The American River Current

Indian cuisine brings more cultural food to ARC

Tandori Bites owner Farrukh Hashmi has been in the food business for the last 20 years. (Photo by Haven Bishop)

Haven Bishop

February 14, 2020

A familiar aroma has been flowing around campus, and its traces don't lead to the cafeteria at American River College. In fact, this aroma comes from the Tandori Bites Cuisine food truck located in the Portable Village at ARC.  There is always a line of hungry students here from all walks of life decidi...

Sushi in Carmichael under new ownership

Chef Jimmy Kil serving up a plate of dragon roll. (Photo by Phillip Kingsley)

Phillip Kingsley and Phillip Kingsley

March 10, 2014

Many people enjoy sushi. Some people may have a specific place they prefer to go. Mikuni, Blue Nami, Taro’s, making a trip all the way to Roseville and Folsom, but not everyone knows about the hidden gem right here in the heart of Carmichael. Enter Shogun Sushi. Shogun is located at 7330 Fair Oaks...

Mad Subs takes the submarine out of sub sandwich


Jonathan H. Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

February 21, 2014

If you’re craving a sandwich that isn’t Subway, but can’t trek all the way to either Mr. Pickles restaurants that are four to five miles from campus, you might want to try out Mad Subs. Located less than a mile from campus, Mad Subs offers sandwiches, homemade chili and barbeque tri-tip on Friday...

Kebab a crown jewel at Royal Kebab

Photo by Emily K. Rabasto

Emily K. Rabasto and Emily K. Rabasto

February 10, 2014

Uncommon cultural food frightens many American palates. It can be difficult to eat out of the box, but Royal Kebab in Citrus Heights provides a gateway for timid tasters to explore the food of Armenia. A kebab is, traditionally, cubed or ground meat skewered on metal or wooden sticks and roasted over...

Hot vegan couture

The Tasty Kung Pao Vegeken, a vegetarian version of Chinese restaurant staple Kung Pao Chicken, is served with mixed cubed vegetables, peanuts and wheat-based meat replacement in a spicy sauce.

Brooke Purves and Brooke Purves

December 11, 2013

Located a mere half mile from the center of the American River College campus, Noble Vegetarian is easy to miss at the intersection of Auburn Blvd. and College Oak Dr., nestled in the corner of a strip mall and banked up against a laundry and liquor store, but the food is not easy to dismiss. Meat...

Pig out at the Grub Shack

The Hot Mess burger is topped with roasted garlic aioli, house-made barbecue sauce, caramelized onions and a sunny side-up egg. Photo by Emily K. Rabasto

Emily K. Rabasto and Emily K. Rabasto

December 2, 2013

Walking into what looks like a backyard barn party hosted by Andy Warhol, customers are greeted with the aroma of the pork and chicken pate of a Banh Mi, a traditional Vietnamese sandwich, and dozens of crayon-colored pictures of pigs proudly displayed from floor to ceiling. Located at the intersection...

This food won’t throw off your groove

Seco de carne, which translates to cilantro beef stew, is an authentic Peruvian dish of tender beef drenched in a green sauce of cilantro, spinach, garlic and onions. (Photo by Alisha Kirby)

Stephen Condemarin and Steven Condemarin

November 12, 2013

Whenever people think of Peru, the first things to come to mind might be llamas, alpacas, Machu Picchu or maybe even Disney's classic, “The Emperor's New Groove.” Unfortunately people don't often think of the delicious food derived from this unpopular culture. Waffle King / Koricancha (ko·ri·can·cha)...

Urbano’s es muy delicioso

Urbano's Mexican Restaurant located at 5825 Manzanita Ave. in Carmicahel features a classic menu with large portions. (Photo by Emily K. Rabasto)

Cintia Lopez and Cintia Lopez

October 25, 2013

Atmosphere is nice at this local Mexican restaurant Urbano’s Fine Mexican Food seems to be out of place when driving by. There is a gas station on its left and an audio shop on its right. Despite the seemingly poor placement, Urbano’s has great food that I will definitely be coming back to. W...

Super sandwiches at Sam’s Sub Shop

The 9-inch “Railroad” sandwich is inexpensive and layered with freshly fried bacon. (Photo by Alisha Kirby)

Jonathan H. Ellyson and Jonathan Ellyson

September 25, 2013

Sacramento sandwich shop serves great sandwiches Some of the greatest restaurants are one of a kind, independently owned “holes in the wall.”  When you ask people where the best food they’ve ever had outside of their homes is, the answer is never a big chain restaurant like McDonald’s or Olive Garden. Favorite restaurants are always unique little shops, like a food truck in Chicago, a diner in San Francisco or a pizza joint on a street corner in New York City. Sam’s Sub Shop is one of these holes in the wall known for their sub sandwiches and hot wings. The shop is pretty small, with several tables and a large television in the corner tuned to whatever sport is broadcasting. A large menu is on the wall when you enter, and on the wall behind the order counter. People say good things about the Philly cheesesteak, but they feature a sandwich called a “Railroad” – also known as a BLTTC&A (Bacon, lettuce, tomato, turkey, cheese, and avocado). The prices are phenomenal; a 9-i...

Do or doissant, that is the question

The cinnamon-sugar doisaant from Sweet Dozen Bakery is a fried croissant-donut hybrid. A doissant can be peeled apart layer by layer and eaten. Photo by Emily K. Rabasto

Natasha Honeywood and Natasha Honeywood

September 18, 2013

Local bakery fuses pastries to make a culinary delight. There are doughnut shops that only specialize in making doughnuts. The walls are plain, the menus are dull, and the customer service is average. It is all about presentation and if the package isn’t perceived properly some people may not want...

Local burger joint MAXimizes quality

Burger Max constructs many different burgers including the Super Burger that is topped with your choice of cheese, two big slices of crisp bacon and a whole fried egg. (Photo by Emily K. Rabasto)

Cesar Ramirez and Cesar Ramirez

May 8, 2013

The freshest burgers around are just around the corner Walking into Burger Max on a hot Sacramento afternoon feels like walking through the desert and suddenly realizing the mirage of a mouth-watering burger is actually within reach. If you're driving in your car, you might just miss it, as the m...

El Papagayo brings big charm and big flavor to the table

El Papagayo has a wide variety of vegetarian and vegan options such as the enchiladas rojas de papas al pastor, an enchilada filled with marinated grilled potato. (Photo by Emily K. Rabasto)

Alisha kirby and Alisha Kirby

March 13, 2013

Open the door to El Papagayo and what hits you first is the scent: a mix of salty tortilla chips and grilled steak and onions. There’s a spacious room of tables, all with a view of the fountain placed near the door. A big screen TV hangs in the far left corner, as one of the only forms of decor on...

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