Chico Favorites

Today we are sharing some of our favorite local restaurants in Chico, CA. Click the restaurant name to go to their website for more information.

Erica’s Local Picks:

Basque Norte

 When my husband and I are craving a steak, honestly the only place that comes to mind is Basque Norte. Upon walking into the family style restaurant we are greeted with the most genuine and sincere hello from the wonderful owners, Suzy and Stewart. The place is always full of happy customers that come back again and again because of the consistently exceptional steaks. Each entree is served family style with tomato soup & bread, salad, basque beans, angel hair pasta, potatoes, green beans and pecan ice cream to finish off the meal. Yes, I always leave filling beyond full, but the food really is beyond yummy. Stewart makes a to die for Sangria too! If you haven’t gone you have been missing out! 

Leon’s Bistro

When I want to try a unique dish I head on down to Main Street to Leon’s Bistro. The chef is outstanding and makes some of the most unique, but phenomenal dishes. My absolute favorite dish that I have been hung up on lately is the Calamari steak. It’s served over yam mash with so many other wonderful veggies. They have something to appeal to everyone and I love that Ann Leon puts together things I would be afraid to try other places, but I seriously have never left her restaurant unhappy and I’m always planning the next visit. 

Claire’s Local Picks:

-Dinner- Burgers and Brew 

Spicy Guacamole Burger, Sweet Potato Fries, Jalapeño Mayo 

The Spicy Guacamole Burger is a true California delight. The burger features the signature Jalapeno Mayo that brings the perfect amount of heat. I order more spread on the side to dip their Sweet Potato Fries in. They are sprinkled with sea salt and bring an explosion of flavor and yummy crunch element-a perfect late night snack.

-Lunch- The Banshee 

Two Baja Style Fish Tacos 

Sooo yummy! Fried cod is topped with slaw and aioli. 🙂 

-Breakfast- Fresh Twisted Cafe

The Hulk ,Booster Juice, Monster Burrito 

My go-to spot for organic produce, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and smoothies. This place really has it all, making it a choice spot to grab a quick healthy bite. I am addicted to their Hulk smoothie. It is the ultimate pick me up made with fresh apple juice, ginger, kale, spinach, pineapple, and peaches. The Monster Burrito is a guilty treat. It is loaded with thick cut bacon and ham and is finished with a yummy sauce. It is really is a monster, making it big enough to share with at least two people. The Booster Juice is a lighter option that is loaded with ginger and turmeric. 

Laura’s Local Picks:

Cafe Coda

Chico has so many great brunch spots but my favorite is Cafe Coda. I order the Chilaquiles. It is delicious, filling and just the right amount of spicy. My husband and I love the strong coffee, that is served french press style. 🙂 Our family loves to go here when visiting. My mother-in-law wanted to go here two days in a row on her last visit!


The only soup I can get my husband to eat! Ha. I love to order the Chico Noodle bowl and add shaved veggies and hot sauce. Such great flavors. If we are feeling ravenous we will order a bao to share along with our soup but be warned the soup is super filling so you may have leftovers. They have great loose leaf hot tea and a nice selection of sake, sake cocktails and beer. I can’t wait to try more of their menu but I like the Chico Noodle bowl so much its hard for me to branch out!

Denine’s Cupcakes

When I need to satisfy my sweet tooth this is my first choice. I love the Stella cupcake (vanilla cake with vanilla frosting). Yum. BRB…I need to go get one now!

Maddy’s Local Picks:


Crush has awesome ambiance and great outdoor seating where you can have a great view of downtown Chico. The Pasta Bolognese with hand made pappardelle pasta is my go to dish.

Ashley’s Local Picks:

T Bar

Such a great place to get fresh, healthy and delicious food. The Chocolate Chi Frost tastes amazing and it has caffeine. Big plus for a college student! 😉 The salmon bowl is also my favorite lunch.

I hope we inspired you to try out some new (or new to you) local restaurants here in Chico. Let us know what your favorite spots in town are in the comments below.

-Laura J.

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