Loving Our World of Flavors!

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Wild Shrimp & Avocado Flatbread from Yolo Traders Bistro in Winters. Photo: Brandy Hart

From tapas to pizza and poke, our region has some of the most diverse restaurants that anyone will LOVE!

Yolo Traders Bistro

WINTERS – “Respect for food” is the motto of Yolo Traders Bistro in Winters, and they know how to bring it! This incredible tapas-only style restaurant is one of our region’s shining stars for creative authenticity.

Chef Alejandra Ibarra and Gabriel Ibarra hail from the coastal region of Sinaloa (a Mexican state) and share a unique fusion of flavors that deliver meals to remember. These two have designed dishes that will keep you guessing spices and identifying characteristics. Their menu holds true to 100% wild-caught, sustainably-sourced seafood and organic, locally-grown produce. The beautifully designed, cozy and simplistic interior is a treat. Complete with the perfect selection of music to set the mood, it really is to be enjoyed and shared together.

We started our journey with a glass of excellent red wine—Miloca, from Spain, which set the scene for our first dish, Wild Shrimp and Avocado Flatbread ($13). Prepared with wild shrimp, mozzarella cheese, cilantro, red onion and micro-greens, this dish is served with a house signature Korean sauce. It also happened to be one of our favorites—very fresh, with a hint of sweetness and comfort. We then ordered the Tostada Sampler ($29), consisting of 3 tostadas: scallop, wild shrimp and ahi tuna. Each was so unique—we had never experienced anything like it, and we’ll be talking about it for some time. Next, owner Gabriel Ibarra’s suggested Torre Altamura ($26), made with wild ahi-tuna, wild shrimp, cheese, veggies, Nori and sesame seeds all on a bed of sushi rice, also, a very creative food experience. We finished with an Ice Cream Crêpe ($8), prepared with cinnamon ice cream wrapped in a crêpe with Nutella and roasted almonds, and yes, it was amazing!

Take time to visit Yolo Traders Bistro with a loved one. Located at 30 Main St. in Winters. Open Wednesday – Sunday, 4 – 9pm. Closed Monday & Tuesday. 530.794.6262. Make a reservation or view the full menu at YoloBistro.com.

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Vicini’s Garlic Rolls. Photo: Brandy Hart

Vicini’s New York City Pizzeria

FAIRFIELD – We love a New York Pizza! From the minute you walk into Vicini’s, you’ll feel that family vibe as you’re engulfed in the traditional delicious aroma only an authentic New York pizzeria can offer. With a full menu of deep dish pizzas and pasta to calzones and strombolis, soups, sandwiches and Little Italy desserts, you’ll think you’ve taken a vacation.

We ordered the Ultimate Manhattan Meat Pizza, made with pepperoni, crisp bacon, meatballs, Italian sausage and Italian salami—a real New Yorker’s dream. Accompanying our pizza was the SoHo Spinach & Bleu Cheese Salad complete with walnuts and crumbled bleu cheese, finished with a balsamic vinaigrette that was divine!

For take-out or delivery, try Vicini’s New York City Pizzeria, located at 3342 N. Texas St in Fairfield. Open weekdays from 11am – 9pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 10pm. View the menu and order online at VicinisPizza.com. 707.425.2600.

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Poke Salad Bowl from Ayemi’s Poke & Deli in Suisun City. Photo: Brandy Hart

Ayemi’s Poke & Deli

SUISUN – For the love of healthy eating, Ayemi’s Poke & Deli will keep you on track. This little downtown restaurant was such a delightful surprise, hosting a deli-style, build your own, fresh sushi bar where you can view and select an impressive array of raw fish, cooked chicken and pork, and a host of fresh veggies. From make-your-own bowls, salads and sandwiches to pre-made sushi rolls, soups and sides, this place is serving some delicious, reasonably-priced fresh and healthy meals!

We ordered the Poke Salad Bowl—a large portion of rice (white or brown) two meat selections, and lots of fresh veggies topped with sauces and fish eggs if desired. Choose all or customize everything. We also ordered the Chicken and Veggie Dumplings, served steamed and on a bed of lettuce—all delicious!

Make the drive to Ayemi’s Poke & Deli, located at 700 Main St., #108 in Suisun. Open 11am – 8pm Monday – Friday, 11am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday. 707.759.5105. AyemisPokeDeli.com.

Brandy Hart writes “Tastes of Your Town,” a monthly feature in the print edition of Your Town Monthly. This article was originally published in the February 2020 Solano and Yolo County print editions.