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Fusion Lounge and Grill

 The best Lounge in Redding by far. Here at Fusion Lounge, we do American food with a Southeast Asian Twist! Whether it’s a Thai, Mien, Laos, Vietnamese, Japanese or Korean twist, there will be a little influence from one of these cultures. Our food is very flavorful, unique and a blend of east meets west. We have weekly specials usually beginning on Wednesday or Thursday, and we will only have the item will supplies last! If you’re in the mood for something different, please feel free to come try us out! All our sauces, broths and ingredients are made daily fresh and original! We also have Southeast Asian infused drinks as well! You won’t be able to find food like this with 150 miles from here!! Hope to see you soon!

Fusion Lounge Bar & Grill opened in Jr’s place. The premise is a new one for Redding: fusing elements of Asian cuisines (Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, etc.) with American and Mexican dishes to create such hybrids as the Pho-rito, Pho-nudo, and the Senganator Burger, while also functioning as a neighborhood bar.

 

Despite their new sign, it’s easy to miss east on Hartnell, lost in a sea of metal auto repair and machine shop prefab buildings. The parking lot is one of those long narrow ones that pass by a long row of metal doors behind Fusion, makes a U-turn, and sneaks back out to Hartnell.

Fusion’s black and blood-red concrete block walls, easy-clean tables and floors, and a goth restroom took a note from the punk club playbook circa 1976, but the clientele was a mixture of locals, auto shop employees, hipsters, and families. (Note: family-friendly until 9:00 PM.) There’s a pool table near the back and a smoker’s patio out the side door. Sit at the bar or one of the tables and wait staff will take your order. Service was friendly and relatively fast; servers are knowledgeable about the food. Specials are on a backlit writing board at the end of the bar.

Baller Bowl, $10.99

The concoction was a refreshing mixture of a taco salad with crunchy mixed cabbage salad, deep-fried shrimp, and tataki of tuna, Sriracha and wasabi drizzle, and a soy dressing on the side. The tataki (seared ahi with sesame crust, thinly sliced) was so very much like fine filet mignon that only its tendency to melt delicately on the tongue belied its origins. Alongside were crunchy fried shrimp that made a nice contrast to the pleasant and light tuna. The soy dressing, however, proved to be very salty, and toward the bottom of the cabbage salad, M. de Joie regretted pouring the dressing over. Sriracha and wasabi were fun to smear the shrimp in, but mixed on the plate they tended to look septic.

 

Fusion fries, $7.50

Jason ordered Fusion Shrimp but what came to our table was Fusion Fries, as she discovered when he couldn’t find anything but chicken in the toppings. A variation on nachos or potato skins: Jo-Jos – seasoned crunchy potato wedges – were topped with melted cheese, shredded chicken, cilantro, diced tomatoes, Jalapenos, and Fusion sauce. Fusion sauce is a somewhat spicy, smoky red sauce with hints of Thai curry – think of it as an exotic fry sauce. It was quite good when first delivered, but after fifteen minutes or so, the potatoes got pretty soggy. This was plenty to share among two or three people.

 

Calamari, $8.00

Calamari is a popular appetizer in restaurants, but it is almost always straight out of a frozen box, already breaded and ready to deep-fry and serve up with “our garlic aioli.” Fusion’s salt-baked calamari was delightful: thick bite-sized morsels with a dusting of tart tamarind and garnished with fried green onions and Jalapeno slices; this was addictive and original.

 

Kaliang Fin, $3.00

M. de Joie had never heard of Kaliang Fin and cannot find any reference to it elsewhere, so it may be an original specialty. Korean flour made from mung beans is cooked with water, cooled to produce a gelatin-like block, then cut into small pieces and served in a cold and slightly sour broth. The gelatin cubes had the texture and taste of hard-boiled egg white, slightly sulphuric and bouncy. The broth didn’t have much personality other than tartness and seemed to be mostly a vehicle to support the mung bean jelly. On the side was a small amount of house-made fermented bean & chili paste to mix into the soup – the paste was spicy-hot and delicious, though didn’t think it helped the soup much. KF (as it’s called on the menu) did have a refreshing quality that might be appealing if one had overindulged in too much delicious food and drink.

