Great New Places to Eat
There’s a saying that when one door closes, another one opens. Last year was tough on local eateries, but some very exciting restaurant doors have opened in the past few months, including one inspired by a food truck, another by a 56-foot-long bunny, and others by cuisines ranging from French to Mongolian and Indian to Southern (grits, anyone?). So feast your eyes on our favorite new spots, and you’ll see why we think the food scene is looking very sunny-side up.
The Keira’s breakfast pizza at the new Selland’s Market Cafe in El Dorado Hills, with fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, tomato coulis and two sunny-side-up eggs (basil optional)
Photograph by Ryan Donahue
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Sealand's Market Cafe (in El Dorado Hills) - From the day it opened on Jan. 30, Selland’s Market Cafe in El Dorado Hills has been hopping, which speaks to the read Josh Nelson and the Selland Family Restaurants had on the neighborhood. And “neighborhood” is the right word, even though the place is in the Town Center complex, because Selland’s has such a familiar and neighborly feel to it.
The cafe is the first time the group cloned one of its restaurant concepts—they also own The Kitchen, Ella Dining Room & Bar and Selland’s Market Cafe in East Sacramento—and the new cafe has all the comfort of the East Sac original with almost twice as much capacity, including 45 outdoor seats overlooking Town Center’s custom-built lake. It’s also getting the same kind of repeat customers. “We were seeing people coming in twice a day in the first week,” says Nelson, a partner in the Selland group. “That’s what we have in East Sac, that feeling that you can just drop in.”
The menu is almost identical—great sandwiches, well-executed but straightforward entrées ranging from classic meatloaf to roasted chicken breast with a sherry-mushroom cream sauce, plus baked goods like a banana tart, red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, and killer chocolate chip cookies. The new room’s sensibility is also similar to East Sac’s: airy, bustling but not rushed, casual but not downscale. The furnishings are retro American meets French country, but with thick wood tables, warm colors, and tons of light, your first thought is wine country cafe.
If the Selland group does more expanding, it’ll probably be more market cafes, Nelson says, which could include a version in the Pavilions shopping center. But not for a while. “We’re not in a hurry,” Nelson says. “There’s four of us; we’re a family business. When you come here, you could see Randall [Selland] busing tables and mom [Nancy Zimmer] taking orders.”
See, there’s that neighborly feel again.