Vacaville is not what you would call a “happening” town, lol. Nor do we have a flock of tourists like our neighboring cities, i.e. Napa. In fact, most people don’t know it exists, and those that do rarely give it much thought. Vacaville is actually pretty centrally located (no more than 1.5-hour drive) between some of the biggest touristy places in Northern California – San Francisco and the Bay Area, Napa Valley, Sacramento, and Silicon Valley.
Below I have a list of five places in Vacaville you MUST try if you’re ever in the area.
JOURNEY COFFEE CO.
Relatively new to Vacaville, Journey Coffee Co.
has taken over. To be honest I was completely shocked when Journey’s opened here in Vacaville. Not only is the coffee exceptional and 100% fair trade – my personal go to’s are the Lavender Latte (with Almond milk) and their Chai (again with Almond milk) – but the location is totally hipster, without being annoying. Their success can be seen by the fact that they’ve expanded to include a juice bar to include healthy and organic power drinks. Prices are comparable to those of Starbucks, but I must say the quality is much, much better. If you’re visiting Solano County (or the surrounding areas: Napa Valley, San Francisco/Bay Area, Sacramento) make sure you stop by Journey’s – you won’t regret it!
is the only place on this list that’s not actually in Vacaville, but in the middle of the Suisun Valley – a short 15-20 min drive. It’s also going to be a bit of a splurge, but definitely one you’ll be glad you made. I had my first experience at Mankas earlier this year, and OMG cannot wait to go again. The restaurant is small, surrounded by rolling hills, wineries, and farms, and as soon as you walk in you’ll feel the ambiance. There is an outdoor patio with a fireplace that is perfect to hang out and enjoy a glass – or bottle – of wine 😉
If you’re a sushi lover on a budget Fuji
is the place for you! All you can eat for a very reasonable price. There is a conveyor belt of sushi ready to be picked up, as well as shelves of rolls made fresh. There is no wait time between rolls and you have the ability to try a variety of things. Best of all, sashimi and nigiri are included! Fuji is opened all week 11am-2pm then 5-9pm. I will worn you that if you go at dinner time (especially on the weekends) be prepared for a wait. Also, I don’t recommend going close to closing since, as with most restaurants, they start cleaning up and you won’t have as many options to choose from.
FOOD TRUCK SUNDAY
If you want to enjoy Food Truck Sunday
you’ll have to plan your trip for the Spring/Summer season, but you won’t regret it. The City of Vacaville and SactoMoFo present Vacaville Food Truck Mania
every 2nd Sunday of the month starting April 9, 2017. You’ll enjoy delicious selections from the best gourmet food trucks from around Northern California, as well as music, and family-friendly entertainment. If you have any dietary restrictions many of the trucks offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, which I personally find helpful. Since I’ve cut dairy out of my diet I can’t tell you how hard it actually is to find food sometimes – seems like everything is drenched in cheese lol. Their events are usually alcohol-free, however, some of their events do feature beer gardens.
THE BRASS TAP
Another relatively new addition to Vacaville, The Brass Tap
quickly became the go to place to eat, drink, and hangout with friends. I would describe it as a sport’s bar, but only due to the fact that the TV’s have some sort of sporting event playing, but don’t be discouraged from visiting because it’s not a typical sports bar. In fact, it’s far from it. Here you’ll enjoy craft brews which are always changing – if you’re a beer person this is the place for you. I have to take a moment to talk about the pretzel bites shown above. Be forewarned THEY ARE ADDICTING, and oh so delicious! I honestly don’t know what magic they use, but you will NOT be able to stop after one bite, and dipped in their beer batter cheese makes them that much more addicting. As I mentioned I no longer eat dairy, and for those of you who are vegan or for other reasons don’t consume dairy, they also have a hummus dip that is absolutely delicious, be warned it has a bit of a kick to it. Also, I feel I should mention that these are best consumed AT Brass Tap. They offer take-out, but I wouldn’t recommend it for this particular order.