Things to do in Chico
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Here is a list of places to eat in Chico during your free time. We hope you enjoy the great food Chico has to offer.
Fine DiningSierra Nevada Restaurant
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 a.m.
Sierra Nevada is a welcoming, caring, high-energy restaurant that serves high quality food and beverages and provides guests with excellent service. In 1979, Ken Grossman began building a small brewery in the town of Chico, Calif., with a goal to brew exceptional ales and lagers. Today, the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is considered the premier craft brewery in the United States. Sierra Nevada is located at 1075 E. 20th St.
Hours: Sunday-Saturday 4:30 p.m.-Close
Crush Dining Room and Lounge offers a one-of-a-kind arrangement of contemporary and traditional Italian cuisine. Crush takes pride in serving the highest quality food in a unique and inviting atmosphere. The menu consists of more than 100 items that are guaranteed to satisfy your palette. Crush is located at 201 Broadway St.
Hours: Lunch, Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Dinner, Monday-Sunday 5 p.m.-Close)
Christian Michaels is the place to be for those wanting an exceptional downtown experience. The menu consists of California cuisine, Italian, Mediterranean, and Asian dishes. Christian Michaels is located at 192 E. 3rd St.
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-Close
If you are craving Mexican or Latin American cuisine, Tres Hombres is the place to be! The menu consists of salads, a taco bar, quesadillas, burritos, gourmet sandwiches, and other exquisite entrees. Tres Hombres is located at 100 Broadway St.
Hours: Lunch, Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Dinner, Monday-Sunday 5 p.m.-9 p.m.)
Sicilian Café has been serving the Chico community since 1984. The menu consists of pizza, pastas, sandwiches, entrees, and fine wine served off of traditional red tablecloths. Sicilian Café is located at 1020 Main St.
Casual DiningMadison Bear Garden
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Madison Bear Garden has been serving Chico State students and community members since 1977. The menu consists of burgers, salads and different types of sandwiches. Madison Bear Garden is located adjacent to the Chico State campus at the corner of Second and Salem streets.
Hours: Monday-Sunday 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
If you’re an early riser there’s no better place to go to than Mom’s. Mom’s is a great place to eat breakfast or lunch. The breakfast menu consists of pancakes, French toast, crepes and more. For lunch, you might enjoy a turkey BLT wrap; a red, white and bleu burger or even a fuji apple salad. Mom’s is located in downtown Chico at 209 Salem St.
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Thai Basil is a great option for ethnic food. The menu consists of noodle, rice, meat, and vegetable dishes. Thai Basil is located at 121 Broadway St.
T. Bar & Fusion Cafe
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
T. Bar offers a variety of healthy, flavorful fusion salads and wraps. The restaurant also features an unique, extensive menu of refreshing frozen, sparkling, iced and hot teas. T. Bar is located at 250 Vallombrosa Ave #200, a quick walk or drive close to campus and the historical Bidwell Mansion.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Want to build your own sandwich or salad? Grab a bite to eat at Pluto’s. Pluto’s also has speciality side dishes such as seasonal veggies, sweet potato fries, stuffing, and mac and cheese. Pluto’s is located at 201 Main St.
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.., Sunday 11 a.m.-6p.m.
Kinder’s is a great place to grab a specialty sandwich such as a tri-tip, chicken breast, and barbeque beef. Not only do they offer hot and cold sandwiches, but Cobb, macaroni, and potato salads. Kinder’s is located at 221 1/2 Normal Ave.
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Delicious hand-made New York Style pizza, salads, pastas and more are on the Celestino’s menu. Celestino’s Pizza is located at 101 Salem St.