Northern Californians know good food. We have some of the best farmland in the world, which means our food is fresh and delicious. But, we’re suckers for a mom and pop establishment that makes good food and stays true to their roots. Here are some neighborhood restaurants that we know and love – and a few more you may discover for the very first time.
1. Cricket's Country Kitchen
4745 Auburn Blvd
Did someone say "country kitchen"? You had me at those two words. Chicken fried steak, French toast and scrambled eggs for the WIN!!!
2. Emil Villa's
24047 Mission Blvd., Hayward
This neighborhood establishment has been around for generations. Family-owned and some of the best barbecue in town. A restaurant that can stand against the changing tide and keep loyal customers is definitely one to check out!
3. To Bang - Korean Cuisine
1052 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara
To Bang is apparently Da Bomb. With over a thousand darn good reviews on Yelp, I'm not sure there's anything more I can say than stop whatever it is you're doing and GO HERE NOW.
4. Pancho & Lefkowit
401 S Mount Shasta Blvd,
What do you get when you stumble across a neighborhood restaurant that's part Mexican food, part Polish food? A freakin' DELICIOUS meal. Come one come all. Take a peek at what the boys got on the menu here. You won't be disappointed.
518 S Van Ness Ave.,
American breakfasts served most mornings along with Chinese food later in the day--who knew? Eggs and bacon with tapatio. A good hearty meal is what you get here.
6. Four Sisters Cafe
This is a VERY popular neighborhood restaurant in Roseville. The lines can be a bit long, but this establishment is smart. They have a coffee bar and infused water outside while you wait. Instant HAPPY customers! The corned beef hash is a thing here and the waffles are pretty YUM! This is a photo of their french dip with caramelized onions. Wow!
7. Aggies Hamburgers & Hot Dogs
19600 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward
This is their juicy bacon cheeseburger. I personally am a HUGE FAN of their hot dogs. I've been coming here since I could barely walk. It's one of those places you grow up with and don't think much about until you miss it. Eating memories alongside a burger and fries is quite the delicious experience.
8. Elio's Family Restaurant
260 Floresta Blvd.,
When you find a family-owned restaurant as loved by their community as this one, you check them out. It's been around for years and years. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and the folks keep coming back again and again. Fried calamari, tapioca pudding, Greek food, and prime rib that could make your mouth water.
In the mood for some good food? I bet you are. Take a quick trip to one of these neighborhood restaurants and sit with the locals. There’s nothing like it!