Cathie Anderson

Cathie Anderson: 2 Sacramento-area restaurants make OpenTable’s Top 100 neighborhood gems

Customer reviews lifted Taylor’s Kitchen in Sacramento and The Chef’s Table in Rocklin to spots on OpenTable’s list of the Top 100 Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America.

“Some of our great customers must have mentioned something nice about us,” said co-owner Kathy Johnson. “We’re in the middle of a lot of neighborhoods, and a lot of them like to claim us.”

Johnson owns the Land Park restaurant and the adjacent Taylor’s Market with her husband, Danny Johnson. She said purchases at their old-fashioned butcher shop and gourmet grocery store keep them in tune with what customers would like to see on their plates.

While Taylor’s Market is 50 years old, the Johnsons opened the restaurant just five years ago at 2924 Freeport Blvd. The menu is definitely fine dining, but the atmosphere is come-as-you-are California casual. Johnson said she and her husband wanted to duplicate the casually elegant ambience they found at restaurants in New York and Europe.

The Chef’s Table, 6843 Lonetree Blvd., has a 4.6 star rating (out of five) on OpenTable and a 4.3 on Yelp, where diners raved about the fried chicken and roasted corn “off the cob.” The restaurant is owned by Erick Johnson and Jon Irwin.

OpenTable, the online reservation service, said the top 100 choices reflected opinions from more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 19,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.