When you think of artisanal and crafted food, Sacramento may not be the first city that comes to mind. You may be surprised to learn that while the California capital had been overlooked as a travel destination in the past, the budding foodie scene is actually quite noteworthy and worth a visit. Sacramento has become America's Farm-to-Fork Capital with an emphasis on the region's local food production, consumption and sustainability. What does that mean for us? Fresh food made with fresh ingredients yields delicious meals!
The city of Sacramento makes an ideal weekend escape from San Francisco, and your itinerary should be filled with lots of hearty meals made by Sacramento's young blood entrepreneurs. The high cost of real estate in San Francisco has made Sacramento a new haven for talented and ambitious restauranteurs, much like the movements in Brooklyn and Austin. I invite you to get in on the forefront of California's newest hotspot and experience the latest and greatest Sacramento has to offer.
Best Trendy Eats in Sacramento
Cafeteria 15L - Stylish, contemporary spot offering American fare, old-timey desserts & upmarket cocktails. They serve truffle tater tots, need I say more?
Canon - Located in East Sacramento at 34th Street, Canon offers a seasonal menu in a welcoming space that encourages sharing plates and good conversation. The chef-driven, seasonal tavern fare includes a canon of shareable bites, salads, entrées, craft-beers, spirits & wine.
Bandera - Hip comfort food spot with great desserts. Located in University Village.
The Kitchen Restaurant - High-end eatery offering New American dinners in a convivial open-kitchen setting.
Mikuni Japanese Restaurant - Local Japanese chain serving sushi, small plates & hot entrees in a stylish space.
The Red Rabbit - Stylish, rustic-chic outpost for farm-to-table New American plates & innovative cocktails.
Centro Cocina - Vibrant setting for traditional Mexican food such as tacos & mole, plus hundreds of tequila brands.
Hook & Ladder - New American comfort food, local beers & house cocktails in an industrial-chic space with a patio.
OBO' Italian Table & Bar - Bustling counter-order venue featuring a gourmet array of pasta, wood-fired pizza & Italian sweets.
Bacon & Butter - Farm-to-table cafe serving American breakfast & lunch fare, plus beer & wine, in contemporary digs. Try the grilled cheese benedict at brunch!
Gunther's Ice Cream - There are so many fun flavors to choose from, my favorites so far are the purple Taro and the oh so creamy Lemon Custard. If you've seen the hit film Lady Bird then you may recognize this spot from it's cameo in the movie.
Local Roots Food Tours - Take a bite out of charming and historic Midtown Sacramento on this local-led walking tour of the area's best eateries. Nibble on savory snacks, sip on perfectly paired libations, and get insight into the city's vibrant arts and cultural scene as you dine around town.
Best Beverage Spots in Sacramento
Temple Coffee - Coffee shop offering a variety of espressos & rare java options made with carefully sourced beans.
Insight Coffee Roasters - Spacious coffee house serving Chico Chai, kombucha on tap and specialty coffee.
Sun & Soil Juice Company - Health-conscious venue serving organic juices & cafe fare with vegan options in a rustic-chic space.
Cafeteria 15L - This spot is mentioned twice for two good reasons. While the food is delicious, the mocktails and cocktails are amazing in their own right. For all the booze-free drinkers, try the Blackberry Mint Sweet Tart Mocktail. It's so tart and refreshing!
Liquidology Bar - Trendy juice shop with outdoor seating featuring local ingredients in cold-pressed, raw juices.
Nekter Juice Bar - Local juice-bar chain offering specialty drinks, cleanses & health-conscious snacks.
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