From the best restaurants and local events to the most reputable contractors and photographers, we’re providing you with a carefully hand-crafted list of some of our favorite people, places and businesses in Carmichael (and beyond). Check out each of the below categories to learn more and check back often as we will continue to grow our list of recommendations. Happy exploring!
There’s no doubt that the Carmichael (and greater Sacramento area) has a flourishing foodie scene. From the freshest sushi to the most authentic Italian cuisine, this list has something for just about everyone. Fair warning: You may get hungry while reading this…
For the Sushi Fanatic: With sushi places popping up all around town, it can be hard to know where to find the freshest and most creative rolls. Well look no further, because Taro’s By Mikuni, located off of Arden Way at The Arden Fair Mall, has it all! From the conservative to the adventurous, there are delicious pairings for even the pickiest of palettes. Not to mention, the staff are polite, accommodating and extremely friendly. If you prefer something fresh and light, try the fresh “Nigiri” or the “Citrus Blossom”, which is a combination of lightly grilled white tuna, sweet orange dressing, and ponzu sauce with white onions and sesame seeds. If you like something a little more hearty, try the “Peter Two” roll with seared tuna, eel, avocado, spicy tuna, crab mix, panko shrimp, spicy dream sauces, masago and onion.
For the Cheese And Wine Connoisseur: Do you consider yourself a cheese and wine connoisseur? Head downtown to The Rind, where you can experience unique artisanal cheese paired with equally delicious wines and beers in a rustic, dimly lit bar with warm and cozy vibes. Not sure what to order? Start off with one of their delicious cheese boards which comes with accompaniments, crostini and also gluten-free options. Next, dive into their adult grilled cheese… because no one is ever too old for an ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwich fixed with all the works. Speaking of the works, “The Brie-D” is to die for and was recently voted the best grilled cheese in the nation. With fuji apples, prosciutto, salted caramel sauce, rosemary and a hint of cayenne and guajillo, all melted to perfection and stuffed between two toasty pieces of sourdough, what’s not to love?
For the Margarita & Mexican Food Lover: Did somebody say Taco Tuesday? If you’re a fan of the finer things in life such as freshly muddled margaritas and authentic Mexican cuisine, then you may want to make Mesa Mercado in the new Carmichael Milagro Centre your go-to “Taco Tuesday” destination. For a margarita with a little kick to it, try their “Pepino Picante”, with muddled cucumber, chili powder, fresh lime juice and 100% blue agave tequila and mescal. For a sweeter margarita without the headache, try their “Mango” margarita, with pureed mango and chile, their secret margarita mix and freshly sliced mango and chile spice topped at the rim. If you want a taco to go with that margarita, you can’t go wrong with their marinated skirt steak or roasted pork tacos.
For the Football Watcher: For those of you in Carmichael that like to kick back and watch football on weekends with a beer (or two) and some all-American grub, check out Club House Bar & Grill and Palm Street Pub & Grill. To be honest, we just couldn’t decide between the two—both are neighborhood-friendly places that offer full-service bars, delicious burgers, wings and fries. Palm Street also offers a game of pool and darts. What more could you ask for? If you’re looking for a new place to try downtown, take a trip to the Firestone Public House on 16th Street. With 60 beers on tap, 22 flat screens, and two outdoor patios—not to mention mouth-watering burgers and an American-inspired menu—this restaurant is an ideal place for your football hangouts. Catching a Kings game at the new Golden One Center? Stop by Sauced BBQ & Spirits beforehand for some good old-fashioned, authentic BBQ with classics including sliced brisket, pulled pork, ribs and chicken. Oh, and don’t forget the sweet honey cornbread, mac n’ cheese and crispy fries.
For the Pasta Lover: If you enjoy fresh seafood, hand tossed pizzas and delicious pasta pairings, Il Forno Classico may become your new go-to Italian spot. Located in the lovely Gold River Town Centre, Il Forno boasts gorgeous indoor and outdoor seating places, a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and the freshest ingredients. Plus, on any given day, they have an extensive wine collection of 600+ wine pairings! Did somebody say wine Wednesday?
