I don't like to shop at Bel Air. If I need to purchase meat and I want quality, I'll go to Bel Air, but everything is just too expensive! Almost everything in the store costs five dollars. A block of Tillamook cheese costs $3.39 at a competing grocery store, but a block of cheese half that size at Bel Air typically costs $3.99. That's just ridiculous. People like Bel Air because attendants bag your groceries and walk them out to your car, but I'd much rather bag my own groceries and save $30-$40 every trip. Why pay $5 for a box of Cheerios at Bel Air when you can pay $1.99 for an even bigger box of the same cereal at another grocery store? Unless you are looking for a specialty item, save your wallet!
I've been spoiled on pizza from Philadelphia, New York, and southern California, but I have to agree with the others that Roma's is one of the better pizzerias in northern California. What I really love about Roma's is the affordability. The only other pizza place I like in this area is Round Table PIzza, but its prices are ridiculous. Roma's is a bit out of the way for me, but worth the trip.
Cigarettes are so expensive in this state, but luckily stores like this one make feeding my habit less stressful. I kid, but seriously, the cigarettes here are very cheap and I do like the free lighters (as the other reviewer mentioned), especially since I am always losing mine. Don't purchase cigarettes anywhere but a cigarette store - it's a rip off.
The old apartment manager let almost anyone live here. However, there's a new apartment manager who's evicting all the riff-raff and conducting extensive background checks on new residents. The apartment complex is locked after six to seven at night until six in the morning, as well as on the weekends. The apartment manager is WONDERFUL - she attends to complaints immediately. A security company patrols every night. The apartments are spacious and clean. There are two and three bedroom apartments available, in addition to one-story two-bedroom cottages. The rent is very affordable and the utilities are fairly low. My only complaint would be the location and parking. Granite Springs sits next to an ugly continuation school. There's a fence dividing the two properties, but I think the owner should plant ivy and vines to make the fence more attractive. As for parking, there are assigned spaces and guest parking, but they're not covered.
I don't know where to begin! If you must live here, insist on an apartment that faces the courtyards, otherwise you'll deafened by the traffic on F Street or awakened by the sound of the trains screeching to a halt on H Street. Americana Arms advertises 'free internet,' but recently the apartment complex switched from Instaconnect wireless internet to another service. The apartment manager underestimated how many residents would be using the internet at any given time, so you often disconnect from the internet several times an hour or can't connect at all. (By the way, she didn't really 'underestimate' the internet traffic. It was just cheaper to purchase less bandwidth.) You have to buy your own wireless adapater, which can run you from $35 to $80 (depending on the quality). The apartment manager, Leslie Try, monitors your internet usage. (You have to supply her your MAC address, which is on the back of your adapter.) If you download music or just use the internet too often, she'll either restrict your internet access by blocking your MAC address or she'll charge you. The buildings are cold and drafty during the winter and horribly hot in the summer. The air conditioners just don't cool down the apartment. On the website she says that your electricity and gas bill averages at about $30 a month, but during the summer my bill skyrocketed to as high as $96. During the winter my bill never fell below $35. There is no garbage disposal or dishwasher in the 'kitchen,' and the fixtures in the 'kitchen' and bathroom are original. I put quotes around 'kitchen' because it's not as much a kitchen as a section of the living room. It's just a stove, counter, sink, refrigerator, and small pantry all along the far wall of your living room. When I first moved in, I had a horrible ant problem. I put down a glass of lemonade on my coffee table and within two minutes I had ants crawling all over my glass.
I took my cat Joey here to treat an abscess on his face that he acquired during a very nasty fight with a cat that lived down the street. The veterinarian was extremely kind and sympathetic. He made sure to answer all my questions. He also seemed to genuinely care about my cat's health and well-being. I found the cost of the visit very reasonable.
I love Redrum Burger. I used to stop at this stand on my way home from classes at UC Davis. The name used to be Murder Burger, which I like better. Anyway, the taste is good, the prices are affordable, and how can you beat a name like Redrum Burger?
I like China King's food. I've had better, but I'd say it's reliably decent. There's a wide selection, the taste and quality are satisfactory, and you can usually get a good lunch special price if you stop by at the right time.
I lived in New Jersey for many years where I had access to great Italian restaurants and delis. Then I moved to California. I love California and there are some things you can get in this state that you just can't get on the East Coast. However, I really missed the Italian meats and cheeses. You just can't get certain foods in chain grocery stores. Cortis Brothers is a little expensive, but it's worth it. It's really the only place in Sacramento that operates like a New York deli.
PROS: Great selection!
The Mexican food at Adalbertos is extremely mediocre. I usually order the California burrito. The portions are large and relatively inexpensive, but the quality of the meat and other ingredients leave much to be desired. I usually order at Adalbertos when I don't want to spend a lot of money. For quality Mexican, I suggest you go elsewhere. One horror story, though: once I ordered a fish taco. The restaurant was apparently out of sour cream. That became evident when I took my first bite into the taco and tasted--horror of all horrors--MIRACLE WHIP. I stopped going there for several years after that disgusting experience.
PROS: Cheap, good portions.
CONS: Food is sub-standard.