Wine & Dine

Diverse eateries fill Chico’s hunger

Photo By Tom Angel

Chico is home to 11 Italian restaurants, 29 Mexican restaurants, 22 Asian restaurants and a host of others.

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3312 Esplanade, 345-6037. Steaks, seafood, prime rib, pasta and chicken in a cozy atmosphere. Open Tues.-Sun. at 5:30pm; closed Mon. $$$ CC

Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar
2030 Business Lane, 343-6888. Famous for barbecue riblets, grilled steaks and Oriental chicken salad. Mon.-Thurs. 11am-midnight; Fri.-Sat. 11-1am; Sun. 11am-11pm. $$ CC

1924 Mangrove Ave. (part of S & S Produce and Natural Foods), 343-4930, ext. 11. Barbecue lunch and dinner items to go or eat there at the picnic tables. Open daily 11am-8pm.

Black Crow Grill & Taproom
209 Salem St., 892-1391. Contemporary American cuisine featuring the freshest local ingredients. Lunch Mon.-Sat. 11:30am-3:30pm; Dinner Sun.-Thurs.5-9:30pm; Fri.-Sat. 5-10pm. $$$ CC

Bomber’s Baja Grill
973 East Ave., 343-2247. Gourmet-style burritos, with flavored tortillas, fajitas, burgers, salads, appetizers, kids’ menu. Beer and wine. Mon.-Sat. 11am-9pm. $$ CC ATM

Brunch House
2201 Pillsbury, Ste. D6 and D7, 891-5210. Known for apple-walnut pancakes, breakfast served all day plus sandwiches and hamburgers. Open daily 7am-3pm. $$ CC

208 Cedar St., 345-9100. Behind Ray’s Liquor. A sports bar with a full menu from the grill, including vegetarian food. Open seven days a week, 11am-10pm. Sunday brunch 10am-2pm.

Chico Steak and Lobster
East Ave. and Esplanade, 895-3474. Fresh seafood specialties and buffet. Sunday Champagne Brunch. Open Mon.-Sat. 11am-9pm; Sun. 10am-9pm. $$ CC

Country Waffles
690 Rio Lindo, 345-1149. Open daily 6am-3pm for breakfast and lunch. Specializing in waffles. $ CC

Cozy Diner
1695 Mangrove, 895-1195. Economical family dining, including “Just My Size” 99-cent breakfasts, an afternoon value menu and salads. Open daily 6 am-midnight. $ CC

Denny’s Diner
675 Manzanita Ct., 345-1146. Favorite meals served in a family atmosphere. Open all the time. $ CC

5th Street Steakhouse
345 W. 5th St., 891-6328. Full-service steakhouse featuring USDA prime beef, fresh seafood, chops, house-made desserts. Extensive wine list. Open Tues.-Sun. from 4:30pm. $$$ CC

The Golden Waffle Restaurant
701 Main St., 891-1940. Country-style breakfast and lunch served daily 6am-2pm. $ CC ATM

Inside Holiday Inn, 685 Manzanita Ct., 345-2491, ext. 613. Featuring prime rib, pasta and seafood. Daily 6:30am-1:30pm and 5:30-9:30pm. Sunday brunch from 10am-1:30pm. $$ CC

Hometown Buffet
2201 Whitman Ave., 899-1507. Open Mon.-Thurs. 10:30am-8:30pm; Fri.-Sat. 10:30am-9pm; Sun. 8am-8:30pm. $$ CC

2040 Business Lane, 893-4988. Breakfast served all day, plus lunch and dinner featuring sandwiches, burgers and more. Open daily 6am-10pm. $$ CC

Jack’s Family Restaurant
540 Main St., 343-8383. Homemade food at reasonable prices in a family atmosphere. Open 24 hours. $ CC ATM

Jasco’s California Cafe
300 Broadway, 899-8075. House-baked foccacia sandwiches, Caesar salads, gourmet pizzas and California cuisine specials. Open Mon.-Sat. 11am-9pm; Sun. 11am-3pm. $$ CC

JB’s Bar & Grill
392 Vallombrosa Ave., 895-9922. Fresh from the grill specialty sandwiches and burgers, soups, salads and more. Patio dining. Food served daily 11am-8pm, except Wed. and Sun. till 3pm. Full bar till 2am.$ CC

Kalico Kitchen
2396 The Esplanade, 343-3968. This favorite local restaurant features homemade pies and more in a family atmosphere. Open daily 5am-10pm $ CC

Kramore Inn
1903 Park Ave., 343-3701. Entrees include fresh pasta dishes and crêpes, Lunch Tues.-Fri. 11am-2pm; brunch Sat.-Sun. 9am-2pm; dinner Tues.-Sat. 5-10pm; Sun. dinner 2-10pm. $$

Logan’s Roadhouse
1900 E. 20th St., (Near Chico Mall). Opening this winter. Fresh-cut steaks plus ribs and spirits. Free peanuts, just throw the shells on the floor. Lunch and dinner daily from 11am. $$

Marie Callender’s
1910 E. 20th St., 345-8800. Generous lunch, delicious dinner and fantastic Sunday brunch, plus fresh-baked pies. Sun. 9am-10pm; Mon.-Thurs. 11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm. $$ CC

Morning Thunder Café
352 Vallombrosa Ave., 342-9717. Enjoy Chico’s cafe located at the foot of Bidwell Park. Open Mon.- Fri. 6:30am-2pm; Sat.-Sun. 7am-2pm. $$

Moxie’s Cafe & Gallery
128 Broadway. 345-0601. Homemade soups, sandwiches, specialty salads, pastries, bagels, coffee and espresso. Open Mon.-Fri. 6:30am-10pm; Sat.-Sun. 8am-10pm. $$

Nash’s Restaurant
1717 The Esplanade, 896-1147. Fine food and spirits; entertainment. Casual indoor and outdoor dining; reservations accepted. Open M-F 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. $$ CC

