This article is from the Sacramento FAQ, by David F. Prenatt, Jr. with numerous contributions by others.
This is a question which deserves its own FAQ, but I have listed a few
of the restaurants that I frequent and enjoy as well as those that
seem to have a strong following on the Sacramento USENET. Readers
with a web browser may also visit the following URLs:
Where to Eat in Sacramento
The Ultimate Restaurant Guide
5.2.1) Personal Favorites.
Sacramento has a number of fine restaurants. The restaurants that I
have listed in this section cover an eclectic spectrum of my personal
* La Boulangerie (916)443-7977: Commonly known as La Bou. I
discovered this bakery and cafe when I appeared in federal
court about two blocks away and needed to get my parking
validated for the Downtown Mall. I purchased a two-for-one
iced mocha during Espresso Happy Hour and reviewed one of
the to-go menus later. Healthy repasts on the menu include
soups, salads, sandwiches, croissants, etc. In other words,
your basic coffee house. Apparently, La Bou has almost two
dozen locations in the Sacramento area; four downtown.
-Downtown Mall and other locations.
* California Fats (916)441-7966: Easily confused with Fat
City, which is next door, California Fats is my personal
favorite. However, the booths (for parties of four or less)
can make you somewhat claustrophobic. Reservations are
absolutely, positively required.
-1015 Front St, Old Sacramento, 95814
* Danielle's (916)972-1911: My favorite restaurant for
breakfast/brunch in Sacramento. Excellent crepes and
-Fulton Ave and Marconi, Sacramento, 95821
* Fanny Annies (916)441-0505: Short order menu and full bar.
Atmosphere, atmosphere, and more atmosphere. There are
several stories of wood stairs and booths, and each story is
long and narrow. Carving your name into the furniture is
encouraged and is not considered vandalism.
-1023 Second St, Old Sacramento, 95814
* Max's Opera Cafe (916)927-MAXS: Max's prides itself on
outstanding service. In fact, your table will receive a
free round of drinks if your food server asks the highly
irrelevant question, "Is everything all right?"
-1735 Arden Way #200, (Arden Fair Mall) Sacramento, 95815
* Rio City Cafe (916)442-8226: A classy restaurant on the
banks of the Sacramento River. I found this gem when I was
turned away from California Fats for want of a reservation.
-1110 Front St, Old Sacramento, 95814
* River City Brewing Company (916)447-BREW: Specialty beers
are brewed on the premises and the menu is filled with some
of the most creative, yet simple and appetizing dishes that
I have ever eaten at such a reasonable price. A great place
to eat if you need validation for parking at the Downtown
-545 Downtown Plaza, Sacramento, CA 95814
* The Tower Cafe (916)441-0222: A local landmark visible from
miles away. The original location of the first Tower
Records at the Tower Theatre, now with a separate cafe,
liquor store, video store, movie theatre, and record store
clumped at the intersection of 16th & Broadway. I suspect
that the Tower is a name derived from the Tower Drawbridge
that spans the Sacramento River.
-1518 Broadway (at Land Park), Sacramento, CA 95818
* Zelda's (916)447-1400: The hands down winner of the
Sacramento USENET for pizza. However, even those who
endorse Zelda's warn that its specialty is a deep dish pizza
that not everyone will enjoy. You have been warned!
-1415 21st St, Sacramento, CA 95814