Tastes from Around the World in Suisun, Vacaville & Winters

We’ve featured a few of the many diverse dining options in our area. One of my favorites, Jindala Café, has a delicious buffet sampler. Featured in the photo above: Spicy Chicken Wing, Basil Chicken Stir Fry, Chicken and Beef Salad and Pad Thai Noodles with Shrimp. Photo: Joyce Headley.

Jindala Café

SUISUN CITY – Chef-Owner, Sunny, and husband Travis, will make you feel right at home the moment you walk through the doors with their gracious hospitality in this delightful new restaurant in downtown Suisun City. They have remodeled the interior space—reflecting their native culture—with pleasing blue accents.

Many folks are timid when it comes to trying new and unfamiliar foods, yet that’s exactly why you should come see for yourself the variety of choices you’ll have here at Jindala Café.  Even if you typically avoid buffets, let me assure you everything is freshly prepared and they offer a pleasing array of traditional Laotian and Thai dishes at their lunch and dinner buffets that will stimulate your senses.

My husband and I came in for an early dinner and thoroughly enjoyed a variety of dishes they offered, including two very unique soups (Laotian Tom Kam with pork and egg, and curry shrimp soup), your choice of sticky and steamed white rice, pad Thai noodles with shrimp, papaya salad, beef and chicken salad, shrimp spring rolls, chicken wings with sweet chili sauce, basil chicken stir fry, fresh fruit and Lao Dessert with tapioca. We both agree, Jindala Café deserves two enthusiastic thumbs up and we’re already planning our next visit.

They’ve recently added a Laos Hot Pot Buffet. While the hot pot is kept simmering, ingredients are placed into the pot and cooked at your table. Typical hot pot dishes include thinly-sliced meat, leaf vegetables, mushrooms, wontons, egg dumplings, tofu and seafood, and is usually eaten with a dipping sauce.

They host special events for your private parties, offer catering and have Senior and Military Discounts as well as a customer Loyalty Card.

They’re located right across from the Marina at 603 Main Street, Suisun. Hours are Monday-Saturday, from 11am-2pm and 5pm-8pm, and Sunday, from 11am-3pm. Call (707) 419-4182.

Amici’s pizza fresh from a traditional Italian brick oven. Photo: Facebook.com/AmicisBestPizza

Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria 

VACAVILLE – In the mid-1980s, Peter Cooperstein from Boston, and Mike Forter from New York set out to learn the secrets that made pies from the famous pizzerias of New York, Boston, and Connecticut so distinctively delicious. Besides using the fresh ingredients, a common key was the use of a traditional Italian brick oven. The 700 degree temperatures of the stone hearths produced thin crusts that were crisp, airy, and slightly chewy.

At Amici’s, they successfully translated the authentic East Coast-style, thin crust pizza along with a good selection of starters, sides, salads, pasta dishes, sandwiches and desserts. They also offer vegetarian and vegan options, as well as a gluten-free menu.

Open daily, they’re located at the Nut Tree Plaza in Vacaville. Order online at amicis.com or call (707) 451-777 for pick-up, delivery or catering.

Chuy’s Taqueria in Winters is known for their large portions and reasonable prices. Photo via chuystaqueria.com

Chuy’s Taqueria

WINTERS – Chuy’s Taqueria has developed a loyal following since they first opened their doors in 2003.

In this casual, low-key establishment, you’ll get fast friendly service with a smile. The menu features all of your favorites: burritos, tamales, tacos, chili rellenos, traditional dishes and combination plates, along with beer and cocktails.

Tuesday, order a Tostada with rice and beans for $7.50; Wednesday, the Super Burrito is $6.99 (regular burrito $5.99), Thursday, Taco Salads are $5.99; Friday, the Carnitas plate with rice and beans is $9.50; Saturday, get two soft tacos, rice and beans for $5.99, and Sunday, get 6 soft tacos for only $6.50!

Known for their large portions and affordable prices, you can get your Mexican food fix six days a week (closed Monday), starting with breakfast at 8am. They’re located in downtown Winters at 208 Railroad Avenue. For more information, call (530) 795-9811 or visit chuystaqueria.com.

Joyce Headley writes ‘Tastes of Your Town’, a monthly feature in the print edition of Your Town Monthly. A version of this article was originally published in the March 2017 editions.