Outback Steakhouse
1990 E. 20th St., 899-8112. Fresh steaks, seafood, lamb and chicken served Aussie-style. Open Mon.-Thurs. 4-10pm; Fri. and Sat. 3-11pm; Sun. 3-9:30pm. $$$ CC

Pat ‘n’ Larry’s Steak House
175 E. 20th St, 895-3663. Prime rib, steaks, seafood, vegetarian dishes and more. Open Mon.-Sat. 5-10pm, Sun. 4-9pm. $$$ CC

Perko’s Cafe
2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 899-2793. Family, full-service comfortable dining with daily specials and senior and kids’ menus. Open daily 6am-9pm. $ CC ATM

Pelican’s Roost Chowder House
1354 East Ave., 899-2762. Fresh clam chowder seven days a week. Wide variety of seafood. Seasonal specials at affordable prices. $

Red Lobster
2010 Business Lane, 893-5595. Serving a variety of fresh fish, steak, pasta and seafood in a fun, family environment. Open daily 11am-10pm. $$ CC

Redwood Forest
121 W. 3rd St., 343-4315. Hearty soups, quiches, sandwiches plus delicious desserts. Wine tastings. Lunch Mon.-Sat. 11am-3pm; dinner Wed.-Sat. 5:30-9pm. $$ CC

Russell’s Restaurant
185 Cohasset Rd., 343-5543. Chico’s hot breakfast spot. The pork ribs dinner is a favorite, or try a New York steak sandwich for lunch. Open daily 6am-10pm. $ CC

Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant
1075 E. 20th St., 345-2739. Bistro fare, award-winning ales and an excellent wine list. Lunch Tues.-Sun. 11am-3pm; dinner Tues.-Thurs. and Sun. 5-9pm; Fri.-Sat. 5-10pm. Afternoon menu Tues.-Sun. 3-5. $$ CC

Stormy’s Off Broadway
132 W. 2nd St., 891-5065. A delightful Americano menu featuring a scrumptious Caesar salad. Lunch Tues.-Fri. noon-2pm; dinner Tues.-Sat. 5-9pm; Sunday brunch 9am-noon. $$

Thelma & Louise Diner & Catering
1002 W. 5th St., 893-1170 or 892-9810. Homestyle cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus catering. Mon.-Fri. 8am-9pm; Sat. 10am-8pm. Closed Sun. $ CC

VIPS Diner
3221 Esplanade. 345-7194. American food and authentic Mexican dishes. Daily 6 am-10 pm. $ CC

Yummy’s Homemade Ice Cream & More
2500 Floral Ave., 893-CONE (2663). Premium homemade ice cream and sandwiches, specialty coffees. Inside and outside dining. Daily 8am-10pm. $ CC


Asian Buffet
2804 Esplanade, 342-3727. High-quality traditional Asian cuisine. All-you-can-eat buffet featuring Chinese food and sushi. Daily 11am-9:30pm. $$ CC

Blossom Village
2201 Pillsbury Rd., Suite E5, 345-8862. Specializing in Szechuan, Mandarin and Hunan cuisine. Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-9:30pm; Sun. 4-9pm. $$ CC

Chada Thai Cuisine
117-B W. 2nd St. (downstairs), 342-7121. Authentic Thai dishes, including a vegetarian menu. Lunch Mon.-Sat. 11am-3pm; dinner Mon.-Thurs. 5-9pm; Fri.-Sat. 5-9:30pm. $$ CC

Chan Pheng’s
1140 Mangrove Ave., 894-6888. Mandarin, Hunan and Szechwan cuisine. Mon.-Fri. 11:30am-2:30pm and 5-8pm; Fri.-Sat. 11:30am-2:30pm and 5-9:30pm; Sun. noon-8:30pm. $$

Chang Hing House
951 Nord Ave.,#2, 893-8888. Authentic, affordable Chinese cuisine for dine in or takeout. Mon.-Sun. 11am-10pm. $ CC

China Wok
1950 E. 20th St., (Chico Mall Food Court), 343-2853. Fried rice, chow mein and other Chinese fare. Mon.-Fri. 10am-9pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 11am-6pm. $

Din Ho Chinese Food
2065 Whitman Ave., Suite 4A, 898-1688. Complete menu including hot, spicy dishes and combination plates. Open daily 11am-9pm. $ CC

Dragon Phoenix
2485 Notre Dame Blvd. (Raley’s Skypark Plaza), 891-1800. Specializing in Cantonese-style cuisine. Open daily 11am-9pm. $ CC

Egg Roll King
659 Palmetto Ave., 893-1838. Fast food Chinese-style. Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-9:30pm; Sun. 11am-9pm. $

Gen Kai Restaurant
2201 Pillsbury Rd. (Almond Orchard), 345-7226. Traditional Japanese favorites and all-you-can-eat sushi bar. Full bar. Open for dinner seven nights a week. Sun 4:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. 5 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Fri and Sat. 5 p.m. – 9:15 p.m. $$ CC

Grayatip Thai Cuisine
2574 Esplanade, 899-1055. Light, tasty Thai cuisine, with no MSG. Open Mon. and Wed.-Fri. 11:30am-2:30pm, and 5-10pm; Sat. and Sun. dinner 4pm-10pm. $$ CC

Great Wall Restaurant
1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 891-6288. Delicious Cantonese cuisine. Delivery available. Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9:30pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-10pm; Sun. noon-10pm. $ CC

Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant
180 Cohasset Road, 893-2574 or 893-5068. Sample a Happy Family dinner. Open Sun. noon-9pm; Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm; Fri. 11am-9:30pm; Sat. noon-9:30pm. $ CC

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Hula’s Chinese Bar-B-Q
2540 Esplanade, 342-8564 and 1937 E. 20th St., 342-6304. All-you-can-eat Mongolian Bar-B-Q with fresh vegetables, noodles and meats. Daily 11am-9pm; Fri.-Sat. ’til 10. $$ CC

Katsu’s Japanese Restaurant
1008-G W. Sacramento Ave., 899-0644. Japanese delicacies, daily happy hours and a sushi bar. Open Wed.-Mon. 11:30am-Midnight. Closed Tues.