Best Outdoor Patio Seating: There are so many great restaurants with gorgeous outdoor seating and ambience that we couldn’t pick just one…so naturally we picked four. First up is The Waterboy, located in Midtown Sacramento. With 20 years of delicious food and great service under their belt, it’s no wonder they made the list. Take a seat on their outdoor patio and enjoy lovely cuisines inspired by northern Italy and southern France with a nice glass of wine. You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu from their burgers to their steak, but their famous deviled eggs are a must! Just a short drive away, Zinfandel Grille is another excellent option with a beautiful outdoor patio and equally pleasing food. This upscale-causal eatery features Mediterranean-inspired food, great happy hours and even live music on some nights. Aside from their delicious wood-fired pizzas, pastas and meats, their dessert is to die for. End the night with their “Chocolate Mousse Cake” and we promise you, you won’t leave disappointed! One of Sacramento’s newer restaurants, Wildwoods Kitchen & Bar is another must visit. This trendy restaurant features a classy indoor area with bar and booth seating, an expansive patio area with twinkling white lights and live music (Thursday-Saturday) and creative food pairings. If you’re opting for something lighter, try their “Chicken Salad” with rotisserie chicken, mixed veggies and goat cheese, topped with a six-minute egg and drizzled white balsamic vinaigrette. They also have a wide array of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Win-win! And last but certainly not least, Matteos Pizza & Bistro is another great spot to grab a delicious bite outdoors. Located at Five Points in Carmichael, Matteos offers a delicious and relaxing dining experience with hearty salads, sandwiches, pastas, burgers and of course, pizza. Not sure what to order? Try “The California” pizza with chicken, baby artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, mozzarella, goat cheese and garlic cream sauce. Their “Asian Noddle” salad is another favorite.
Home Improvement Concierge:
Looking to spruce up your home? What about staging it before you place it on the market? Whether you’re in need of a great painter, trustworthy handyman or professional housecleaner, we’ve got you covered. Below we’ve put together the contact information of some of our frequently used and most trusted local businesses. Just let them know The Craig Diez Team sent you! Not finding what you’re looking for? Give us a call and we will connect you with the right business to meet your household and/or home improvement needs.
Contact: James Oakley
Company: Bland of James Bland Construction
Phone Number: 916.849.7103
Contact: James Freeman
Phone Number: 916.508.1144
Contact: Lidiya Bonar
Company: Bonar’s Cleaning Service
Phone Number: 916.532.2183
Contact: Rich Bartlett
Company: The Insulation Pro
Phone Number: 916.725.8245
CA License: #1010707
Junk Removal Services:
Contact: Bill Conyers
Company: The Junk Revolution
Phone Number: 916.500-JUNK
Contact: Johhny Cap
Phone Number: 916.834.6271
Contact: Isabel Gomez
Company: United Termite and Home Services
Phone Number: 916.265.5300
Contact: Gerry Flynn
Phone Number: 916.370.5339
All Things Real Estate:
Whether you’re thinking about placing your home on the market or are looking to buy, there are a few helpful connections that you can make along the way. Check out our “all things real estate” list below and reach out to us so we can help you get started!
Real Estate Photography:
Contact Name: Valado Mori
Phone Number: 916.595.6162
Contact Name: Terra Fletcher
Company: Fidelity National Title
Phone Number: 916.536.5021
Office Address: 7921 Kingswood Drive, Suite A-4, Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Contact Name: Steve Birdsong, Senior Loan Officer
Company: Umpqua Bank
Phone Number: 916.996.5769
NMLS # 1023254
Office Address: 7921 Walerga Road, Antelope, CA 95843
Contact Name: John Volk, Loan Advisor
Company: Finance of America Mortgage
Phone Number: 916.320.6807
Office Address: 35 Iron Point Circle #200, Folsom, CA 95630
Also check out our home improvement concierge list above for any home repairs, maintenance and updating services that you feel may be necessary when preparing to sell your home.
Family/Lifestyle & Fun:
This section of “Craig’s List” is dedicated to local talent, events and more! Browse to find the latest happenings, local business spotlights and best bets in and around town.
Professional Photographer Spotlight: Looking to find the perfect photographer for your wedding, family portraits or special occasion? Let Andrea Bucheli of Bucheli photography capture your event. Her professionalism, warm nature, and expertise and creativity are what truly sets her apart from the rest of her competition. Not to mention, her photography is out of this world! Andrea creates a relaxed and stress-free environment to capture those “once in a life time” moments. Check out her portfolio here and let her know The Craig Diez Team sent you her way!
Andrea Bucheli | 916.501.7679 | email@example.com
For the month of November:
Here’s a list of activities and events that Sacramento has in store for the month of November.
What: Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink
Where: St. Rose of Lima Park | 7th & K Streets
When: Now through January 15th.
About this event: Celebrate the 26th Season of the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink any day of the week now through January 15, 2018! At the doorstep of Golden 1 Center in St. Rose of Lima Park, the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink is a treasured downtown Sacramento experience. Enjoy themed nights including Veterans Day, Santa Photo Day and more! Click here for pricing and additional information.
What: Off the Grid: Sacramento Zoo
Where: Sacramento Zoo | Land Park Drive & 16th Avenue
When: November 16 | 5-9 pm
About this event: Off the Grid is partnering with the Sacramento Zoo to bring food truck dinners and live music to one of Sacramento’s favorite destinations. Guests will enjoy a selection of ten unique food trucks and live music from local musicians. Please note: The Zoo is not open during Off the Grid events. Click here for additional information!
What: Sacramento Harvest Festival
Where: Cal Expo | 1600 Exposition Blvd.
