Aside from finding fajitas in traditional Mexican restaurants, the dish has made its way into American casual dining restaurants like Applebee’s and other chains. Fajita ingredients have also seen a departure from the standard iron skillet tableside presentation by making their way into burrito fillings and even pizza toppings. If you are on the hunt for fajitas – unique or traditional – in the Sacramento area, here are a few restaurants to check out.
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2416 K St
Sacramento, CA 95816
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri – 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sat – 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tres Hermanas serves up fresh Northern Mexican cuisine and has been a part of the Midtown dining scene for over 10 years now. The chicken fajitas, a popular choice, come with a generous portion of chicken breast, fired with ribbons of green and red bell peppers and onions. These fajitas are served with a side of sour cream and guacamole. The must-try of this dish, however, is Tres Hermanas’ creamy cilantro dressing. Order a side of the dressing to douse your fajitas with. The combination of tastes cannot be matched.
5100 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95819
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sat to Sun – 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
If you speak Spanish, you might be realizing that two of these restaurants have identical names, one in Spanish and the other in English. Rest assured, Tres Hermanas and Three Sisters are two very different restaurants. The beauty of Three Sisters is the ability to get your fajitas delivered pretty much anywhere in Sacramento. So if you have a fajita craving, but don’t want to leave the house, this is the spot. While Three Sisters has beef, mixed and veggie fajitas, the shrimp (fajitas de camaron) are the best option. This dish includes perfectly seasoned prawns sautéed with onions and red and green peppers, all tossed on a grill and served with sour cream and guacamole on the side.
2801 P St
Sacramento, CA 95816
Hours: Mon – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tues to Wed – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Thurs to Sat – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Una Mas is a chain of “healthy choices” Mexican grills around Northern California with a couple branches in Sacramento. One of the best menu items is the grilled fajita burrito, available with chicken, steak or shrimp. The fajita burrito also includes cheese, grilled onions, peppers, guacamole, beans, rice, and Salsa Fresca in a chile tomato tortilla. The tortilla adds that extra spice in a subtle way. Whereas most tortillas are predominantly flour, this unique option will send your taste buds in a flurry. If you are hoping for your fajitas in a burrito, Una Mas is a great option in the Sacramento area.
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Jalisco Fresh Mexican Grill
9050 Fairway Drive, Suite 155
Roseville, CA 95678
Hours: Mon to Thurs – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri – 10 a.m to 10 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
With two locations in Roseville, Jalisco Fresh Mexican Grill was seeing a huge influx of visitors from Nevada City, El Dorado Hills and Auburn for a taqueria fix from the family-owned restaurants. The popularity of these restaurants prompted the owner to open another location, this time in Midtown, for those driving in from Sacramento. All of the recipes are handed down from owner Ramon Arias’ mother and grandmother, including the fajitas. These fajitas are some of the the area’s most authentic. Don’t be daunted by the simple, mediocre presentation or the small selection (beef or chicken). The taste is phenomenal. Growing up in Jalisco, Mexico and traveling back home every year keeps the family refreshing these fajita recipes.
800 Harbor Blvd
West Sacramento, CA
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fri to Sat – 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Here is where fajitas leave the sizzling iron plate and find themselves as toppings on a gourmet pizza. If you want fajitas and pizza, but can’t decide, Pizza Guys in West Sacramento has you covered. This gem of a pizza place has some pretty interesting pizza options, including the chicken fajitas choice. The chicken fajita pizza at Pizza Guys comes with 100% real mozzarella cheese, fresh diced tomatoes, yellow onions, green peppers and a generous portion of chicken fajita meat. This is the best of both worlds; you no longer have to settle for just a Mexican or Italian meal.
Erin De Santiago is a freelance travel and food/wine writer and photographer from Sacramento, California. She is a regional membership coordinator for the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and writes for a number of publications in addition to publishing her own blogs. She has traveled to over 40 countries on five continents in search of the best food and wine around the globe. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.