Peter Chu’s Mandarin Cuisine
2424 Cohasset, 894-8276. Tasty Asian food at reasonable prices. Open Mon.-Sat. 11am-2pm for lunch, 5-9pm for dinner; Sun. noon-8pm. $$ CC

Peeking Chinese Restaurant
2nd and Salem streets, 895-3888. San Francisco Chef Ken Zeng presents lunch and dinner specials in a unique atmosphere. Open Mon.-Sat. 11am-10pm. $ CC

The Rawbar
346 W. 3rd St., 897-0626. Featuring a full-service sushi bar plus a hot kitchen serving Asian-fusion food. Lunch: Tues.-Fri. 11:30am-2pm; Dinner: Tues.-Sat. 5-10pm. $$ CC

Teriyaki House
2599 Esplanade, 894-6127 and 951 Nord Avenue, 894-3040. Japanese fast-food restaurant that’s been called “the best teriyaki ever.” Nord Ave.: Daily 11am-9pm; Esplanade: Mon.-Fri. 11am-9pm. $

Turandot North China Gourmet Cuisine
1851 Esplanade, 893-1156. Beijing and Manchurian cuisine. Delivers in Chico with $30 purchase. Open Mon.-Sat. 11:30 am- 2:30 pm; 5-9:30 and Sunday 12:30 – 9pm. $ CC

Windy’s Restaurant
1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 343-1788 or 343-1789. Serving a large variety of Asian favorites, beer and wine, seven days a week. Mon-Thurs. 11am-9:30pm, Fri.-Sun. 11 am-8:30 pm. $ CC

Wok n’ Roll
1354 East Ave. Ste. P, 892-8369. Healthy, fast food alternative with generous portions. Delivery available. Mon-Sat. 11 am-8:30 pm. $ CC

Wok n’ Roll Chinese Bar-B-Q
1030 Mangrove Ave., 892-1868. Healthy Mongolian-style barbecue with wide selection of fresh meat and vegetables. Daily 11 am-9 pm. $ CC

Coffee, Beverages, Bakeries & Desserts

668 Mangrove Ave., 895-0731 and 241 W. East Ave., 891-1131. Wonderful ice cream, frozen yogurts and cakes. Open daily 10:30 am-11 pm. $ CC

Bellachino’s Espresso & Panini Café
800 Bruce Rd. #600, 892-2244. Espresso and coffee, plus panini sandwiches, salads and pastries. Mon.-Fri. 6am-5pm, Sat.-Sun. 7am-2pm.

Bidwell Perk
664 E. 1st Ave., 899-1500. “Simply the finest coffee, tea and delectables” in a café-style setting. Mon-Thurs. 5:30 am-7pm, Fri-Sat. 6am-10pm, Sun. 7am-4pm. $ CC

Brooklyn Bridge Bagel Works
117A W. 2nd St., 345-3443. Twenty-five types of New York-style chewy bagels, 11 flavors of cream cheese, smoothies and espresso coffees. Daily 6:30 am-5 pm. $

Café Max
101 Salem St., Ste. 2, 345-6655. Sandwiches, bagels, espresso and sweet treats. Mon.-Thurs. 7 am-midnight; Fri. 7am-6pm; Sat. 8am-6pm; Sun. 8am-midnight. $

Café Mondo
951 Nord Ave., 895-0878. Gourmet espresso and coffee, fresh pastries, healthy lunches and Double Rainbow ice cream. Daily 6am-11pm. $$

Café Paulo
642 W. 5th St., 343-0704. European grilled sandwiches, salads and soups. Espresso and baked treats. Open Mon.-Fri. 6am-6pm; Sat.-Sun. 7am-6pm. $

Café Varese
1950 E. 20th St., 345-1781. Relaxing atmosphere with full espresso bar, fresh deli sandwiches, fine pastries and desserts. Mon.-Fri. 6am-9pm; Sat.-Sun. 7am-6pm. $

Cal Java Coffee Roasters
216-B W. East Ave., 891-8935; 1601 Esplanade, 894-3534; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 893-2662. Serving pastries, teas and espresso drinks. Lunches and Notre Dame and Esplanade locations. East Av.; Mon.-Sat. 5:30am-7pm, Sun. 7am-5pm; Esplanade, Mon.-Fri.5:30am-6pm., Sat. 6am-3pm; Notre Dame, Mon.-Fri. 5am-6pm, Sat.-Sun. 6:30 am-1pm.

Cold Stone Creamery
146 Broadway, 891-3331. Ice cream, yogurt and sorbet made fresh daily with your choice of fruit, candy, nuts or syrup “mix-ins.” Sun.-Thurs. 11am-10pm, Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm. $

The Cookie Shop
1600 Mangrove Ave. Ste. C, 899-3385. Featuring gourmet cookies and gift items. Open Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-5:30pm.

Cory’s Sweet Treats and Gallery
230 W. 3rd St., 345-2955. Great breakfasts, sandwiches and soups in an art-filled setting. Tues.-Sat. 6:30am-3pm, Sun. 8am-2pm with a special brunch menu. $$ CC

CR Beans Espresso
1835 Mangrove Ave., 879-1832. Convenient drive through featuring gourmet coffee, tea, smoothies and pastries. Mon.-Fri. 5:30am-7pm; Sat.-Sun. 6am-7pm. $

Cuppa Chico
752 East Ave., 892-9270. Gourmet coffee, espresso, pastries, muffins, scones and made-to-order sandwiches. Mon.-Fri. 6am-2:30pm; Sat. 7am-2:30pm, Sun. 8am-2:30 pm. $

The Daily Grind
119 W. 2nd St., 894-2691. Serving gelato, Italian ice cream, Belgian waffles and more. $

Donut Nook
958 East Ave., 342-2118. Donuts, muffins, Danish, scones, cookies and espresso. Open 24 hours. $

Dr. Java
265 Cohasset Rd., 343-3420. Espresso and pastry. Open 8am-2pm. $

Great Harvest Bread Co.
1223 Mangrove Ave., 899-7273. Fresh baked, hand-crafted breads, cookies and cinnamon rolls. Mon.-Fri. 6:30 am-6pm and Sat. 7am-6pm.

