12303 Folsom Blvd.
Rancho Cordova , CA 95742 916-351-0606
It may seem like a fish out of water moored between a gas station and a motel off Hwy 50, but Rudy’s has been a star of the region’s marine cuisine scene for over 40 years. With its surprisingly affordable array of weekly seafood specials, like cioppino on Wednesdays or a one-pound live Maine lobster on Thursdays for $19.95 each, and walls lined with portraits of sea captains (including Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow) and a 50-foot mural of the San Francisco Bay, it nails the Fisherman’s Wharf vibe, minus the tourist mobs. And look out for the eatery’s food truck, the Rudy’s on the Roll, which offers fish and chips, lobster rolls and Rudy’s signature clam chowder.
Neighborhood: Rancho Cordova