When: November 17-19 | 10 am to 5 pm
About this event: Sacramento shoppers will have a lot to be thankful for as the Sacramento Harvest Festival® arrives Cal Expo on November 17-19, just in time for Thanksgiving.
The Harvest Festival is known as the largest indoor arts and crafts show on the West Coast and offers a full weekend of shopping, live entertainment and family fun. The event showcases over 24,000 unique items that are all handmade and embellished right here in the USA. Guests are treated to items such as original art, jewelry, clothing, specialty foods, photography, toys, home décor and more. Guests can meet hundreds of artisans and can get many personalized touches added to each gift.
Throughout the weekend there is live music from The Fargo Brothers and entertainment from comedian John Park. Plus, holiday themed performers like Mama Claus, Eddie the Elf, Fables of the West, and a stilt walking Santa will all be strolling the festival and interacting with shoppers.
For tickets and additional information, click here.
What: Global Winter Wonderland
Where: Cal Expo | 1600 Exposition Blvd.
When: Now through 1/7
About this event: Global Winter Wonderland is a spectacular holiday festival and multi-cultural celebration.
Festival Features include:
-Awe-inspiring illuminated landscapes celebrating Holidays Around the World
-Entertainment by Global Winter Wonderland’s own Circus of Light
-Holiday Ice Skating and a full carnival with family and thrill rides
-Delicious international cuisine
-Photos with Santa and holiday shopping
-Fun crafts and activities for all ages
Click here to learn more.
What: Run to Feed the Hungry
Where: J Street near Sac State East Sacramento
When: November 23, 2017 | 8:30 am
About this event: 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk to support Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. The race starts on J Street just west of the entrance to the Sacramento State campus and runs through the beautiful tree-lined streets of East Sacramento. View the course map for more information and click here to register
For the month of October:
With Halloween just around the corner, there are tons of spooktacular events happening in and around the Sacramento area. Check out the below events for some upcoming Halloween activities that will surely get you into the spirit!
What: Pumpkin Nights
Where: Gold Country Fair Grounds | 1273 High Street, Auburn, CA
When: October 13-29, starting at 6:30 pm (see varying times when purchasing tickets)
About this Event: Rekindle the enchantment and wonder of Halloween at Pumpkin Nights! This outdoor festival immerses you in a half-mile walking path of over 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins, larger-than-life displays and multi-sensory experiences. In addition to pumpkins, Pumpkin Nights offers food and activities for the whole family! Learn more and get tickets here.
What: Spokomotive Train Ride
Where: Central Pacific Freight Depot on Front Street between J and K Streets in Old Sacramento
When: October 14-28 (11 am to 4 pm)
About this Event: This delightful, not frightful train is just the ticket for the whole family. For three special weekends, guests will enjoy exciting onboard entertainment and a tasty Halloween treat. This is the event’s final weekend and the theme will be Hocus Pocus! Click here to reserve tickets.
What: Boo At The Zoo
Where: Sacramento Zoo | 3930 West Land Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95822
When: Saturday, October 28-29 (11 am to 5 pm)
About this Event: Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the entire zoo at 15 different candy stations, face painting for kids, festive games, themed stage shows, magic shows with Trevor the Magician, keeper chats and even animal enrichments. Top off a perfect day with a ride on the spooky zoo train or the creepy carousel for an additional fee. Purchase tickets here.
What: Sips & Spirits: The Train Ride (Adult-Only Event)
Where: Central Pacific Freight Depot on Front Street between J and K Streets in Old Sacramento
When: October 27 at 7 pm
About this Event: Halloween fun for adults! A new train ride complete with a blood-shot signature cocktail, Mad Scientist and his minions, Monster Mash dancers and more. Sip a hard cider and nibble on delicious appetizers provided by Fat’s Catering while enjoying a dark night aboard the Sacramento Southern Railroad. Click here to purchase tickets.
What: Midtown Pooch Parade
Where: Marshall Park | 915 27th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
When: October 28 (1-3 pm)
About this Event: Pooches and people alike will gather Saturday, October the 28th from 1-3 pm at Marshall Park to celebrate the Midtown Halloween Festival & Pooch Parade. Four-legged friends will strut their stuff and show off some creative costumes for a chance to win prizes! The event will be sponsored by the Sutter District – with restaurants that include BarWest, Biba, Blue Cue, Café Bernardo, Centro Cocina Mexicana, Harlow’s, Monkey Bar, INK Eats & Drinks, Paragary’s Midtown and Red Rabbit Kitchen & Bar. Activity and music sponsorships are made available by Republic Services! The event will also highlight Midtown’s popular mobile off-lease “Pop-Up Dog Park” and include family-friendly activities including face painting, a bounce house, hands-on arts and crafts and entertaining live music. Register here.
Check back regularly for upcoming events, spotlights and more!