Has Beans Coffee and Tea Co.
501 Main St., 893-3033. Fresh-roasted coffees, teas, pastries, candy, Internet café and galleria. Open daily 5:30 am-midnight. $

Helen’s Donut Nook
807 Main St., 343-4031. Fresh donuts and coffee. Open daily 4:30 am-2pm. $

Higher Ground Coffee House
1288 E. 1st Ave., 343-3336. Drive-through espresso drinks, coffee and pastries. Open daily 6amסpm. Sat. 7am-3pm. Closed Sunday. $

Island Smoothies
117 Broadway, 899-0981. Fresh-squeezed juices, bagels, sandwiches, gourmet coffee and delicious fruit smoothies. Mon.-Sat. 8am-9pm; Sun. 9am-7pm. $

Jamba Juice
201 Broadway, 345-5355. Fresh juices and smoothies with vitamin enhancers, plus soups, nutritious breads and wheat grass. Mon.-Sat. 7:30am-10pm; Sun. 9am-9pm.

Java Detour
E. 1st Ave. and Mangrove, 893-2828. Drive-through coffee drinks, smoothies and Italian sodas. Mon.-Thurs.5:30am-9pm; Fri. 5:30 am-10pm; Sat. 6am-10pm; Sun. 7am-8pm.

Jon and Bon’s Yogurt Shoppe
1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 894-3160; 300 Broadway, 899-9580; 1722 Mangrove Ave., 899-0484. Delicious frozen yogurt, smoothies, ice cream and Hawaiian snows. Daily 11 am-midnight. $

Juice Whirled
1722 Mangrove Ave., 893-2169. Fresh juices and smoothies with high energy supplements also available. Open Mon.-Sat. 7:30 am-9pm; Sun. 9am-6pm. $ CC ATM

Lot’sa Java
Chico Mall food court on 20th Street, 896-1244. Pastries, bagels and donuts. All varieties of hot and cold espresso drinks. Open daily. $

Master’s Donuts
1008 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-6528. Donuts. Open 4:30 am-12:30am. $

Mim’s Bakery
890 Humboldt Ave., 345-3331. Featuring delicious special-order wedding and birthday cakes by appointment only. $

Mrs. Fields Cookies/TCBY
1950 E. 20th St. (Chico Mall Food Court), 896-0738. Cookies, decorated cookies, and office meeting trays. Also serving the country’s best yogurt. Open mall hours. $

Nagel’s Bagels
1722 Mangrove Ave., 345-3900. Bagels and coffee drinks. Open 7am-3pm daily. $

Naked Lounge
118 W. 2nd St., 895-0676. Coffee and more in a hip setting. Selections include Naked Coffee, mochachinos, teas and chat. Open 6:30am-midnight. $

Orange Julius
1950 E. 20th St., 894-8304. Julius drinks, smoothies, pita sandwiches, hot dogs and nachos. Mon.-Fri. 10am-9pm; Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 11am-6pm. $

Center Court, Chico Mall. 892-0302. Delicious pretzels are hand-rolled and baked fresh daily. Open Mon.-Fri. 10am-9pm; Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 10am-6pm. $

Shubert’s Ice Cream and Candy
178 E. 7th St., 342-7163. Producing some of Chico’s tastiest ice cream and confections for more than 60 years. Open Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-10pm; Sat.-Sun. 11am-10pm. $

Sin of Cortez
1105 W. 5th St., 879-9200. A popular hang out for locals. Breakfast served until 2pm. Start the day with coffee or tea, or end the evening with us. Open daily 6 am-midnight. $

246 Broadway, 343-8182. Coffee, espresso drinks, and baked goods. Mon.-fri. 6am-11pm; Sat. 7am-11pm; Sun. 7am-10pm. $

Steam & Bean Espresso
1354 East Ave., 899-2660. Featuring espresso and specialty coffee, pastries and desserts. Mon.-Fri. 6am-5pm; Sat. 7am-4pm; Sun. 7am-2pm. $

The Upper Crust Bakery & Café
130 Main St., 895-3866. “From scratch” baked goods, lunch entrees, homemade soups, espresso teas and more. Open Mon.-Sat. 6:30 am-9pm; Sun. 7:30 am-4pm. $

Winchell’s Donut House
2404 Esplanade, 895-1809. Baking your favorite donuts fresh daily. Open daily 4:30 am-midnight. $


Basque Norte
3555 Esplanade, 891-5204. Steak, lamb, chicken and seafood family-style dinners, served the Basque way. Full bar. Open Wed.-Sat. from 5:30pm; Sun. from 5pm. $$ CC

Chico BrewHouse
250 Cohasset Road, 894-2149. Fine Californian and pub cuisine for lunch, dinner and Sunday champagne brunch. Full bar. Onsite microbrewery opens in October. $$ CC

French Gourmet Bakery and Cafe
1910 The Esplanade, 345-2257 and 9408 Midway in Durham, 892-9538. Fine French pastries and lunches. French gourmet dinners at Chico location. Open Mon.-Thurs. and Sat. 6am-6pm; Fri. 6am-7pm; Sun. 7am-4pm. $

Humboldt Café
265 Humboldt Ave., 893-1979. Serves unique vegetarian dishes featuring Chinese, Mediteranean and American cuisines. Fri.-Sat. 5-10 pm. $$ CC

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Karim Restaurant
14066 Highway 99, 343-0593. Offering a variety of Arabian specialties. Open Mon.-Sat. 12-8pm. $$

