Sacramento Travel Guide

Food

The diversity of Sacramento is not only reflected in its various neighborhoods but also in the food choices you can find here. The places in the central district tend to be more trendy and hip while food establishments in their respective neighborhoods reflect the tastes of their residents. Finding unique fare in suburban Sacramento, northeast of the city limits, can be difficult as many of the establishments are dominated by national or large regional chains.

Budget
Jack's Urban Eats1230 20th StreetPhone: +1 916 444-0307A modern-day diner with a retro feel, Jack's grills and roasts meats for sandwiches and salads and offers comfort food side dishes like mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and garlic fries. Additional locations in the greater metropolitan area.
Shoki Ramen House1201 R StreetPhone: +1 916 441-0011Price: $5-10A very popular and excellent ramen house serving up delicious Japanese ramen as well as sets and other entrees.
Luigi's Pizza Parlor3800 Stockton Blvd, Oak ParkPhone: +1 916 456-0641Price: Pizzas $12-20A long-time Sac institution, still churning out tasty pizzas.
Crepeville1730 L StreetPhone: +1 916 444-1100Serves a unique menu of fresh, delicious, and healthy alternatives to fast-food. Other locations also exists in the Curtis Park neighborhood and outlaying Davis.
Pieces Pizza by the Slice1309 21st StreetPhone: +1 916 441-1949Price: $5-10A tiny little place with extraordinary stuffed-crust pizza. Open until 2:30 am on weekends, Pieces is a very popular spot to load up on carbs after a late-night weekend pub crawl. Several different combinations are offered, and the staff is also happy to build your pizza to order. The vegetarian pesto pizza, with sundried tomato and feta cheese, is especially good. They also offer several excellent beers on tap, including (usually) Arrogant Bastard. The decor isn't much, but the people are friendly and the food is delicious.
Rick's Dessert Diner2322 K StreetPhone: +1 916 444-0969Hours: Tue-Thu: 10AM12AM; Fri & Sat: 10AM-1AM; Sun: 12PM-11PM; Mon: 10AM-11PMDesigned as a retro 1950's style diner, Rick's is a popular and award-winning Midtown destination for dessert lovers. Open late for post-dinner date sugar cravings.
Mid-range
Andy Nguyen's2007 BroadwayPhone: +1 916 736-1157Quality vegan and vegetarian Southeast Asian dishes.
Cafe Marika2011 J StreetHours: M-W Lunch, Th-Sat Lunch/DinnerPrice: $10-$15 per personA great Hungarian restaurant in the heart of Midtown. The husband and wife offer great meals like cabbage rolls and schnitzel. Be aware they accept only cash.
Centro Cocina Mexicana2730 J StreetPhone: +1 916 442-2552Hours: M-F Lunch, Dinner Sat-Sun DinnerA staple in the Sacramento dining scene for over 15 years, Centro Cocina Mexicana offers the finest regional Mexican cuisine in a festive and colorful atmosphere.
Kathmandu Kitchen1728 BroadwayPhone: +1 916 441-2172Price: Most dishes hover around $10-12Serves excellent Indian and Nepalese foodthe Mismas Tarkari thali is delicious.
Tapa the World2115 J StPhone: +1 916 442-4353Hours: 11:30AM-midnite dailyAn old favorite serving up tasty Spanish tapas and delicious sangria. Live music on most nights, and open late.
Tower Cafe1518 BroadwayPhone: +1 916 441-0222Hours: Su-Th 8AM-11PM, F-Sa 8AM-midniteA great breakfast spot, busy at any time of day. There's sometimes a line, but absolutely worth it. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Breakfast served 8-11am, Monday through Friday. Brunch served 8am-2pm, Satuday and Sunday. Voted Best Breakfast and Best Sunday Brunch in the 2009 Sacramento magazine readers poll. Voted Best Outdoor Dining and Best Breakfast in the 2008 Sacramento News & Review readers poll. Located in a historic and very interesting building, with lots of art from around the world. International, eclectic menu.
Zcalo1801 Capitol AvePhone: +1 916 441-0303Hours: M-W 11AM-10PM, Th 11AM-11PM, F 11AM-midnite, Sa 9AM-midnite, Su 9AM-10PMA newer Mexican restaurant affiliated with the legendary Ernesto's, the food is great and the place is usually busy.
Asian Pearl 20096821 Stockton Blvd, Ste 165Phone: +1 916 391-8881Hours: S-Su 10am-10pm, M-F 11am-10pmFast becoming the place to go for dim sum bypassing stalwarts New Canton and Rice Bowl. They also serve authentic Hong Kong and new style Cantonese food.
Splurge
Biba Ristorante Italiano2801 Capitol AvenuePhone: +1 916 455-2422Started by Biba Caggiano, the famous chef, author, and television host. It has been selected as the best restaurant in Sacramento on multiple occasions. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Morton's Steakhouse521 L St.Phone: +1 916 442-5091High-scale restaurant that is perfect for taking that special someone or take the whole family to celebrate any occasion. They pride themselves on cooking the most tender steak, but don't count out their seafood portion of the menu as this place has delicious food with excellent dessert! Fun fact: instead of menus, the waiter brings out a tray of all the raw meat and fish (even crab that is still alive) and explains in detail what the meat or fish is and what the dish comes with.
Ella Dining Room & Bar1131 K St.Phone: +1 916 443-3772Ella serves its fabulous food, family-style and encourages diners to share. Their great bar serves fantastic concoctions like home made gin and tonics and "limeade," making for a perfect place for friends and family alike. The fabulous interior was created by award winning design firm, UXUS.

source: Wikivoyage

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