Quality Inn & Suites
1562 E. Main St.
Woodland, CA 95776
Phone: (530) 666-3050
Fax: (530) 666-1119
This place is a meat lover's paradise. The dining room has a western feel with shiny watering troughs, refurbished "hog scalding" kettles and cowboy equipment such as ropes. Although the decor is interesting the focus is on food. If it is cooked on a barbecue, it is on the menu. Barbecue chicken, pork ribs, beef ribs, baby back ribs and house beans are the specialty. The barbecue sauce is a carefully guarded secret. Outside to the rear is an interesting patio dining area complete with a wooden bridge.
Lawyers, farmers, students and antique collectors are likely to populate this bar on a typical afternoon. Friday and Saturday nights, the regulation pool table is pushed out of the way, and dancers crowd the floor. The music will probably be a local rhythm and Blues or country band. Sunday nights bring out the local billiard talent for a contest with prizes that make the competition interesting. There is no food here, however, there is a decent collection of beers on tap as well as mixed drinks.
This restaurant is filled with high ceilings supported with massive stone Ionic pillars, marble floors and warm oaken paneling lit with natural light. The menu includes an array of traditional, and some little-known, dishes. The seafood menu features shrimp in a variety of ways. The Campechana (octopus and shrimp cocktail) is piquant and flavorful. There are familiar burritos, tacos, and tamales—some are prepared with interestingly unfamiliar ingredients.
Newspaper clippings displayed in a glass case reveal among other colorful things, that there was once a Chinese opium den behind the restaurant, along Dead Cat Alley. The breakfast menu includes all kinds of steaks, sausage, ground beef and other meats with eggs prepared any way you like them. In addition, this eatery offers a varied Chinese menu that even includes a nod to the 21st Century—Vegetarian chop suey.
Between Davis and Woodland along Highway 113 at the County Road 25A exit, this winery is the centerpiece of a scenic acreage planted with seven types of grapes. Wine available for tasting is grown just outside the door of this cafe. It offers desserts, meat pasties and an interesting Napa cabbage and Mandarin orange salad during the week. On Sundays, reservations are recommended for the two hour-long, five-course brunch. Various coffee drinks especially the espresso are popular.
Alamar Marina Restaurant & Bar is a well-known floating restaurant on the Sacramento River offers fine dining and a scenic view. The menu has a selection of seafood, steaks and pasta dishes. For dinner, the Broiled Lobster Tail served with rice or potato, and soup or salad, is excellent. The Fettuccini Pasta sauteed in garlic butter, tossed in Alfredo sauce is served with soup or salad. The restaurant has a nice selection of California wines and a full bar.
Konditorei in German means a pastry shop. Owned and run by the Austrian couple Albert and Gloria Kutternig, this pastry store sells lip-smacking goodies. You would find anything and everything here—cakes, cookies, sweet breads, pastries, marzipan creations, ice creams, tarts and more. If this isn't enough, you can even have a quick breakfast and lunch of quiches, calzones, pizzas and soups. And finally, with an ambiance that spells old world charm, Konditorei can possibly never go wrong!
For a taste of authentic Mexican cookery, this, the oldest taqueria (Mexican restaurant) in Davis is the place to go. The menu consists of typical tacos, burritos and tortas, with some rather exotic ingredient choices including cabeza (beef head). The appetizers include an interesting shrimp cocktail, the sauce of which has a hot peppery tang. The breakfast menu is more extensive than offered in most Mexican taquerias and includes eggs any way you want them, a variety of meats, rice, beans and tortillas.
If you dig everything natural, you should visit the Farmer's Kitchen Cafe. They grow vegetables and fruits sans fertilizers, that are bio-regional and free from gluten and casein. And while cooking no aluminum pans, microwaves, artificial flavoring and unnatural additives are used. The menu revolves around local produce, eggs and farm products, so everything here is seasonal. The bakery basket is worth checking out, full as it is of pastries, cakes, pretzels, cookies and chocolates.
Take a trip away from downtown and come down to Osteria Fasulo to experience rustic Italian cuisine in a country-like and elegant atmosphere. Owner/Head Chef Leonardo Fasulo puts forth an eclectic menu that highlights authentic Italian creations and fresh ingredients sourced from local purveyors; stand-out dishes being the Gnocchi Ripieni, Cioppino, Crema Appassionata and Taglierini al Rosmarino. A handpicked wine list accompanies the menu selections, rounding off each course with an added finesse. The ambiance is such that befits romantic dinners and special occasions. Apart from the cozy dining room, the backyard patio is a favored choice with the patrons. Reservations are welcomed.
Sudwerk is a great place to catch a fast meal and some beer! Copper-colored kettles and huge circular structured seats make up the decor. The ambiance is very unruly, with noise levels touching the top of the decibel chart! The food is all German and you should give the sausages, burgers and sandwiches a try. While you're in the lobby gulping the food down, walk over to the bar for some exquisite Sudwerk beer. All the beer is brewed in accordance with "Reinheitsgebot”—the German purity law. It can get boisterous in here, but that's the fun of it all!
Surrounding Little Prague in the low-slung bungalow building is a flagstoned patio with open fireplaces and tables with umbrellas. The main dining room is festooned with glass-fronted cabinets that house all sorts of whimsical Czech knick-knacks. The Czech decor and furnishings are not a coincidence, as the proprietors hail from that land. The menu is liberally laced with memorable features of Czech heritage. All pastries and bread are homemade in the onsite bakery. Eating here is a culinary journey not to be missed.