Oh Noes! Attention Sacramento, Mati's Indian Food Is Closing Soon
Posted 25 October 2012 - 11:57 PM
We ate there Thursday evening, and received the sad news from them, and they said to pass the word along, that this Saturday evening was going to be their last day open. They know that some people come from a distance to eat there.
If you are a fan of gluten free dining in the greater Sacramento area, this is a sad thing to hear. I would encourage you to stop by if you are in the area.
Mati's had made the move from a small strip mall in Natomas near the basketball arena, to Mid-Town a while back, to a larger restaurant, hoping to get more traffic. They are busy at lunch, but sometimes the dinner hours in the off season are lacking.
They will be missed.
Posted 28 October 2012 - 02:04 PM
Posted 29 October 2012 - 04:47 AM
If you are up in the Lake Tahoe area, there is the Drunken Monkey sushi place near Truckee (north end of the lake). Menu redo makes it just a little bit funkier to read ("items marked with # are gluten free" and it's a Japanese symbol ) and it's very good, except lately I would not recommend the spicy tuna right now, as they keep putting this weird onion flavor in it. If you are at the opposite end (south) of the lake, there is Freshies which is not too far from Heavenly ski area. Freshies can do much of their menu gluten free, and they have very, very good fish tacos. You want to check their website to see if they will be open, because they close for vacation days sometimes in the early fall in the off season. Also, if you are driving around and need to grab some grocery items, there is a grocery chain called Raley's/Belaire which almost all of them have an organic/specialty foods/gluten free aisle (except the town near where I shop, which has 2, and the one next to a health food store took theirs out, a marketing decision I don't quite get unless they were TRYING to help the Natural food market or whatever gain more customers ). By comparisons, Safeway is sort of like a black hole for gluten free here in my town (boonies north of Sac), I think they have conceded much of that to the other chain.
Sacramento has a Whole Foods in Sac itself, and there is another one in Roseville. I have kvetched here about the Roseville one several times because they tend to scatter a lot of their gluten free stuff ALL over the store instead of concentrating it, but I have noticed that, like magic, the gluten free stuff seems to be migrating slowly towards its own aisle, which is next to 2 other aisles with a lot of it (the cereal and the boxed nut milks aisle). Maybe the help got tired of leading The Lost to the One Item. I do not want to jinx myself but Whole Foods currently has a few gluten free flours I can use which has driven me back there and made me say nice things about them, because I can't do the Bob's Red Mill anymore. And then they had some liquid soaps I could use (we are talking sensitive skin here, I am pathetic) and then.... there was the gluten free makeup powder I was not allergic to. Then my local grocery stopped carrying the powdered laundry detergent I need, and that meant now I am going all the way to the WF again to buy that. People complain about food being expensive or hard to find, but if your skin is reacting to most detergents, you'll go anywhere to get what you need.
Sacramento also has a Gluten Free Specialty grocery in midtown. This is such a kick to have a whole store gluten free, it's worth it just to visit, but you'll end up buying something. They also get in freshly baked breads from other gluten free bakeries, like Mariposa's in Oakland. Sometimes you can buy frozen Mariposa's items in the freezer case of Whole Foods.
Pizza, there is also Seven Sisters Pizza, in Citrus Heights, and they are a gluten free restaurant, that sells their crusts to other stores. Their pizza is going to be more pizza - y that BJ's, but BJ's has the pizooki dessert thing and a regular menu if you have to do a mixed menu if someone thinks they must have gluten in your group.
Posted 30 October 2012 - 02:32 PM
Now I can limit my worrying to how dismissive my mother-in-law will be about my daughter's new diet.
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