Pommes Frites
138 Broadway, 893-9622. French fries, zucchini strips and fish and chips, done up Belgian style and served with your choice of dipping sauces. Open Mon.-Sat. 11am to around 8pm. $

817 Main St., 894-6515. Vegetarian food from around the world. Many low-fat dishes to choose from. Daily specials for lunch and dinner. Open Mon.-Sat. 11am-9pm. $

Sultan’s Bistro
300 Broadway, 345-7455 and 244-C Walnut St., 342-8333. Gyros, burger bar, Greek salads, falafel, Turkish specialties, shish kebobs. Beer and wine. Mon.-Sat. 11am-9pm; Sun. noon-5pm. $$

Taste of India
121 Broadway, 899-8920. Experience the different spices combined to bring out the best in Indian food. Open for lunch and dinner. $ CC


131 Broadway, 891-1383. Casual elegance, with beef, seafood and chicken specialties and house-made pasta. Mon.-Fri. 11:30am-2pm; Mon.-Sat. 5:30-9:30pm. $$$ CC

Bustolini’s Delicatessen
800 Broadway, 892-1790. Authentic old-world Italian meats and cheeses, antipasti and grocery items. Tues.-Sun. 11am-7pm. $ CC

Caffe Malvina
234 W. 3rd St., 895-1614. Italian specialties served. Also available for private parties. Tues.-Fri. 11:30am-2pm; Tues.-Thurs. 5-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-10pm. $$ CC

California Pasta Productions
118 W. East Ave., 343-6999. Pasta, seafood, chicken, soups and salads. Mon.-Thurs. 11am-8:30pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-9:30pm, Sun. 4-8:30pm. $$ CC

Christian Michael’s Ristorante
192 E. 3rd St., 894-4005. Featuring a California-style, Mediterranean and Italian menu. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Sun. brunch. Reservations recommended. $$ CC

5th and Ivy, 898-9947 (take-out); 898-9948 (reservations). Italian specialties, fresh-made pasta, and pizza. Locally owned. Full bar. Mon.-Sat. 11:30am-10pm; Sun. 3-10pm. $ CC

Gina Marie’s Italian Kitchen
305 Main St., 342-2420. Pasta, sandwiches and eggplant parmesan. Full bar and nightly specials. Open Mon.-Thurs. 11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-midnight; Sun. 4-10pm. $ CC

Italian Cottage
2234 Esplanade, 343-7000; 2525 Dominic Dr., 342-7771. Family owned and operated since 1965, serving local favorites: sandwiches, pizza, pasta and salads. Best breakfast in town. Esplanade: 6am-11pm. Skyway at Dominic: 6am-10pm. $$ CC

Olive Garden
2020 Business Lane, 898-8075. Serving pasta and other Italian specialties, including drinks. Open Sun.-Thurs. 11am-10pm; Fri. and Sat. 11am-11pm. $$ CC

142 Broadway, 894-5014. Serving an original menu of specialties from Southern Italy. Open Mon.-Fri. 11am-9pm; dinner Sat. from 5pm; closed Sun. $$$ CC

1950 E. 20th St. (Chico Mall Food Court), 891-9919. Serving pizza, calzones, rolls and pasta salad. Open Mon.-Fri. 10am-9pm; Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 11am-6pm. $

Sicilian Cafe
1020 Main St., 345-CAFE. Fine dining since 1983, featuring a variety of fresh antipasti, salads, seafood, hand-prepared pastas, chicken and veal dishes, and an award winning wine list. Dinner Tues.-Sat. from 5pm. $$$ CC


Aca Taco I and II
1000-D W. Sacramento Ave., 343-0909 and 133 Broadway, 894-0191. Daily specials, authentic food from Acapulco. Sacramento Ave.: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-11pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-3am; Sun. 11am-9pm. Downtown: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-9pm, Closed Sun. $ ATM

Amigos de Acapulco
820 Oroville Ave., 898-8488. Mexican favorites including the special enchiladas and chile rellenos. Daily 7am-11pm (or later) except Mon. and Wed., closed at 7pm. $

Casa Lupe
Park Ave. and Fair St., Chico, 893-5050; Hwy. 32 and Canal Street, Hamilton City, 828-3543. Spicy, tasty Mexican food for the whole family. Mon.-Thurs. 11am-8pm; Fri.-Sun. 11am-9pm. Sun. brunch served 8am- 2pm. Chico Mall daily 10:30am-9pm. $$ CC

Chevys Fresh Mex
201 Broadway, 345-8480. Mexican food made fresh daily including tortillas from “El Machino.” Sun.-Thurs. 11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm. $$ CC

El Indio Tortilleria
465 E. 20th St., Suite 60, 345-6757. A long-established Chico eatery serving home-style Mexican favorites. Sat.-Thurs. 11am-8pm; Fri. 11am-9pm. $ CC

El Patron Taqueria
1354-E East Ave. (Safeway Marketplace) 343-9779. Authentic Mexican food in a casual atmosphere. Mon.-Fri. 10:30am-9pm; Sat. 9am-9pm; Sun. 9am-8pm. $

El Ranchero
407 Walnut, 345-5009. “Autentico Restaurante Mexicano.” Open daily 11am-9pm. $

El Tamborazo Mexican Restaurant
968 East Ave., 896-0744. Authentic carnitas, camarones al muso de aso (shrimp in garlic sauce) and more. Mon.-Fri. 11am-10pm; Sat.-Sun. 8am-10pm. $$ CC.