Fusion Burger, $9.99 with garlic fries ($1.00 extra) and pepper jack cheese

This towering burger, piled high with lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, roasted eggplant, Fusion sauce, and a fried egg, was in no way reminiscent of a franchise burger. Goopy and drippy, the thick burger fell apart as the egg yolk, and Fusion sauce disintegrated the bun and was overall luscious, juicy, and a wildly delicious messy mixture of tastes. Garlic fries on the side were on the greasy and slightly limp side, but Femme de Joie loved the plentiful garlic bits.

In an unlikely location far from the main hubs of Redding, Fusion is trying out new and exciting ideas, and for the most part, they work. The menu is wisely kept small and manageable, with weekly specials thrown in. Prices are more than fair for the amount and quality of food. Though there were a few missteps, overall Femme de Joie loved the intent and direction of the kitchen. If you’re looking for something new to try, drive out to Fusion and sample their innovative dishes.

Fusion Lounge Bar & Grill, 2704 Hartnell Avenue, Redding, CA 96002. 530-768-1360. Open Monday through Thursday, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Friday 11:00 AM – midnight, Saturday 3:00 PM to midnight. Closed Sunday. No minors after 9:00 PM. Cards and cash; but no checks. Full bar. Vegetarian and vegan options. Parking lot. Follow them on Yelp and on

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Jordon wrote a review on Fusion

 

Not sure what kind of scrubs are running this place…?;-P But whoever it has this place on point!!! The BEST bar food in Redding’s hands down! Their fish tacos are out of control! Not to mention some of the best services you will find! Do yourselves a favor and try this place out ASAP!

Heather wrote

We ordered ahi lettuce wraps, Calamari, and fusion Nachos. Everything was excellent especially the calamari. The beer selection was good if you’re an IPA fan I am not, but the food made up for it. Sorry I didn’t try this place sooner and can’t wait to go back and try other items.

Jason Stovall
Local Guide · 69 reviews · 72 photos
in the last week
The place sets off of the east part of Redding just down the street from the hen house. Looking for something different than your standard cafe/pub food this is the right place. A blend of Asian and Western food dishes. Fries are tasty; the fusion burger is a must try. Haven’t tried the Pho yet, heard it was good from friends.

Jim Hamilton

 

2 reviews
a month ago
Excellent food, uniquely prepared and served in a dive bar atmosphere and the prices are great!
Helpful?

 

 

Sean Bird

 

Local Guide · 102 reviews · 86 photos
Four months ago
An excellent Asian take on American pub food. Great happy hour. The calamari and wings are great, the Pho is amazing, great beer selection. I could go on and on. I will be back

Summer Mountain Music and Arts Festival

It’s The Third Annual
Summer Mountain Music and Arts Festival – Saturday, July 22, 2017
Summer is here, School is out, and you’re
Trying to decide the Perfect Place to Take your Family to for a Day in the Sun with lots of Fun? Well, look no more! The main fundraising event for C.S.O.T.F.A
District 6
“California state old time fiddlers association.” Have planned a day of Fun, great bands, beautiful views, Food, local wines and craft beers. Something that the whole family can come and Enjoy together, Smiles, Laughter and Making Memories that Last!

This Festival event will be the Third Annual Bluegrass, Old Time & Americana Music & Art Event venue will be held at the Cedar Crest Vineyards in Manton CA. This is a day full of great bands, beautiful views, great food, local wines and craft beers; this family fun event is guaranteed to be about 10 degrees cooler than anything that is going on down in the valley. Come and enjoy the fun and help us support Old Time, Old Time Fiddling, Bluegrass and Traditional American Acoustic Music & Education in the North State.

