I’m braver than the rest of my family. I love spice and trying new combinations of food. With that said, I’m not brave enough to really venture out there into the unknown realm of mystery meats and whatnot; but, I am definitely up for a simple challenge of food exploration. Chico hits the mark for offering variety when it comes to flavor and these are my three favorites.
Sipho’s Restaurant and Cafe
Thanks to Guy Fieri and Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives, a whole new insight into the idea of food opened up. His in-depth coverage of hot spots took the fear of trying new food, right out of me. Enter; Jamaican yumminess! Sipho’s serves up authentic dishes like Jerk Chicken and Curried Goat, which are unique in flavor and genuine in representing this region of food. I love the spiciness of the simple dishes. Green salad and rice round out some of the fantastic side dishes. Try something new; I guarantee this will be a favorite.
1228 Dayton Rd
Chico, CA 95926
We love Basque restaurants for many reasons. First, there is such a sense of community and sharing at places like this. Basque Norte serves up family-style meals that are there for the taking. The simple flavors of the Basque region pack a big punch. Come with an appetite and on an empty stomach. You are going to leave happy and full. Pick an entrée of steak, lamb or chicken and sit back to a plethora of side dishes that include beans, salad, soup, bread and more. Everything is homemade with simple ingredients that are desirable for the entire family. The past part is the family-like atmosphere here. It’s like having dinner with a large extended bunch of friends.
Chico, CA 95973
When we crave spicy Asian food (I obviously love a little spice in my life!), we head for Thai Express. The best part here? The option to customize the level of heat. I can’t handle “Thai Hot” but I like the flavor of medium heat infused into my meal. On the other hand, my family likes it mild. The fine folks here can accommodate all of our desires. The Beef Salad with red onion and cilantro is so refreshing in the summer. My kids love all the noodle and rice dishes, like Pad Thai. I LOVE the fact that they get healthy servings of vegetables, mixed into the Thai flavors. It’s a great way to introduce new culture because I have trouble cooking foods that taste authentic.
1354 East Avenue, Ste. P
Chico, CA 95925