Elk Grove has all the usual chain restaurants, but some culinary treasures, too. Tucked inconspicuously around the corner in a tiny shopping center on Elk Grove-Florin Road is Baguettes, a sandwich shop that commands a staunchly loyal following, heralded in local and regional press. For a romantic dinner, the distinctive Boulevard Bistro on Elk Grove Boulevard is an excellent choice, serving up American and French cuisine in a casual but intimate atmosphere. For the very best pizza in the city, the answer is Fat Mike's, a little off the beaten path on Grant Line Road, but well worth the drive.
Rain Garden Plaza
One of the city's most interesting and purposeful parks was also the first of its kind in the state: A large-scale water conservation landscape, preventing watershed pollution from urban development. The Rain Garden Plaza covers what was once a water-logged, underutilized plot of land, and gives residents a Zen-like locale in which to relax, workout, or have a bite to eat. Wetland and drought resistant, native garden features here create an attractive place for humans and native wildlife. A large, stone-paved plaza, pavilion picnic area, outdoor fitness center, and artwork produced by local artists are among the park's other attractions.