La Comida
954 Mangrove Ave., 345-2254. Mexican-style food served up fast in a friendly atmosphere. Mon.-Sat. 11am-9pm. $

La Familia
1008-H W. Sacramento Ave., 898-9029; 880 East Ave., 892-8963. “Truly Mexican food.” Phone orders are taken. W. Sacramento: Open daily 11am-10pm. East Ave.: 11am-9pm. $

La Hacienda
2635 Esplanade, 893-8270. Classic and contemporary Mexican dishes. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. 11am-9pm; breakfast, lunch and dinner Sat.-Sun. $$ CC

Lorenzo’s Express
2485 Notre Dame Blvd., 342-3278. Serving Chico with fast, fresh Mexican food. $

Los Amigos Restaurante
900 Cherry St., 342-9113. Same authentic food. Remember us, “if you can’t stop, honk"? Open daily 11am-8pm. $$ CC

Mamacita’s Mexican Restaurant
1050 Village Lane, 343-7709. Mon.-Fri. lunch and dinner buffet; Sat. dinner buffet. Open Mon.-Fri. 11am-9pm; dinner Sat. 5pm-9pm. $$

Puerto Vallarta Restaurant
740 Mangrove Ave., 343-3320. Full-service Mexican restaurant. Mariachi band on weekends; salsa dancing Sat. 9pm-1:30am. Weekdays 11am-10pm; weekends 11am-11pm. $$ CC

2365 Esplanade, 895-9607. Mexican delights for every palate. Tues.-Thurs. 11am-8:30pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-9pm. $$ CC

Speedy Burrito
1031 Nord Ave., 896-0141. Great-tasting, healthfully prepared Mexican cooking. Delivery available. Daily 10:30am-10pm. $

Taco Bell
450 Broadway, 2398 The Esplanade, 969 East Ave. and 1930 E. 20th St. Home of Chico’s #1 late-night eats. Fast, filling and affordable Mexican food. $

Tacos de Acapulco
429 Ivy St., 892-8176 and 116 15th St. B, 899-7114. Home of the biggest burrito in Chico. Ivy Street: Daily, 8am-3am. 15th St.: Daily, 10am-11pm. $

Tacos Cortes
1110 Dayton Rd., 342-4189. Inexpensive, authentic and generous amounts of Mexican food. Tues.-Fri. 11am-9pm; Sat. 9am-9pm; Sun. 8am-9pm. $

Tortilla Flats
2601 Esplanade, 345-6053. Patio, full bar, banquet room. Tues.-Thurs. 11am-9pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-9 pm. $ CC ATM

Tres Hombres Long Bar and Grill
100 Broadway, 342-0425. Fajitas, seafood tacos, grilled fresh fish and more than 50 premium tequilas, Lunch and dinner daily 11am-10pm; bar open until 1am. $$ CC

Zepeda’s Market
671 Walnut Ave., #4, 892-8218. A market featuring famous 16-ounce shrimp cocktails, burritos, tortas, tacos, enchiladas, carnitas, barbacoa and birra (goat). $


Celestino’s Live from N.Y. Pizza
101 Salem St., 896-1234, and 1354 East Ave., 345-7700. Pizza whole or by the slice, made by real New Yorkers. 1999 and 2000 “Best of Chico” winner. Delivery available. Open daily. $

Chuck E. Cheese
966 East Ave., 894-0400. Pizza and fun, including an arcade, for kids of all ages. Open Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm; Fri. 11am-10pm; Sat. 10:30am-10pm; Sun. 10:30am-9pm. $$ CC ATM

W. Chico, 891-5888. Hot and fresh made-to-order pizzas, salads, breadsticks and buffalo wings delivered. Sun.-Thurs. 11am-midnight; Fri.-Sat. 11am-1am. $$

Firestorm Pizza
128 West 2nd St., 345-3223. Pizza by the slice from our monster 20” pizzas. Combo meals available. Two liters, cans and bottled soda. Free fountain refills! Delivery available daily till 2 am, open daily 11 am. $

Gashouse Pizza
2359 Esplanade, 345-3621. A “Best of Chico” Living Legend. Naturally tasty pizza with fresh ingredients made daily. Dine in, pick up, delivery or take ‘n’ bake. Call ahead. $$

Jasco’s Take-Out
1361 Longfellow Ave., 895-3475. Pick-up or delivery. Focaccia sandwiches, brick-oven cooked pizza and take & bake pizzas. Mon.-Fri. 11am-9pm; Sat.-Sun. 4pm-9pm. $$ CC

Left Coast Pizza
800 Bruce Rd., Ste. 100, 892-9000. Specialty pizza, nine flavors of chicken wings, salads. Sun.-Wed. 11am-9pm. Thurs.-Sat. 11am-10pm.

Little Caesars
118 W. East Ave., 894-5707. Pizza! Pizza! Specials. Great lunch specials. Open daily.

Main Street Pizza
331 Main St., 345-6246. Late-night pizza eats. Open Tues.-Sat. 5pm-3am. $

Monstro’s Pizza
628 W. Sacramento Ave., 345-7672. Home of the famous slice-and-soda special. Open Mon.-Sat. noon-10pm. $

Mountain Mike’s
1722 Mangrove Ave. No. 28, Chico, 893-1923; 6626 Clark Rd., Paradise, 872-1991. Salad bar and sandwiches plus pizza. Chico: Sun.-Thurs. 11am-11pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-midnight; Paradise: 11am-11pm daily. $$

Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake
1305 Mangrove Ave., Chico, 345-6403; 2485 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico, 898-1560; 101 E. Walker St., Orland, 865-2168; 1751 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville, 538-8454. Gourmet pizza hot from your own oven. Sun.-Thurs. 10am-8pm; Fri.-Sat. 10am-9pm. $$

Pizza Guys
1947 E. 20th St., Ste. E, 892-9900. Pizza take-out or delivery. $$ CC ATM

John and Dara McKinley serve up premium deli sandwiches and sell a variety of gourmet Italian foods at Bustolini’s Delicatessan.

