Looking for good eats in the capital of California? Whether you’re looking for fast and cheap, mid-range or fine dining options, Sacramento, Calif.’s got them all.
Eating on the cheap
When what you want is good, old-fashioned, excellent home-style cooking, look no further than local favorites like Plates and Mo Mo’s Meat Market. While they may not be fancy, these food destinations have online reviewers raving.
Located in the Tahoe Park neighborhood, Mo Mo’s is your best bet for barbeque in Sacramento, serving up hot links, ribs and pork. Just choose two, three or four different meats for your plate and pony up a surprisingly paltry amount of cash. Most entrees are under ten dollars here.
Plates Café is another unique eatery, staffed by residents of a local shelter. The workers learn marketable skills while serving up comfort foods like pulled pork on jalapeno biscuits, sweet potato fries with sea salt, and a variety of sandwiches and salads. It’s a cheap meal that supports a good local cause.
The best food in the mid-range
According to Time Magazine, Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in the United States. A glance at some of the most-loved mid-range-priced dining options in the city may help you understand how the city claimed that title.
Whatever kind of international fare you’re looking for, you’ll find it in California’s capital. For vegan and vegetarian dishes with a southeast Asian flair, there’s Andy Nguyen’s. If cabbage rolls and schnitzel sound good to you, try popular Midtown joint Café Marika. Spanish tapas, fruity sangria and live music are on the menu at Tapa the World. And Centro Cocina Mexicana, a staple on the Sacramento dining scene for 20 years, serves up fresh Mexican dishes and over 150 tequilas.
Splurging in Sacramento
Some of the country’s best restaurants make up the fine dining scene in Sacramento. Expect to pay a premium but enjoy a unique dining experience –assuming you can get a reservation — at these popular spots.
Downtown Sacramento’s Ella Dining Room and Bar, which has been called one of the United States’ most innovative restaurants, is helmed by celeb chef Randall Selland and serves family-style portions of fine, locally-sourced fare. Biba Ristorante Italiano is also helmed by a famous chef, Biba Caggiano, a TV show host and author. Biba’s is known for serving authentic Northern Italian dishes. (Tip: try visiting the restaurant during the week to sample its affordable prix fixe menu.)
Looking for more?
Still hungry to learn what else you can chow down on in Sacramento? Try scouring your favorite online review sites for tips on Sacramento’s best restaurants. Also, visit local foodie dining resources like SacFoodies, Munchie Musings, and the Sacramento Food Blog on Urbanspoon.
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