Category Archives: Restaurants In Redding CA

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

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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Kahunas Mongolian BBQ | Best of the North State


Kahunas Mongolian BBQ is where you can create your custom-made stir-fry by choosing your ingredients and sauces. Interact with their grill warriors as they prepare your meal right in front of you. So much flavor and Kahunas has something for everyone, from vegetarians to meat lovers and even gluten free diets! And of Course they didn’t forget about the kids; they can enjoy Kahunas also with child menu pricing of $4.99 a bowl. Add a roll of Sushi to your table with your stir-fry and a refreshing cocktail and your dining experience is complete. At dinner, you will be able to enjoy your choice of, lamb, shrimp, mussels, beef chuck, chicken, pork loin, and bacon, plus all the fresh vegetables and Delicious buckwheat noodles!! At lunch, meats are: Beef, Chicken, Bacon, Pork but the seafood can be added for an additional cost even at lunch, ask your server for details. You will have your choice of white or brown rice. They are Locally family owned and operated and open seven days a week. Gift cards available for those unique and yummy gifts!

The owners of Kahunas are Mr. Dwayne and Nina Oller,
Nina said while talking about the experience; she has been in the restaurant business for over 40 years. From hostessing, serving, bartending, kitchen, management, to restauranteur. Kahunas offers 20 different homemade sauces, a buckwheat noodle, bacon, dry spices to get a delicious plate of food. They are now also offering sushi. Not only do you get so many different options and the variety of foods, but you also get the chance to be a part of making it, customized to your desired taste, and made right in front of your eyes!


Kahunas has six different beers on tap: We have a vast variety of bottle beers also. Enjoy a cold bottle alone or in one of our special buckets for additional savings. Our unique wine list we have created, whether it’s a red or a white, may be enjoyed by the glass or bottle. We also serve Soju Tequila, Vodka, Rum, and Gin; this allows us to create some amazing, tasty, tropical. Signature cocktails. It would be our pleasure to help pair your beverage with your food.

What is The History of Mongolian BBQ?
In the Thirteenth Century, the great warrior Genghis Khan and his soldiers from the grassed plateau of Mongolia conquered many countries from China to Hungary. They established one of the greatest empires the World had ever known. Legend has it that after a long day of hunting, Genghis
Khan and his Mongolian warriors would make camp and prepare lavish feasts. Using their swords, the warriors would prepare slivers of meats, combined with whatever vegetables and spices on hand. They would grill them on their upturned shields over a blazing fire. This type of cooking has become known the world over as Mongolian BBQ. With this tradition in mind, Kahunas Mongolian BBQ brings you the ULTIMATE MONGOLIAN BBQ!

Redding was missing a Mongolian BBQ at the time, and the Oller Family wanted to open one with an American Style. On April 06, 2014 Kahunas had their Grand Opening! Friendly Service, Relaxing Atmosphere and with a vast variety of homemade sauces and fresh vegetables, noodles, and rice.
Kahunas always promotes education and healthy eating and proud to offer all College Students that bring their ASB card in at dinner time a $2.00 off discount on their entree.
Sunday 11 am to 8 pm2151 Market Street
Redding, Ca 96001
Downtown Redding
Plenty of Parking
Tel: (530) 244-4200
Hours of Operation:
Monday 11 am to 8 pm
Tuesday 11 am to 8 pm
Wednesday 11 am to 8 pm
Thursday 11 am to 8 pm
Friday 11 am to 9 pm
Saturday 11 am to 9 pm.
http://www.kahunasmongolianbbq.com/
https://www.facebook.com/KahuanasMongolianBBQ/

World Famous Radio Zoo Show coming to Woody’s Brewery

 CHRIS MIKE & THE ZOO SHOW

With humble beginnings, starting each morning before the sun rose into the sky – in a little, vermin infested, old, rickety building, tucked away on Main Street in Woodland, California – Chris Collins, along with his partner, Mike Reynolds, created entertainment and radio magic.  From this shoe-box of a studio, sitting atop a bank, next-door to the neighborhood watering hole, Collins and Reynolds molded a high-schooler, a local barfly, the over-night FM 102 jock, an auto part salesmen, and rounding out this motley crew – the only woman on the show – a voice talent from LA; into one of the most popular and dynamic morning radio shows to ever hit the Northern California air-waves.themorning-zoo

The public was totally caught unaware as, Chris Collins, the Ringmaster of this band of Zoo critters, pulled crank bits and played pranks on their unsuspecting public. Much beloved bits like: Toss Your Boss and Burn Your Buns, became the bread and butter that had their audience eating out of their hands and craving for more. And Collins and Reynolds delivered them more; by bringing in star guests, like Richard Simmons, or musical legends, such as the Jackson Five – into the homes and lives of their avid listeners.

