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WikiChiki is a longtime Davisite and dedicated foodie.
WikiChiki's Guide to Davis Food:
The Top Ten:
1. Bistro 33 I love the Baked Hazelnut Crusted Goat Cheese and Roasted BBQ Chicken Flatbread, but it's hard to narrow it down. When I go here I want to order everything on the menu.
2. Mikuni Best sushi in town by far. Luckily we don't have to travel to Sacramento for it anymore! The Fair Oaks Roll is amazing and I love their tempura. If you visit for lunch the bento box is a good deal too.
3. Sophia's Thai Kitchen Great appetizers and very tasty if overpriced drinks. I love the beef satay and chicken with asparagus. As far as drinks, the Margarita Frances and the Coconut Kiss rock my socks and breaks my bank.
4. Wok of Flame My favorite Chinese. Say what you will about Americanized Chinese food, but I am addicted to their orange beef. They do Mongolian quite well too, and their wonton soup if full of yummy veggies.
5. Red88 Noodle Bar Great quality meat and vegetables. Different and very tasty, plus really good service.
6. Delta of Venus Oh Delta, I love you. DOV is completely unique among Davis establishments. They bring the hippie to what can sometimes be monotonous college town suburbia.
7. Dos Coyotes Ranchero Steak Burrito or Mahi Mahi tacos. Also, their specials are usually quite tasty.
8. Kathmandu Kitchen Best lunch buffet in town! 8.95 all you can eat, large selection.
9. Symposium Great pizzas and other comfort food. The Spanikopita pizza is one of the best I have had. The tzatziki is not as good as Vasili's in Santa Cruz, but definitely closer.
10. Pluto's Yummy salads and sandwiches. I love their dressings but the one major drawback is that they don't have ranch!
Honorable Mentions for Places Worth the Drive Out of Town:
Chevy's The Dixon location closed so now you have to drive to out to Garden Highway to visit Chevy's on the River. It's definitely worth it. Every time.
Don's Diner I finally made the trip out here. Don's is in an old strip mall on Cottonwood where a beauty school used to be. Don't let the sort of seedy looking atmosphere of the place fool you, this is the best breakfast around, (although their biscuits and gravy were not as good as Cafe Italia's.)
The Ratings (1-5, listed alphabetically)
Burgers and Brew- 4. I have only eaten here a few times. The Philly is pretty good and their Bacon Cheeseburger is amazing. Nice Caesar too, and I am picky about those. They get points for serving Woodchuck pear cider.
Crepeville - 5. When I am in the mood to splurge I get one of the various Benedicts. The freshly baked muffins and freshly squeezed OJ are equally amazing.
Delta of Venus - 5. One of my all-time favorite dishes in town is the Plum Baked Chicken made here on weekday nights. They also have an amazing tuna sandwhich (I get mine with a side of miso dressing) and The Works bagel always hits the spot. Come Wednesdays at 7 for live Irish music.
Dos Coyotes - 4. Doesn't disappoint. They have carnitas sliders during the summer that make my mouth water.
House of Chang - 4. Their Hunan Beef is the best, but their Vanilla Glazed Shrimp with Walnut is not as good as Hunan's.
Hunan - 3. The quality here is a bit dubious, and it's notorious for some of the worst service in town. However, it's one of the cheaper lunches in town, and I think their Honey Walnut Prawns are better than the comparable dish at House of Chang.
Pluto's - 4. Best place for fresh salad, hands down. One drawback - no ranch!
Steve's Pizza- 3. In high school my best friend and I ate the breadsticks almost every day. For those who don't know, Steve's breadsticks are not really breadsticks, they are more like a pizza with creamy, garlicky sauce and cheese melted on top, then sliced into thin pieces. Heavenly. I used to like the salad bar, but the quality of it has gone downhill. Pluto's has way better salad. I had Steve's rated as a 3.5 but I had to take them down another notch after the awful pizza my boyfriend got the other night. I tried a piece but didn't have more than a bite because it tasted like cardboard. I heard they have a new owner. I'm going to order their breadsticks soon, and if they are not as good as I remember I'm boycotting Steve's. That's sad, because I used to love it.
Sunrise Restaurant - 3. You can't beat the price for a sandwich, they are about $2.75 and fairly decent. Good for when you are a)broke or b)sick of everything and in the mood to try something different. I would like to try some of the other menu items, so I will probably be back.
Symposium - 4. Great pizzas and other comfort food.
Taqueria Guadalajara - 2. I used to have better luck with this place but lately the meat is always dry.
Woodstock's Pizza - 4. The pizza here is pretty good, I like the texture of the crust and how they put the sauce inside of it..