 

*Band Line-up for the Day will be as follows*

 

*Wood & Wire: “It’s been five years now since Wood & Wire sprouted out of the fertile musical soil of Austin, Texas. In that time, they’ve written music, recorded albums, and performed at some of the most notable festivals and venues across the country.
In the often tightly defined genre of bluegrass music, Wood & Wire’s “band-style” ethos are not a mystery. Nor are the elements of song crafting, so often associated with their Texas home, that permeates their sound. That being said, what comes out of the Wood & Wire blender is something entirely its own.”

*One Button Suit:
One Button Suit is an exciting, Sacramento-based string band with a repertoire of originals and bluegrass familiars hinting at unconventionality.

Band members:
Tim Tobias – vocals, guitar
Tom Shewmake – mandolin, vocals
Melissa Lincoln – fiddle, vocals
Brian Burke – guitar, vocals
Casey Lipka – bass, vocals

*The Rock Ridge Bluegrass Band*
Rock Ridge is a bluegrass band from N. California. Their performances and recorded material include traditional & contemporary bluegrass, some originals, old time country, and gospel music with top notch vocals and instrumentation. The band’s debut CD, Drifter’s Prayer, has received praise and airplay across the US and abroad.

*The Buckhorn Mountain Stompers*
Foot stomping dance music from the Klamath Mountains.
The Buckhorn Mountain Stompers are an energetic dance band from the Klamath Mountains who pull from a variety of traditions, like alt-country, old-timey, polka, jazz, delta blues, – but maintain a unique sound of their own. Our goal is to perform fun dance songs that make people want to get up and strut their stuff. Our shows are hillbilly kitsch; with a disco light, fog machine, other theatric stage props and dance prizes.

*Honeybee jazz*
Sweet Violin and Guitar Jazz from the 1920’s & 30’s
Jazz music was born in America between world wars, an economic boom and a great depression, as an amalgamation of traditional American musical styles. The honeybee is a Northern California jazz duo that captures the sounds and feel of Vintage Jazz in its original vibe – with emphasis on lyrical melody, dynamic harmony, and smooth rhythm using sweet vocals, violin and guitar. Honeybee performs Vintage Jazz tunes in that authentic vintage style – the song is the star!

*The HappBees*
The “Sweethearts of the SMMAF” The HappBees will be back to steal your hearts away this year. These three little Dolls are sure to Pull at your Heartstrings as they play on their fiddles!

*Also Appearing:

*Honeybee Jazz

*The HappBees

*The Alldrin Family Band

*The Jim Cook Band

*Stormy Weather

 

Tickets:
All Day Festival tickets are $20.
Advanced tickets are $18 and are available before July 15th
C.S.O.T.F.A. Member Discount Tickets are $15
Children 12 and under – FREE with adult

 

For our out of town guests and bands, the Comfort Inn in Red Bluff has partnered with us again this year to provide a beautiful room at a substantially reduced rate for folks coming to the festival from a long distance and needing a place to spend the night.

Contact: Darryl Concho, Manager, and ask for the“Summer Mountain Music and Arts Festival Deal.”

Phone:(530)529-7060 to reserve a room.
Festival Camping 2017 information. Reserve your spot soon!

Here’s a few Q’s & A’s guests may want to know before planning this Trip!
Q. If I order by mail or online, will I get physical tickets

in the mail?

A. Yes, and you will receive an email confirmation, and your name will be added to the Will Call list at the gate.

Q. If I change my mind or am unable to attend after I
already bought tickets, can I get a refund?

A. Nope, This is a “rain or shine” event, and refunds are not available.

Q. If it rains, will the festival be canceled?

A. No, the festival will go on rain or shine!

Q. Can I bring my dog?

A. No. We ask that you do NOT bring your dogs or other pets. Dogs are certainly not allowed in the audience or the vendor areas, and there is no place on the site for Safely Caring for your pet. Remember that the temperatures can get quite warm making it dangerous to leave your animal in your vehicle.