Photo By Tom Angel

Pizza Hut
407 Walnut, 891-1233. Delivery or carry out. Sun.-Thurs. 11am-11pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-midnight. $$

Rico’s Pizza
1600 Mangrove Ave., 891-6777. Fresh pizza, salad and soup bar, pastas and sandwiches. Mon.-Thurs. 11am-11pm; Fri. 11am-midnight; Sat. 11am-11pm; Sun. 11am-10:30pm. $$

Round Table Pizza
964 Mangrove Ave., Chico, 343-4254, 2201 Pillsbury, Chico, 891-1200; 6038 Clark Rd., Paradise, 872-2233; 1124 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville, 533-6710. Famous pizza served in a cozy atmosphere, or have it delivered where available. Sun.-Thurs. 11am-10pm; Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm. $$

Woodstock’s Pizza
221-1/2 Normal Ave., 893-1500. Great pizza, beer and salad. Free delivery to most of Chico. Open lunch, dinner and late night! $$

Pub Grub

Cheri’s Pastime Pub
1600 Park Ave., 343-4915. Enjoy Chico’s oldest neighborhood bar. Daily beer specials and happy hours, 99-cent hamburgers, billiards and shuffleboard. $

Corner Pocket at Team Players
319 Main St., 896-9554. Featuring the “Players Club” sandwich, burgers, chili dogs and more. Mon.-Thurs. noon-11pm; Fri.-Sat. noon-1am; Sun. brunch 9am-6pm. $ CC

The Graduate
344 W. Eighth St., 343-2790. Try a famous Grad Burger, salad or steak. Serving food daily 11am-10pm. $$ CC

Madison Bear Garden
316 W. 2nd St., 891-1639. Try their world-famous Bear burgers, buffalo wings or a scrumptious salad. Kitchen hours 11am-10pm daily. $

Oasis Bar and Grill
1007 W. 1st St. 343-4308. Great burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches. Daily drink specials. Open 11 am.- 2am. daily. $

Pomme Frites
138 Broadway. 893-9622. French fries, zucchini strips, fish and chips Belgian style. Mon.-Sat. 11 am.-8pm.

702 W. 5th St., 343-7459. Full bar. Sporting events on 17 TVs. Burgers and sub sandwiches served daily 11am-6pm. $

Scotty’s Bar & Grill
One mile south of Hwy. 32 on River Road, 893-2020. Try a River Burger on the deck, or watch one of 20 TVs. Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm; Fri.-Sat. 10am-2am; Sun. 9am-10pm. $

Team Players
319 Main St., 896-1868. A great place for soups, sandwiches and more. Open Mon.-Fri. 11:30am-5am; Sat. noon-5am; Sun. noon-2am; kitchen closed daily 3pm-4:30pm. $

2010 Park Ave., 893-3500. “Bad boy” bacon cheeseburger, 32-ounce beers, great food and fun for those over 21. 11am-2am. $$

Sandwiches and Burgers

Angie’s 15th St. Deli
110 West 15th St., 892-2282. Full-service deli with club sandwiches that are out of this world. Sun.-Thurs. 10am-8pm, Fri.-Sat. 10am-midnight. $

Skyway at Notre Dame, 345-6457. Roast beef and chicken. Mon.-Sat. 10am-10pm, Sun. 11am-9pm. $ CC

Beachfront Deli
160 Convair (Chico Airport), 898-1020. Great sandwiches and great service. Mon.-Fri. 8am-4pm. $$

Bear Country Market & Deli
13670 Anderson Brothers Drive., 891-5143. Burgers, deli sandwiches, homemade soups and salads. Mon.-Fri. 5am-7pm; Sat. 6am-6pm; Sun. 9am-5pm. $ CC

Big Al’s Drive-In
1844 Esplanade, 342-2722. Milkshakes are a triple-thick treat at this long-time Chico favorite. Open daily 10am-10:30pm. $

Burger Hut
933 Nord Ave., 891-1418; 2541 Forest Ave., 891-1430. A “Best of Chico” Living Legend, with a “Build Your Own Burger” bar. Mon.-Sat. 10am-9pm; Sun. 11am-9pm. $

Burger King
962 East Ave., 891-6291; 1104 W. 2nd St., 895-3438; 1950 E. 20th St., 343-9506; 2520 Notre Dame Blvd., 893-9560. East Ave.: Mon.-Thurs. 6am-10pm; Fri. 6am-11:30pm; Sat. 7am-11:30pm; Sun. 7:30am-10pm. 2nd St.: Mon.-Thurs. 6am-11:30pm; Fri. 6am-midnight; Sat. 7am-midnight; Sun. 7:30am-11:30pm. Chico Mall: Mon.-Fri. 10am-9pm; Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 11am-6pm. Notre Dame: Mon.-Thurs. 6am-10:30pm; Fri. 6am-11:30pm; Sat.-Sun. 7am-11:30pm. $

Butte Station
Between Plumas and Butte halls, CSUC, 898-5268. Coffee, sodas, juice and quick snacks. Mon.-Wed. 7:30am-8pm; Thurs. 7:30am-5pm; Fri. 7:30am-3pm. $

Candi’s Deli
2625 Aztec Dr., 343-8048. Featuring homemade sandwiches and salads, hamburgers, soups and desserts. Catering available. Open Mon.-Fri. 8am-6pm. $$ CC.

Carl’s Jr.
2516 Esplanade, 893-2908; 1940 E. 20th St., 345-9643. Charbroiled burgers are a specialty. Esplanade: Sun.-Thurs. 6am-12:30am; Fri.-Sat. 6am-2am. 20th St.: 6am-midnight. $

Dairy Queen
2190 Esplanade, 343-2113. Burgers, sundaes, Blizzards and more. Open daily 10:30am-10pm. $

The Deli
1924 Mangrove Ave. (inside S & S Produce), 343-8466. Homemade sandwiches, soup and a salad bar. Mon.-Sat. 6am-9pm, Sun. 8am-8pm. $

EJ’s Dogs and Subs
672 Mangrove, 342-3456. Wide assortment of hot dogs and deli sandwiches. Mon.-Fri. 10am-7pm; Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. 11am-5pm. $

