. Second, when on the patio, one can watch trains go by, which is nice for people who like trains.
Favorite Dish: Food varies but overall is good. Sandwiches and a chicken dish are particularly good. The sausage platter is ok but a bit of a dud and some other things are too bland or too salty.
The real reason to go here is to get some good German-style beer fresh on tap. Sudwerk, unusually for microbreweries and prewpubs in this part of the country (as opposed to, say, the Mid-West) produces primarily German-style beers: helles (pale) lager, pilsner, marzen, maibock, etc., instead of ales. It produces some ales that are available at the pub itself, but the primary focus is the German beer and overall it is very good. I particularly love the Maibock, a strong pale lager for springtime.
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La Esperanza: Above-Par, Worthy American-Mexican Place
La Esperanza, is basically a typical American-style, sit-down Mexican restaurant.
It is not "authentic" or "gourmet," and some dishes are mediocre. However, for the type of Mexican food that it is, it's good and this place really stands out in certain areas, enough to keep me coming back periodically on some of the occasions when I'm in Davis, even after all these years.
For some history, it is actually "La Esperanza II" and the one-time second location of a restaurant that used to be at 2nd & G in downtown Davis. The downtown location was in an old building that was torn down about 2003 or so and was a local institution with character, grittiness, time-worn decor and all. The survivor is in the "U Mall" or University Mall, a shoppng mall on the north edge of the campus so it lacks the character or location of the other, but the food is the same.
Favorite Dish: The signature dish for us and for many others, and one of the best and most uniqyue things about this place is the Sombrero, kind of like a "Mexican" lasagna of crisp fried tortillas layered with beans, meat, sauce, etc. It's wodnerful and pretty much the only thing I ever get here. The chips and salsa are good, too, and again different from the salsa one normally finds. Their nachos are prety good, too.
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Mishka’s Café: Coffee and Internet
You would think that in the downtown of a university town, it would be easy to locate wireless Internet access. This is not the case in Davis. However, Mishka’s Café offers wireless Internet access and valued electrical outlets. They also serve fresh roasted coffee, smoothies, and pastries. Some of the tables are designated as non-study tables. These were all empty when I visited, as everyone congregated to the tables where you can hang out and work.
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Froggy's Bar and Grill: A Downtown Bar and Grill
Froggy's Bar and Grill is great if you are looking for a laid back place for a simple meal or a drink. It is conveniently located downtown. They serve sandwiches and burgers. A one half pound cheeseburger costs about seven dollars and comes with curly fries. The burgers are fairly good but the fries had just a bit too much taste of residual grease for my liking. But it is not a bad place for the money.
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In 'n Out Burger: Awesome burgers
If you don't come to California much then a must stop is at the In n' Out Burger.
Unlike most fast food places, it doesn't taste like fast food!
The menu is simple, A hamburger, Cheeseburger, or a Double cheeseburger (called the Double Double).
The fries are cooked in a cholesterol free oil and they still taste great.
What I like is that you can see the workers actually peeling the potatoes they use for fries.
Best of all, cheap! for one person you probably won't be spending more that $5.
Don't be surprised to always see long lines at the drive-thru though. This place is incredibly popular and always crowded.
Favorite Dish: My personal favorite is the hamburger with extra spread. The spread is a really good thousand island type dressing but much better.
And the french fries ordered Animal Style which means that melted cheese, grilled onions, and spread are put over them.
Symposium: Incredible Greek food
This resteraunt I think, is by far the best in Davis. Its small and in a not well known area (The old Ralphs shopping area)
But the food is great.
Owned by 2 Greeks (who by the way used to cater to ex-president Clinton), they certainly know their stuff.
Each table is candlelit and the murals on the walls are amazing.
Great date place, overall just incredible atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: Wow, where do I start with the food.
Start out with appetizer, Ztasiki. It is a cucumber garlic dip served with pita bread and is out of this world. Just be prepared to have garlic breath!
The pepperoni pizza with feta cheese is amazing.
The symposium salad is one of my personal favorites- with potato, capers, and egg.
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