The Morning Zoo reigned supreme from 1983 until 1992. A host of characters came and went from the studios that started in Woodland and ended up near the fabled – Howe About Arden area of Sacramento. The characters, bits, guests and artists were interchangeable, but the mainstays: Chris Collins and Mike Reynolds stayed and became house-hold names and etched their names into Sacramento Radio history; where they have remained legends to this day.

But their story hasn’t ended; in 2010, Chris Collins and Mike Reynolds, reached out to founding members of the Zoo – Robbie Lipelt and Gary Moore; and also Killer Bee, who joined the madness in 1987; to reunite the Zoo. Helping to bring the reunion together was, Mark McGee, the Program Director of several Chico based radio stations, who lent his support and the studios for the newly formed Chris Mike Zoo show.

Recording began in January of 2010 and has continued to this very day. Through the help of technology, determination, grit, character and insanity – the Chris Mike Zoo show is being heard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the Internet or through our free cell phone Apps. The show is a worldwide based Entertainment entity. Our new numbers show a      steady increase of the variety of countries, ethnic groups and races that are becoming loyal Chris Mike Zoo fans. Comedy is universal and laughter is the commodity we deal in.

https://www.woodysbrewing.biz/

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Redding’s Casino Club Secret Revealed

Redding’s Casino Poker Club Secret Revealed

Have you ever found something that was so amazing that you had to tell everyone in the world about it, I mean on a scale 0ne to ten it was an absolute ten plus? One of those moments where you say to yourself where have I been this entire time and, worse yet what kind of friends would keep a secret of this magnitude from you right?

Monroe’s Nightclub & Karaoke

That’s what I discovered here at Redding’s only seven days a week karaoke place called Monroe’s Nightclub & Karaoke, aka as The Casino Poker Club.

Monroe's Nightclub & Karaoke Redding's Casino Club
When interviewing owner ileana Harris for a shout-out about the establishment’s history, I began to realize that there was more to it than just the poker tables and seven nights a week karaoke that locals and residents enjoy.

The big secret that I have discovered is their eye rolling food. Not just any food, but a menu of options that’s specifically created by the hands of ileana herself from her commercial kitchen in her home! I mean how many restaurant owners have this type of professional stove in their home kitchen?  Exactly, ileana keeps pursuing the very best eating experience for her customers. She creates everything from scratch from her kitchen continuing to perfect it finally she brings into her establishment and works with the chefs until they have perfected the recipe. Personally, I have tried two dishes, the Clam chowder, and their fish tacos.

Prawn Taco
Monroe’s offers hand designed  fresh recipes like this prawn fish taco

Have to say they both are a ten and an eye-rolling experience. iLeana has an amazing team helping her deliver this amazing experience to those that visit her establishment. Though it is called Casino Poker Club is known as Monroe’s Nightclub & Karaoke, there is so much more behind the famous marque sign. Because there is so much about Monroe’s to shout about we will be doing more reviews in the future.

Thai Cafe Redding CA Serves The Evil Prince

The Thai Cafe in Redding California serves a dish known as “The Evil Prince, ” and it can be pure evil if you like it hot and spicy.   When walking inside of this little hole in the wall place you get the feeling that you’re in for a real treat and stepping back into a part of Asia.

The evil Prince Yellow Curry Base
The evil prince in a yellow curry base with chicken

Below you will see my brief video overview of Asian dish.  Have to warn you about ordering it extra extra extra spicy which I did, and it is amazing.  I ordered mine in the yellow curry base, nd the flavors are amazing.

 

Bees Asian Market Not Just an Asian Market

Bees Asian Market Dishes
Bees Asian Market serves the best pork ribs (Hmong flavor) and curry chicken noodle soup in NorCal,

Bees Asian Market located in Anderson California is a real foodie experience for those looking for the real deal when it comes to eating authentic Asian and Hmong cuisine.

Bees is primarily an Asian market that sales Asian supplies like rice, canned goods and even some produce.  What makes Bees Asian Market unique is that they offer Hmong and Asian cuisine inside the establishment. Seating is limited so beware that if you have a big party you should call first to see if they can accommodate.

