Diving into Sacramento’s Diverse Food Scene

Diverse Dining Options in SacramentoCulinary tourism is on the rise and Sacramento is a great place to find a variety of restaurants that will cater to any palate. The city’s dining options include everything from Ethiopian cuisine to traditional American diners, and locals and visitors alike are hailing Sacramento as a great place to eat.

Have a hankering for a taste of the Far East? Frank Fat’s recently received a James Beard Award that is given to only five restaurants in the nation each year. They have been serving delicious Chinese (and American) food since 1939. Mikuni is a great place to satisfy your craving for sushi, while Thai Basil is repeatedly recognized as the best Thai restaurant in the city by Sacramento News & Review. If Vietnamese is more your speed, be sure to go to Andy Nguyen’s, where you will find some of the city’s best-loved vegetarian and vegan dishes. A fan of noodles? Check out Shoki Ramen House for a delicious and healthy ramen that is the product of Chef Yasushi’s 25-plus years of experience.

If you are looking for more traditional American fare, Sacramento will not disappoint. Dad’s Kitchen serves diner classics like mac 'n’ cheese and has a bleu cheese and bacon-crusted burger to die for. Head to Bacon & Butter to satisfy your craving for delicious breakfast foods such as apricot and almond French toast and biscuits and gravy with eggs. Those looking for soul food should certainly stop in at Sandra Dee’s. There you will find all of the classic barbequed, smoked, and fried foods that make the South so comforting. For a more unique treat, try the chicken & red velvet waffles. And if you appreciate a good gourmet pizza, creative cocktails and a lively environment, be sure to check out Pizza Rock.

For those with more exotic inclinations, Queen Sheba serves up delicious Ethiopian food. Get your order to go and walk the one block to New Helvetia, a brewery that invites patrons to bring along some grub to enjoy with a cold pint. For an authentic Moroccan experience, visit Marrackech; the food and the belly dancers are sure to delight. Or perhaps you’d prefer to snag a table on the outdoor patio at Zocalo for a more upscale Mexican dining experience? There you can enjoy classic dishes that have been given a fresh and contemporary spin. Your inner German will love the beer and sausage at Lowbrau; make sure to try the dirty duck fat fries. If you happen to occasionally crave a well-made goulash, stop in a Café Marika, a Hungarian joint that has been in business for over 20 years. Classic Spanish tapas are served daily at local hotspot Tapa the World. After dinner, you can head next door to the Kasbah Lounge for a hookah session.

It’s also worth mentioning that one need not venture all over the city to encounter an assortment of options.  Within a relatively small radius in Midtown and walking distance from several Sacramento downtown hotels, you’ll be able to find Greek, Italian, sandwiches, tapas, sushi, brewpubs, Mexican, Thai, wine bars, burgers, coffee shops, Indian, pizza… you get the idea.

Hungry yet?