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O'Connor's

Wood Fire Grill & Bar

9267 Greenback Lane

(916) 988 -0112

Clay Oven

8807 Greenback Lane

(916) 989-1482

Lupita's

9353 Greenback Lane

(916) 988-0888

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Steve, at O’Connor’s Wood Fire Grill and Bar has been at 9267 Greenback Lane, in Orangevale for 15 years.  Steve had been in the catering business for years when an opportunity arose to move his catering business to Orangevale. There he could have a full-service lunch and dinner at a family run restaurant.  In 2015, they shut down the restaurant for 6 weeks to refurbish the inside and add a brand-new bar.  Steve likes the smaller feel in Orangevale and enjoys seeing the same familiar faces.

O’Connor’s is planning on enlarging the outside patio and adding a new cover and sides to help with lessening the noise.  O’Connor’s plan for the expanded area is due to be finished sometime in April.  They also plan to add live music on the weekends.  O’Connor’s still has the authentic Santa Maria-style barbeque dishes that you have come to love from their family restaurant, but now they also offer wood-fire pizzas, pasta dishes, such as Pesto Penne, Shrimp Scampi Linguini and Cajun Chicken Penne, gourmet burgers and a broad range of appetizers and salads.  Customers have been raving about O’Connor’s signature ribs and sauces for years!  Come and experience the food and fun for yourself.  Steve has asked all of Orangevale to remember that O’Connor’s was originally known for its catering.  Steve noted that with their business has suffered and wanted to remind everyone that if you need catering, please remember O’Connor’s.  O’Connor’s is currently offering 10% off any catering order for 30 or more people

O’Connor’s is also offering another special for outside and to-go orders: $10 OFF Your Bill When You Order Two Dinner Entrees if you say where you saw this ad.  Hours are Monday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.             (916) 988-0112 or www.woodpit.com

We had great time interviewing the owner Mavi. When entering the restaurant, you are greeted with the delicious aroma of fresh herbs and spices that whet your appetite for the exciting meals to come.

Mavi opened Clay Oven in January 2020 and as you know had to close down 3 months later. He is now open for Take Out service from 11am to 9pm 7 days a week. The pandemic has definitely caused him some difficulties but he remains very positive. He was forced to lay off workers, work longer hours, and figure out how much food to buy weekly with only take-out orders being served. Mavi says, “The people in Orangevale have been wonderful to us. We really appreciate it.” Some of his favorite meals people ask for are “Butter Chicken, Lamb, Chicken Curry and the Samosa appetizers.” Mavi opened another restaurant called the Indian Palace in 2017 located at 8865 Folsom Blvd. in Sacramento. Obviously, he is a hard worker and takes pride in his restaurants.


Clay Oven Indian Cuisine is a traditional Indian restaurant in Orangevale that serves authentic Indian cuisine. Clay Oven has made a mark for itself by providing an everlasting impression on one’s mind with outstanding service and authentic lists of traditional Indian cuisine. The dishes are prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients, fresh herbs and spices to bring you lip smacking yet healthy delicacies. Clay Oven has great options for vegetarian and nonvegetarian choices. Once they are able to open for dine in please remember they have WIFI, beer and wine and plenty of parking.
Clay Oven is offering a 10% Discount to anyone mentioning they have seen this article. The special ends February 25, 2021. The restaurant is open for Take Out only 7 days a week from 11am to 9pm. Please give them a call at (916) 989-1482 or go to their website www.clayovenorangevale.com and order some fantastic Indian delicacies.

We spoke with Lupita, the owner. She has been at the current location since 1996, 25 years!  She originally wanted to be a singer but with 8 kids, that wasn’t going to pay the bills, and cooking is what she loves to do.  Lupita started cooking in the Eastern and Arcade area before moving to her present location on Greenback.  Everything at Lupita’s is homemade, the way her mother and grandmother did and which is why it is so good.  When asked what her restaurant is known for, she talked about how people say they ate somewhere else and it wasn’t as good as hers and she asks “why would you eat there when you can eat here?”

When asked about how business has been throughout the pandemic, she replied that she is down about 95% but is keeping a very positive outlook.  Lupita’s closed down for the first 3 months of the pandemic and then reopened for a week. She ended up having a gas leak that again closed her down for the next 4-5 months. Lupita’s is back open and the kitchen back together.  The restaurant right now is open for takeout only, Tuesday thru Sunday 4:00-9:00 p.m., closed Mondays.  But beginning January 29th, she will be open for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Lupita wants to thank the Orangevale Community for all the support and love that she has experienced from our Community.  Please give her a call, (916) 988-0888, and order some fabulous Mexican food and support one of our longtime businesses.  I highly recommend the Chili Rellenos!  Lupita’s will be offering an amazing Welcome Back Special Combo Lunch which will include your choice of 2 tacos or 2 enchiladas with rice and beans. The regular cost is $10.95 but the special is only for $5.00.  The special is available until February 28th.  Also, when you go visit Lupita’s, be sure and notice the beautiful plant on her counter, it was a grand opening gift 25 years ago!

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