A while back, Elise shared a list of her favorite San Diego spots. I thought this was a great post for locals and potential visitors alike. I kept thinking that I should share some of the local goodness that Sacramento has to offer.
Sacramento – as small as it might be in comparison to other major Californian cities – has a vibrant and diverse local eatery scene and there are definitely many places that have made a very good name for themselves. This is in by no means an all-inclusive list. I am sure I failed to mention many awesome places in the area that we just haven’t discovered yet (recommendations always welcome!), but these are the places that we have gone to, liked and find ourselves going back to again and again.
images: Bacon and Butter, Old Soul at Weatherstone
Fox and Goose Pub and Restaurant – this is a British Pub that serves very good breakfast and which is always packed. Expect a wait.
Cornerstone – this is a long-established breakfast place that used to be a ‘hole-in-the-wall’ local favorite, then the lease expired and it disappeared for a while until it was re-established a few doors down from the original location. While it doesn’t have the unique coffee shop charm anymore (it’s now a breakfast place + sports bar), the breakfast is still very good.
Orphan Breakfast House – this is a cute, popular coffee + breakfast place in a residential neighborhood. They serve breakfast all day, their menu has interesting personal twists on the common breakfast dishes like omelets, scrambles, and pancakes and they serve locally roasted Naked Coffee.
Bacon and Butter – a little bit pricier, but very tasty breakfast place with generous portions.
Café Bernardo – this is a local chain restaurant with 5 locations in the Sacramento area. It’s a more casual breakfast place inspired by European tradition of café dining. It’s a breakfast café during the day and a casual bar at night. Food is ordered at the counter.
Old Soul at The Weatherstone – a nice brick stone building in midtown with a cute outdoor courtyard. They serve delicious coffees, teas and a changing menu of lunch/brunch items and fresh pastries.
Temple – local coffee roaster with three locations in the Sacramento area. Very nice, airy cafés with laid-back ambiance. Great coffee and teas, tasty pastries.
Tiferet Coffee House – cute, new coffee shop in our neighborhood that brews local coffee and serves fresh pastries. Bonus: it’s close to the park and you can take your coffee to go and head over.
images: Tapa the World, Crepeville, Burgers and Brew, Ernesto’s Mexican Food
The Shack – this place has been around since 1931! It serves delicious sandwiches and draft beers and has nice Biergarten-style outdoor seating.
Crepeville – a great place for a soup or salad and a variety of delicious sweet and savory crepes.
Tapa the World – a Spanish restaurant that serves sangria, tapas, and authentic Spanish dishes. One of our favorite restaurants with a European feel. They have a nice outdoor street patio and live music.
Burgers and Brew – a large variety of delicious burgers and draft beers.
Tamaya Sushi Bar & Grill – delicious sushi. This
Taste of Thai – this is a rather unpretentious Thai restaurant in Davis, but it serves hands-down the freshest, most delicious Thai dishes in the area.
La Fiesta Taqueria – we usually get take out from this place. You can dine-in, but it’s not a traditional sit-down restaurant. Food is ordered at the counter. However, they have the best burritos (and other authentic Mexican dishes) in town! We don’t eat burritos anywhere else.
Ernesto’s Mexican Food – delicious Mexican dishes, great salsa, tasty margaritas, nice patio seating. If we wanna go to a sit-down Mexican place, we go here (we just don’t get burritos)!
images: Tamaya Sushi Bar & Grill, Taste of Thai, Devine Gelateria, LowBrau
LowBrau Bierhall – as the name suggests, this is a restaurant set up as a German beer hall with long beer tables. The main focus is on the list of draft and bottled beer, ales and ciders. They have a decent list of delicious German-inspired beer hall food like different sausages and side dishes. It’s a nice low-key atmosphere with outdoor seating.
BarWest – this is a sportsbar not too far from where we live. It’s a nice place to walk to for happy hour or if we just feel like some drinks and finger food. Their burgers are pretty tasty, too.
Rick’s Dessert Diner – this is a super-popular, always crowded 50’s style diner that serves just desserts, but 285 varieties of European and American desserts at that. Their pies are delicious!
Devine Gelateria – Italian gelato. ‘nough said. Pretty pricey, but worth the occasional treat.