Experience the Tastes of Korea, Italy, Thailand & Japan


Unique desserts can be found at Proud Thai Cuisine in Dixon such as Mango Sticky Rice (pictured), Fried Ice Cream and Lemon Grass Crème Brûlée. Photo: Joyce Headley.

Koreana Korean BBQ


Bulgogi, a thinly sliced rib eye steak is one of the specialties at Koreana Korean BBQ. Photo: Joyce Headley.

FAIRFIELD – Located just outside Travis Air Force Base, new owners are definitely transforming Koreana Korean BBQ into a “must try” for those who enjoy generous portions of great food, service and value in a casual setting.

They also offer soups and stews, Fish and Chips, meat or veggie bowls, Do Shi Rak (Korean-style bento box served with rice, sides, choice of meat and two deep fried items), and much more!

Located at 574 Parker Road in Fairfield, they’re open from 11am – 9pm, Monday-Saturday. Call (707) 437-5959.

Proud Thai Cuisine


Cashew Delight was one of my top picks at Proud Thai Cuisine. Photo: Joyce Headley.

DIXON – Most would agree that a beautiful setting will enhance any dining experience, but you don’t have to be fancy to impress me. At Proud Thai Cuisine, the service is gracious and the food is excellent, making this spot definitely worth a return visit.

The menu is varied, offering intriguing appetizers, soups, salads, curry, noodle and rice entrées. They also offer many unique desserts, like fried ice cream, lemon grass crème brulée and mango sticky rice.

Lunch specials are featured daily and include rice and salad. Among my recommendations are the Cashew Delight and the Pad Se-ew (both served with your choice of meat or seafood).

They’re located in Dixon at 1440 Ary Lane, Ste. B (off Pitt School Rd.), and are open for lunch and dinner from 11:30am-9pm on Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays). Call (707) 693-4455.

Shrimp Scampi is a popular item for locals at Pietro’s #1 in Vacaville. Photo: Joyce Headley.

Pietro’s #1

VACAVILLE – Established in 1956, Pietro’s #1 is still a popular spot for locals as well as visitors to come relax, enjoy a wonderful dining experience, hold a private party, watch your favorite sporting event at the bar area, or bring the family in for “Family Night”.

Lunch specials are offered from 11am until 4pm and the menu includes a variety of appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches, pasta dishes, pizza (and pizzette), and entrées such as their incredible 16 ounce New York Steak, Pietro’s Calamari (my personal favorite), Chicken Scallopini, Chicken a la Cacciatora and Shrimp Scampi, to name a few.

Located at 407 Cernon Street in Vacaville, they’re open from 9am-12pm on Tuesday-Sunday (closed on Mondays). For information on their daily specials as well as their extensive catering menu, call 446-1771 or visit www.pietros1.com.

Papa Sushi offers traditional Japanese dinners with a twist, such as the Salmon Teriyaki. Photo: Joyce Headley.

Papa Sushi

FAIRFIELD –Formerly Ichi Maki, Papa Sushi offers a traditional Japanese dining experience with a little twist. Best known for their sushi rolls (including their oversized “Huge Maki”), the menu also features a vast array of tempting appetizers, bento box meals, and a variety of dinner entrées. They also serve Bulgogi (thinly-sliced prime sirloin marinated in Korean BBQ sauce), as well as other popular Korean dishes.

I recommend starting out with a savory bowl of miso soup, along with the very flavorful Sierra Roll, followed by either their shrimp tempura dinner­ (which has a light and delicate batter) or the salmon teriyaki.

Open on Monday-Friday from 11am-9pm and Saturday from noon to 9pm, they’re located at 2281 N. Texas Street in Fairfield (off Airbase Parkway). For more information or to place take-out orders, call (707) 673-2594.

Joyce Headley writes ‘Tastes of Your Town’, a monthly feature in the print edition of Your Town Monthly. Parts of this article were originally published in the November 2016 Solano & Yolo County editions.