Q. What about parking?

A. Parking is free. But since it is somewhat limited, it will help if you carpool if you can!

Q. Can I bring my ice chest? Alcoholic beverages?

A. No. Ice chests and coolers are NOT allowed as both food and beverages will be for sale at the event. Craft Beer and Wine will be available for purchase on site from Cedar Crest Vineyards. Outside alcohol will be prohibited due to the licensing regulations.

Sweetie’s Cafe and Catering/Roquitos Taqueria

Redding California is a great place to find a tasty bite to eat, and when I asked around about a Good Mom N’Pops feel of a Restaurant Cafe, I kept hearing Sweetie’s Cafe and Taqueria South market street. Also, a convenient location to find, right off Highway 273. Easy to see the sign on the road that said, Sweetie’s upon entrance into Sweetie’s Cafe and Taqueria, I noticed a great smelling taco truck sitting outside of the cafe, along with a smoker full of tri-tip billowing with yummy flavor! I walked into the restaurant and was immediately greeted by a friendly smile, a handshake and welcome. I introduced Myself and asked if I might be able to speak with the owner(s). That is when I met Mr. and Mrs. Roque Carbajal and Tiferet Carbajal, more friendly and warm smiles to greet me! As we all sat down at a table to talk, I couldn’t help but feel the welcoming, and comfortable atmosphere in the restaurant, it had a “homelike” feel to it.
Why did you start this business I asked?
“Needed an outlet for my taco addiction.” Mr. Carbajal giggled! Of course, I had to chuckle with them a bit about that!
What makes your business different? Did you have any special Training? “No,” just lots of experience and amazing recipes Roque replied, ” Nobody likes a mean burrito, but everyone like a happy taco! haha, We make smiles happen one taco at a time, and we are authentically delicious!”

“To help folks conquer their hunger with yummy goodness! Sweetie’s Cafe & Catering focuses on quality of food, customer service and cleanliness of their restaurant. “You can’t say Sweetie’s without a smile!”
“Life, just learning as they went along in life” such a simple, yet Complete answer I thought, humbling even.
What would you say as of to date, your best selling, product, service, food, drink and why?
“Tacos Haha! Mostly the Tacos!”
Friendly staff and gluten free choices. Love that they have tortilla and bean options on the breakfast menu as well! Sweetie’s Cafe and Taqueria, Is a Great chance to Come and sit down, relax, and enjoy some Awesomely authentic Food! “Our passion for cooking and love for food turned into a business of sharing what we do best. We have always been inspired by the seasons of Northern California and its bounty. We create a comforting culinary experience for our customers. Our catering business has grown into a diversified multi-unit restaurant with mobile units. Together we grow.”

REVIEWS
5.0-star rating
Seriously one of the best taco places ever!
“My husband had to convince me to go, and I’m so glad he did.” I’m super pregnant, and have craved their chicken taco’s every day since!”
“It’s neat and clean inside, and the ingredients are super fresh, not to mention the staff is incredibly friendly, welcoming, and fun!”
We have become regulars super fast!”

Smoked and grilled meats, homemade sauces and fresh ingredient make for an awesome taco experience! Nacho your average taco! We give it to you Roquito’s Style!

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Roquito’s Taqueria
Business address
2605 S. Market St. Redding, CA 96001
sweetiescatering@sbcglobal.net
Best contact phone number for quick communication.
530-921-0103

“To help folks conquer their hunger with yummy goodness! Sweetie’s Cafe & Catering focuses on quality of food, customer service and cleanliness of our restaurant. “You can’t say Sweetie’s without a smile!”
Full name of the business owner(s)
Roque Carbajal, Tiferet D. Carbajal
Where did you learn the business?
Started from the bottom now we’re here!
Who taught you the business, school(s), or an individual?
Family, Le Cordon Bleu graduates, fake it till you make it!
What is your best selling, product, service, food, drink and why?
“FOOD! Because we put love into what we do.”

“Our passion for cooking and love for food turned into a business of sharing what we do best. We have always been inspired by the seasons of Northern California and its bounty. We create a comforting culinary experience for our customers. Our catering business has grown into a diversified multi-unit restaurant with mobile units. Together we grow.”

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