First Street Deli
215 W. 1st St., 895-8462. Sandwiches—including breakfast varieties—salads and soda to eat in or take out. Mon.-Fri. 7am-9pm; Sat. 10:30am-8pm; Sun. 11am-6pm. $ CC

Fosters Freeze
900 Broadway, 342-7052. Burgers, milkshakes and Fosters Freeze Twisters. Daily 11am-9pm. $

In-N-Out Burger
2050 Business Lane, 1-800-786-1000. The popular fries, shakes and burgers—including the Double-Double. Open Sun.-Thurs. 10:30am-1am; Fri.-Sat. 10:30am-1:30am. $

Jack In The Box
500 Broadway, 893-5198; 2540 Esplanade, 894-6910. Burgers, salads, fish and more. Broadway: Sun.-Wed. 6am-midnight; Thurs. 6am-2am; Fri.-Sat. 6am-3am; Esplanade: Mon.-Thurs. 6:30am-11pm; Fri.-Sat. 6:30am-1am; Sun. 8am-11pm. $

Kathy’s Deli
671 Walnut, 343-5925. Deli and pizza, specializing in Philly steak sandwiches—to go and delivery. Open Mon.-Sat. 11am-9pm.

Kentucky Fried Chicken
1161 Mangrove Ave., Chico, 342-7566; E. 20th Street at Chico Mall; 1796 Oro Dam Blvd., Oroville, 534-1231; 6361 Clark Rd., Paradise, 877-1301. The colonel’s special recipe and other treats. $

Kona’s Subs
138 Main St., Downtown; 965 Nord Avenue. $3.50 foot-long sub sandwiches. Open daily 10am-10pm. $ CC ATM

2452 Connors Ct., 895-9740; 655 Palmetto, 895-9900; 2444 Notre Dame Blvd., 899-1285; 2044 Forest Ave. (inside Wal-Mart), 899-8094. Big Macs and Ronald himself. Connors: Daily 6:30am-11pm; Palmetto and Notre Dame locations: Daily 7am-11pm; Wal-Mart location: Daily 9am-10pm. $

Moe’s To Go
788 East Ave., 895-3600. All types of freshly made submarine sandwiches. Open Mon.-Sun. 10am-5pm. $

1444 Park Ave., 342-2285. Their motto is, “Nobody does burgers better than Nobby’s.” Open Tues.-Fri. 10:30am-8pm; Sat. 10:30am-4pm; closed Sun. and Mon. $

Original Philadelphia Deli
905 Wall St., 342-2577. Try grilled cheesesteak, Tennessee barbecue or original Philadelphia hoagies. Mon.-Sat. 10:30am-6pm. $

Panama Bar and Cafe
177 E. 2nd St., 895-8817. Appetizers and American pub food. Open Mon.-Sat. 11:30am-9pm. $ CC

Port Of Subs
1354 East Ave., Ste. D, 899-8312. Fax orders: 899-8913. Custom-made fresh sub sandwiches, desserts, soups and salads. Delivery available—$10 minimum. Catering. $

Ray’s Liquor Deli and Bakery
207 Walnut, 343-3249. Deli goodies and baked treats from scones to muffins. Open daily; dining Mon.-Fri. 11am-2pm. $

Sam’s House of Hof Brau
134 Broadway, 893-5253. Chico’s only Hof Brau featuring sandwiches, soups, salads and daily specials. Open Mon.-Sat. 11am-5pm. $ CC

Spiteri’s Deli
971 East Ave., 891-4797. Best-kept sandwich secret in Chico. Serving all your favorites along with daily specialty salads and beer and wine. Open Mon.-Sat. 9am-6:30pm. $

Sub Station
2404 Park Ave., 343-9178. Sub sandwiches and other deli-style foods. Mon-Fri. 10:30am-5:30pm; Sat. 11am-3pm. $

Subway Sandwiches
1000 W. Sacramento Ave., 342-9777; 240 W. East Ave., 894-6779; 1398 East Ave., 894-8757; 1947 E. 20th St., 343-5803, 148 Main St., 343-4643. Eat fresh! Open daily. $

Teodo’s Deli
999 Marauder St. at the airport, 894-0337. Burgers, sandwiches, soups and homemade specials daily. Best known for great burgers. Mon.-Fri. 8am-8pm. $

32nd St. Subs & Bakery
737 Nord Ave., 343-3032. Friendly staff and some of the best subs in town. Mon.-Sat. 7am-8pm; Sun. 9am-8pm. $

Togo’s Great Sandwiches
241 W. East Ave., 891-1131. Features sandwiches and salads. Catering available. Daily 10:30am-11pm. $

Valerie’s Bakery & Deli
1144 Park Ave., 342-3269. Fresh-baked pastries, espresso bar, plus soup and sandwiches. Mon.-Fri. 7am-2pm; Sat. 8am-3pm; Closed Sun. $ CC

2421 Cohasset, 345-8857. Burgers, chicken sandwiches and salad bar. Open daily 9:30am-midnight. $

Zot’s Hot Dogs & Deli
225 Main St., Ste. A (Garden Walk), 345-2820. Steamed hot dogs, deli sandwiches, salad bar and homemade soups. Mon.-Sat. 8am-5:30pm. $

Wine Bars

Creekside Cellars
250 Vallombrosa Ave., Ste. 500, 894-7696. Daily wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres. Store open Tues.-Sat. 11am-7pm. Tasting room open Tues.-Fri. 4-7pm; Sat. 2-7pm. $ CC

La Rocca Vineyard Tasting Room & Gift Shop
16 miles east of Chico in Forest Ranch, 899-WINE (9463). Taste the organic wines of local vintner Phil La Rocca. Hors d’oeuvres served. Open Sat.-Sun. noon-6pm. Call for winery tours and private samplings.

Red Tavern Restaurant & Wine Bar
1250 Esplanade, 894-DINE. Award-winning chef Craig Thomas works wonders with locally grown produce and artisan ingredients. Full bar and eclectic wine list. $$$ CC