Because they are not promoting themselves as a restaurant but an Asian market it would be easy to overlook the awesome food that they make and serve right there.

Being a local review blogger that writes and has done a substantial amount of video shout outs on local businesses in the north state, we have to say this secret little honey hole is a gem and give we it a 5.5 Star rating which is the highest review point system for any business in NorCal.
Personally I tried the curry chicken noodle soup, pork ribs with Hmong seasoning and have to say it was a real eye roller folks, flavor, large portions with an abundance of flavor that accommodated the curry base.

Prices will please you they lean towards extremely fair for what you get.  This will be a two part editorial on this establishment, we want to actually do a video shout out on it in the near future.

La Corona Red Bluff Gets 5 Stars ☆☆☆☆☆


La Corona a Mexican restaurant in Red Bluff offers an amazing experience when it comes to eating Mexican food. As owners of http://BestOfTheNorthState.com and http://ReddingReviews.com we do a substantial amount of foodie shout outs for local eateries primarily focusing on restaurants in Redding CA and the north state.

Who’s not a foodie these days right? I mean, we sure are so when we kept hearing about this amazing Mexican restaurant in Red Bluff we just had to give it a try. We are so jazzed about this Mexican restaurant in Red Bluff we made a video shout out about it, see below!

You can’t miss the building, it is on Walnut Street heading west after you go over the railroad tracks on the right hand side. The colorful exterior display of cultural colors associated with Mexican restaurants lets you know you have arrived.

Immediately upon walking in we were seated with chips, salsa and coke that never stopped coming. The service was a ten plus and the price was extremely fair especially for the generous portions, delicious food and great service. The quality was a real eye roller meaning great satisfaction. I had the taco salad with beef that had a hint of smoke flavor which really surprised me, a welcoming flavor for sure.

If you ares seriously hungry and craving some tasty authentic Mexican food this restaurant is well worth the drive from Redding and the surrounding areas. There is no doubt you will leave satisfied.

Woodys Brewing CO Beats Peanut Butter On Pancakes

Woodys Brewing CO
Okay, so this has nothing to do with comparing a pancake smothered with peanut butter to one of the Best Of The North State microbreweries, Woodys Brewing Company.  A quick overview of microbreweries first.

California Craft Beer Exploding
Microbrewery growth especially in California has boomed. Who would have thought that out of all the states California is the number one American crafts beer capital with Washington being second and Colorado being third?

As of 2014, there were 3,418 craft brewers in the U.S., an increase of nearly 20% over the year before.  Craft beer production rose 42% last year, and for the first time ever, craft brews accounted for more than 10% of all beer sales in America.   Woodys Brewing CO was in that 3,418.

Why Woodys Brewing Company Beats Peanut Butter On Pancakes?
Had a friend tell me about this place several months ago and was anxious to do a shout out about it especially since I’m a serious foodie guy that loves writing about the food, drink and entertainment industry.  You could say I’m La Cafe News.
When a musician friend from Sacramento and I pulled up we were amazed at all the vehicles parked in front of the establishment.  “This is good a good sign” I said out loud.  When walking in we were greeted with the soothing sound of chatting people.

When seated we noticed how simple and streamline the menu was designed, the video explains this.  Decided to order the Fish & Chips or should say Fish & Tater Tots.  When taking the first bite of the lightly battered fish you knew this was no frozen fish, we’re talking extremely fresh. The crispy freshness was matched with a bite out of the tater tot; I have to say, this by far are the best tater tots I have ever had in my life.  The tots are made from scratch and the outside of the golden brown crunchy skin is garnished with medium fresh garlic, kaboom baby!

Fresh Real Fresh
Scott one of the owners out of three and the hostess explained that everything is made from scratch and the chefs work together to achieve the ultimate foodie experience.  Could go on about the whole foodie experience and ambiance at Woodys Brewing Co but drinking their sampler of micro brews was a real pleasure.  How can you say one was better than the other when they were all good?  I compared my dire straights like playing that Chucky Cheese game beating the gophers over the head as they randomly popped their head up through the holes and you tried to bang them with that bulky soft mallet, which one which one?

Redding Reviews and Best Of The North State will be doing another shout out on this amazing local business in the near future and their vision.  Writing about their vision and goals is another editorial in itself but have to say the residents of Redding CA and NorCal are in for a big surprise.

Until next time, hold the peanut butter on those pancakes!

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